But I shall not trouble the reader with a particular description of my own mechanics; let it suffice to say, that in six weeks time with the help of the sorrel nag, who performed the parts that required most labour, I finished a sort of Indian canoe, but much larger, covering it with the skins of YAHOOS, well stitched together with hempen threads of my own making
. My sail was likewise composed of the skins of the same animal; but I made use of the youngest I could get, the older being too tough and thick; and I likewise provided myself with four paddles.
At length I resolved to try a pitfall; so I dug several large pits in the earth, in places where I had observed the goats used to feed, and over those pits I placed hurdles of my own making
too, with a great weight upon them; and several times I put ears of barley and dry rice without setting the trap; and I could easily perceive that the goats had gone in and eaten up the corn, for I could see the marks of their feet.
My driving troubles weren't entirely of my own making
. I began with a cultural handicap: My immigrant parents, Holocaust survivors, didn't drive; we never owned a car, and I grew up in Manhattan, where public transportation is so wonderful and parking spaces so scarce that a car is actually a liability.
I chose to use patterns of my own making
that are similar as tributes."
1978 The Guggenheim Rothko retrospective was a liberation from a prison of my own making
. The Friedrich-Rothko comparison had all too quickly become a platitude, even providing a rhetorical conclusion for Diane Waldman's catalogue essay.
She is gone again and I will not bear it, I will drag my grief through a winter of my own making
, refuse any meadow that recycles itself into hope.