Observation: Fond Memories

Added on by Bill.

We see things come into being and leaving; birth and death; the extinction of the dinosaur, the various endanger species, for example.

Our conceptualization of the world around us changing from that of a flat earth to a sphere:

For centuries, mankind knew all there was to know about the shape of the Earth. It was a flat planet, shaped roughly like a circle, with lots of pointy things hanging down from the underside. On the comparatively smooth topside, Europe sat in the middle of the circle, with the other continents scattered about the fringes, and parts of Africa hanging over the edge. The oceans lapped against the sides of the Earth, and in places ran over, creating currents that would pull over the edge ships that ventured too far out to sea. The space beyond the edge of the world was a dark realm inhabited by all sorts of unholy beasts. Fire and brimstone billowed up from the very depths of hell itself and curled 'round the cliffs whose infinite length jutted straight down to the darkest depths [1]. . .

Our culture evolves through various, often unnoticed, influences. I remember my grandmother complaining that baking flour was different in Canada; she couldn't make her cakes. The impact on the continuity of culture as women move out of the home into the work place. The impact of the emergence of fast food restaurants on the French Bistro. The iPod is killing "Rock Snobbery."

Each parting leaves a gap; may be perceived by our minds, yet not fully understood or appreciated and only rarely receiving any consideration. Their replacements take shape and fill the void and then they become the new normal and our memories of the old way pass into long term memory and then end with us.

Good or bad? Neither, it just is.

A Day in The Life: Rights of Passage

Added on by Bill.

This morning I woke to find one of my ties draped across a table in the den. I have not worn a tie for several months, and so I concluded it was my son who borrowed it and left it there.

Borrowing a tie is not something you have to train your son to do. It just happens. I remember borrowing ties from my dad (in fact I think I still have a couple of them). It seems to be a signal of the passing of some point in the maturing process, but I'm not quite sure what that point is.

I have borrowed my one of my son's ties, it was his school tie; the most expensive tie I have ever bought.

A Day in the Life: Goatees and Beards

Added on by Bill.

As noted earlier [1, 2] I am growing a goatee. Although with no specific purpose I do have a vision of the outcome: one of style, class and comradery.

MusketeersSir Walter RaleighAnthony van Dyck

The web is replete with content on the goatee, including etymology and editorials ; there is even an official web site (goatee.org). Wiki has an interesting discussion on beards in general including this gem summarizing the early Christian view of the beard:

"How womanly it is for one who is a man to comb himself and shave himself with a razor, for the sake of fine effect, and to arrange his hair at the mirror, shave his cheeks, pluck hairs out of them, and smooth them!…For God wished women to be smooth and to rejoice in their locks alone growing spontaneously, as a horse in his mane. But He adorned man like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him as an attribute of manhood, with a hairy chest--a sign of strength and rule." St. Clement of Alexandria,

In his article, "The History of the Beard" Scott James cites the creation of the beard:

God invented the Beard in 293 BC when he blessed the previously beardless Moses The Inadequate with a stylish goatee that was later imitated by pirates, beatniks and Skeet Ulrich.

There is even a web site on bearded babies.