March 28th, 2007

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Words for the Day!!

Plunge into matter. Plunge into God. By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us and molds us. We imagine it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact, we live steeped in its burning layers.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Burn!!    Have fun!!    Feel and speak what matters to you.   Use I statements.  No one can argue with the I that is you!!

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Jon Carroll -

Jon Carroll has interesting tidbits in his column today.   I take some of them and place them here.  They are from his readers so if you missed Jon Carroll's column today, you may not know:

Jon Carroll speaks.

Speaking of pedantry, as we sort of were, there's this e-mail from Jack Abad: "I thought that you might be interested in this note I got out of The College Mathematics Journal issue of March 2007. The Minnesota Star Tribune on January 1, 2007 had a quiz with this question. 'Name the U.S. states that are rectangles.' Their answer was 'None. (Wyoming and Colorado are parallelograms.)'

"TCMJ printed a comment from a reader, Richard Syverson. 'This answer appears to assume a projection of the earth's surface onto a plane. In the Mercator projection, lines of latitude and longitude are perpendicular to one another, so Colorado and Wyoming are indeed rectangles. In some other projections, however, such as the Lambert conformal projection, the lines of longitude converge, and so the states' eastern and western boundaries are not parallel. Hence, their shapes are not parallelograms but trapezoids.' "

From Craig Ladwig of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation: "John Keegan, the British military historian, tells us that it was the practice of the early Roman armies (the successful ones) to pull winning commanders from the field, the logic being that although a general always knew why he was defeated he might be confused about why he was victorious."

From someone who signed his name only as Ron: "President Lincoln once spoke mercifully of the Confederates to a visitor. The visitor, full of patriotism, objected. He said harshly, 'We must destroy the Confederates. They are our enemies.' Lincoln said mildly, 'And do we not destroy our enemies when we make them our friends?' "

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Rumi -

Sunlight fell upon the wall; the wall received a borrowed splendor.  Why set your heart on a simple piece of earth, O simple one?  Seek out the source which shines forever.


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Ah, Awe!!

All My Body Calls
All my body calls
for something in this sleeping
we call the spirit.
But how
from lifted arms
where stars run through fingers
and the night is like sand
do I breathe a fragrance of its wisdom
do I call its name
or listen to the drops
that trickle down to earth
and hear
life being given
not only through the moving hands of the forest
but through the hand that reaches in
the dark unmoving regions of the chest
and uncovers slowly
the enormous
shape of the ocean.
~ David Whyte ~
(Songs for Coming Home)

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Entertainment -

There are two crows that like to hang out on our roof and dance.   With the sun shining at its current angle,  their shadows dance on the trees.  I feel like I am behind the stage of a play.

May your day dance behind and in front of the curtain and without a curtain at all.