The Topic for this week is


The focus of our class this Thursday morning is TIME.

How do we protect our margins so we can listen? How do you take the time to find out what you think before you hear how everyone else thinks?
William Blake, the poet, spoke of protecting the “thirty minutes a day where the devil couldn’t find him.”  I love that idea.  So often we are multi-tasking and not leaving any room between the logs (poem 2) for oxygen to spark new creativity  — the months of September and October are too pretty to miss!   Your prelude to the class is this:

1 audio poem (two ways are given to open it)—If you like you can read along as you listen.  And then you have a second poem, titled  ‘FIRE.’        That’s it.. Think about the topic before Thursday morning and I will see you then!  PS. we posted that we start at 9 am one place and 9:30 on the survey you answered. Check your calendar on you phone or fridge.. and correct it to read 9 AM on Thursday!

Nita...PS> any needs about logistics should be directed to Danielle Smith  ( Thanks

The Poem that Goes with the Audio is below

You’ve Got to Start Somewhere
By Deborah Landau

I had the idea of sitting still

while others rushed by.

I had the thought of a shop

that still sells records.

A letter in the mailbox.

The way that book felt in my hands.

I was always elsewhere.

How is it to have a body today,

to walk in this city, to run?

I wanted to eat an apple so precisely

the tree would make another

exactly like it, then lie

down uninterrupted

in the gadgetless grass.

I kept texting the precipice,

which kept not answering,

my phone auto-making

everything incorrect.

I had the idea. Put down the phone.

Earth, leaves, storm, water, vine.

The gorgeous art of breathing.

I had the idea — the hope

of friending you without electricity.

Of what could be made among the lampposts

with only our voices and hands.

Deborah Landau, “You’ve Got to Start Somewhere”




What makes a fire burn

is space between the logs,

a breathing space.

Too much of a good thing,

too many logs

packed in too tight

can douse the flames

almost as surely

as a pail of water would.

So building fires

requires attention

to the spaces in between,

as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build

open spaces

in the same way

we have learned

to pile on the logs,

then we can come to see how

it is fuel, and absence of the fuel

together, that make fire possible.

We only need to lay a log

lightly from time to time.

A fire


simply because the space is there,

with openings

in which the flame

that knows just how it wants to burn

can find its way.

~ Judy Brown ~

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