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Product Details

  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; 2 Revised edition (May 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819562009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819562005
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book, in its form and in its content, seems almost without precedent. Its style flows directly from an intensity, an honesty, and a frankness which are rare. It is a poem, a sutra, a tract, a confession, a revelation, a guide to art and life . . . In my opinion this is not merely a good book, it is a great book”—Daniel Rhodes, Crafts Horizons

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“What shall we do with our emotions? Suffer them, I hear her saying. The subject she teaches isn’t listed in the catalogues. Sooner or later we know we’re studying with her. How is she and where? I am okay and growing, and trying to concentrate on really carrying this through. It ain’t easy, or comfortable, but here we are, right? Not only the Devil, but the Lord, too, is on earth and doing His work beautifully.” (John Cage)

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I began to read the book just before I went to sleep.
Wayne Benenson
MC Richards has so much to offer in the way of wisdom and insightful knowledge.
P. Riggins
The best news about this book is that it is still in print.
Linda Orlin

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By DJ Rix on July 21, 1999
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Innumerable poets, potters, artists & teachers have been touched by Mary Caroline Richards. Ever attentive to the whole person, Richards shows that a truly liberating creativity arises out of compassion, an attentive stillness of soul, self-acceptance & a delight in creative "accidents." For Richards, the words "teacher" and "student" are interchangeable. She gently reminds us that she is talking about life, no matter what she seems to be saying. Richards is one of the most important teachers grown in America. If you want to know why, read "Centering."
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Linda Orlin on July 25, 1999
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This book is a classic! I came across it in the '70's and now, again, when I am old enough to understand the depth of Mary Caroline Richard's wisdom. She truly knows what life-generating relationships are about. The best news about this book is that it is still in print.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Benenson on November 27, 2010
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I have no comment to add on the other excellent reviews but this. Centering is a "right on time" gem. I used to wait for the new album of my favorite musician or group to gain instruction or affirmation on my life journey. I then looked to books and movies and plays to do the same. As I got older I became more of a curmudgeon; teachers were harder to find. I became aware of Centering on a fluke. I was struggling with my own slippery center. I expected to do battle with the author over finding the whole in every part. I had an attitude. I began to read the book just before I went to sleep. Little did I expect to be still reading it into the wee wee hours of the morning. Totally unexpectedly my teacher arrived, even though she is no longer breathing on the planet. Thank you MC Richards for being so honest and available and vulnerable. I can't help but underline passages, again and again.
Wayne Benenson
Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Casca on May 8, 2009
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Have three copies of this book-- all well worn with use.
Also have all the works published by MCR.
She has gone to the other side, but lives in the hearts here of those who love and miss her.

Within the pages of Centering you may find your "self" wandering through the back roads of your mind feeling in touch with you.

So deep the feelings found in her works.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yoda John on May 1, 2012
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My mind is more linear that M.C. Richards, so I got less out of it than I might have were I a bit more free. For someone looking for a philosophical treatment of aspects of life learned in the hands of a potter, the book will be a wonderful experience. It was absolutely no fault of the author that I didn't appreciate it more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By barnabus fuller on August 31, 2001
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I've read this several times since it was first published in the 60's MC Richards has a lot of insight and some very good things to say to teachers.
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By P. Riggins on May 29, 2014
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One of my favorite books. MC Richards has so much to offer in the way of wisdom and insightful knowledge. This should be required reading for anyone interested in their journey and purpose in life.
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