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morning (“time to make the donuts”)



i was invited once again to try to make some pottery.  i think it is a job that requres deep focus. 

a ball of clay

a ball of clay

little by little wins this race.  just when i thought i had it, i had created a donut. 


i think if i can find a hobby like this, i can truly learn to focus my mind.  when i think of music, and specifically taiko, i think that could be the hobby to do it.  i mean if you think about it, just like when i was in drum and bugle corps, the focus had to be there.  during the last day’s preformance we were told not to think about the hot field.  i did for a second, and i remember it ever since as the moment of when i could have been the weakest link.  i do not want to be that.  likewise this summer i was going along all right and noticed i was sweating, and after that i stopped.  i know i cannot be intense about the playing.  i must remember to have a loose grip and make bicycle circles.  there are a lot of “i” statements in my journals.  i do not mind because i am the one writing and living these experiences.  so, if you are reading this, and have some structural suggestions, i will keep an open mind.


About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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