I haven't even started writing and let me tell you, this post was neither quick nor easy.
I wonder about things sometimes and now I'm wondering if you wonder about them too?
A Series of Non-Sequitors (with a sequitor here and there and some artwork)
Do you like things that are quick and easy to do? I don't mean things like a making dinner. I'm talking about the good stuff. The things you usually luxuriate in, spending hours in dreamland. Moving in that rhythm of do, react, do, do again ... .
On the other hand, quick and easy is really fun. It's relaxing. You can have a beer while doing quick and easy. It something I'm attracted to. And I can follow directions like a weathervane.
Sometimes I envy writers. All they need is their laptops and they can paint any color they like.
What's wrong with "obvious?" I was browsing stamp sets recently and asked myself if the sentiment in a particular set wasn't too"Obvious." Well how funny is that? What a snob I am! And isn't it wonderful that card greetings aren't dense. Let's think about that for just a moment.
The sunlight shifted, a space filled with sun
A cloud weaves in shadow
(translation: A Sympathy Card: I'm sorry for your loss.)
I'm laughin' so hard I'm cryin' here.
What's wrong with saying that you aren't all that happy with the way this piece or that turned out? If you say that to yourself every time you make anything, you've got a block. If you say that cyclically every couple of years, you are growing
Don't be afraid of owning that. I'm just coming through it and it's tough but once you own it, you're open to whatever growth you had and ready. Put it to work. Ba da bing.
Why can nobody admit they are wrong. Practice, People. "Oooops, I said that the MLK, Jr. bust was gone. It's not. I'm really sorry. I screwed up." Or ... you are working at your library job. A boy approaches you and asks for a book about the french military during the Napoleonic Wars. After looking blankly at him for a moment, you say "I'm going to put you in touch with someone who can help." Because you don't know jack about any of those things and you're not afraid to admit it.
And one more thing. I walk around the house in my socks all winter (sometimes 2 pair at once). I've noticed that just as the weather is thinking of warming up, I get a hole in one of my socks. Doesn't that give you the chills? As if my socks knew that my feet would start to be too warm.
I'm going off the grid for the next few days to re-charge. I'm reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman and Gwen Diehn's Books that Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide (etc.). The last is a children's book on binding that I've used and loved for years for both kids and adults. Teacher alert: I highly recommend.
The weather is delightful and some raking may get done :) Enjoy friends.
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