Oct. 27, 2017 Pat visited for a few days, then Kathleen did. We had wonderful times sitting at the table overlooking the lake, sharing our interests and skills. Work was our play. We explored family tree making, Lightroom, polymer clay, Dremel tools, pumpkin carving, memoir writing, music, and more. Our cabin is full of folkart inspiration from around the world and a hoard of tools and supplies. Work as play comes easy.
For years, I've thought of our home as a "monastery": an isolated place perfect for study and contemplation. A loving refuge from the world.
With Pat and Kathleen, I got a glimpse of our retreat expanded to others. "Bring something to work on that you don't mind sharing." It's not a bootcamp and neither Jim nor I are gurus. It's easygoing conversation while exercising curiosity, skillbuilding, and problem-solving. I think it also happened years ago when young Brendan spent a month with us to help catalog art. He taught as much as he learned.
It's not quite co-work, not a maker space. Maybe closer to a knitting circle or quilting bee. It's how I might like to fill the niche others use to play bridge or golf.
When I went searching for a graphic to illustrate this entry, I remembered a doodle about the power of sitting at the table with someone who was really working their gift. The joint result was "shekinah" -- a divine presence settling over us. Yeah.
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