Monthly Archives May 2009

Curating

“Art rests upon a kind of religious sense, a deep, immutable earnestness.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I’ve been busy curating. I have the great fortune to have an artist for a mother http://bambawefushia.com/casual-dating-norge/. She’s an observer of life and the world around her, and a voracious reader, qualities fit for a writer, and, as it happens, for a painter. For years she has kept a studio here, a beautiful Victorian
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Flowering

“Everything that forces us to slow down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” - May Sarton Spring has arrived with a sweet vengeance, bringing us both extremes: soft rains pouring from the heavens, and brilliant blue days warm enough for the poor souls to stop shivering in their shorts and flip-flops
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Chapter 4

“Inspiration, then, is the impulse which sets creation in movement; it is also the energy which keeps it going.” - Roger Sessions Inspiration comes when I least expect it; it never fails to amaze me. My latest stroke of inspiration came early this morning, while I was preparing my application for Writing Camp. I had fulfilled all the administrative requirements but one, meaning I’d written my cover letter
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Towel

“The key to being centred seems to be for me to do each thing with absolute concentration, to garden as though that were essential, then to write in the same way, to meet my friends, perfectly open to what they bring.” - May Sarton There’s a small towel laid out on the floor at the top of the stairs, just outside the door to the Garret. On
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Once Upon an Egg-cup

“When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.” - Margaret Duras Occasionally the Business Guy catches me staring at small things. By small, I mean things that don’t take up a lot of space in the general landscape: not necessarily small in size, but perceived overall as insignificant, therefore not worthy of much space in one’s focus. When the BG asks
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Geography and Inspiration

“A truly powerful story comes from the centre of the writer’s soul.” - Henry Argyle We have such a vibrant and inclusive writing community where I live . There’s so much going on, and a strong story-telling tradition here going back hundreds of years. Last week I attended the Atlantic Ink: Writers Festival keynote address. It was delivered by one of my personal favourite authors of all time, Alistair MacLeod, who has
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Noticing Small Things

“Writers live in the same world as everyone else. They just pay attention.” - Robert Friedman I kind of spend my life stumbling around noticing small things, so you can imagine my delight when Friend K. sent along this fragment of a poem: “There is beauty in homely things Which many people have never seen. For instance, do you know Sunlight through a jar of beach-plum jelly; A rainbow
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Time Well Spent

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it is about, but the inner music that words make.” - Truman Capote Three things done on a Sunday: 1. A morning drive with Friend S. from a sunny day in Halifax into a wall of mist at the mid-point of the bridge spanning the harbour. The mist led us along the Darmouth side of the harbour, where we
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