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December 23, 2007
Baking today brought me a small amount of holiday spirit. No rolled cookies, there is no countertop in my kitchen, quite literally, so I confine myself to quick breads, cakes, muffins, drop cookies, that kind of thing, working with the limitations of my bare bones kitchen. I wonder sometimes what it would be like to work without limits, to create with no constrictions. But then I think of this writing project and how its limits have often sharpened my focus, how it constantly makes me remove the artificial, the excess and superfluous, leaving only the bare essence of my thoughts.