Sometimes, when I read a poem or see a piece of art, something touches me in a way words can’t express. This is one of those times.
The Evening Is Tranquil, and Dawn Is a Thousand Miles Away
The mares go down for their evening feed
into the meadow grass.
Two pine trees sway the invisible wind—
some sway, some don’t sway.
The heart of the world lies open, leached and ticking with sunlight
For just a minute or so.
The mares have their heads on the ground,
the trees have their heads on the blue sky.
Two ravens circle and twist.
On the borders of Heaven the river flows clear a bit longer.
From: The New Yorker
I usually don’t read articles about the global economy… This article about China caught my eye:
Back in 2001 when the International Olympic Committee chose Beijing as the site of this summer’s games, the event was meant to mark China’s debut as a player on the global economic stage. But a recent study by the economist Angus Maddison projects that China will become the world’s dominant economic superpower much sooner than expected – not in 2050, but in 2015.
I had long since known that China holds a lot of Treasury Bills and that roughly coincides with the U.S. turning a blind ‘civil rights’ eye toward them but the idea of China being the next economic super power is a surprise to me. Perhaps I need to read more current events…
I just finished the revamp of my editing website. Janet Brown made a great logo for me and now it’s public. I might even have business cards some day! Adulthood is creeping up on me. Speaking of adulthood, quarterly taxes are due Tuesday. Are you ready?
Sara over at Dumb Little Man has written about the 5 playground rules that still apply:
When it’s time to go home, find a partner to cross the street with.
And she’s got a good point. It’s not the lessons or the rules that change, but the context. As we get older, things make sense in a different way. It’s good to be reminded that the rules of life don’t change when we get older and that like the Robert Fulghum’s book said, All I really needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten.
Get Rich Slowly has a great post about the story of stuff.
The Story of Stuff is an interesting short film, particularly in its last half. Writer and narrator Annie Leonard explains that the “golden arrow of consumption” is the heart of the modern economic system, a system that’s really only existed since the 1950s.
The excerpt makes an interesting point tying planned/perceived obsolescence and the general happiness decline since the 50′s.
June 11, 2008 in: Quotation
by Andrew Birkhead
“The Hindu teacher Swami Muktananda was once asked why he didn’t work miracles. He replied, ‘I have no need to work miracles. The circulation of blood through my body is enough.’”
- Wes Nisker, The Essential Crazy Wisdom
I almost put this book on my reading list:
By Chuck Palahniuk.
I like Palahniuk’s work, even though I’ve never mastered pronouncing his last name. I’m not often swayed by book reviews. I made an exception for this one.