Thursday, February 21, 2013

This 'pause' may actually be the end.


I think 'Thinking With My Hands' is not likely to return here. I'm saddened at the thought that this seems to be the end, but you never know, I've been wrong before. Anyway, I've very much appreciated those of you who inspired me along the way and gave me your input and who posted such encouraging comments, especially those of you who have stuck with me right from the beginning, over three years ago now. I was grateful you saw value in what I tried to do here and didn't give up on me. It has been lots of fun and a very meaningful experience trying to put my greatest passion into words. I had anticipated that it would just get better and better but unfortunately things got stopped at the border, so to speak. While it seems that most things do eventually come to an end, sometimes those ends come very quickly and without any warning.          Rim 

17 comments:

  1. Please say it isn't so John!I just joined your blog alittle over a month ago. It has been a source of inspiration and has lifted my spirits every time.My reasons are totally selfish, but I'm willing to bet that everyone else feels the same way.In my area there is not much in the way of dry stone walls(everyone wants pavers & segmented block,"ugh").So when I see the imagination and craftsmanship that goes into your projects,I can't help but smile.Personally ,I hope you keep the blog going.But things happen.Whatever you do.I want to say thanks and wish you all the best. Jim

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  2. I've learned so much from your observations. I really admire your work. Be well.

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  3. I won't know how to start my day now. Perhaps I'll have to think for myself. hahahh- thanks for all the interesting words and pictures John. You can always continue to "spout off" at your leisure using Facebook (sans the pressure of the daily blog effort).

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  4. Very dismayed and disappointed at this news. I have followed your wonderful blog for some time now and have found your take on walling (and other strangely related subjects) both fascinating and thought-provoking. If unfortunately, it is indeed the end, then thank you so much for the pleasure your blog has given me.

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  5. Sir John, Please reconsider as you 'pause' for the cause. Have been following since the beginning and have found it very inspirational... It got me thinking each morning. For that, " I thank you. " - Christopher, Victoria B.C.

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  6. Would be sad to see you stop John, but understand the amount of time it requires, but maybe you might pop in for a blog post from time to time, Im sure we will all check in every now and then to see whats happening.

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  7. Pause may be a good thing for you but for you to stop is a bad thing for me.Norman

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  8. My buddy Wade and I were on day 5 of a canoe trip on the Petawawa River 20 years ago. I had picked up a guidebook to help navigate the trip and we shot all rapids with great success and much effort. We came to a long 5 mile stretch of fast,steady riffle and the book advised us to relax and enjoy the ride through this part but to keep aware... in fact it said the only thing that could go wrong is if you stop paying attention. We did, and hit the only big-ass boulder in the entire stretch and flipped over, full gear. This sucked and we were in shock. It then hit us that we were still right where we wanted to be (blue water, green pines and blue sky) and still heading the right way, plus we had been saving scotch for just such an occasion. Now I'm not sure which rock has thrown your canoe John, and there's nothing wrong with stopping and drying off, but I hope you continue the trip. Life is too much fun to walk back with a soaker. js

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  9. I sure hope not John. I've read your blog pretty much every day since doing your workshop in Lindsay. If you do stop now though, it's fitting you left us all with "Happy Hearts".

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  10. Hi, John, many thanks for all your inspiration and best wishes for future directions. I've been an avid follower. I teach metal casting at Haliburton the week before you, so perhaps we'll cross paths...

    Stewart Smith
    stewartpatterns.com

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  11. Well that's disappointing. I always thought you'd go out in some kind of explosion. Thanks for sharing your thoughts these past years.. who knew piling up rocks had so much to be discussed? js

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  12. John,
    I have watched and checked this blog over the past three years. I have always looked forward to it for the creativity and inspiration you have consistently supplied. I hope inspiration turns you back, but if not, thank you. It has been great.

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  13. I've been following sense the beginning. I hope we can meet someday, and work some stone. The best in your future, T.J.

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  14. Dear John: So sorry the daily column has to come to an end, but I guess all things do eventually. I will miss my early morning reading – weird, the day I’m two hours late is the morning of the bad news.
    I’ve often wondered how you managed to stay loyal to both yourself and your readers each day, and for that you must be commended. I hope this only means you’re “just tired of doing the same ol’ thing” and not that there’s health problems or that you’re giving up your passion with stone. W. Wick

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  15. John, I'm sorry about the Blog and sorry that I'll loose the tenuous connection i made with you Wallers, thru Peter, and having the great pleasure of working under your direction on the "Gables" project, or whatever he's named that beautiful diagonal stack of rocks
    I'll keep looking for you wherever i see dry walls. i'm sure we'll meet again.
    thanks for the inspiration. Rhys

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  16. Hey John,

    Just saw that you're shutting down your blog. It was part of my morning routine for sometime now. Kind of an abrupt ending but I'm sure you have your reasons. Some pretty clever stuff on there. Anyways, hope you find another outlet for your writing and drawings. I'm sure your other blog followers feel the same. Talk to you later.

    Sean Donnelly

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