When crisis strikes, as it has in Oregon over these last weeks with wildfires ravaging communities and smoke blanketing the state, we are reminded of what is most important to us: family, friends, community, pets, items that hold memories and carry meaning, and more. This Comb Chest evokes this same feeling for us: of treasuring what is most important, of holding it close and keeping it safe. We invite you to spend some time writing and reflecting on who and what you are holding close in these times of continued upheaval.
Here are two prompts to help you get started. You can choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 10 minutes and just keep the pen moving.
I’m holding onto… / In this chest you’ll find…
Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past posts from Sundays this summer, and look for continuing weekly posts through the fall. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM
Korea, Gyeongsangnam-do province, Tongyeong area, Comb Chest, 19th century, persimmon wood with white brass (baekdong) fittings, Gift of David C. Davies, public domain, 92.97.45