0400 Saturday morning. For those of us who have biological clocks set for early rising, it seems not to matter if it is Saturday or a workday. I heard from Piotr in Poland that the Svedosky 8x10 and 4x5 reducing back will be ready to ship next week, a bit earlier than anticipated. Still lots of winter left to cart it to local rivers and landscapes, including the Keweenaw. At this point, I own only one 8x10 film holder, but will gradually acquire a few more on ebay. It has been so cold, Benny does his business on the patio, three feet from the sliding glass door.
Today is our famous SISU cross country ski racing event in Ironwood, a race that attracts thousands of nordic skiing enthusiats to our town. You see SISU on the backs of many vehicles all across the U.P. all year. It is of course a Finnish word that equates in English to strength to perservere or guts and toughness to make it through adversity. This saying to many, encapsulates the spirit of those that live in this unforgiving climate.
“When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha