Monday, September 29, 2008


All men by nature desire knowledge.-- Aristotle

When I saw this little desk in the middle of toys I thought of how we are taught routines in school and possibly lose some of our ability to easily adapt, then we have to go out and get our street smarts little by little. How important those street smarts are.

Not long ago I heard that learning something new helps keep your brain from aging quickly, and can actually be part of that fountain of youth we are all eating our greens for. It doesn't work at all if you know a lot about US Presidents, and think "Hey, I'll learn something new--I'll study all of the first ladies." that would do nothing to make your brain wake up and be sharper. Or if you play piano and decide to take up the tuba. It has to be an area you've displayed no interest in, something to challenge your brain. I haven't decided what to choose yet, but I'm going to spend this winter learning some new things. I need all the help I can get. I don't know a thing about a whole lot of subjects, so I have a lot of choices. Maybe I'll finally learn the metric system.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little.
-- Alexander Chase

Monday, September 15, 2008


“Childhood is a short season.” ~Helen Hayes

Saturday, September 6, 2008


All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Communication Hands

Just about everyone makes hand gestures to get an idea across or without even thinking about it, much. Hands are so important when it comes to communication as well as in religious practice with beads, candles, and symbolic gestures. Hands can be beautiful or they can upset you, pointing at you in an unfriendly way.

The shaking fist, the language of the deaf, the slipping on of a ring, waving hello, saying come over here, making the sign of peace.