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  • Several years ago I placed some bricks on the ground where my back walk meets the alley. For a while they provided a stable transition from walk to pavement. Later the city added recycling to the back alley trash pick-up. More steps and heavy rains took their toll, and soon every time we crossed that threshold, those bricks threatened us with twisted ankles.

    I decided to pour a concrete step, but I've never undertaken a project without adding extra steps. Since I was working with concrete I decided to set my street number into the step in mosaic. It's a small touch, and most people wouldn't give it a second look. I look at it and I see something I made that makes my world just a little richer.

    The poet Nikky Finney called Rosa Parks a woman "devoted to the handmade." While I wouldn't dream of comparing myself to either of those accomplished women, that connection between making something yourself and making your world a better place rings true. When you make things you can feel it.
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