Sieve Mind: A Writer Wednesday Post

March 26th, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays


Sieve 3Sievery, photo and all text © Irene O’Garden, 2014



“Words draw pictures,” my mother was fond of saying. Perhaps that’s why I paused a moment when I recently heard myself say–as many do– “My mind’s like a sieve.” This mind I was griping about immediately came up with a rejoinder, which I wanted to pass along calligraphically to you:






Taking this week’s photo, I also realized that not only do our sieve minds catch what is important, on a good day they reflect the light, too…


Has your sieve mind caught something interesting lately?

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  • Mark Rettman

    … love that ! My sieve mind catching something important? hmmm… had something to share and then forgot….

    • IreneOGarden

      You make me laugh!

      • Mark Rettman

        no better compliment!

  • Laura

    Another gem…always the best from you!

    • IreneOGarden

      Thanks, Gem-Friend!

  • Brian

    Catch of the day:
    We all yearn to be touched by someone. For most it’s much harder to reach out and make the contact than it is to receive it – so thank goodness for the people who practice reaching out. Without touching we fragment and isolate which effects everyone and the world we live in. Thanks Irene for reaching out the way you do. I don’t always have a chance to read or respond, but I enjoy your touch – each and every one.

    • IreneOGarden

      You’ve touched me, Brian–thank you. Never thought of it as a practice, but what a heartening way to look at it–

    • Mark Rettman

      HI BRIAN, Thanks for your important response / hope you dont mind my writing here…….. Irene’s sieve post reminded me so much of a woman/ resident in a nursing home where I worked… we held cooking time each week to cook with folks that missed it as they were now in a nursing home… I commented that one resident was a great cook and she responded “That must be why I have a mind like a sieve”. ( She had memory loss) When we cared for my spouses mother who had Alzheimers I impressed upon him to touch Grace as often as possible , if she was receptive. — because older folks , unfortunately, just don’t get hugged and held as much as others due to isolation — especially if a spouse is no longer around…. touching psychically and physically is so important…..

  • Ro

    You reminded me of panning for gold. Thanks for your wonderful nugget!

    • IreneOGarden

      And thanks for your sparkle!

  • Scott

    I have put this saying so understandingly put – and so beautifully rendered – on my desktop so that its encouragement is in easy reach. Now, I just have to remember where I put it!!

    • IreneOGarden

      You always catch what’s important, old friend!

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