“It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought—that is to be educated.” —Edith Hamilton
Today is National Youth Literacy Day. If you have $8.26 to spare, donate to the 826 nonprofit!
826’s around the country provide free tutoring and writing workshops to children. I have volunteered at the Boston branch, and it was a fab experience. What’s not to love about witnessing children’s imaginations run wild?
You can donate by Paypal here.
I watched the 1982 film Gandhi the other night. It was pretty amazing. I really knew nothing about Mohandas Gandhi…just that he was very wise, and won freedom for an entire country using a philosophy of non-violence. I didn’t know that he had studied law in London, and that he worked in South Africa for a time. I don’t even think I knew that he was assassinated.
The film was beautifully done. The Academy thought so, too…it won eight Academy Awards in 1982. I’ve always admired Ben Kingsley and now I admire him that much more.
Here are some quotes from the brilliant Gandhi-gee:
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mary and I went to Portland for the weekend (Amtrak has a buy one, get one free deal to Portland through the end of the year. Get thee to Portland!). It was a mix of old and new experiences, which was great.
Old = beer at Gritty’s, dinner at Bull Feeney’s. Shopping at favorite stores. Visiting the Portland Museum of Art.
New = Eating the best haddock I have ever tasted, at J’s Oyster. It. melted. in. my. mouth. Drinking the best hazelnut coffee I have ever tasted, at Coffee by Design. Like eating hazelnuts through a straw. And discovering a flavored popcorn store.
So, the popcorn. When I was a kid, there was a flavored popcorn store in the city. I don’t remember how often we went, but going there for popcorn is one of my favorite memories. There is something awesome about eating popcorn that tastes like bubble gum, watermelon, or cotton candy. Trust me on this one. The store eventually went out of business…and I hadn’t seen such a store since.
Mary and I ended up visiting the popcorn store twice, because we ate almost a whole bag of key lime pie popcorn that we had bought to share. She bought more key lime pie, and I bought New England berries.
And the store delivers!!
Check this out…it is part of a current exhibit at the art museum, by Maine artist Anna Hepler. This is in the museum’s lobby. It is gorgeous…it’s different colors of plastic (salvaged from dumps) sewn together. It’s hanging over a skylight, so the colors change as the light changes.
Portland rocks, y’all.