A Better Slant of Light

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Nothing goes by luck in composition.  It allows of no tricks.  The best you can write will be the best you are.  Every sentence is the result of a long probation.  The author’s character is read from title-page to end.  Of this he never corrects the proofs.  We read it as the essential character of a handwriting without regard to the flourishes.  And so of the rest of our actions; it runs as straight as a ruled line through them all, no matter how many curvets about it.  Our whole life is taxed for the least thing well done; it is its net result.  how we eat, drink, sleep, and use our desultory hours, now in these indifferent days, with no eye to observe and no occasion [to] excite us, determines our authority and capacity for the time to come.

Henry David Thoreau, Journal, February 28, 1841

Reading from the Thoreau Journal

Reading from the Thoreau Journal

Good morning!  About thirteen days ago, I posted my last post about a “Slant of Light.”  Since then I have closed out two campus semesters, Christmas vacationed in the St. Louis area with my parents (who have no Wi-Fi) and returned home at midnight last night.  I was too wired-and-tired to sleep, it appears.  Finally I crashed around 3:30 a.m. and awoke again around 7:30.  No doubt I’ll crash later today, but for now, the coffee is brewed, Thoreau is touching me with his meditations, and I have so much reading and watercoloring on my mind.  I will be following up with posts as this day unfolds.  I did manage to create two 8 x 10″ watercolors while in St. Louis, managed a ton of quality reading, and still found warm conversation time with my parents and son.  Friends also reached out from several directions and I love all of them as well.

So, to all my readers, thank you for spending a moment on this page with me, and for all the earlier times this year we have shared.  You have truly enriched my life, enabling me to write and post about things that matter to me.  This is a great time of the year for quiet and reflection, and I am ready to settle into that now that my travels have ceased for awhile.  A host of pensive scribbles in my personal journal need to be re-visited and fleshed out.  Perhaps some of those will find their way into this blog as well.

More later!

I paint in order to remember.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

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4 Responses to “A Better Slant of Light”

  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs Says:

    ah, there’s nothing like a period of incubation; enjoy riding that wave of inspiration!

    may 2014 bring you joy and wellness - no more kick-you-down colds! z



    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you. It’s wonderful when the wave arrives, isn’t it?


      • Playamart - Zeebra Designs Says:

        yes, and when we just aren’t ‘there’ and are tired or do not feel like painting, we turn to books or walks in nature or music and maintain a balance. we are lucky!

        someone asked me when was the last time i was bored….

        ‘NEVER!’ was my reply!


      • davidtripp Says:

        Oh, Baby, you are speaking my language! I tell my high school students that I don’t understand “bored” nor do I sympathize. Right now, I am ragged tired, but I’m turning to reading and journaling, and will no doubt sleep a bit so I can get my batteries recharged to paint. Thanks for posting a comment that resonates so deeply with me!


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