Letters of Life

The Randomness of Ideas

If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, — quieter, warmer.

Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary General of the United Nations, Nobel laureate (1905-1961)

Where does the inspiration to write come from? Where do ideas strong enough, persuasive enough, provocative enough, to turn into words, come from? The best among us will say, anywhere, everywhere, inside and out.

From reading, writing, talking, eating, listening, walking, running, sitting, looking at the rain.

Good music, good books, good art, good food, good friends, good exercise, good weather (in this case, rain).

Maybe a good joke.

How do you measure the circumference of a pumpkin?

The answer: Pumpkin pi(e).

So this joke only works on listeners aged 14 and up.  I told it to the 10-year-old because I thought it would be easier to measure the roundness of a pumpkin if the vegetable were turned into literal pie. The 10-year-old was trying to laugh, until Andre cut in and said that perhaps he might not understand what pi is.

Oh. That pi.

I’ve got pie on my face now.

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