There are days for sunny morning walks in the garden, where dew-bejeweled roses release their fragrance on the light breeze.
These are not those days. These are days of harsh realities demanding sharp answers. This is now … time for thorns.
What can you say about a stray dog who attaches himself to a Swedish extreme sports team and stays with them on the grueling trek through the Amazon rain forest? You don’t need to say anything – you adopt him and take him home with you.
National Public Radio host David Greene uses the Siberian Express as a literal and figurative vehicle to explore Russia’s heart in the above-entitled book. If you want what appears to be a rather accurate portrait of a totally screwed-up country, this is probably a good place to start. Greene reveals a lot of cultural warts, but he is rather more optimistic about the possibilities in Russia’s future than I am.
These photographs of the fog-shrouded countryside almost make me expect to see King Arthur come riding out of the mists. England is indeed a green and lovely place, isn’t it?
Caitrin Nicol Keiper has published a rather lengthy, but quite fascinating article with that lede. We humans factor in a certain degree of anthropomorphism when pondering this question. Many animal lovers will insist that all animals have souls. Some claim only mammals do. At the other extreme are those who claim there is no such thing as a soul.
I suspect most of us fall somewhere in between. I have observed many domesticated animals displaying emotions and attitudes identifiable to humans. Is that because dogs and cats and horses are often able to bond with humans more successfully than other mammals? I honestly don’t know. Am I biased towards my genus? You bet I am. Those who don’t have a marked preference for their own kind rather quickly become known as “the former, now-extinct” clan.
Read, enjoy, and ponder.
A study has shown that taking notes doesn’t help you remember things. I agree to the extent that you don’t engage your memory if you believe you will have the notes available when you need them. My experience is that you can engage your memory while taking notes so that you can perform efficiently without the paper or iPad or smartphone next to you. I have found this to be true in my own case. What is your experience?