Weekly Mind Cleanup
A summer scene here in West Virginia
Scraps from my mind’s inbox this week…
Yes! Magazine: “Infographic: Why Social Security’s Not Going Broke: A Non-hysterical Look at a System that’s Working“
This was an interesting and accessible perspective on a hot-button issue.
I got to read more blogs this week; here are some posts I read and loved:
The Double Life of Mrs. M: “Reflections on Turning 40”
What a wealth of life wisdom this woman has gathered so far!
a walk on the bright side: “Fading Fast”
A high school English teacher’s lovely description of the joys of teaching.
Biblioglobal: “Reading the world logarithmically”
This person is my newest hero. I’m not even joking.
Time’s Flow Stemmed: “The problem with history”
Anthony reports an important point about history books that describe horrific events with casual coolness. Plus, this post sheds new light on one of my favorite poems.
Small Potatoes: “Therapeutic Play Dough with Essential Oils”
What a great idea!
The Bookshelf of Emily J.: “Harry Potter, the Hero Cycle, and Cinderella”
I love the hero cycle and talking about stories in terms of archetypes and myths. By the way, The Lion King is also a hero cycle story.
From My Reading
In First French Reader (ed. Stanley Applebaum), I found this excellent maxim from François Duc De La Rouchefoucald, who lived in the 1600s (I hadn’t heard of him before); here’s the full text of his Maxims there in case you’re interested.
“The moderation shown by fortunate people comes from the calm that good luck gives their nature.”
In French: “La modération des personnes heureuses vient du calme que la bonne fortune donne á leur humeur.”
From My Writing
Posts on my other blogs this week:
CFS, My Curse and Blessing: In Praise of the Ideal Doctor (Who Must Be Out There Somewhere)
My Post-God Life: Ode to the Preacher
I’ve been working my way through the fiction writing exercises at the end of John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction. I’m finding that really helpful for getting a better handle on the craft of writing fiction—plus, it’s fun!