The fact that we are human beings is infinitely more important than all the peculiarities that distinguish human beings one from another. ~Simone De Beauvoir It has required extensive soul searching to arrive at a mental state where I can appreciate all the flowers whether they are expertly cultivated and elevated to garden status or […]
Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. ~Walt Whitman Spring butterflies have merged from their black wintry cocoons and taken to the streets of Chicago to flit in the warm exhalations of Spring.
Music is an anesthetic. ~Yusef Kumuyakaa Music is an anesthetic and a stimulant. A calmer and an exciter. Music has the ability to amplify and attenuate a person’s mood. It swoons of love and drives people to a hateful nationalistic fervor rationalizing the invasion of sovereign nations. It unites a group while inciting to divide […]
There is no such thing as an artist: there is only the world, lit or unlit as the light allows. ~Annie Dillard If everyone is an artist, as I believe we all are, then it reasons some are more comfortable exposing their souls, then the term itself is irrelevant as there is no need to […]
Men don’t inhabit a country; we inhabit a language. ~Jaume Cabré Is a country simply a land mass bounded by contiguous borders? Or is it the collective humans identifying with each other based on a common understanding of an ideal as expressed in language? Or a desire for a unifying goal, an incorporation of a […]
I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert dune, sees nothing and hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs and gleams… ~Antoine de Saint Exupáry I fell in love with the desert before I ever set eyes upon her. I was transported there by a siren singing, a siren perched […]
Why couldn’t I accept what was happening without trying to explain it? ~Julio Cortazar The Engineer in me thrills at elegant explanations of occurring phenomena. My epistemic bent is to seek reasons for occurrences, rationale for emotion. I want to understand what wind set World War II in motion. I want to understand the value […]