Flashback Friday: 2015-01-09

December 30, 1972

wedding picture

We were married in my mother’s living room, 42 years ago, and are still best friends.

My only regret: I doubt I will ever fit into that dress again.

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Small Stones: 2015-01-05

small stones

Outside: dark, windy, cold.
Inside: warm, books, knitting.
Where do I want to be?

Easy decision!

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Sunday Scribblings: 2015-01-04

Since I’m away from home, and can’t sing with my usual choir, I thought I’d try singing along with a You-tube video. Mozart, yeah, Mozart! So, I found this:

confutatis maledictis

No, I didn’t sing along.

I was giggling too hard!

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Utopias

Bosch: Garden of Eden

From Plato’s Republic to the hippie communes of the U.S. in the 1960s, humans have proposed many forms of ideal societies. The first book I’m reading for the 2015 Mount TBR reading challenge fits into this continuum. In A Modern Utopia, H.G. Wells presents a vision of a nearly-perfect human civilization in which the narrator and his companion are transported from Earth to another planet with exactly the same geography, but a much different social organization and culture.

The novel is a bit preachy for my taste, but it is interesting to see what a 19th century intellectual thought a perfect world would be like.

I’ll post a more complete review of the book when I finish it. In the meantime, I’m using this study guide from the British Library to give me a bit of historical perspective on utopian theories.

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Looking for Sophie Cornell

Updated 2015-01-06: She found me! Sophie Cornell sent an email granting permission to use this photo, and she included three additional photos of small stones. Thank you, lovely lady!

One of my blogging inspirations is a program of mindfulness prompts called Small Stones that was offered in January for the last few years. It doesn’t seem to be happening this year, at least not formally, but I intend to continue writing my own small stones at least once a week.

I like to list my inspirations in the sidebar of this blog, but a column of plain text links is boring. This year, I found the perfect photo to illustrate my series of Small Stones, and attempted to contact the photographer to obtain permission to use it.

Unfortunately, the contact form on her site returns an error message.

If anyone knows how I can contact Sophie Cornell, please let me know.

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