My friend Pam is (almost ridiculously) generous and kind, so I wasn’t surprised a few weeks ago when she handed me a big bag full of birthday gifts. I was grateful for them all, of course, but I was smitten with one in particular.
I’m a sucker for blank books, you see. The crisp, empty pages practically compel me to write, even when I think I have nothing to say.
Pam’s book was different, though. It was so beautiful — and so beautifully crafted — that my scribblings and musings didn’t seem worthy, and so it sat unused.
But last weekend I finally had an inspiration: Why not fill the book with my favorite quotes? I’ve been collecting them for decades on scraps of paper, or saving them in random word-processing files.
I divided the book into five categories, and used a bit of eyeshadow to color the different sections.
Then, I got busy writing.
It may take me a year or five to fill the entire book. But when I finally do, I will give it back to Pam as a gift. (Shhh! Don’t tell her … it’s a surprise.)
In the meantime, revisiting some of my favorite quotes has inspired me to start playing with typography again. Here are a few Facebook cover photos, for starters. Please feel free to download them if you like ’em.
And here’s to dear friends who encourage us to stay curious and creative. Thank you, dear Pam.