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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Michael's Chronicle: Doors


Michael Thiele is a woodsmith who makes musical instruments and playable furniture. He spends most of his life either in the shop or out on the road buying wood and selling his work at craft shows. In recent years, his travels have begun to inspire his own writing, so he sends me his thoughts.

Jan 16

Uncertainty and unanticipated circumstance attract my attention. Always have. As a person who travels for a living I have come to expect and, in fact embrace, the unexpected. I could cringe and dither. Really. Those are completely normal human responses. Most people I know would empathize with me. We’ve all been there.

The silver lining around things going terribly wrong (as in my airline debacle of Monday) is that these things create space in our lives. Unexpected space but space nonetheless. My inability to travel back to the shop in this case opened the week for attending to a pet (and quite important) project. It also gave my dense life room to breathe. The two are not unrelated. I had a really productive day yesterday in the realms of product design and inquiry. Head space and available time made it possible. Doors close and others open. I am grateful for both.

This weekend’s event is in Boca Raton, a place along the South Florida east coast whose name literally means “Mouse Mouth” or little inlet. The event, sponsored by the Howard Alan group, is called Boca Fest at the Town Center. The weather forecast is kinda windy, kinda cool but no rain. We’ll see.


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