When Insomnia Is Useful

Since you may be working on taxes too, you won’t find it surprising that I’ve had a couple of sleepless nights lately. Not that there’s anything in particular to worry about, but sleep won’t come. And then you lie there, thinking. And sometimes, you think of something useful.

Recycled textiles, batting, thread, mineral printing, painting, looping by Donna Kallner.
Within The Eye, detail
by Donna Kallner

I seldom get caught in the thought loops that used to snag me when I was younger. You know how you try to rewrite conversations and revise events that could have gone better? It’s not restful, and not particularly useful. I don’t do that any more. leaves room for more useful things to float through your mind. And last night, something useful did sail into my head: “I need to make my web site more mobile-friendly.” After another 45 minutes of tossing and turning, I got up to watch a movie. And it was if the characters spoke to me when they pulled out their smart phones in one key scene after another.

Finished project photo from a former student.

I’m no tech-deny-er, but the small screen and the large monthly bill have kept me from becoming a smart phone user. And so I hadn’t really looked at my web site the way others might see it. Now that have, though, I see I need to do something about it.

I spent the morning trying to update my web site to make it more mobile friendly. This might have been better saved for a day when I’m more rested. I hit a roadblock and have to come back when more parts of my brain are functioning to make key decisions and figure out what options I need to check or uncheck, as the case may be.

This is my comeuppance. I’m guilty of repeated declarations that those of us of a certain age must accept and embrace the different ways people of all ages learn and engage socially now, and be prepared for them to change in the future. Mea culpa.


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Donna Kallner

fiber artist, teacher and explorer, inspired by ancient fiber techniques and all the ways contemporary fiber artists give old ideas a new spin