Morning Coffee with Dave & Anthony


The creative person is constantly seeking to discover himself, to remodel his own identity, and to find meaning in the universe through what he creates. He finds this a valuable integrating process which, like meditation or prayer, has little to do with other people, but which has its own separate validity. His most significant moments are those in which he attains some new insight, or makes some new discovery; and these moments are chiefly, if not invariably, those in which he is alone.

Anthony Storr, Solitude: A Return to the Self

I have returned to this volume Solitude since I began teaching in 1988, the same year it was published. Between Storr, Paul Tillich and Henry David Thoreau, I felt in that year that I had encountered genuine soul mates, solitary men who knew how to appreciate this gift. This particular book has been a real comfort, because it addressed frankly the concerns I knew throughout my childhood. Because I did not live in a subdivision, I had no neighbors with whom I could play. Our church was four miles away, and all my church friends went to a different public school than I. And as for my years in the classroom, I never had a “crowd” with which to associate, and because I was alone, I just assumed there was something wrong with my character. Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, offers a word I could have used while growing up, that it is alright to be alone, we do not have to thrust ourselves into the limelight.

At any rate, I survived the internal stigma of growing up and not having much company around me. Once I arrived at the university, I found circles of friends, and appreciated all the gifts that arrived with personalities, but by then, my lifestyle was pretty well established and I continued to live the way I do now–enjoying people, but not feeling panicked when I go home to be alone, or while spending hours on the road with no company except my own thoughts.

On a different note, I printed up nearly one hundred greeting cards yesterday. The supply at Boss Cleaners was running rather low, so this morning I will punch up that inventory. Among the cards are over a dozen different Christmas card designs as well. My two newest ones, completed yesterday, are posted below.



Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.


2 Responses to “Morning Coffee with Dave & Anthony”

  1. Cheryl Rose Says:

    David, where can I order your Christmas cards? What is the price? I love the one with the Christmas ornaments. Thanks.

    Cheryl Rose

    Sent from my iPhone



    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Cheryl. I sell them for $5 each, or 5 for $20. I dropped off a few of them at Boss Cleaners on Little Road this morning. I will be back in town next Tuesday. I could always deliver to you, if you wish. Thank you for your interest!


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