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I'm celebrating my fourth anniversary, though judging from my recent posts, you might say I'm resurrecting YGS. I'm glad to report that summer has been pleasant — though spent less at what Wallace Stegner, in a well-named western novel, calls an Angle of Repose. I spent my summer roofing — at an angle of 53o.

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:

The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens — wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The New English Bible, Isaiah 50:4

I still admit I'm hard of hearing, but I try to remember, too, what it means to listen.

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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?

Posted by Aunt Huldah on September 28, 2006 03:32 PM

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.

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Styles on September 29, 2006 11:07 AM

Hmmmm. OK.

Posted by Aunt Huldah on September 29, 2006 11:36 AM

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.

Posted by Loretta Markle on October 2, 2006 12:48 PM


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