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When it Feels Like Work

Posted 11/04/2014 by Stacey Cornelius

I’ve spent the past several months communing with construction materials. During that time I’ve had the opportunity to carefully examine the concept as well as the bruising reality of work.

The concept has proven more difficult.

A dozen years ago, at another house and during another renovation, I was feeling overwhelmed and said I needed more help from my partner. The reply: “But he works!”
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Cultivate Fascination

Posted 05/30/2014 by Stacey Cornelius

I can’t watch The Lord of the Rings on DVD without seeing green screens. I made the mistake of watching “the making of” videos that came with the discs. Totally ruined the magic.

Technology makes that hard sometimes, as newer techniques date the old. But work made by hand is nearly immune from that affliction.
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In Praise of Creative Indecisiveness

Posted 04/17/2014 by Stacey Cornelius

“He should pick something and stick with it.”

This said about an artist, not by a money-worried, security-seeking family member, but by someone in his creative community.

Those words never cease to amaze me. Or plunge an icy, serrated blade of terror into my heart.

As advice goes, it’s pretty awful.

If you’ve ever discovered that message about to exit your brain and become fully audible, I suggest you clamp your hand over your mouth immediately. Because you may have no idea who you’re talking to.
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