"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

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pel, This One's For You; or, Jizo is Just Alright With Me

As promised, here is a picture of my Buddha made from Potato Head parts. He is a 4-armed Chenrezig . I can't tell you how much I love having him on my kitchen windowsill along with the prisms that throw rainbows about the room.

Here is the little Jizo that I made for my personal Segaki this week. Jizo is often depicted as child-like, so I chose to use a miniature potato head. His gem is a crystal drop coated in dichroic glass. I've worn this pendant for 3-odd years now. I chose to use a set of measuring spoons to approximate Jizo's special ringed and clanking staff. It seemed appropriate.
I like this little Jizo very much.

And Snowy made a pizza!

Hoping all good things to you, dear reader. It was good to visit with you all.
I'll be a little bit busier in the next few weeks than usual.
Remember that fortune from the fortune cookie?
An opportunity is knocking. I'll be pursuing it. I don't really want to tell you about it until it becomes definite, dear reader. What I can tell you is that there is writing entailed in the pursuit. I do so thank you for helping me to practice!
I'll talk with you soon.
Pravs, I'm digging up a jam recipe just for you...


captain corky said...

I just love when opportunity knocks. It's just that most of the time I have the TV turned up so loud that I can't hear it. ;)

Good luck Neroli! I'm excited for you.

wolfbaby said...

I hope things continue to go as well as they look to have been.. Good luck with your new opportunity!!

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

Those are just TOO terrific!! And OMG I'm starved - that pizza - looks wonderful!

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

Speaking of Segaki!!! ;-}

neroli said...

Captain, that's hilarious :)
And thanks, it's good to know that I've got Starfleet backing me up!

Wolfbaby, thank you! It's good to see you. I'm trying to live up to your excellent example :)

Artist, it was a *great* pizza (none of that left to offer to the hungry ghosts, hahaha!)
I'm glad you like the Buddhas!
They suit me, that's for certain ;)

Anita said...

Those are very interesting Budhhas - I'd never have thought...

Pizza...ummmm...and did you say jam?!

All the luck to you. There were a few knocking at my door too, I had an ear cocked and turned the tv down...just in time, I think.

epahShifter said...

That's it! The universe is a singular, gigantic self-assembling and disassembling, ever-replacing-itself Potato Head! Incredible! And what universe would be complete without the ever-amazing, ever-annoying ability of paradox? Certainly not a universe which would allow me to pick another nose. (No pun intended, I swear!)

All realization *ahem* aside, count me in with the other readers cheering you on. I too believe your new joppurtunity will turn out as well as it seems it should by way of order of events. You certainly didn't come all this way for nothin'...

And my apologies for not being around sooner. My PC died in late September and I just haven't had time to spare for Internet cafes or friend's computers. I'm so grateful for you keeping in touch; it says a lot about you, Dear Writer. =)

By the way, I wish I had the Visuwords tool when I was in school. What an incredible find. I can't wait to put Visuwords to use with new blog entries...! Soon ;)

Best of wishes and don't forget to have fun. =]

neroli said...

Dear Anita, the bigger of the Buddhas was smiling down upon the Puri Party at our house!
(Come to think of it, I was grinning big like that myself ;)
Thanks for all your good wishes---and I'm so glad that you had the TV turned down. I imagine opportunity knocks fairly regularly for you, my friend :)

Dear epahS, as always, it is good to see you, Dear Writer = )!
With Mr. Potato Head, (or the Buddha?!?) you are, of course, On to Something!
I truly do love that visuword site-I look forward to your entries!
*glad that you are no longer experiencing technical difficulties*
And thank you for the reminder---about not coming all this way for nothing. It's so simple to learn that it's difficult sometimes!

neroli said...

Dear Anita, I forgot to mention---it's apricot/jasmine jam :)

Pelicano said...

Hey Miss Neroli- I love your interpretation of Jizo using this medium- its a perfect fit! And I'm so glad that tomorrow will work itself out. As for the opportunity ahead, I keep hope alive and on your side, but will wait with patience for furthur unveiling.
Have a wonderful tomorrow.

neroli said...

My dear Pel, I'm glad that you liked it. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I like him so much that I'll keep him.
And thank you for your good thoughts...I'm really, really trying to be good about being neutral while events unfold. I really, really, want to dish :-D !

neroli said...

My dear Pel, I'm glad that you liked it. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I like him so much that I'll keep him.
And thank you for your good thoughts...I'm really, really trying to be good about being neutral while events unfold. I really, really, want to dish :-D !

bee said...

good luck, my friend. that pizza looks so awesome!!! and jizo brought a smile to my face.

bee said...

well made jizo! interesting choice for the wish fulfilling jewel and staff. Best wishes.

neroli said...

Dear Bee and Jai, thank you for all your best wishes---I've done what I can and now need to wait: something I thought that I was fairly adept at doing. I find now that I'm not :(
I'm glad that you liked the little Jizo. He was such a hit upon his debut that he's become a permanent fixture here.
(It's taken about a week for Snowy to stop bursting out laughing every time he laid eyes on the Little One :)

neroli said...

PS---It was an excellent pizza! Snowy always makes it here. He can even toss the disk of dough in the air :-D