Tag Archives: awareness

The View From Here

The modern British Two Pound coin gives homage to the one-time Warden and later Master of the Royal Mint, Sir Isaac Newton, bearing on its edge an inscription, a snippet taken from a 1676 letter from Newton to Robert Hooke: … Continue reading

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Hold That Thought!

“Hold that thought,” said the office administrator with outstretched hand, signalling a friendly “stop.”  I was in the middle of making a routine request for her assistance. Hold that thought, an idiomatic was of saying, often by way of interruption, “Wait a second, I’ve … Continue reading

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Map Reading

Safely through a narrow channel, wind and waves at our back, the bows of our canoes pierced Little Batchewaung Bay in Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. A party of three in two canoes–I and my daughter in one, my son paddling his open … Continue reading

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And I Said, “Yes!”

Multi-talented actor William Shatner, 80, touring in a one-man show, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It,” stopped by the Palace Theater in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, April 15, and, for almost two hours, his world and mine closely overlapped. Knitting … Continue reading

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To Be, or Not to Be…

Today at my local Toastmasters Club I reprised, in part, the role of Prince Hamlet by enacting the famous soliloquy from act 3, scene 1.  This fulfilled the requirements for the advanced speech project, “The Monodrama,” taken from the Toastmasters … Continue reading

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One Tree, Three Trees

I am learning the art and craft of bonsai.  I have one tree in training, a dwarf cultivar of the Chinese elm (ulmus parvifloria yatsubusu). This makes me a novice, gaining fundamental competence. Although I have little practical experience in … Continue reading

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Carpe Diem? Not Really.

Robin Williams, in the character of English teacher John Keating, popularized the phrase, “carpe diem,” in the 1989 movie, The Dead Poets Society, when he said, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” Popular culture took it … Continue reading

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