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What do I want to birth in the world?

“The ‘minor’ questions: How shall I make this lid, what kind of a handle shall I pull, how high a foot shall I throw on this pot, how small an opening should this bottle have, how much iron oxide shall I apply to this surface? – all these minor questions are the echoes and small ripples from the deeper questions: What am I doing? What do I know? What do I want to learn? How shall I bring myself into ripeness? Teachers of ourselves, we over and over again ask, ‘How do I want this to look?’ And what we mean is, ‘What do I want to birth in the world? In myself?'” -Mary Caroline Richards

from the book “Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person

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Exhalations of narwhals

Exhalations of narwhals - Cathy Durso

“Late one quiet November night in the village of Niaqornat, 300 miles above the Arctic Circle on Greenland’s west coast, the sled dogs began to howl. No one knew for sure, but some of the villagers suspected the dogs had heard the exhalations of narwhals.”

from the article “How Melting Ice Changes One Country’s Way of Life” by Tim Folger, published November 2015 in National Geographic

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To be an artist

To be an artist

“Genius is easy. Genius means that everybody isn’t an artist. Freedom means that everybody is an artist. I believe in freedom. I don’t believe in genius. I don’t think that artists are special people. I think they’re normal people who have managed to harness somehow what is important for everybody. I don’t think they’re born special. I think it’s a language thing. It just suits some people. They can say more that way.” -Damien Hirst

from the book “On the Way to Work”