Posts made in April, 2014

My Wobbly Bicycle, 69

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Archive | 17 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 69

Some places reach into your gut and take hold. Others not. I’m thinking a lot about place, of course, since we’re almost finished packing and—after a trip to Missouri for my father’s 96th birthday—on May 1 we’ll be moving to our condo here in Traverse City. I’ve lived in Columbia and Cape Girardeau, Missouri;  Middlebury, Vermont;  and Akron, Ohio–each for a short time. Then Fayetteville, Arkansas for over 22 years and Newark, Delware for 27 years. Until we retired in 2007, I’d never lived in Michigan. Yet it’s always been my home. Isn’t that interesting,...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 68

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Archive | 11 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 68

“Not I, not I, but the wind that blows through me.” This is D. H. Lawrence. In this country, where we irrationally hold to the belief that we’re egalitarian, we don’t like very much the definition of talent as a gift. We like to say anyone can muscle their way into accomplishing anything if only she tries hard enough. Which, it seems to me, affects our attitude toward the arts themselves. What is a “gift”? I just got hold of Lewis Hyde’s The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, written in the 70s and newly reissued. It’s a gift. A deeply insightful look at...

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