Motivation, Humanity, and Flight Control

My little corner of the world.  My bedroom, a claimed space.  Tiny portions of the universe that we have called our own.  These spaces, though, are not strictly occupants of land.  If we strip away the iron, the steel, the wood, and every last brick, the places we can occupy and have occupied for years, sort of float and are part of the sky.  It is obvious that the spatial possibilities for our bodies extend above and beyond the horizon.  So smart are we, to have created dwelling spaces out of essentially thin air, to have revolutionized how we can occupy the land on which we live.  We have built modern mountains; we have raised high tech tree houses. When we leave those corners, no matter at what level they may be, and emerge into the world, we are enveloped by infinitely enlightening beauty.  On my way to class yesterday, I stared in awe at the sheer clarity of the world and the ever changing delicacies of the seemingly monotonous.  Moments of appreciation for the beauty of life and the power of human intelligence help keep me motivated and uplift my spirits. Continue reading “Motivation, Humanity, and Flight Control”

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The Fresh Prince and Snowflakes

The Fresh Prince and Snowflakes

On my way home from class today, I got entirely too excited about perfectly shaped snowflakes falling onto my windshield. Literally, perfectly shaped snowflake clusters with 6 points and everything.  I can now say that well proportioned snowflakes are real in all their glittering perfection.  More importantly, the event was an instance of everyday magic, or that’s what I like to call it.  A phenomenon I’m quite fond of, everyday magic is a celebration of the mundane in a new and exciting way.  Of course I know that snowflakes have six points and no two are alike, but I never took the time to actually notice it “in the flesh.”  As the six sided figures hit my car, I was finding novelty in a commonality I have been experiencing my whole life: snowfall.   Continue reading “The Fresh Prince and Snowflakes”

An Apple a Day: NYC

An Apple a Day: NYC

I think part of the reason why I’m drawn to New York is ancestral.  In 1902, my great great grandmother immigrated from Ireland to Ellis Island.  Parts of my extended family, of many I do not know, still live in the state of New York.  Aside from my genetics “calling me” home, I’m a natural fast paced walker (definitely something I picked up from my mom after trying to keep up with her for the first half of my life) who walks with immense purpose.  The energy of New York City screams purpose.  No matter what district or neighborhood you’re in, that vitality is directional. And just like the towering buildings glittering with glassy exteriors, the energy goes upwards.  Unlike the stagnant, horizontal energy of suburban American life, New York City is not confined to white picket fences. Continue reading “An Apple a Day: NYC”