"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

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Artist FKAPW, This is for You; or, Things That Make Me See a Glass as Half-Full

My friend mentioned in her posting today that she's accentuating the positive, and so inspired this post.
In no particular order, I present eight of many, many things that make me see the proverbial glass as half-full, rather than half-empty.

Friends and family are a given; therefore, they are exempt from the list.
So here goes, my friend!
My faith practice.
Costumed characters, be they animals
or people
(Did you see you can actually book these guys for an event? How fun is that?)

Sen and No Face take tea with Zeniba and we discover No Face is a Really Good Helper---good enough to stay for keeps http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/soundtracks/sen/sen_memorial_postcard.jpg

Dominique Bretodeau gets back his childhood secret box and to feed his grandson with his most special favorite, the "oysters" from a roast chicken. http://www.offoffoff.com/film/2001/amelie.php3

Parathas stuffed with pea filling hot off the iron skillet, eaten with rhubarb chutney.

Special edition Mr. Potato Heads. http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?DCMP=ILC-TFTL627&adtype=ad140-playskool&BR=496&SBR=506&ID=19670

Hot tea.

The scent of roses.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d1/Rosa_damascena5.jpg

4 comments:

min said...

So many pigs in this post!! Sausages count as pigs, I guess, and weren't Sen's parents pigs? I suspect that the little pink sock is actually some sort of mutant pig.
All wonderful things! (Even the non-pig related ones).

neroli said...

Min, I'm tickled pink to think about all the porcine connections you pointed out!
Sure enough, Sen's parents were pigs for most of the film...and the Little Pink Sock, well, it's taking the Fifth.

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

Ah, the scent of parathas and gotta savour those pea-filled roses.(grin) I love those too! Thank you for the post! I've been so busy with my half empty glass, I haven't had time to (blog) travel. Nice to see such cheerful things at your place. Wanna see my new pump?

neroli said...

Artist, your welcome---and thank you too, forit's always happy thoughts when thoughts turn your way.
I can't wait to see your new pump---whatever your selling, I'm buying!(grinning)