“An Intimate Examination of Sock Fluff” Part 8

The next excerpt from my PYI keynote in a series that started in December 2011…

An excerpt from "Something from Nothing"

I hope everyone here knows how Grandpa took Joseph’s blanket and with his scissors and his needle turned Joseph’s worn out blanket into a wonderful . . . jacket. And how through the years it became a vest, a tie, a handkerchief, and a button, each one of them wonderful. And how, one day:

An excerpt from "Something from Nothing"

Of course – because this is a room full of creators – you know, even if you haven’t read Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman, that Joseph’s mother and grandfather are mistaken, because of course making something from nothing is what we do.

And that’s one of the rewards – the thrills – of the creative life that simply can’t be beat.

Read the rest of “An Intimate Examination of Sock Fluff”

Part 1 > Part 2 > Part 3 > Part 4 > Part 5 > Part 6 > Part 7 > Part 8 > Part 9 > Part 10 > Part 11 > Part 12 > Part 13 > Part 14

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

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  1. Gillian on July 17, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Beautiful, Kathy. It's been such a pleasure to re-read your speech over the last few months.

  2. Kathy Stinson on July 17, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Glad you're enjoying it, Gillian – again.

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