A Private Fortune: Simonides, that extraordinary author of lyric poems, found an excellent remedy for his straitened circumstances by travelling around the most famous cities of the Asia, singing the praises of victorious athletes in exchange for a fee. When he had grown wealthy in this venture, he was ready to take a sea voyage and go back to his native land (he was born, so they say, on the island of Ceos). He boarded a ship, but a terrible storm (plus the sheer age of the ship) caused it to sink in the middle of the sea. Some of the passengers grabbed their money belts, while others held onto their valuables and any possible means of subsistence. A passenger who was more curious than the rest asked the poet, ‘Simonides, why aren’t you taking along any of your own stuff?’ He replied, ‘All that is mine is right here with me.’ It turned out that only a few were able to swim ashore, while the majority drowned, weighed down by what they were carrying. Then bandits arrived and took from the survivors whatever they had brought ashore, stripping them naked. As it happened, the ancient city of Clazomenae was not far off, which is where the shipwrecked people then turned. In this city there lived a man inclined to literary pursuits who had often read Simonides’s compositions and who was his great admirer from afar. He recognized Simonides simply from his manner of speaking and eagerly invited him to his house, regaling him with clothes and money and servants. Meanwhile, the rest of the survivors carried around placards, begging for food. When Simonides happened to run into them, he took one look and exclaimed, ‘Just as I said: all that is mine is right here with me, but everything that you took with you has now vanished.’
— Phaedrus (translated by Laura Gibbs)
Maxi came home from school today, sat down, and wrote a book for Mrs. Gelson, his teacher. It was so unexpected and it turned out so exciting. He did the whole thing from scratch. Told us he needs 10 sheets of paper and a stapler. Wrote the tile of the book and that it was made by Max on the first page and then proceeded with writing it and drawing pictures for it. We would spell the words for him but they were his words and his story. It ended up into a second story at which point he proceeded to add a table of contents. He got tired but did not give up really. He made the story open. He said that whoever reads the second story they need to make up there own stories where the question marks are : ) He added a section for notes, A lesson on numbers, A game or two with dots, A calendar... And some scribbles at the very last page. It was cool watching him work. He wanted to give it to Mrs. Gelson the very next day, Friday, but we wanted to make copies. It felt special to us. Max finally agreed, and he was still working on some of the coloring of the pages. [Nevertheless he did talk to Mrs. Gelson about it and even 'secured' a photocopy service at the school with Mrs Gelson if we could not copy it ourselves : )]. It is all done now. I have a pdf version of it. We made few copies because we want to send it to Max's grandparents for Christmas. The copies are slightly shifted, the original is covered with stapler holes but it is going to be a well-loved book of ours no matter what! Hope you enjoy it, I will post a copy here too in the next few days.
Тебе никто ничего не должен.
Не плачи, когато всичко свърши…Усмихни се, че нещо ти се е случило.
Happiness is often a matter of subtraction, not addition.
Очень важно сохранить в себе детское восприятие мира, и какими бы взрослыми, какими бы богатыми мы ни стали, мы должны жить честно, в гармонии со своим внутренним и неизменно искренним ребёнком.
For two generations we've been lectured about the dangers of overpopulation. But the conventional wisdom on this issue is wrong, twice. First, global population growth is slowing to a halt and will begin to shrink within 60 years. Second, as the work of economists Esther Boserups and Julian Simon demonstrated, growing populations lead to increased innovation and conservation. Think about it: Since 1970, commodity prices have continued to fall and America's environment has become much cleaner and more sustainable—even though our population has increased by more than 50%. Human ingenuity, it turns out, is the most precious resource.
"So it goes." Unlike many of these quotes, the repeated refrain from Vonnegut's classic Slaughterhouse-Five isn't notable for its unique wording so much as for how much emotion—and dismissal of emotion—it packs into three simple, world-weary words that simultaneously accept and dismiss everything. There's a reason this quote graced practically every elegy written for Vonnegut over the past two weeks (yes, including ours): It neatly encompasses a whole way of life. More crudely put: "Shit happens, and it's awful, but it's also okay. We deal with it because we have to."
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