The Words Beneath Our Feet

Artist’s Date, New York Weekend Edition: Library Way

We walk around all day with our heads full of swirling thoughts, doubting thoughts, thoughts that pull us away from what matters, thoughts that threaten against our better intentions to define and direct us.

What if we placed in our way a few reminders of simpler but more powerful words and ideas to bring us back to ground level where we can regain our footing?

Cather Library Way
Plaque designer Greg LeFevre: “Gum is my big enemy.”

That is what New York City does right below our feet for two blocks of East 41st Street that lead to one of the major research libraries in the New York Public Library system. When we happen to look down to check our shoelace or to sip our coffee or just to avoid the gaze of pressing crowds, we discover 96 bronze sidewalk plaques designed by Greg LeFevre, all bearing quotations from some of our world’s most cherished and beloved authors.

You can read the full list of quotations at the bottom of this NY Public Library blog post and see photos of them on Flickr.

One of the quotations that has stayed with me is this one by Virginia Woolf:

Woolf Library Way

This is one of the roles that blogging plays for me. It is a forum for telling the truth about myself, learning what that truth is, and discovering what is common and powerful in our combined truths.

Tomorrow: Artist’s Date, New York Weekend Edition continues with the world of Harry Potter.

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