An interesting read for memorial day. http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Future-tense--IX--Out-of-the-wilderness-7357
It's rather lengthy, stick it out to the end or read it in chunks.
The first disadvantage is in the motivation to take on the intense and unremitting effort that is typically required to do great things. This is one of the most overlooked aspects of great accomplishment. Fame can come easily and overnight, but excellence is almost always accompanied by a crushing workload. Psychologists have put specific dimensions to this aspect of accomplishment. One thread of this literature, inaugurated in the early 1970s by Herbert Simon, argues that expertise in a subject requires a person to assimilate about 50,000 “chunks” of information about the subject over about ten years of experience—simple expertise, not the mastery that is associated with great accomplishment. Once expertise is achieved, it is followed by thousands of hours of practice, study, and labor.
The final profound paragraph:
Humans are ineluctably drawn to fundamental questions of existence. “Why is there something rather than nothing?” is one such question. “What does it mean to live a good life?” is another. The elites who shape the milieu for America’s high culture have managed to avoid thinking about those fundamental questions for a century now. Sooner or later, they’ll find it too hard.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Happy Birthday in Chinese. Jiao said I got the symbols right. Whew. The lemon cake she requested and another pinata creation. Appropriate since she goes by 'the coolest fat panda'
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Stewart Falls with some of the family.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Yesterday, sitting in RS before the meeting began, the President gently tapped me on the shoulder and handed me this:
Does anyone know why blogger won't let me post in paragraphs? It bunches up all my text and it's really bugging me. It only started doing this since they changed their format. I have googled it and many others have the same problem. None of the solutions make sense. Help from any tech savvy rellys would be appreciated.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
It was the fall after my stillborn and my mother thought it would be good for me to get away. I flew down to Blythe alone and after a few days there she and I drove over to St. David to visit Grandma Rose. It was good to spend time with these women, their words could heal and soothe. Grandma and mother had perfected the rare art of 'wisdom banter', mundane and seemingly trivial conversation that is randomly interspersed with nuggets of profundity. So it happened on the second morning that we were there Grandma asked how I was feeling. I told her I was fine, perfectly fine. And I was. Physically, anyway. She nodded her head slowly. Then Grandma hopped up from the table abruptly and went back into the spare bedroom and brought out her latest craft. "They showed us how to make these in Relief Society last month. They sure are clever, aren't they?" Sure enough. The purse made out of a yellow placemat was indeed clever. "We could make some while you're here". "I would like that", I said. And then she talked about going into town later, about Uncle John and how his leg had been bothering him. She talked about lettuce being on sale. Then she ran her fingers through her gray wispy hair and sighed sadly. "I sure could use a haircut. The gal that cuts my hair is out of town for two weeks. I look like a wild woman of Borneo".
Friday, May 11, 2012
Finished this up a couple of days ago. An insightful read and a great companion to Alan Wheelis' How People Change (a past MODA selection).
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Jiao wanted to see City Creek and the Gateway so we hopped on Trax and rode into town. We brought ld along, too.