I want to learn all I can, live as wisely as I can, and savor every moment on the journey.
Clippings from my mind’s commonplace book this week…
I didn’t get to read as many blogs as I wanted to this week (well, not that I ever do! But here are a couple of blog posts I especially liked:
Nothing Figured Out: Kinship with a Homeless Veteran
My Own Bowl of Chrries: Does Size (of dreams) Matter?
I just loved this passage in The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The desperate Archbishop wants to use the free-spirited, vagrant philosopher Gringoire for a dangerous undertaking, and he skeptically asks Gringoire:
“What can you have to attach you so strongly to life?”
“Ah, a thousand attachments!”
“What are they, pray tell.”
“What are they? The air, the sky, the morning, the evening, the moonlight, my good friends the Truands, our romps with the good-natured damsels, the beautiful architectural works of Paris to study, three big books to write, one of them against the bishop and his mills—I know not what else. Anaxagoras used to say he had been put in the world just to admire the sun. And then, I have the happiness of passing all my days, from morning till evening, with a man of genius, who is me, and that’s very pleasant.”
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo, trans. Walter J. Cobb, Signet Classic, 2001)
Did you catch that funny line at the end? For the record, I think the Archbishop, with his thoughts so skewed by dark desperation, actually has no chance of understanding Gringoire’s rose-colored attitude. There’s more to our outlooks on life than simple resolution.
Posts on my other blogs:
My Post-God Life: How Far Should We Take Open-mindedness?
CFS, My Curse and Blessing: I Have Chronic Stress Syndrome
I’ve had a very productive week! I’ve made good progress on two of my long-term projects, the memoir and the nonfiction book, and I have two articles almost ready to submit for possible publication. Plus, business is booming for my freelance writing business, S.J. Woods Writing! Hooray! I love writing!!!