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www.zidao.com Apprentice harmonizer, for sheer fun. Journeywoman writer, for work and pleasure. Starting point was Iowa, current stopping point on this journey is Switzerland, with frequent pauses around the world to watch and listen to the crowd, and occasionally make comments.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

China teacup handle

Tea for the working woman

This is the handle on the China tea mug that sits with me every day while I work. I was staring at it, thinking about how, in much of my work, I try to get people to focus a bit further ahead than today and tomorrow, to plan their budgets with the future in mind. How hard that is for all of us!

Kunming's workers

And I thought about the men and women in Kunming, China, more than 1,000 years ago, who inspired the painting that in the 20th century made it onto a porcelain teacup handle. How hard it would have been for them to understand that an American sitting in Switzerland (two countries that did not exist) a millennium later would be charmed by miniature versions of themselves, going about their daily tasks, while she sipped tea that had arrived by airplane from their kingdom .

Creativity: wondering if there is another way

The fellow at the top of the handle is sitting under a tree and just thinking. He's wondering if there is a better way forward.

He's working as hard as the rest of them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You find wonders to ponder in the smallest things around you. I love it!

2:47 PM  

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