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questions.

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came across this open door

when walking in the park

  so many questions. 

 

“answers are closed rooms; and questions are open doors that invite us in.”

-nancy willard

 

 

 

argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – march 2021

listen and hope.

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I signed his copy of ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ and he said, “My teacher said fifth grade is the year of asking questions.”

“Really?” I said.

“Yeah,” he said.  He took out a notebook.  “Every day we’re supposed to ask someone different a good question and listen really good and then write down the answer when they’re done talking.”

“Oh,” I said, “I get it.  I’m someone different.  Okay, what’s your question?”

“My question is how do you get all that hope into your stories?”

“That’s not a good question,” I said.  “That’s a great question.  Let me think.  Um.  I guess that writing the story is an act of hope, and so even when I don’t feel hopeful, writing the story can lead me to hope.  Does that make sense?”

“Yeah,” he said.  He looked me in the eye.  “It’s kind of a long answer.  But I can write it all out.  Thanks.”

He picked up his copy of Despereaux, and walked away—writing in his notebook.

This was years ago.

Why did I wake up this morning and think of this child?

Maybe because this is a time to start asking good questions, a time to write down the answers, a time to listen to each other really well.

I’m going to get myself a little spiral bound notebook.

I’m going to listen and hope.

-Kate DiCamillo – American author

downhill.

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hard to tell from this shot

but these benches

were sitting

back to back

slanted at a downward angle

on the side of a hill.

is this a geometry puzzle?

is this a statement?

is this art?

is this science?

is this_______?

 

“if the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!”

-shel silverstein

 

be a good one.

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something is lost or wandering.

(*question and response chain on my neighborhood website – mixed in among the recommendations for contractors, giveaways, news and upcoming events)

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*Anyone lose a peacock? peahen?
A. C. from Crest/Washington · 8h ago
Was leaving the house a little after 11 maybe and a large peacock or peahen appeared wandering through the Kenwood backyards heading north.

P. V. from Crest/Washington · 8h ago
are you sure it wasnt a turkey?

C. G. from Dexter-Miller · 7h ago
A wild turkey has been seen on the South West Side in the last couple days.

A. C.  from Crest/Washington · 5h ago
 A friend and I were at the end of the drive way when we saw it come through the spaces between the garages and at first I thought I was really losing it because it looked like a vulture perching and then for a split second I did think it was a turkey but it was gone. I swear sometimes you never know in this neighborhood.

S. P. from Crest/Washington · 5h ago
Yes, saw the turkeys last year ( or year before ? ) walking up and around Fair Street near Glendale. I thought there used to be three of them.
J.  S.  from Dicken · 1h ago
Well. I can think of even a few turkeys who think they themselves are peacocks!

image credits: eric carle, pinterest

a child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer. ~author unknown

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how many minnows are in there?

what’s that thing?

is that place far away?

how many different colors are in there?

where did the sun go?

why is that bigger than my head?

who’s turn is it?

sittin’ on a dock on a bay…..

address:

on glen lake up north in michigan