"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, December 7, 2007

Long Story Short

I got it!
I start with the New Year.

How's your week been, dear reader?


Anita said...

Good going! What a wonderful start to the New Year!

KayKat said...

Woo Hoo Hoo!

I'm skipping around :)

VegeYum @ A Life (Time) of Cooking said...

Fabulous, but tiring. Thank you for asking. And congratulations!


neroli said...

Dear Anita, thanks!---you definitely are right...the timing is so symbolic, in so many ways.

Kaykat, I'm right there with you :)!

Vegeyum, I'm glad! Hope you are resting up this weekend.

Pravs said...

Happy holidays neroli !

Swampy said...

Dear Writer,
My week has been very productive. I've found two items that I lost. I've lost three items in the process.
I'm still P.O.'d at BloggerBooger because it changed the sign in process and I don't have time to leave comments at all my BloggerGoober's friend's places anymore. I don't know HMTL, HMTL, HLMT, or whatever that code is I have to use to leave my link here.
Your reader
Swampy's Place

Diane O'Connor said...

Yeah! Good for you!

Palm Springs Savant said...


neroli said...

Dear Pravs, thank you! All my best to you as well!

Dear Swampy, I'm not certain what is going on with Blogger lately: it's seeming to be curiouser and curiouser for me to use----and it's supposed to be my platform.
I'm glad you still put up with it in order to visit!

Dear Diane, thank you---I keep thinking about how this is the time in my life when I should be really thinking about my strength, and have a little more freedom to explore it ;)

Dear Palm Springs Savant, you are too kind---thank you. How has your week been?

captain corky said...

I'm looking forward to next year, but I gotta finish this one with a bang. We're moving into a new house so I'm going to be extremely busy for the next two weeks. ;)

Yikes! ;)

Pelicano said...


Dan said...

You got it? What did you get? Congratulations on getting it, whatever it was! :)

neroli said...

Thanks, Pel---not only for your congratulations, but for all your good company and support over the year!

Dear Dan, thank you :)! I'll be an autism support teacher in a classroom that is part of a research project on verbal behavior. I'm still pinching myself!