A reading list should awaken children to the great classics, on whose cultural foundation the modern literary firmament was built.
My new favorite thinker in the Intellectual Dark Web is Sean Carroll. Follow him on YouTube! In his “episode zero” he said something that I related to as a hobbyist artist: Continue reading ““Artists see things more accurately.””
I’ve always loved the double meaning of this saying. You literally see your thoughts reflected back to you when you write them on a piece of paper. Kind of weird, right? Roughly attributed to Stephen King, but paraphrased slightly.
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Answer: There’s no Substitution for Practice.
Today, I was listening to a panel of well-known science communicators and towards the end during the Q&A session, someone asked “I’ve always wanted to be an astronautical engineer, but I’m horrible at math. I’ve got lots of passion. Can this dream ever be a reality, and where do I start?” Continue reading ““I’m bad at math.””
Today I broke out a harp music book in front of my kid for the first time since I started reading books to him. It’s been a while since I played from a music book, I’m not gonna lie. Since he’s been born, I’ve been busy with reading guitar and ukulele chords/tabs because they’re way easier, and also a lot of fun. (By the way, for those that aren’t in the “harp club”, harp music looks almost the same as piano music. There’s a treble clef and a bass clef with “golf club” notes on a 5-lined staff.) I’ve never been particularly gifted at reading music, because I generally prefer learning tunes by ear. Continue reading “Teaching Toddlers Music”
I liked Billy Joels song “Shades of Greay” when I was little. Like, age 8. I had great taste in music, what can I say? Back then I just liked it for its groove, but these days… wow. It has quite another meaning that I relate to only too well.
Please enjoy “Shades of Grey” by Billy Joel. Lyrics below for your convenience. Continue reading “Shades of Grey”
For Spring break a lot of my college friends made plans to go on fancy trips to mainland Europe, but knowing there was still plenty to see in Ireland, I decided to take a tour of County Clare. I booked a week-long stay at a hostel in Sixmilebridge, and to get there, I needed to make a lot of transfers. I took a train from Derry, to Belfast, then to Dublin, and finally a bus to Sixmilebridge. I think I could have maybe taken a bus with fewer transfers, but it would have taken a lot longer, and Irish roads + double-decker bus = nauseating. Lots of swaying and jerking around. Travelling by train was much more comfortable. Continue reading “Abroad in Ireland (Part 3) — Week in County Clare”
It’s drenched in mystery and you feel like a fairy might peep out behind a rock at any moment.
I went down to Cork to retrieve my harp from Brendan the harpmaker. He had waited for too long to bring it to me in Derry, so I finally gave up hope of that. I thought since I’m going to make the trip all the way to the southern end of the country I may as well tour around and see some sights!