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New this month:


Memories - little stories from short and long ago:  The Black Board - Uncle Ronnie's gift of a slate black board
France - things I am learning about France: School strike - why are French teachers striking?
Language -my interest in language & public speaking: Social connotations colour accents - asked for aesthetic judgments, people make social ones
Health - about health conditions I have or am afraid of getting: Pain - A look at how pain works
Current Affairs - serious things in the news: US Congressional Progressive Caucus statement - what the progressives want from trade deals
Other - miscellaneous items: A story from the Vikings - deeds of Blenda, girl with courage and wisdom
Gallery - various images: Arabesque from old Spain, below and here.
                                             
Quotes

NA¤VE REALISM: the assertion we see the world as it actually, as an objective, accurate representation of “reality”. “Everyone still believes in a form of na´ve realism….that our thoughts and feelings are reliable and predictable. We now know that there is no way you can ever know an “objective” reality, and we know that you can never know how much of subjective reality is a fabrication, because you never experience anything other than the output of your mind. Everything that’s ever happened to you has happened inside your skull.” - David McRaney

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arabesque

Arabescs de Medina Azahara Cordeba Spain circa 940 – early Islamic arabasque.

Arabasque is found in many cultures depending on how it is defined. It has rhythmic repeating patterns of vegetable designs or geometric forms making a pattern rather than a 'picture'. The patterns are either endless or confined to a space but cleverly completely covering that space. Both are seen in this example: an endless border and a central design confined to the square space. The form is common in Islamic art especially mosaic decoration.