"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, July 13, 2007

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose; or Thank You for Stopping to Smell the Roses


I am unsure what the weekend will be like---Little Guy's birthday is on Sunday, so I will most likely be busy getting ready for the happy day.
Handfuls of lilies, roses, carnations, and many good thoughts to you, dear reader.
See you again soon.


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

Thank you for the lovely bouquet this morning. It was like a convalescence wish from afar. I hoep your son has a wonderful birthday (I know you will over do making it an amazing experience and then worry about what did not go perfectly, so reassure yourself now that it will be marvelous and if there is a sticky point here or there remember that it is the minor rubs that remind us of how to enjoy the happy times!!)

neroli said...

Dear Artist,
You are most welcome. Thank you for your sage advice---I followed it most happily.