Tuesday, November 29, 2011

On occasion.

I am soberly coming to the realization that doing the right thing and dealing with some of the misconceptions that prevail in the small world of dry stone walling here in Canada will not make a shred of difference to the outcome of a situation if the people who don't know the whole story have already been primed to think you are the bad guy. 

I say this with a degree of pessimism yes, but a kind of freeing insight as to how to go on and not be eaten up by injustices perpetrated by people who must have been on occasion presented with the choice to behave and think otherwise. 

I have posted things on this web site that are, to the best of my ability, the truth about walls and walling. On occasion a few of the posts have been about someone or other who has continuously invested their time saying untrue things about other wallers behind their backs. By contrast, when I write about this problem, I write in public not covertly, and try to make sense of it all in kind of dry stone parables. It should be noted that the person(s) in question were never named or referred to specifically in any posts. Happily their shady antics were usually the stepping stone to some better insight into the way things fit or don't fit together in a dry stone wall.

That others recognized the unsavoury characteristics of the unnamed individuals I wrote about and that the key people even saw themselves, confirms that I have to some extent described them accurately. I take no great delight in exposing them to others but rather hope that their recognition of themselves might be enough to encourage them to seek an amicable resolution with those they find fault with, rather than continue to take delight in conflict. 


  1. Huh??

    Not sure what that's about, I subscribe to your blog because I love the topic & your posts.

    We get enough politics on TV :-)

  2. A rose is a rose is a rose. Gertrude Stein;
    Sacred Family, 1913

  3. Holding a microphone is a powerful thing. You have done a good job with it to spread the awareness of dry stone walling in Canada, and I appreciate that very much. Thank you. Criticism with permission can be a healthy thing for everyone, but without permission it creates nothing but resentment and is beneath you and your passion for walling. Thank you for your post today. As always, I look forward to your next entry.

  4. John:

    As someone who is very much on the periphery of the dry-stone walling community in Canada - I've noticed the different approaches to dry-stone community-building. While you approach dry-stone walling from a social movement perspective (inclusive, accessible to all, change-focused), others would like it to be a select society or club (certification focus, exclusive, professionals-only). Whose approach is best? One could argue that focusing only on professional certification may bring a higher quality of stone-walling but as George Eliot once said: " When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion".

    And one certainly cannot accuse you of doing that! Keep up the good work.

    Mike in Guelph