Staying Put


Learning about something, staying with what engages our attention, staying beyond the naming of it, is like the layering of sediment.’

Susan Hand Shetterly, Settled in the Wild: Notes From the Edge of Town

An Alexander Technique class to plan, syllabus to outline, course requirements to determine. With a 14 week semester and two classes each week, I’m hopeful the students and I will have plenty of time for ‘staying beyond the naming of it,’ adding multiple layers to the sediment of our Alexander Technique study and practice.

Shetterly uses ‘staying’ twice in one sentence, so it must be important. I can’t imagine it’s an oversight. In editing my food memoir, I’m keen to locate words or phrases used more than once. Just yesterday, I caught ‘have always figured‘ in two essays. Not ok!

Why twice?  Certainly, for emphasis. It’s good advice. When singers were discouraged, or struggling with a new skill, I encouraged them to get through the challenging phase by ‘staying with‘ their daily practice routines and the weekly lesson.

And so this Alexander Technique teacher and her students will stay put. We will show up at the studio door two days a week, learn AT principles, practice AT procedures, ‘staying with what engages our attention,’ a primary practice in the Land of AT.

Here’s to the approaching academic year—-



3 thoughts on “Staying Put

  1. Cheryl Capaldo Traylor July 31, 2019 / 9:28 am

    Staying put is an interesting concept. Seems like we are always on the go, on our way to somewhere. I recently wrote an essay about my own conscious decision to stay put—get rooted in my place. ‘Staying Put’ is also the title of one of my favorite books by Scott Russell Sanders. Hope you have a lovely year of teaching AT— staying and paying attention. We should all learn to do this with more ease.


    • alexandertechnique2016 August 1, 2019 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks for the Sanders referral! Had read him years ago, and will now re-visit his ‘Staying Put’ book. And a personal note about staying put—-I’ve lived in the same city since I was 2 years of age. A good fall season to you, Cheryl.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Cheryl Capaldo Traylor August 2, 2019 / 1:13 am

        I’m fairly rooted, too. Thank you, I’m ready for fall. It’s been a hot summer!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s