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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I Can Identify With This Thought

The experience of centering was one I particularly sought because I thought of myself as dispersed, interested in too many things. I envied people who were “single-minded,” who had one powerful talent and who knew when they got up in the morning what it was they had to do. Whereas I, wherever I turned, felt the enchantment: to the window for the sweetness of the air; to the door for the passing figures; to the teapot, the typewriter, the knitting needles, the pets, the pottery, the newspaper, the telephone. Wherever I looked, I could have lived.

- M. C. Richards, Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person


Deborah said...

Actually, I DID think you wrote that - not just entered the data on your keyboard but actually thought/wrote it.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say how much I like the "make-over" of your web-site. It is really fresh and light in appearance, textually more accessible, and altogether looks really lovely.

P. J. Grath said...

Deborah, that's pretty funny that you thought the words were mine. I really am "all over the map" most of the time, I guess, even in this blog, which is hardly focused on "books in Northport" but is more a series of random snapshots and slices of my life.

Jessica, thanks for the feedback. I haven't been sure if I like it (kind of miss the bookstore wall color background of the old background) but didn't want to change too frequently and confuse everyone, including myself. Your positive comments are helping to center me!

Karen said...

I have often thought of myself disparagingly as a jack of all trades, master of none. Yet why do we think of this description as disparaging? Perhaps I could be rich and famous as a master of one, but would I be happy? And I am happy.

P. J. Grath said...

It's the "master of none" part that is disparaging. You, Karen, are more probably a skilled practitioner of several, thus a Renaissance individual. That's my guess, anyway.