Today, on New Year’s Eve, we can ponder on the life of Peace Pilgrim and her message. (link below)

My New Year’s wish:PEACE


Peace Pilgrim’s 28-Year Walk For ‘A Meaningful Way Of Life’


December 31, 2012 2:46 PM

“That night, I experienced the complete willingness, without any reservations whatsoever, to give my life to something beyond myself.”

(photo: one of the doves set free during the graduation of pre-schoolers.)

Grapefruit and athlete’s performance

Why is grapefruit called grapefruit? 
One answer: the fruits grow in clusters.Image
Is it important to know? Probably not.
What’s important?Grapefruits can interfere with absorption of certain medicines. 
David Brailsford, coach of British cycling team (Olympics 2012) believes that by breaking down and identifying every tiny aspect of an athlete’s performance and then making just a 1% improvement in each area the athlete’s overall performance can be significantly enhanced.: concept of ‘the aggregation of marginal gains’ .
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The teachers thought they could apply the coach’s idea in teaching and improving the student’s performance. 
One of creativity’s ideas: connect and combine.

Listening is a talent

“The more I live the life the more I am convinced that it is the freely imaginative mind that is at the core of all vital music making and music listening…

Listening is a talent…two principal requisites for talented listening: first, the ability to open oneself up to musical experience; and secondly, the ability to evaluate critically that experience.
…for there are few pleasures in art greater than the secure sense that one can recognize batty when one comes upon it.”
…excerpts from Music and Imagination by Aaron Copland
While I’m writing these lines I’m listening at Scriabin’s music from the radio-TV: Music Choice-Light Classical. 

Next year

In the ebbing days of 2012 I try to synthesize the time past. What have I learned? I have no regrets; I could have done better.

I will be busy next year with my eCourses in philosophy and modern literature.
I’ll be reading, writing and thinking a lot.
Next year I will attend to the Ideas I forgot to develop this year.
The challenge of the coming year is how I can focus and commit to my goals.


What should I do or think on the day after Christmas? There are other more important things than a leaking hot water tank and lack of hot water.

I’m doodling around when I read the article about Jeffrey Wright and his physics class.


I remember the words from the Good Book: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 


Rain and birds

On Sunday night we woke up with water dripping on our bed from the ceilingImage.

The leak came not from the roof but from the hot water tank located at the attic. The plumber removed the water tank Monday,Christmas eve, and will replace it tomorrow. The rain continued today and we had no hot water.

We are thankful this year, the past years, for everything.

(photo taken this morning: birds at our daughter’s backyard)


“Why do third-agers seek adventures like mine? The crazy idea of walking around the circumference of France started with a conversation beside an Alpine lake just before my retirement. I told my wife Lizzie that I wanted to walk a lot of the Grandes Randonnées-the 38,000-mile network of long-distance footpaths that cover the French countryside-and write about my experience. “Why don’t you do it now?” she said, “before you become decrepit.”

The best sound in the world for me became the clunk-click of the buckles when I put on my rucksack. It meant the freedom to go where I wanted, to dream my own dreams and escape the complications of everyday life….”

 …excerpts from Walking the Hexagon, An Escape Around France on Foot by Terry Cudbird

It’s raining for the last 3 days here in Napa Valley. There are some flooding in neighboring valley and danger of flood of the Napa River tomorrow.  

I fifnished reading Incompleteness, The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel by Rebecca Goldstein. I learned a tiny bit about the use of intuition in mathematics and abstract reality. The book touches also the friendship between Einstein and Gödel when they were both in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. “Everyday the two men made the trek back and forth from the Institute, and others watched them with curiosity and wondered that they had so much to say to one another.”



Words and poetry

“All language is poetry. Each word is a small story,a thicket of meaning.We ignore the picturesque origins of words when we utter them; conversation would grind to a halt if we visualized flamingos whenever someone referred to a flight of stairs. But words are powerful mental tools invented through play. We clarify life’s confusion with words.We cage flooding emotions with words.We coax elusive memories with words.

“…We inhabit a deeply imagined world that exists alongside a real physical one.Even the crudest utterance, or the simplest, contains the fundamental poetry by which we live.This mind fabric, woven of images and illusions, shields us.”

…from Deep Play by Diane Ackerman