"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

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Min, Would You Care for a Slice?, and Then Pass It On; or, July is Birthday Month


Not only have I been remiss in sharing my lovely surprises with you in a timely manner, I have truly been remiss in celebrating Frida's birthday with you. Had she lived this far, she would have been 100 on July 6th.
So Happy Birthday, dear Frida.

Viva la vida indeed, dear reader.

Thank you for stopping by. Please toss the rinds on the compost heap on your way out; the chipmunks absolutely adore them. As do the butterflies and the bees!


swamp witch said...

I only learned of Frida about 8 years ago. What a talented lady she was. Happy Birthday.
I have some watermelon in my fridge and I think I go have a slice. Thank you.

neroli said...

Dear Swampy,
Thanks for coming to the party! (Frida would probably have served pulque, but...)
I was so happy when I had access to DC on a weekly basis: I was usually always stationed in front of the Kahlo at the Women's Art Museum (and the Rothko room at the National...and Newman's Stations of the Cross...)
Frida had so much to bring to the table that we will never go hungry!

min said...

I can smell it. Unlike Little guy, Frida and I like the ones with the seeds. Seeds are so much fun!!