The beginning of the end

For the longest time the termination of a handle has puzzled me. I know how I want to start it but ending it has always been a puzzle. I have added lozenges. I have filled in the crotch. I have pushed up and pushed down. I have swiped, made little heart shapes, actually I have tried so hard I have forgotten all I tried. I'm still trying to end the handle. How can this little detail hold a man's attention for so many decades? Some would say such a simple mind needs no more to confuse it. Mr. K is out in the garage glazing and loading my gas kiln. It has been over 15 months of solitude in the studio so to have someone here is so fine, so fine indeed. I need people. I need people that talk art, food, music, books,health and reasonable politics. How to end it? That question has consumed me the past few days. I wrote a blog post a little while ago entitled "Carpe Diem" live for today. I got word that a long time collegues wife had passed. They were married 47 years, very active and Jean died within 31 days of her diagnosis. She was my kids Montessori teacher and was nothing short of amazing. It brings tears to my eyes to think of my two little gaffers at nursery school graduation all dressed up with cardboard mortor boards and graduation diplomas. What would you do if you had 31 days to live? Or how about a week? There was a time when I would want to fill the kiln one more time. Now, the temination puzzles me more than the 4 decades of the handle.
If this were the last night of the world What would I do? What would I do that was different Unless it was champagne with you? This song by Bruce Cockburn makes me cry. This is a Newfoundland toast that I often recite: Here's to it and from it and if you ever get to it for Christ's sake do it!


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What would I do unless it was champagne with you? But what if we we had made a mess of it all and it should have been champagne with you and now it could not be because the end of the world is now? What if our choices were wrong and we were meant to be? What would we feel at the end of the world? But so sad not to be.
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Anke said…
I would go for a last woodfiering with your likeminded buddies. That's the best ,I think!
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How's your french?

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Mary Oliver has it right. Don’t forget shit happens, pay attention.
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Trust your heart, because your brain may have been overtaken by dark forces.

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