I think the problem I was having is pretty common: Take something you think is really important and want everyone else to think is important, and try to tell it in one grand sweeping gesture. Hmm. I know better, but once again I managed to miss the forest for the trees. Thank goodness I have scissors and attitude aplenty.
I am clear as a bell on what the big picture is for this body of work. No, it didn't come to me in a vision one sleepless night. I've been working it out as I go, paying attention and looking for connections.
Turns out, I've been taking advantage of one of the benefits of middle age, according to a recent article in the New York Times.
The brain, as it traverses middle age, gets better at recognizing the central idea, the big picture. If kept in good shape, the brain can continue to build pathways that help its owner recognize patterns and, as a consequence, see significance and even solutions much faster than a young person can.Picture me as Kathy Bates in that parking lot in Fried Green Tomatoes. Those Fiskars? That's my insurance.