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July 18th 2009

    "Spoonidexterous" has emerged from the wife as a word to describe a pinnacle of ability in a field that does not receive the attention it should.  Spoonidexterous refers to an ability to stir with both hands.  And here I do not refer to the stirring of sugar into tea, rather I mean that stirring of additional trouble into thinking that is already awkward.

    "Ankle-biting" has been a texture in our world for a number of years.  The good ankle-bite follows a "friendly reminder".  The ankle-biter has arrived at a moment of exasperation which requires action. Generally it produces a sense of satisfaction in the ankle-biter and a sense of nervousness in the ankle-bitten. The exchange is usually brief and the results do not incur a sense of success or failure, because "ankle-biting" is a form unto itself.


    "Stirring" should not be confused with "ankle-biting".  "Ankle-biting" is an explosive moment.  It is the raw egg on hot bacon fat.   Stirring, on the other hand, belongs to an altogether slower cuisine.  It is premeditated and slow.  A series of small questions that indulge the Socratic method.  And I suggest it takes many years of practice at stirring to produce "spoonidexterity".

    The spoonidexterous are masters of their craft.  With a single gesture or word they can summarize a circumstance of troubled thinking to produce sometimes erratic consequences.  In the presence of these masters, wariness is a necessary attribute for the uninitiated, but when the spoonidexterous gather, as sometimes they do, laughter can often be heard.

tim candler

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