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Here’s Terrill Welch‘s response to yesterday’s post “who is writing?”

Thanks Peter for your commitment to articulate daily and for integrating bits of ideas and thoughts from others. Your comments remind me of a piece that Emily Carr wrote in her diaries late in October 1936.

“There’s words enough, paint and brushes enough and thoughts enough. The whole difficulty seems to be getting the thoughts clear enough, making them stand still long enough to be fitted with words and paint. They are elusive–like wild birds singing above your head, twittering close beside you, chortling in front of you, but gone the moment you put out a hand. If ever you do catch hold of a piece of a thought it breaks away leaving the piece in your hand just to aggravate you.

“If one only could encompass the whole, corral, enclose it safe–but then maybe it would die, dwindle away because it could not go on growing. I don’t think thought COULD stand still–the fringes of them would always be tangling into something just a little further on that would draw it out and out. I guess that is just WHY it is so difficult to catch a complete idea–it’s because everything is always on the move, always expanding.”

As in the description of writing by Emily Carr, your daily writings keep ideas and thoughts moving, alive and going out and out. I am honoured to be able to read, listen, think and share in these exchanges. You offer a gift … a gift that allows others to participate, share and expand–even when you do not know who they are and even when they never comment on your blog.

Emily Carr (1871–1945) was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. image: Totem walk at Sitka by Emily Carr.

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