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When a person plies their trade, their profession or some personal activity in one place for any length of time they tend to keep certain items of equipment, gadgets, tools and resources on their work table or bench, in their study or shed. Were some observer with literary skills to comprehensively describe the work area of a writer and poet like myself such an observer might include in his description the following:



the writer’s desk--its size, quality and orderliness--his files, notebooks, stationary, pens and other aids, his computer, printer, sources of illumination(lamps, lights, access to daylight), photographs, paintings, pictures, objets d’art, a brief outline of his library, the writer’s attitudes to and treatment of his books, the frequency of their use; other items of furniture, technology and resources; the time spent in the study, in this micro-milieux, on a daily basis; the view out of the window and at the doorway, the sounds of the street and of nature; the cleanliness, the frequency the study is dusted and vacuumed.

There is much to describe and depending on the level of detail in the description a writer could go on for pages, but the above provides a general overview.-Ron Price, Pioneering Over Four Epochs, 20 February 2007.:cool:



I’ve had a variety of workplaces

over the years: bedroom, lounge,

dining-room, study and now, in

these early years of late adulthood,

I have the kind of order suited to

my needs: an 18 ft. sq. desk space

with its lamp, trays and dictionary,

printer, computer, keyboard, jug

and glass of water, pens, mouse

and that lemon tree outside the

window in my wife’s lovely garden.


This place of creative tranquillity,

this humble habitation, this place

that is my study where I repose

in peace in this my retirement

far, far from the tumult of society

and its madding crowd in these

darkest hours before the dawn

where my soul can enjoy the

rendezvous with its Source and

the ventilation of a quickening,

renewing, clarifying, amplifying

wind and its rigorous effects.



Ron Price

20 February 2007

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