Hi Ian, I was trying to find a way to chat when I saw that we might actually be online at the same time. I was just writing a reply to your message and deleted it (too long) and then saw that you were on fireside too. It just boggles my mind.....you on the other side of the globe and me, online, at the same time, same place. Jeeze. I wonder if that will ever become common place for me.
Nice to be back -- outside? I'm thinking it's kind of like Spring for me on fireside. I mean, it's like around here, on the 45th parallel, when people come out of their houses after a long winter and say hey--what's new. Good to see you. How was the winter? I am finding I have similar seasonal cycles on fireside. I believe I'll be out more for a while.....and then, I'll probably take a summer vacation ; D nice to see you.
Greetings Carmichael, I would like to invite you to Raising Horizons Quest Group. Our group is exploring models of spirituality in education that have demonstrated success in bringing light to society. Please stop by and check us out :) RAISING HORIZONS QUEST
Yes, pls come check out the website, and let us know what you think!
We have a Forum there, too, so pls speak up and share your thoughts. We've just posted a blog from Howard Gardner on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize - interesting reading if you've got some spare time. Look forward to being in touch -
Stumbled upon this Ning? Is this your invention? Thanks for the welcome .... I have been following Marion for a while .... not that long, really, but my entire teaching career of six years so it seems like a life-time. Look forward to like-minded conversation.
The use of a Greek word (like planet) instead of a Latin word instead is always fascinating - I would always tell my students how easily we could have ended up with "Jesus Unct" instead of "Jesus Christ" if the pendulum had swung towards Latin rather than Greek at that decisive language moment... :-)
OHHHHHH, that is such good news!!! I have read Alphabet v. Goddess a couple of times exactly because he helps me see connections that I should have seen on my own... but didn't: because I'm too much of an insider. He's one of those people who confirms my sense that it often takes someone from outside of the discipline to really see what is going on. Super! I've got that on my wish list and will bump it right up to the top.
I keep meaning to post something here are about a book I read a couple weeks ago called Lost Discoveries - it's about math, astronomy, physics, etc. in the non-European cultures. It was full of all kinds of amazing stuff, written by a popularizing writer, Dick Teresi, who does his best to take heavy-duty scholarly stuff and translate it into layman's terms. I'd tried to read some stuff on the history of math in Islam and in India (there are some great scholars in the History of Science dept. at OU who work on such stuff) and had been really stymied by not having the context needed to understand the scholarly work directly, but Teresi manages to sort things out so that I can finally appreciate some of the crucial differences between the Greek math and science traditions as compared to Islam, India, and also the Americas and Pacific Islanders (his stuff about navigation as practiced by Pacific Islanders was so cool!!!)
And I was able to put some of your description together when I looked at your photographs. Nice... there are some flowers there that look very similar to some we have here...but the feel of it is much wilder -- I'll check it out on google earth too.
Oh...the sun just came out here after a morning of rain and fog. It's a wonderful treat. I'm heading outside...
I'd love to know more about what you are doing?
You mention an estate, professional demands, but I can't picture it. What's an estate like in your part of the world -- are we talking acres? Are we talking land or structures or a combination of both.
Also, I would very much like to know what kinds of birds you see out your window. I'm an avid casual birder and like to think about terrain as bird habitat and wonder what might be found singing and nesting where you live.
Ian, Ian, Ian....so how is your fall/winter going. I have been on another mental retreat of sorts and was glad to get your message of a while ago. I hope you are well. I wish I could report that my retreat brought about a lot of amazing creative work or some fine reading, but, indeed it was not like that. There was the jr/sr class prom my son went to, oodles of baseball games the boys play in, a lovely-restful-grace filled vacation to the mountains of Colorado and the opportunity to reflect on life goals. You shall see me around here more again. I look forward to cultivating my web-based life again.
Isn't it great???! There was actually really good press coverage here; my husband send me an article that he read at CNN.com, not usually a very informative news source, which actually gave a long and detailed explanation about this Bible, why it is important, and how it is different from the Bibles Americans have on their bookshelves - I love that it even has the Shepherd of Hermas in it; if I could have one of the apocryphal books added to the Bible, it would be that one! :-)
Hi Ian! The whole Klein thing has been such a surprising disappointment: Barry is a true believer, and the book got some "this book fell to us from heaven and was written by a god" reviews at Amazon, and then there was that whole Yahoo Group with dozens of members and hundreds of messages dedicated to reading it... which made me so curious! But alas, it has reinforced my existing HYPOTHESIS (in Platonic terms, ha ha) that I really do not like Plato at all, not in any way, shape or form. But it's good to have confronted that in a really serious way... and probably a final way: I will now gladly live the rest of my life not even feeling vaguely guilty that I have not read more Plato.
In researching about Arthur Zajonc the other day, I discovered anthroposophy (I had never heard of it before, but of course I run into the theosophists all the time in the Indian stuff I work on)... what a fascinating little part of the world of the mind! It explains a lot of about the materials he includes in the light book that come from Zoroastrian tradition, etc. - anyway, I consider it all to be serendipitously related, since I got the Zajonc book to begin with to qualify for free shipping when I ordered the Klein book from Amazon, ha ha. :-)
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