“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
Henry David Thoreau
Nearly every day since late-spring in Frankfurt I think on a memory, an experience, that in reality scratched the surface of a possibility. Was it real or was it happening inside my head, why couldn’t both be true?
As it happened and as I think it now, I believe I fell into excitement that I met someone who made me think of possibilities. It is hard to say I “fell in love.” But I fell for the idea of the possibility of love or like. Both from different places, different stages in life, but for a moment the most enjoyable idea of possibility.
During a 2 month stay in a fantastic city, it was the last month that lingers with me. A walk through from the Opera house through the city to a cozy “traditional” restaurant, a day’s excursion to Wiesbaden, or lunches and coffees at the Institut, these things stick with me.
As time lapses this image becomes more romantic and less realistic, perhaps I can write its ending, fictionally; in reality what are the chances the Scottish jurist and I will ever meet again?
I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness.
- Anaïs Nin (via thatkindofwoman)
Back to basics.
“Syllogisms are structures of sentences each of which can meaningfully be called true or false: assertions (apophanseis), in Aristotle’s terminology. According to Aristotle, every such sentence must have the same structure: it must contain a subject (hupokeimenon) and a predicate and must either affirm or deny the predicate of the subject. Thus, every assertion is either the affirmation kataphasis or the denial (apophasis) of a single predicate of a single subject.” http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle-logic/
Always remember the importance of structure in creating your arguments! Also, is this image not a “Hey Girl” posturing???
“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
~Anaïs Nin, from The Diary of Anais Nin Volume 1: (1931-1934)
photo by Vinoth Chandar
Morgan Rich, PhD candidate in Musicology, was named recipient of the Anthony Jung Award for the Best Graduate Student Presentation at the European Studies Conference
UF SoM PhD candidate Morgan Rich presented her paper “Adorno, Berg, and the Beginning of Dialectical Criticism” Friday October 5th at the 37th annual European Studies Conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her paper was chosen by the Award Selection Committee based on a ranking according to five criteria: originality of research; scholarly context (reference to current research on topic); mechanics and style; coherent thesis statement; and contribution in the field of study.
Morgan is working under Dr. Silvio dos Santos. Her dissertation research focuses on the writings of Theodor Adorno and the intersections between music and critical theory, concentrating on the role the Viennese composer Alban Berg played in the formation of the philosopher’s critical theory as applied to modern music.
“We carry our homes within us which enables us to fly.”
- John Cage
(photo from Where the Heart Beats)
“I must have such control of my tools, of words, that I can make this sentence leap off the page. I have to have my writing so polished that it doesn’t look polished at all. I want a reader, especially an editor, to be a half-hour into my book before he realizes it’s reading he’s doing.”
—Maya Angelou, The Art of Fiction No. 119
via Jessica Helgerson design
What a room. You could sure enjoy so many titles, so many coffees in this place; give me a fire place and it would be my dream room.
What would you do? Have you ever had one of those “Hey, I just met you and this is crazy but here’s my number/name” moments? How do you know what is right, what would or could work if you never take a leap? This is particularly poignant if you have limited time and potentially a very large distance between yourself and the other person.
The answer stays “no” if you never ask the question.