Archive for October, 2010


THE LETTERS OF MADAME DE SEVIGNE

THE LETTERS OF MADAME DE SEVIGNE “There is none In all this cold and hollow world, no fount Of deep, strong, deathless love, save that within A mother’s heart.” — Mrs. Hemans. Again, the times themselves in which we live call for the exercise of just such an influence upon the mind and style as might be wielded by these letters. We in America are almost all educated up to a certain point ; few of us, unfortunately, are educated be yond it. The national character is pushing, energetic, ambitious ; setting great value upon money and material luxuries, but without appreciation of the refined enjoyments that consist with a moderate purse, or the delicacy of feeling that marks a sensitive but well-balanced mind.

  The vortex of politics or of business draws into it all our energies ; we have nothing to spare for reflection, for the observances of friendship, for the amenities of social intercourse. A life so vulgarizing alike to the mind and to the style, finds its best antidote in the letters of Madame de Sevigne”. Here is a beautiful existence centred in home and friends ; here are thoughts occupied by love for the dear ones around, and by sym pathy with their joys and sorrows.

The tumult of the outer world is heard faintly. The writer’s mind is busied in a calmer sphere, and the exquisite tenderness of her heart gives that transparent grace to her style that has been the wonder and the despair of two centuries. We are a letter-writing people ; and no better models for let- ters exist than Madame de Se’vigne^s. We are a practical and energetic people ; and no better complement to such virtues can be found than the tender affection and delicate refinement of Madame de SeVigne. Philadelphia, Nov. 26, 1868.

great indian architect

charles correa – saw a prog about him today……gr8 visionary too……….foresaw the problem of  overcrowding in mumbai very early and suggested solutions like expanding the port harbour……also learnt that he advocated the traditional architectectural feature of central courtyards in  homes…..and incorporated this feature in many of his buildings………………the central courtyard symbolises an empty space in the centre which is symbolic of/for many things (i think also represents the third eye..the spritual centre – inner eye…………..in which one meditates ). he also combined virtual imagery / paintings  juxtaposed with architecture………………….gr8 architect. also designed the gandhi museum……….a floating zen space – simple……holy-like the mahatma. liked his voice and diction too………

   

Foodscapes

Photographer Carl Warner painstakingly captures all forms of food in a series of still life’s with edible ingredients he raided from his kitchen cupboards to design a series of dreamy landscapes and homey domestic scenes that appear scrumptiously good enough to eat.

http://www.damnfreshpics.com/2008/03/amazing-foodscapes-by-carl-warner.html

  This Italian inspired rural scene includes a lasagna cart, fields of pasta, a pine nut wall, mozzarella clouds, trees of peppers and chilies and a parmesan village.

100 Best First Lines from Novels

http://www.saidwhat.co.uk/thearticles/firstlines

http://americanbookreview.org/100BestLines.asp

http://www.allgreatquotes.com/first_lines_novels.shtml

http://americanbookreview.org/OneHundredLines.asp

http://litlists.blogspot.com/2008/03/100-best-last-lines-from-novels.html

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to “let go” of the need for the approval of

others, & instead just  trust that inner

voice (Voice of the Spirit) inside you.