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December 27th, 2007

tinker tonk


Snow Contrast, originally uploaded by gurdonark.

I really think I should write to the Tinker Toy Company, as I believe that my gift for melody is sufficiently limited that it might lend itself to the sound-tracks for tinkertoy opuses (or is it opii?). I like the way that the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Archaeology contains lots of terms that sound worthy like eco-functionalism and time-space convergence. Last night we watched a PBS speical on Bob Newhart that was filled with hidden messages about eco-functionalism and time-space convergence, if only I had known of the words when we watched. The Oxford book does not list the term tinkertoy, by the way, but it does list Jocelyn Toynbee, who wrote Art in Roman Britain. Sometimes when I dig into any subject I find, as with digging holes with a post-hole digger, that no matter how much dirt one removes, there is more underneath. It makes me want to buy a box of tinkertoys and make my own soundtracks.

joy amid uncertainty

The quiet week between Christmas and New Year's is always productive. It's usually a quiet, restful time for me, filled with opportunities to get work done without the telephone ringing. This holiday season carries with it a good bit of foreboding. The news is filled with the sadness of Benazir Bhutto's slaying, and the impending announcements of massive losses due to imprudent sub-prime lending practices by major institutional lenders.

I do not believe that one profits by putting a false front onto troubling times, but I do think there is a virtue in taking things one step at a time. This curious fellow named William George Jordan spoke of the "tonic strength" in "getting back to the simple duties and interests we have slighted and forgotten". I am all for finding simple ways to focus on the task at hand--making the world a little less grim.