From the draft on August, ’14
Spirals (notebooks), collected over years, holding so much of my days, specific hours, moments where writing was the right thing to do. Better writers than I have organized their Spirals (color coding?).
Alas, I am not one of these cool spiral scholars. In the small room at the top of the stairs to the right, a place that I reluctantly call an “office”, I noticed stacks of notebooks in different places. I believe that a small hurricane flew to my office, left its tracks, the notebooks landing in a chaotic posture. These pictures may give you a glimpse of what I am talking about:
Not too long ago, I experienced a different kind of encounter with spirals, on an outing with my son, a passionate young wild man.
My son has a black compass-with-(fold up) binoculars, attached to a sharp looking black lanyard. This week the boy dropped his compass, and one of the binocular lenses popped out, a serious problem to be resolved, immediately. The idea of my son on an expedition through the Yukon, or backpacking into the wilderness of Alaska, or accepting a dangerous mission in the Himalayas … without his black compass-with fold up binoculars is truly a sobering thought.
We jumped into the jeep, found where his black compass-with fold up binoculars could be replaced. After the exchange of old for new, we both looked around. In the Home / Office section, there were …
spirals – – – .25 a piece!
Robust joy, flowing through my being! Opening up a new notebook, never written in, releasing the words that flow down on to that beautiful, white, first, page is an outrageously cool thing. I often think of famous authors, using notebooks, like Leonardo da Vinci.
“It doesn’t look like much … no bigger than a pack of playing cards, yet it is one of the most precious objects on display in the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries in the Victoria & Albert Museum London. The notebook of Leonardo da Vinci which dates from 1490-3 is one of five owned by the museum and it was bequeathed by English collector, John Forster in 1876.” The comments are from Lito Apostolakou, freelance author, historian, and feature writer at Suite101; she also has a fascinating blog on the history of writing instruments, where she writes about seeing one of Leonardo’s notebooks.
And, I’ll close with this image: one of Mark Twain’s notebooks. This picture came from a good blog post, http://http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/09/13/the-pocket-notebooks-of-20-famous-men/