Month: January 2016

Happy Birthday…

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” “Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” “There is nothing new in art except talent.” Anton Chekhov – whose birthday we remember on this date.   “Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.”  “I’m free of all prejudices. I hate all people equally.” “Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.”  “I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday.” W.C. Fields – whose birthday we remember on this date.     Top image found here. Second image found here.    

Happy Birthday…

Well… I mean… What can I say? Today we remember the birthday of one of the more supremely talented musicians ever to grace the planet. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this date in 1756, in Salzburg, Austria. He died a terribly short 35 years later, having already written over 600 pieces. There are many biographical inaccuracies in the movie Amadeus, which was responsible for an entire generation of new fans of the composer. But it’s a movie, based on a play, and never really claimed to be definitive.

Questions…

There have always been, and will always be those who question what they are told. It’s a fundamental truth of what it means to be human. But somehow we never get around to questioning the underlying assumptions behind those core beliefs, that so many of us take for granted. “I don’t believe what this version of the government says about the economy; because I don’t like this government. I didn’t vote for them.”