thought-provoking

6 Apr

(This is just to tide y’all over while I am too distracted to write.  Distracted by what?  I wish it were that simple.  I’m not sure. 

But I do realize that some of you are at seminars with your laptops and counting on me to break up the tedium and that certain among you have a spouse who is out of town and are, therefore, kind of lonely.)

Madeleine l’Engle on writing (although I think it applies to more)

You must once and for all give up being worried about successes and failures.  Don’t let that concern you.  It’s your duty to go on working steadily day by day, quite quietly, to be prepared for mistakes, which are inevitable, and for failures.

and from Tom Wolfe (with thanks to Mark Floyd for sharing)

He made the discovery men make about their fathers, that the man before him was not an  father but a boy, who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and love, adopted a role called Father so his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.

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