Intro to the Gift that Explodes

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daughter Ida – aged 8

Holidays have a way of obstructing and crowding out creative time for me.  Oh we find ways to express and produce – Holly’s making candles with all sorts of found objects downstairs as I type this, paper snowflakes, new stories and pictures from the children, new compositions sounding throughout the house, but for the snail’s pace of reading/writing processing/producing I prefer…well… I often find the compounding of anxiety-inducing public spaces and family gatherings, people and lights and jangling music and cheer, busying trips and spendings and time limits to all but obliterate my ability to bring anything out of the scraps.  Last Saturday, my daughter Ida, who is forever cabbaging papers, pens, markers and tape anywhere she can find them, metamorphosing them into handmade notebooks, letters, scripts and stories to read and share with her lucky family and friends, handed me the following with the message: “this is for you.”  So today, amid projects and budgets and organizings and so forth…when I was just about to write off the next two weeks for personal creativity…I grabbed this and took it to my desk…

Notebook - Ida


…and so it begins…

Notebook - Ida2


In case you can’t read my mumbling handwriting – here is a typed copy: (have to click a couple of times for some reason?!)

Introduction to the Gift that Explodes

4 thoughts on “Intro to the Gift that Explodes

  1. It would be magnificently rebellious…and I have a few friends who insist on it…however for my hand positioning and aesthetic feel – it is the simple Bic ball point I rely on.

  2. Pingback: Continuation of the Gift that Explodes: In Which the Wood is Entered, Entering « manoftheword

  3. Pingback: The Gift that Explodes : 4 : a Loose Leaf « manoftheword

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