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9.19.2011

Refilling Station


"They never asked, 'Were you able to work today?' Maybe they had, twenty or thirty years earlier, but they'd gradually learned not to. There are empty spaces that must be respected—those often long periods when a person can't see the pictures or find the words and needs to be left alone."

Fair Play by Tove Jansson

I read Fair Play on Saturday—a quiet novel about creativity and growth—and that passage reached out of its pages and shook me by the shoulders.

Empty spaces. Alone. Yes.

I spent the weekend away from work. I read a few novels, watched several episodes of Bones and Black Books, and strolled through my neighborhood.

I'm looking at this week's schedule, and every day is full. But I am full again, too.

11 comments:

  1. I so know the feeling. I always forget that I need time to recharge and reset in order to keep going--but it is so important. So glad you found some time for you this weekend!

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  2. I have had all year to recharge and now I am cramming six months of work into a single month. HAHAHAHHAHA OH.

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  3. quiet novel about creativity? yes please! also the picture is so, so awesome.
    I don't quite know the idiom in English, but, have a productive working week!

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  4. Steph, if you haven't already read them, I highly recommend Tove Jansson's Moomin books. Ostensibly for children, they're beautiful timeless tales full of little gems of sentences. I think you would enjoy them. They're available on amazon. She wrote comic strips of the Moomins too that I'm less familiar with, but I'm sure those are great too.

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  5. Fair Play sounds really intriguing -- I'll have to check it out. And yes, I could use more solitude in my life too.

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  6. So true. Recharging doesn't have to be long periods of not working -- daily breaks like yoga or TV or walking the dog can make a big difference too. One way or another, though, creative minds/spirits do need a rest.

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  7. I've been recharging for about a month. I think I may recharge forever. =)

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  8. Anonymous2:15 AM GMT-5

    Totally unrelated, but...
    I just re-read Anna (in preparation for Lola) and I was wondering, which Captain Jack is Captain Jack named after?

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  9. tuuli — I *love* the Moomin books. Snufkin is my favorite. :)

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  10. Nice! I was totally in love with Snufkin when I was a kid... but these days I drink my morning coffee from the Sniff mug from this series: http://www.arabia.fi/web/Arabiawww.nsf/en/tableware_moomin_collection_parts_and_colours_mugs

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  11. OMG I have been Bones OBSESSED lately. Already watched every episode Netflix has to offer. sigh.

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