Take Your Own Sweet Time: A Writer Wednesday Post

November 5th, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays | News | Publication News


SpeedingLight, photo & all text ©Irene O’Garden, 2014

I get as speedy as anyone, but when I found this thought in an old notebook this week, it slowed me into a long morning of design.

Notwithstanding my recent post on retouching, I thought you might enjoy a little peek behind the curtain. Here’s the photograph on which it is based:


I snapped this picture of our malfunctioning water-treatment unit to email the technician.

We all have to deal with maintenance, chores, errands. But taking our time– with a scribbled thought, a homely image, or the dailiest of tasks– is what sweetens our time.

Have a sweet week.

Publication News: I’m happy to say that in honor of Thanksgiving, Untreed Reads, is offering 30% off the price of my Pushcart Prize-winning essay, Glad To Be Human when you buy it from their website. Some people make reading it aloud part of their festivities and it’s a welcome gift .

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  • Laura

    You always have the poetic touch to even the most mundane of objects or tasks- that’s what makes you so eloquent…and I am so appreciative. You enrich the everyday.,

    • IreneOGarden

      Thank you Laura–as my Mom would say, you’re swell-egant!

  • Ann

    What’s better than experiencing a profound truth while laughing out loud at the sheer fun of it all? Love it!

    • IreneOGarden

      From such a great dispenser of laughs as yourself, a real compliment!

  • Mark Rettman

    The joy is not the harvest, its the harvesting …..peace and love your way …..

    • IreneOGarden

      One of my favorite of your lyrics from one of my favorite of your songs, Mark–thanks for the chime of memory–

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