DoodleDoo! Print this seed for a doodle and make it grow into your own doodle. Then POST IT! I will collect ’em then we’ll have an exhibition.

I’ve always been a doodler. I would doodle during classes or study hall, and more recently, to the distraction of fellow board members (no pun in tended), I doodle during our two-hour meetings. For many onlookers, the act of doodling seems like I’m daydreaming and not paying attention, but for me the opposite is so. Doodling helps me focus and pay attention. If I was not doodling, I would have to take copious notes, as I did when I was a geology student during mineralogy class. Note taking and doodling; two valid survival techniques for whatever is at hand that requires focus.

Doodling a serious productive activity for a person like me who learns things in a different fashion than most other people. Human minds have a weave of learning abilities that organize information into understandable patterns in our brains. For some this fabric is more complex than for others. I see these  ways of learning as kinds of multiple intelligences. Some people just get numbers, systems, or equations, others absorb everything through reading, or listening, or moving and then there are some of us who have a complex network of skills that use many of these ways to absorb information and make sense of it. Sometimes, when having to hone in on one skill set vs. another, I have to entertain or distract the other modes of learning so that I can pay attention. For me, it is doodling. For some it might be foot tapping. I do that too. I believe it was handed down from my grandfather on my mom’s side. He was a tailor. But when I knew him he new longer sewed, but he tapped his foot, especially when watching the nightly news, for example. His hands were no longer busy so he kept that part of himself occupied by foot tapping while kibbitzing with the newscaster and commentators on the nightly news or Meet the Press.

So to celebrate the doodler in everyone, I thought I would post this seed of a doodle so that folks could copy it and build their of doodle and then post it to share with everyone. I will collect them and create an exhibition page so that we can see them in a group. Sometimes it is just hard to start something, even a doodle, so here you go, it is already begun.

Thanks for participating!

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