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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

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Blog Posted:6/14/2013 8:02:00 AM

Through most of grammar school we lived in a small cape about 20 miles north of Hartford Connecticut.  The small cape part is only important because of the proximity of the kitchen to the living room where my mother would knit.  I don’t know why but as I put a glass away today it clanged against another and reminded me of “The Cookie Jar”, a big ugly thing Mom had made in ceramics. (Remember ceramics where people would make ashtrays big enough to hold a carton) Anyhow, the cookie jar was under the corner cupboard to the left of the sink which made it doubly hard to raid.  To be successful you had to reach into the corner, slightly lift it off the Formica, cushion with your hands as you slid it toward you to access the top. Honestly, I kinda think that the thrill of the heist was more important than the prize, and Mom always had great homemade cookies in there!  So once you could get to the top the hardest part was still waiting. Carefully removing the top, grabbing a cookie (only one cause I think Mom inventoried them) and replacing the top without making a sound, with Mom knitting only 20 feet away and with only 20 minutes left till dinner.  If you say “big deal” you have never known stress, true tension, nor the thrill of well earned success, nor the spine tingling admonishment of “GET OUT OF THAT COOKIE JAR, YOU'LL SPOIL YOUR APPITITE!” Which brings one final thought spawned by the first---have you ever seen a guy knit?---Later

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  1. Date: 6/14/2013 4:49:00 PM
    We did have a cooking jar but what i loved to take without being noticed were those yummy chocolatesB-) A man knitting?I ve never seen one..I mean i ve never seen a man so patient to do such thing : ) Id love some hand-made knitted doilees : )

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 6/18/2013 12:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    : )
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/14/2013 5:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Perhaps Caleb--nevermind!
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Love this story, Craig!

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 6/14/2013 6:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Nope!
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/14/2013 2:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Did you have a cookie jar Ruben?
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 1:28:00 PM
    my granduncle knits as a preventive mesaure for possible alzheimers, and he plays mahjong, scrabble as well.. seems these activities are successful; he still knows his name, but clearly wants to forget his wifey's hah!...jkidding..:) huggs

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/14/2013 2:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Nette, probably too innocent to raid the cabinets b4 dinner? ;D
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 9:36:00 AM
    Craig, I think this memory of the cookie jar is beautiful and yes I have seen a man knitting, at the coffee shop I frequent there is a man sitting at a table knitting, apparently it is good for arthritis, he is pretty good too! Constance

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/14/2013 10:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I would think it would be helpful for that--I don't think I would have the patience--especially if I dropped a stitch!--I remember watching Mom pull out about 3 rows to get back to one.
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 9:33:00 AM
    Ummmmm...okay. I spent a lot of rainy days watching and talking to my great-grandmother when I was young. Mostly she talked about invisible bugs on the floor or the little kid that lived under the magnolia tree and sometimes I would just sit next to her and listen to her eat butterscotch candies...it totally zoned me out. Anyhow...she knitted...and...well...I sorta picked it up. So yes, Craig, I know how to knit. Darn...is that a shot to my manhood?...haha. But I've always liked anything I could craft with my hands...wood-carving, metal fabrication, and yeeeesss...knitting. Been a long time but I reckon I could throw out a pot-holder or some dish towels or somethin' fairly easy......oh mercy

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/14/2013 2:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    How bout one of them Christmas sweaters with a big moose with lights strung on the antlers ;-)
    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith Date: 6/14/2013 1:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    NOOOOOO.....tell you what, if you keep quiet, I'll knit you a sweater...
    ML Avatar SCRIBE ML Date: 6/14/2013 12:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm telling Caleb lol
    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith Date: 6/14/2013 11:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ha...ain't we a sight..;)
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/14/2013 10:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey, and we write poetry too!
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/14/2013 10:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have to admit my Mom and wife tried to teach me a couple times but to no avail!
    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith Date: 6/14/2013 9:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    P.S. Don't tell my wife but I can totally sew better than her too. Poor thing, I usually just let her mess it up..."Yeah, babe, that looks real good."
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 9:15:00 AM
    Yes, I have seen a man knit. He learned as part of his therapy after a heart attack to have quiet relaxed time.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/14/2013 10:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The problem is that I don't know what relaxed time is
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 8:18:00 AM
    No about the male knitting, but you have me thinking about those cookies. You guys should've waited til they slept, ate the cookies, wake up first to tell on your brother; that's how my little brother always did me...lol

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/14/2013 8:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Marlon , I might have but I didn't have a brother till I was 16--LOL--it was the other way around, my sister always told on me!
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 8:12:00 AM
    You are such a great storyteller! This brought a huge smile to my face this morning. Makes me very nostalgic for those good old days of childhood. P.S. I have seen a guy knit! Not well, but he did his darnedest! (No pun intended)

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    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith Date: 6/14/2013 9:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Darnedest....ha
    Ober Avatar Heather Ober Date: 6/14/2013 9:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Haha! Maybe I'll just keep some things to myself then ;)
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/14/2013 8:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Don't tell me little Heather ever made a food heist, I'd be very disillusioned!

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