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September 28, 2006
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I was employed on Smart and Soulful's roof in July and August. Though consumed only at day's end, cheap beer was my pay, and hearing loss my pain. We had powerful, pneumatic tools and much fun shooting compressed breezes through our nail guns. I suppose you could say — evoking an old theme — that summer labor has knocked some palaver out of my writing.
But, boy, am I glad to be back teaching.
Which leads me to a quote, one from Isaiah — as in my Pro Deo et Patria: Father-Called, Father-Sent:
I still admit I'm hard of hearing, but I try to remember, too, what it means to listen.Permalink
Now, Styles, after such a delay we won't let you off so easily. Tell us: What did you learn from roofing? Why is it that "dirty hands" improve our writing, and what's wrong with palaver, anyway? If the pen is mightier than the sword, is the keyboard not more mighty than the pneumatic nail gun?
What did I learn? Well, gravitas: It should be respectfully resisted — at 53o especially (more so at 63 years).
As for "dirty hands" and "palaver" . . . enough said.
Ah, once again you are right on the mark!
Do see Shop Class as Soulcraft, on the decline of manual dexterity and the importance of manual labor.
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