Tuesday, April 20, 2021

finding beauty in everyday things.

A friend, Charlie Plant who coordinates the Big Picture School's Harbor Freight Fellows program, has written a lovely blog post about the beauty of everyday things. 


Charlie calls into question the artificiality of the line drawn between the arts, crafts and the trades. I'm reminded of the man, who used to do telephone installations here in Carroll County, working for Ma Bell. To see the insides of the junction box he installed was to witness his meticulous concern, with each wire left twisted and coiled in perfect shape. He left his own distinctive craftsmanship as a signature for others along the line to discover: the next lineman to open the box would discover not only that he cared about his work, but that he cared about himself and had respect for and pride in his own labor, and that he was there, making his own mark on things.

We build society in that manner.

As we've shifted things, outsourcing to machinery in foreign lands, we've lost too much.

Make, fix and create. Assist others in learning likewise.

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