Monday, October 1, 2012

Masks of Shadows and Dark Corners

I am a member and participant in a community of female bloggers called BlogHer.
BlogHer offers a challenge each month to blog everyday of that particular month.  The acronym for this is NaBloPoMo or National Blog Posting Month.
Each month a theme is suggested which the participant can choose to follow but is not restricted to.
I like the theme of this month's challenge.  It is simply called "Mask".

A writing prompt is also offered to help "get you going".

The writing prompt for the day is:

Monday, October 1, 2012
When you saw the word mask, was your first interpretation protection, covering up, persona, or performance?

I immediately identified with the "Mask" theme.  My hope is that by participating this month I would not only achieve a goal and therefore feel a sense of accomplishment, but perhaps I would discover and uncover a bit more about myself, which is something I frequently do when I write.

My first interpretation of the word mask was covering up, specifically of my face.  At times I can actually feel the heaviness of the weight of the mask I don upon my face.

I learned my masks long ago.   They have been carefully crafted and finely honed   They are the smile and say cheese masks.  They are the be strong and don't cry masks.  They are the good girl masks.  They are masks of shadows and dark corners.

My face wears many masks. 

But my heart wears none.

I have created a page for Anna's Diary.  It can be found under the Tab titled Anna's Diary.
I have posted all of the entries to date there, starting with January 1, 1929.

The entry from October 1, 1929 is missing from Anna's diary.


  1. I can't wait to read your blog posts then this month. Lynda. I might learn something too. When I read your prompt, I immediately thought of the very concrete face masks - the kind that come out for Mardi Gras and such things. But that mask is the way to cover the true identity - and so protect the self. Interesting stuff.

  2. i understand what you are saying, Lynda {or i think i do!} i was in a 'women's consciousness raising group' around 1980 and we were encouraged to let go of our masks. i was also in an assertiveness training class about the same time where we were urged to get rid of our masks. {smile} i'm still working on it.

    have a great week and a warm October.


  3. I loved this glimpse of your masks and your masklessness. And I love the connected captions on the sets of photos. Maybe all of our faces wear masks, but our hearts wear none. Love it.