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“A” Collection (Ruth’s SOLS)

Bits of my mantel.

I collect the letter A. I think it’s fun to hide them throughout the house and in my office at school. I like to tuck them into unexpected places. On top of a picture frame, above a door, beside a table lamp. Recently I gathered several of them and placed them on our mantel. I was surprised by the number. Even more, I was surprised how much I like this collection.

It is eclectic. Metal, plastic, wood, red, yellow, blue, black, formal, old, modern, distressed all coming together. Isn’t this when life is at it’s best? When a bunch of unexpected things come together to make a whole? It reminds me of many aspects of my life, but right now it reminds me of our Slice Community. We are eclectic. Nationalities, ages, occupations, hobbies, passions are all different, and yet we come together in a powerful way. We are joined by writing. I’m surprised how powerful it is. And I really like our “collection” of Slicers.

Happy writing everyone. I’m glad to be part of this community of writers.

13 thoughts on ““A” Collection (Ruth’s SOLS)

  1. Love the way you moved the metaphor from an actual collection of tangible objects to that ephemeral experience of our community of slicers.

    I had never thought of us as a collection, but I like that! We could take it one step further and consider ourselves a writing collective. Sounds very cool.


  2. I love how you’ve taken your collection and carefully incorporated it throughout your life. It also looks incredibly stylish. I really like this idea and love how you inluded our community in the connection.


  3. I love letters, for all sorts of reasons. I have bookends–A and Z and a collection of ABC books. Thanks for sharing–and I will echo some others about the SOLS challenge. I am a new slicer–and I have encouraged my students (pre-service teachers) to slice with me. They don’t all post to this site, but they post to our class wiki regularly. The slicing has enhanced our sense of community as we’ve shared pieces of our lives that don’t often get shared in class. One student wrote last week that he would miss the slicing when March ended. So will I–for many reasons. Thank you.


  4. As a brand new slicer, I want to tell you you how much I have enjoyed this experience so far. I like this little community and I will be sad when March is over! Thanks for ALL you do! A+ for you! 🙂


  5. Ruth,

    You have an amazing, awesome collection. I love to learn about what others gather. One of my collections is ABC books. I have always wanted to make an alphabet quilt too.

    I love the connection you made to the slicers. Many thanks to you for planting the seeds for this garden of writers. ~Theresa


  6. Oooh, I have an affinity for the letter A myself! 🙂 I do know who to bequeath my monogram purse to now as well! 🙂

    Thanks for the post, the picture and the opportunity to join this eclectic group!!


  7. I’m so glad to be a part of this community as well. It has taught me so much! I can’t begin to tell you how much I have learned. The more I write and comment; the more I want ot write and comment. Everyone in this community is so helpful and I feel like I’m in a utopia. How about a utopia of slicers? I feel encouraged adn inspired! I know for sure that I will continue on this blog for Slice of Life Tuesdays. Thanks for sharing! Happy Slicing! 🙂


  8. Awesome (get it? A for awesome?) collection! Love that you do this and how you linked it to the community of slicers. You might want to read Tam’s slice on collections though…. 🙂


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