challenged the role of “arts and culture.”

Quite interesting.

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I’d say two things. The first is that, unless you have a degree of relativism about civilization, you’re lost. One person’s civilization is another person’s barbarism; history teaches that civilization is always the insiders’ view of themselves. As for the pandemic, rather than “civilization,” let’s say it’s perhaps challenged the role of “arts and culture.” There’s been a bit of a blindness to those things — a sense that what was really keeping us on the road was, of course, the work of scientists, who were working on the vaccine and on better treatment. And in no way would I like to suggest that that wasn’t important. But people tend to think that music, literature, and so on is icing on the cake.

But the arts are essential. They help you understand what you are experiencing. Look at ancient history. Where does Western literature start? It starts, in the “Iliad,”…

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Sunday Sonnet

Today’s poem is from the second edition of the Feminist classic, No More Masks! : An Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets, edited by Florence Howe. This is a updated version of the 1973 edition of No More Masks! but with many more poets featured; however, some of the fine feminist poets found in the 1973 declined to be included in the second edition.

I chose a poem that wasn’t in the first edition. This is by Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar-Nelson, who lived from 1875 to 1935 & who was married to the poet Paul Dunbar-Nelson. They were both prominent in the Harlem Renaissance.

References

Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Ruth Moore. “To Marie Curie”. No More Masks! : An Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets. Edited & with an Introduction by Florence Howe. NY: HarperPerennial, 1993. Poem is found on page 16.

Saturday Caturday … a day late

I was out of town yesterday & away from my laptop, so I was unable to blog about Radar & Bobby. This morning, I was busy catching up on emails & blog posts that I missed yesterday, so I’m just getting to blogging about about my sweeties right now.

I don’t know where Bobby is hiding but Radar is curled up on his favorite box of the moment. As you can see, I still have quite a bit of unpacking to do! More like finding places for everything! But I’m in no hurry. I agree with the cats – it’s always a good time for a nap!

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Why People don’t Talk about their Trauma

I used to share what I was experiencing with my family & I was ostracized for many years. So now I don’t talk about it at all. The truth of this article really resonates with me!

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There are things that nobody talks about.

There are things that are absolutely taboo.

So when you experience these things yourself, you feel isolated. Completely alone. Judged. Ostracized. Abandoned in your pain.

And that is a terrible place to be.

Here’s how you feel when this happens to you

– You feel as if you’re tarnished even though you’re innocent. You feel like you’re an outcast, that you’ve been stigmatized.

– You feel extremely vulnerable. Your world has been exposed. There’s nothing that’s a secret. You’ve lost your privacy.

– You feel that you’ve been talked about, and you’ve been judged and blamed. Some people will attack you, and call you hurtful names.

– You feel that other people think you’re worth much less than them. You feel their eyes upon you, and their eyes are harsh and cold.

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Language-Learning Is a Type of Meditation

This is so true. Which is why I will never stop learning. Or meditating.

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This is me studying Elfdalian grammar at home in 2019.

Learning languages calms the mind. One has to empty one’s mind and immerse oneself completely in the work of learning any language. Language-learning is my favourite way of distracting myself. It helped me through the most difficult times of my life and it has helped me to find inner peace. Meditation is characterised by (a) emptying, (b) calming and (c) training the mind. Language-learning helps me achieve all three of these. My tireless attempts at successful language-learning have, over the course of many years, helped me overcome many learning problems, including attention problems and dyslexia. Language-learning has significantly improved my reading, spelling, logical reasoning, hearing, speaking, etc. Indeed, it has trained my eye for detail, I notice far more things than I used to, my mind is sharper than it ever was. The calmness of my…

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