"Like the study of science and art, accounts of historical events can be intrinsically fascinating. But they have a wider significance. I believe that people are better able to chart their life course and make life decisions when they know how others have dealt with pressures and dilemmas---historically, contemporaneously, and in works of art. And only equipped with such understanding can we participate knowledgeably in contemporary discussions (and decisions) about the culpability of various individuals and countries in the Second World War. Only with such understanding can we ponder the responsibilty of human beings everywhere to counter current efforts at genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia to bring the perpetrators to justice."
"...we humans are the kinds of animals who learn chiefly by observing others---what they value, what they spurn, how they conduct themselves from day to day, and especially, what they do when they believe that no one is looking."
----Howard Gardner, from The Disciplined Mind, published in 1999

Friday, June 8, 2007

Excellent Birds

This is the picture:
Yesterday I opened a bag of baby arugula. As I shook some of the leaves from the bag into a bowl, one small, peachskin-rosy rose petal tumbled out.
I was very happy.


The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Nature is smiling at you!

neroli said...


The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

I was thinking about why you tagged this "Jokes" - Coming here is like having my own koan mechanism. I come. I think. I respond. I rethink!

I have lots of neckties said...

Gee, I only wish something magical like that would happen to me. Wait! Something did: I found a crumpled-up dollar bill as I was walking into a sushi restaurant this afternoon with my daughter. Does that count?

esoterica said...

My little epiphany was noticing that the caterpillars are large this year. This may make for bigger butterflies...or fatter robins.

The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

And thinner plants!

neroli said...

Dear esoterica, welcome. I've yet to see a caterpillar since last year! Fatter robins, thinner plants: what import would this have for the butterfly effect, I wonder?
Artist, I've labelled this post as a joke, because the event was just such a dissonance to me in a pleasant fashion, and it made me laugh. What were your thoughts?
Dear Too Many, of course it counts. Please do be certain that you keep your AlphaSmart with you at all times. One never does know when one would wish to write and record something for posterity.