listening to trees

from the opening of The White Room, by Charles Simic The obvious is difficult To prove. Many prefer The hidden. I did, too. I listened to the trees. They had a secret Which they were about to Make known to me– And then didn’t.

The Canterbury Tales

My re-discovered love for sketching has taken me to England for the weekend. Here I have “landed” in a fantastic workshop called Evoking a Sense of Place, led by Simone Ridyard & Pat Southern-Pearce Urban Sketchers   The world is full of magic!

Think and Do

I always have to be doing something, accomplishing some- thing, fixing something, going somewhere, feeling purposeful, useful, competent—even coughing, as I just did, gives me the satisfaction of having “just cleared something up.” The phone bill arrives and minutes later I’ve written the check. The world starts to go to war and I shout, “Hey, … More Think and Do

If you don’t enjoy the doing, then do something else …

AND SO: here is a post bordering on New-Age claptrap, I still hope it can give some sense For some of us starting new things, changing direction, entertaining new ideas –  stirs fear: As children most of us are encouraged to believe that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of others, that we will (or … More If you don’t enjoy the doing, then do something else …

To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing – .

“A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living,” –Virginia Woolf Robert Penn Warren: In the phrase [“to find myself”] lurks the idea that the self is a pre-existing entity, a self like a Platonic idea existing in a mystic realm beyond time and change. (…) And the essence of absurdity, … More To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing – .