Aristotle with a Bust of Homer - Rembrandt (1653).
My Mother insists that she needs a copy of Nicomachean Ethics with her as she moves in to a retirement community. I like that.
I read this book many years ago at Georgetown. Aristotle covered the importance of friendship, saying that our feelings for our friends should reflect our feelings for ourselves. Self-love is more important than friendship, since only people who treat themselves with appropriate care and respect can achieve proper virtue and happiness. Though a happy person is theoretically self-sufficient, friendship is an important and essential aspect of the good life.
I can vouch for that. Thanks, Polly, for the late night bowl of Cheetos and the chat last week. It helped.
Last week I took a test on Facebook that told me I was 97 percent black. I'm absolutely o.k. with that, but I do have to wonder. I mean, my friend Teresa - who really is black? Only scored in the 55th percentile.
And there are other questions. Like, why do I miss running into Gordon and Maria down in the barrio? When I'm making notes at my desk, how come the capital letters come down from the sky of my mind and announce themselves?
THE LETTER "H."
I don't know about you, but I spent more time hanging out at Hooper's than I did with my own parents.
I think Sesame Street, in lots of ways, really shaped the way I see the world. In the 1970s, the messages were about tolerance of difference and the cast - without discussion - were a diverse group, the ink barely dry on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
I can't help but think that watching this made my generation different from our parents'. But I can't help but think that we've failed our children when we tolerate behavior from them that drives a fellow student to suicide. And when all we've given them is suicide as a coping mechanism.
"Christians" talk about sin, but having also attended THAT school, I can tell you what I learned there - that "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." (Luke 15:2).Your job is not to judge, but to make a welcoming place next to you at the table. There are kids out there with problems so heartbreaking that the only reasonable response you can -- and should -- make, is one of love.
Drove home from town in a dark, cold, rain and then this song came on the radio. The ultimate melodrama.
"Past, Present And Future"
Past - well now let me tell you about the past
Past is filled with silent joys and broken toys
Laughing girls and teasing boys
Was I ever in love?
I called it love
I mean - it felt like love
There were moments when...
Well, there were moments when...
Go out with you?
Do I like to dance?
Take a walk along the beach tonight?
I'd love to
(But) Don't try to touch me
Don't try to touch me
Cause that will never happen again
Shall we dance?
Tomorrow - well... Tomorrow is a long way off
Maybe someday I'll hold somebody's hand
Maybe somewhere someone will understand
You know - I used to sing: "A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket"
I'm all packed up and I'm on my way and I'm gonna fall in love
But at the moment it's doesn't look good
At the moment it will never happen again
I don't think it will ever happen again
I just found a great website and I wanted to share it. Randomly searching for "leopard cardigan" yesterday, I came across MyShape. Basically, you put your measurements in - lots of them! This is not for sissies! - and a few preferences about the clothing you like to wear and how much you usually spend on clothing. MyShape then presents you with hundreds of things to choose from - in every price range.
NO. I AM NOT GETTING PAID TO POST THIS. I'm just hard to fit. I mean, I really struggle - especially with tops. So when I saw that I had been presented with a selection of bras, ONE OF WHICH WAS THE ONE I WAS WEARING and took me months to find- they had my attention.
I've been glued to it for two days. I haven't bought a single thing but I'm totally enjoying it. Here is a snap of some of the stylist-created outfits that are supposed to fit my body.Totally cute.
I'm really anxious to try it but I've decided to make it my reward for a month of healthy eating and daily exercise. So - early November, I'll give you the update.