"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, September 6, 2007

This Is the Good Stuff; or, I Go Dancing In (Thanks, Peter Gabriel)

It seems a long week to me this week, dear reader.
I'm looking forward to the weekend; I'm looking forward to visiting those of you who have your own blogs.
Keep the light on for me, okay?
Coming to the end of the first week of school and of the fall semester of grad school, I'm thinking so much of all the good stuff we managed to wring out of the last week of summer.
Come and remember with me.

LG and I went peach-picking with Vermillion and his parents.

Snowy and I enjoyed being outside in the backyard with our kiddos running about.

LG picked apples in our apple tree, from the vantage point of the "raft" that he and BG had built. See the red Crocs?

BG, being a Very Tall Person, did not need the vantage point of the raft in order to pick apples.
We went to the river. See BG, wearing a white shirt, searching for crayfish?

LG and Snowy climb a Very Big Hill at the river together. Here they are at the top.
See Snowy in an orangey shirt and LG in a light blue one? They've reached the top! They are about to come full-speed-ahead, running back down.

I love to think about these things when I'm tired, and wondering if I'm just spinning my wheels.
It helps put things in perspective for me.
What does it for you, dear reader?


swampy said...

Sometimes when I very tired, my mind let's things get exaggerated I imagine things to worry about. Other times, I can be creative with my thoughts which will relax me. No rhyme or reason to why I'm affected differently, but really have to work on the Needless Worry thing. It always has to do with my girls.

neroli said...

Swampy, it's interesting...when I read your words, it gives me a question: when we invite creativity to the party, is that Needless Worry Thing something that comes along for the ride?

Diane O'Connor said...

I also just had one of those weeks where I wondered if I'm just spinning my wheels. It makes me want to retire!!! ha ha...

Hope you get to enjoy your weekend! Thanks for your lovely comments. Great to hear from again.


bee said...

My freind viji posted this in her blog (Vcuisine) today:

"Rest Comes With Waking

Rest does not come with sleeping, it comes with waking. This is both an insight and an action of enlightenment. When we are enlightened we realise that real rest is possible only when we become free of illusion and we no longer struggle against life. Illusion is the idea that people should be, and do, what we want them to. The truth is, all is as it should be, despite appearances or our perceptions of others to the contrary. This means you can be easy on yourself, easy with others and easy with the world around you. Easiness is a virtue, an attractive one at that. It is much more influential than force. And it’s extremely relaxing!"

neroli said...

Diane, it's good to visit with you, too.
I'm hoping once I settle into a routine and rhythm, I'll be able to visit all my blogging friends more regularly!
I hope your weekend is going well...we just returned from the Phillies game: they won 9-1 (hooray!), and they hit 3 home runs---and I really, really love it when the Liberty Bell lights up and rings :)...now we're going to sleep out in the tent.
I think it's a good weekend!

Dear Bee, I love this; it's absolutely perfect.
Thank you for reminding me of this virtue---so simple and yet so hard---probably *because* it's so simple!
And you're absolutely right---my frustrations are dependent-arising.
I should know better ;-)!
Thank you, dear Bee!

Anita said...

The lazy hazy crazy days of summer...you wish that summer would always be here! But, fall has its virtues too. Like Bee noted Viji as saying, everything is as it should be! We get as much as we can take!

Did you 'process' any of the fruit to remind you of summer later?

neroli said...

Anita, I am glad for the wisdom of such good women as Bee and yourself :)
Usually I do process fruits and vegetables all summer long...but this summer, I contented myself from eating out-of-hand, and drawing jars of preserves, chutneys, and canned fruits from the cold cellar.
I'm getting into the rhythm of the new schedule. Last school year was a challenging one...and so it seemed extra-good to be at home with the family and be.
Now that I'm back, I'm remembering how good it is to get to know a new group of students!
(Hmm...aybe we'll put up some applesauce when the late apples come in... ;)