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Contents Page: July 1, 2011, vol 7 no 2

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Charles Tarlton


Learning Your Way

"Thus with the virtue of strategy I practise many arts and abilities—all things with no teacher."

I call this the method of the early stages. Once I was creating moldings for the exposed ends of stairs on a long staircase. I started at the bottom and worked my way up—measuring, sawing, sanding, fitting, and fastening. By the time I had reached the sixth or seventh molding, I got the hang of it. All the rest of the way to the top each molding was easy, perfect, and quick. When I reached the top, I went back to the bottom and made the first six or seven again—easily, perfectly, and quickly.

watching crows
lift heavily and slowly
from tree limbs
then catching a wind
sail like an angels

by trial and error
genius feels the way
auto didact
learning as he goes

long practice
carves complex patterns
in your mind
hand follows thought
a marble in a groove


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