Bacana Notions is the name of our short ‘n sweet weekly blog.  We aspire to have each Notion in some way capture the essence of the Bacana vision statement.

no·tion noun \ˈnō-shən\ an impression, a concept,
a theory, a whim, or a belief held by a person or group

A Bacana Notion could spark a new thought or give you a grin in the middle of a long day.  It may even provide you with that helpful advice you’ve been waiting for.

send in the clouds

What would you do if the sky were at your feet? If the clouds weren’t out of reach but just a matter of sitting down & dipping your hand in?

As a thought exercise, turn your world upside down. Make everything that you now consider out of reach to be close at hand. What would you do? How do you feel?

Think about that last question again. How do you feel?

Come back to your world as it is. What is there in your world right now that makes you feel the same way?

Do more of that.

The clouds are closer than you think.

lighthouse the sequel

“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
– Anne Lamott

The first image that comes to my mind when I read this quote is, of course, a lighthouse. The first word that comes to my mind when I read this quote is dignity. There is an inherent dignity in standing still and strong.

I am a high energy person who can feel carried away by my energy sometimes. As I get older, stillness is becoming more and more appealing. The good news is that stillness doesn’t have to contradict or dissipate the high energy. It can be an energetic, dignified stillness. A shining one, like Lamott’s lighthouse.

What word does this quote bring up for you?

p.s. Naomi’s notion about a particular lighthouse from the archives is lovely.

life out of context

“and your heart gets bored with your mind
and it changes you”
– John Prine

Context is a fascinating thing. I first heard someone quote just the 2 lines of these lyrics. On their own, they resonated with me about the journey I’m on in my life. With my heart feeling drawn down one path and taking the lead over what my mind had already decided. Heart leading change in terms of life purpose.

After I looked up the entire song (“All the Best”), I saw that the story is one of a failed relationship and a man sending good wishes to the person who’s broken his heart. Come to think of it — those lines still bring about the heart leading change for the singer. Just on different terms (his feelings about the breakup as opposed to my feelings about life purpose).

So the surrounding original story is different. And I take those 2 lines out of the song, and they mean something slightly different to me than they do within the song. Which is kinda cool.

There are ways to take things out of context and make them false. We all see this so much in terms of people being quoted (misquoted or quoted out of context). But there are also times when taking things out of context might provide a different perspective or jog a new thought.

Have you ever found meaning in something out of context?

it’s benchtime

“Truly, the bench is a boon to idlers. Whoever first came up with the idea is a genius: free public resting places where you can take time out from the bustle and brouhaha of the city, and simply sit and watch and reflect.”
– Tom Hodgkinson

In my town, the benches are aplenty. And, with this view, how can I not want to idle? Though, truly, I enjoy the view from a bench in a crowded city just as much. After all, sitting & watching & reflecting can be done anywhere.

My advice for us all, myself included: take a seat.

what path to your wild life?

“…following someone else’s idea of right is all that keeps us from walking fearlessly into our own wild lives…”
– Brian Andreas

Who’s idea of right are you following? If not your own, can you let that go? (I’m asking myself right along with you.)

chair of another season

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
– John Steinbeck

In this same snowy chair, I sat and looked up at the stars in July. Summer is difficult to fathom in the winter, just as winter is difficult to fathom in the summer. I enjoy them both though not as much as I enjoy fall and spring. Perhaps it’s active change that I like, or the becoming of something different.

What’s your favorite season?

nuts, anyone?

“In life, one, at some point, I really do believe, needs to walk across China backwards. And, if not that, the equivalent of that, whatever it is. In life, if we don’t do something nuts at some point, we’re probably missing out on something.”
– Glen Hansard

As we start this new year, what’s on your list for things to do, conversations to have, places to go? And what is the thing that’s totally nuts?

I wish a bag of mixed nuts of our favorite varieties for all of us this year. Go forth & do something. Something nuts, of course.

appreciating the light

“The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.”
– Yasunari Kawabata

I took this photograph of the moon over the Hudson River early one morning when I’d woken up to get a glass of water. The light surprised and amazed me. Those of us in the 21st century take our bright nights for granted. Whether it’s turning on a lamp or watching a television or reading from a computer tablet or walking down a lit street, light comes easily whenever we want it.

Kawabata is right that I will never understand the true joy of a moonlit night. But I can certainly try.

When did you last turn out the lights?


the attention balance

Just a quick reminder… you can be relaxed and very, very alert at the same time.

Sweet Pea knows this. Let her teach you.


brick by brick and window by window

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

Tourists are always looking up in New York City. There are great things to see in the sky… because of many, many small things brought together.

This concept instills patience in me as I sit here typing one single letter at a time.

Keep on going with your (seemingly) small things!