"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

Thursday, July 19, 2007

All That and a Bag of Chips; or, Gotta Love Someone Who Loves Tarzan Matinees


As I was just writing in reply to Swampwitch, Frida brought so much to the table that we will really never go hungry.

The fact that she absolutely loved Tarzan films and laughed all the way through them only further endears her to me, so as I still have an entire watermelon in the fridge, we will continue celebrating Frida's Centennial today. She deserves it, yes?

As part of the festivities, do follow the link, leading you to one of my favorite books. I have a Favorite Book Shelf, and I knew this one was going to be placed there before I even picked it up.

When you go there, you might understand why:

Have a wonderful time.
And so it continues: Viva la vida, my friends.


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

I always got to play cheetah when I was a girl!

min said...

I always had to be "Boy".

neroli said...

Absolutely hilarious!

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

I hope it is not portentous that we opened our watermelon on this day and it was BAD!! Perhaps Frida is not smiling upon me this week! Perhaps I should leave an offering on the altar ofthe Holy Virgin Jane!

swamp witch said...

What was the monkey's name? That would be me.

Frida lived in such pain, I'm sure. The term that comes to mind when I look at her work is "kay-viveka."
Thanks for the shout out. *smile*