Photograph by Dan Deschenes
Photograph by Dan Deschenes

A friend of mine took this photograph, one of about twenty he snapped of this grasshopper on a summer day. And one of the thousands and thousands and thousands of pictures he took over his lifetime. Just a visual example of that old joke: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice.

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3 thoughts on “Practice”

  1. You’ve taken me back to Lily Tomlin on stage in Boston in “The Searchfor Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” as Trudy, the Baglady, telling this joke. Trudy is a memorable character and the show is brilliantly written. All the practice that has gone into the work of both Lily and writer, Jane Wagner, is both evident and invisible. Evident because we know what we know about process, and invisible because they make it seem effortless.

  2. I saw that show too! Thanks for that memory. Yeats also said that about writing:
    “A line will take us hours maybe;
    Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought,
    Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.”
    ~ “Adam’s Curse”

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