Also from our trip. Photo taken by Chris!
Photo: June 2012
Two year anniversary trip to Vermont!
Photos: June 2012, Windsor VT
Two Sleepy People - Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Orpheans with Vocal Chorus
"As I buried myself ever more deeply in my studies, I became aware of the rhythms of my mind. I quickly learned that I could not organize my studying neatly with a schedule – an hour for logic, then thirty minutes of Hume. Very often, when my classes were done and I had eaten dinner, I would find myself restless and unable to concentrate. I would read a mystery, go to a movie, daydream. It was as though something inside me of which I was only dimly aware was arranging itself. I thought of myself as falling lower and lower into idleness and wasted time. If I tried to make myself work by force of will, telling myself that I had assignments to complete and classes to prepare for, it was no good. I simply could not get started. So I would allow myself to continue falling, learning to trust a part of myself that I could not access directly by introspection. Finally, I would hit bottom and something inside would turn over. I would be at peace with myself, completely integrated into myself, and I could begin to study. Then, I would study with ferocious concentration for hours, often not stopping until the sun began to come up.
There is a beautiful passage in Zora Neale Hurston’s great novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, that captures a similar moment of transformation. “Janie stood where he had left her for unmeasured time and thought. She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her. Then she went inside there to see what it was.” [Page 67]. ” (Pg. 80)
"The entire semester was devoted to a study of the Critique, and even then, we did not actually get through all of it. Lewis used a teaching method that had become famous over the years, the method known familiarly as the Kant Summaries. Each week, he would assign the next portion of the book – roughly fifty or sixty pages each time. We were then to write a subsection by subsection, paragraph by paragraph summary of the text, the entire summary to run between five and seven pages. On the right or left hand side of the page, we were to place a running indication of which passage we were summarizing, using the standard A and B numbers to indicate the first  and second  editions of the Critique. There was to be no commentary, no reflection on the larger meaning, just straight summary, as accurate and precise as possible.
As it turned out, the weekly Kant Summary was quite the most daunting task any of us had ever attempted. It took perhaps twenty hours a week to do each summary, and as we soon learned, the space specification was fiendishly designed to force us to master the text sufficiently so that we could make a reasoned judgment of what to put in and what to take out. Too much time spent on Kant’s interminable organizational scheme, the Architectonic, and we would not have space to summarize the important arguments. Too much space devoted to one argument, and we would be unable to find room for the others. Shorter would have been easier, because there would have been room only to skim the surface; longer, and we could have paraphrased every sentence without making the judgments that grew out of genuine understanding. By the time we reached the third week, which was devoted to the chapter entitled The Deduction of the Pure Concepts of Understanding, we were so deep into Kant’s language and mind that the rest of the world simply fell away.” (pg 88)
Donna Summer - Dim All the Lights
damn…. that’s some disco sadness… RIP to the queen that helped get it all started.
For my love. :)
In Dreams - Roy Orbison (Live 1966)