Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Permanence of Waves by C. J. Clark

In “The Permanence of Waves,” the author takes us on a magical journey into the secret lives of the things we often take for granted. We are invited into a new way of seeing ourselves, others, and the world in which we live.

You will meet Olive and her grandfather, whom she is worried about. Grandpa lives with his dog Scout at the edge of the woods near a lake. Olive wants her granddad to come live with her so that she will know that he is safe. When Olive goes to visit her grandfather to move him to Kansas, she finds a story that he has written for her daughter, Lottie. While reading the story, Olive learns about herself, and others, and that all is not as it seems. Through the grandfather’s story, which gives a voice to things that often seem non-sentient, we revisit ideas of age, self-sufficiency, our forgotten past, and what is really important.

This is a gentle, uplifting story, filled with symbolism that speaks of inter-connection and influence.

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“Before I Speak, I Ask Myself . . .”

“Before I speak, I ask myself: ‘Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?’ And I usually keep my mouth shut.” Fred Astaire

This sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Yet, for me this is easier said than done. In the heat of the moment, it might seem true. Emotional reasoning has a way of coloring the truth. It might also seem necessary, because if I don’t say it, I might explode. And the concept of “kind” is often the farthest thing from my mind.

I read somewhere that Fred Astaire’s dance moves appeared effortless because he rehearsed relentlessly. Over time, the moves became somewhat automatic. I am not physically graceful, and have no dreams of dancing. However, perhaps  if I tried relentlessly asking Astaire’s questions of myself, I might be able to appear effortless in my gentle relating with others. With enough practice, it might even become automatic!