Friday, January 11, 2013

Artifact

PencilI've been setting up my new studio, which means I've been unearthing little treasures like this pencil. I learned to write with this pencil. I remember receiving it on the first day of first grade. Our teacher handed them out, and over the course of the year, we learned to write our letters as we repeated their sounds--which were somehow linked with some episodic story about a girl and a young cowboy or something or other. I'm surprised I still have this pencil, but I'm glad I held onto it. Every ad and article I've written in my career, as well as my book, has its roots in this simple childhood tool.

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