07 December 2013

At This Very Moment

I often like to sit quietly and think about who, if anyone, might be reading the words I have written in the past.  Many of my words have usually been written in private correspondence.  Even published works can really be meant for a small audience rather than a large one.  Do you know who might be reading your own words right at this moment?

01 May 2013

Bisnenti of the Veneto

If any of your ancestors lived near the Montello, in the Province of Treviso in the Veneto region of Italy, they may have been part of the Bisnenti.  They were the people I often think about when thinking about the history of Venice and the Venetian Republic.  Do you know anything about the Bisnenti?

25 March 2013

Journeys, Journaling and Personal Development

Which is more important to your personal development:

a) Going on a journey?
b) Writing a journal?

Perhaps photography is an important aspect of your personal development, both when you go on journeys and when you write a journal.

Are your own photographs more important to you than the pictures taken by other people?  Do you mainly look at pictures of yourself when reflecting upon your development, and your journey through life?

02 February 2013

Reflections on Living Peacefully

If you find that living peacefully, travelling thoughtfully and understanding deeply can be difficult, you are not alone in feeling that way.

As I know from my own experience, a peaceful, quite person can feel out of place when interacting with, or merely observing, the world as it is perceived by others.   This can be especially when observing the world as it is often represented through the mainstream media.

Sharing creatively, and developing the ability to be creative, can be enhanced by stimulating conversations from time to time.  However, many forms of creativity can be achieved most successfully as a consequence of private reflections.  Time away from the mainstream media and noisy people can be especially helpful.

Avoiding the presence of people who do not live life in a peaceful way can often be difficult.  This is especially so if they happen to be relations, colleagues, neighbours or acquaintances we would rather avoid!

20 January 2013

Science and Knowledge

Do you think of science as a quiet topic or as something quite noisy?

When I was at school, science always seemed to be very boring from my point of view. It did not appear to me to be a particularly friendly or peaceful topic, especially when taught in a way that did not build on my natural inquisitiveness and aesthetic sense of wonder

Perhaps I needed something more relevant and pleasant than the rote learning of theory, the cutting up of small creatures, and the mixing of strange chemicals.  One of the ways in which science has become more interesting to me in recent years is through learning about the history of science. I enjoy discovering the ways that knowledge has developed in the minds of individuals through time.  It is why I like exploring history.

A quiet discovery is much more pleasant than loud noises, strange smells and the visual appearance of internal organs.  I now take frequent excursions to Scientia* as that is where I am sometimes able to overcome my own ignorance.

Science gives us signposts yet we have to choose a destination for ourselves.

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