"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

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Naples, This One's for You; or, A Short Post

Our dear Naples Yellow is one of our returning students from last year. This year, the weather has become an object of perseveration for Naples; additionally, anything but sunny and clear weather has become something that causes much anxiety.
It's bleak and rainy today.
Our lead teacher is out for the next three days.
Naples, this one's for you.

I'm still waiting for the outcome of the opportunity I spoke of earlier.
(Waiting is helping me to think about perseveration: remember, autism falls on a band of the spectrum of human behaviors. We all have these behaviors, more or less.)
For some reason, when I think about waiting, I hear Kahe Ched Mohe from Devdas.

We all have our ways to lessen our worries, yes?

Have a wonderful day, dear reader.


Pelicano said...

I loved that second musical number- what an elaborate production! Absolutely dripping with sensuality.

And of rain; my mother gets really down when the sky is cloudy, I'm not really sure why. But I love rain, and I love to be out walking in it, and then to return home where it's warm- ah, nothing rivals the whole experience!

neroli said...

Pel, I really enjoy Madhuri Dixit's work: and in this film, she is absolutely marvelous; in her element.
(and as one always interested in communication outside of verbal language, I find her work especially interesting)

My friend, my mother always becomes really, really down with the rain (and the winter months also). Me? I'm certain you can guess---I've always loved it :)

Pelicano said...

And we can't forget Gene Kelly!

neroli said...


*thinking how much I love Gene Kelly!*

Pravs said...

Oh you like bollywood music,is it ?
Yes, madhuri is wonderful in that dance musical.

neroli said...

Pravs, I really do like bollywood music and Madhuri's performances!
This weekend, when I went to the Indian grocery, I bought also the soundtrack to "Aaja Nachle" and enjoyed it on the way home.
My teenager was with me: now he like it too---he wants to download this music onto his iPod :)!

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