October 12th, 2010

goldsworthy - pebble circle

Good Morning!

 
What we have before us are some breathtaking opportunities disguised as insoluble problems.

- John Gardner


I feel like I've been on retreat, re-organizing in some way, resting, observing.  I'm coming up on a birthday so perhaps that is part of it.  What is mine to touch now?

What I see is that I've built a nest around myself.  I am surrounded with books, walls of books, and I love them, and yet there are more here than I can read and more than I need to preserve for others.  I like snuggly things so I have more blankets, afghans, jackets, and sweaters than I can use, more than I need.  My plan now is to go through, give away and create some space in my home, and perhaps that is what I've been doing with my mind, spreading out the galaxies of thoughts, so I can touch and honor each star.
book lovers

The Liberal Arts!

I believe in the importance of the liberal arts and a balanced education.   When I went to college in the 60's, I was required to take an array of science courses though I was a liberal arts major.  I don't regret those classes.  They daily enhance my life.  

I recently learned from two teachers in one of my book groups that books like To Kill a Mockingbird will no longer be required reading.  Instead the children will choose what they want to read.  How do we cultivate and enjoy a discussion when we don't have the same information or reading material to discuss?   We are giving up the avenues that inspire imagination and vision, that allow us to understand and empathize, to use strategy and compromise.  It is a huge loss.   Read Stanley Fish on the subject:


 http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/11/the-crisis-of-the-humanities-officially-arrives/?hp