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At 8:24pm on October 28, 2009, Janet Navarro said…
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.
At 8:36pm on October 25, 2009, Martha Russell said…
Have A Great Week Pictures, Images and Photos
At 9:06am on October 21, 2009, Janet Navarro said…
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.
At 2:40pm on October 18, 2009, Martha Russell said…
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 :)

At 7:51am on October 16, 2009, Fiona Stewart said…
Thanks for your welcome. I just returned from a conference in Nashville where I learned about this fireside. I am inspired by what I have seen so far! Fiona
At 9:42am on October 15, 2009, Lynn Barendsen said…
Hi Ian,

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 -

At 10:26pm on August 12, 2009, Sara Margaret Hughes said…
Ian, It was all of the above but mostly invigorating. It´s great to see a building come to life through learning.
At 10:32am on August 12, 2009, Marcia Bengry Alessi said…
Hi, Ian,
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.
At 7:42am on August 5, 2009, Mary McFarland said…
Hello Ian,
Thank you for your welcome to fireside. Much appreciated.
The site looks rich and interesting.
At 5:17am on July 28, 2009, Marie Doherty said…
Glad to be here. Just learning about all this so forgive me if I'm a bit slow.
At 9:05am on July 27, 2009, Laura Gibbs said…
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... :-)
At 12:48am on July 24, 2009, Laura Gibbs said…
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!!!)
At 1:45pm on July 22, 2009, Janet Navarro said…
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...
At 4:20pm on July 18, 2009, Janet Navarro said…
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.
At 10:08am on July 16, 2009, Janet Navarro said…
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.
At 9:08am on July 8, 2009, Laura Gibbs said…
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! :-)
At 3:26pm on July 4, 2009, Laura Gibbs said…
Hi Ian, alas, poor Klein... I finally gave up also. :-)
At 8:46pm on June 28, 2009, Maria Williams said…
Thank you much! I do look forward to the ongoing conversation.
At 10:09am on June 25, 2009, Laura Gibbs said…
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. :-)
At 2:16pm on June 21, 2009, Mindy Nathan said…
I'm looking forward to the conversations, too. Thanks for the nice welcome!

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