Turning the Page

This blog has been rather neglected over the past two months… I lost my primary blogging & browsing computer, Amos – a Dell Inspiron 1721 laptop running Vista -  to a hardware failure in late June, and then my six-month old Windows 7 HP Pavilion desktop started tanking with software problems less than a week later. I was already overloaded with an abnormal level of professional work, and was also struggling to maintain engagement in a Distance Learning class I had fallen well behind in. It’s been a frustrating summer, during which it...

The mind is dulled, not fed, by inordinate reading

Quote of the Day for Tuesday, March 8th, 2011: More from A. G. Sertillanges’ The Intellectual Life, from the section “Reading” in the chapter “Preparation for Work,” on “not reading much” as a prerequisite to intellectual vitality: What we are proscribing is the passion for reading, the uncontrolled habit, the poisoning of the mind by excess of mental food, the laziness in disguise which prefers easy familiarity with others’ thought to personal effort. The passion for reading which many pride themselves on as a precious intellectual quality, is in reali...

It’s Thinking Weather

A true winter chill has settled in to Massachusetts tonight, as we begin to close in on the winter solstice. I took the dog outside a few minutes ago to prepare for locking up  the house for the night, and I was taken aback by the beauty of the night as I headed down the porch stairs. The sky is crystal clear, the moon and stars: brilliant. The temperature is just below 20 degrees. As I was wandering around the back yard, I was thinking how I so enjoyed these kinds of nights when I was young and carefree, and walking all over town with my friends ...