Emerson, Self-Reliance

by Kim on March 10, 2009

This week’s Weekly Geeks challenge is a repeat of an earlier topic, Quote-A-Day. I’ve been terrible and not posted a quote yet, but was inspired today after talking to a friend about Emerson’s essay, “Self-Reliance.” This is one of my favorite parts of the essay: I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My […]

A Madison Election Celebration

by Kim on November 5, 2008 · 9 comments

I voted for Barack Obama yesterday, but without the enthusiasm so many other people did.  When I went to the polls yesterday, I considered not voting for president because I just didn’t care enough about either candidate. After Obama gave his acceptance speech last night, a friend and I walked down to State Street (a […]

Inspired by Joan Didion

by Kim on October 13, 2008 · 3 comments

I spent a lot of time yesterday reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion. Didion was one of the major authors during the New Journalism movement of the 1960s, and actually one of the few women that gets remembered widely from the era. More recently, Didion wrote the memoir A Year of Magical Thinking that […]

Diagramming Sarah Palin

by Kim on October 9, 2008 · 3 comments

A friend sent me this link to a Slate article called “Diagramming Sarah” by Kitty Burns Florey. A summary just doesn’t do this story justice, so I’m going to quote a big chunk of it. Click on the link to read the full story — it is well worth your time. ——— “Other Palinisms are […]

I didn’t really read much yesterday — I was having too much fun exploring Madison and staying in to watch the prime-time Wisconsin-Ohio State football game.  Sadly, the game ended in a very, very disappointing fourth quarter loss (20-17).  Top that with the Wisconsin band being indefinitely suspended for allegations of hazing, it just hasn’t […]

WG #17: Dumbledore, on Leadership

by Kim on September 20, 2008

——— “It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.  Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry […]

WG #17: Dumbledore, on Happiness

by Kim on September 19, 2008

——— “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ——— This is, by far, my favorite Dumbledore quote of all time — it’s even the signature in all of my e-mails.  Professional huh?

WG #17: Dumbledore, on Differences

by Kim on September 18, 2008

——— “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire ———

WG #17: Dumbledore, on Choices

by Kim on September 17, 2008 · 2 comments

——— “Dark times lie ahead of us, and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” – Albus Dumbledore ———

WG #17: Dumbledore, on Courage

by Kim on September 16, 2008 · 2 comments

——— “There are all kinds of courage.  It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ———