On the footsteps of Quixote: beat down the windmills!

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Consuegra Windmills at dusk

Do you remember the foolish stories of Don Quixote? Do you remember when he was battling against windmills? This is one of the chapters of Cervantes’s book I like the most and I have read it over and over.

At this point they came in sight of thirty forty windmills that there are on plain, and as soon as don Quixote saw them he said to his squire: “Fortune is arranging matters for us better than we could have shaped our desires ourselves, for look there, friend Sancho Panza, where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of whom I mean to engage in battle and slay”

“What giants?” said Sancho Panza

“Those thou seest there”, answered his master, “with the long arms, and some have them nearly two leagues long”

At a certain point in my life I decided to go visit the Spanish land of windmills…

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New Orleans

Saw this today and had to share it 🙂

vagabonds and villains

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I wandered away from the crowd of tourists, brown magnolia leaves broke apart under my shoes. I found an old stone bench hidden in a narrow walkway and sat down. The cemetery felt like an old sanctuary, its white tombs and crying angels sat quietly under a gloomy sky. Split concrete and overgrown weeds spread out over the soft flat earth. The names of the dead etched carefully in stone. I looked around and felt at home.

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two years

Happy Birthday, to the Mashed Radish 🙂

Mashed Radish

Today, the Mashed Radish turns two. I think the blog is really growing up.

"Two." Doodle by @andrescalo. “Two.” Doodle by @andrescalo.

My brother, Andrew, has given my words shape, line, texture, and color with his deft and delightful doodles. They’ve really added a lot personality, don’t you think? Thanks, brother! A number of my posts have become cross-posts, as I have been contributing to the OxfordWords blog at Oxford Dictionaries and Strong Language, a sweary blog about swearing. I hope that these posts have lead you to some new writers, blogs, and projects. The group at Strong Language is a tremendously talented bunch, no? It’s an honor to be writing alongside them. Speaking of honor: Oxford Dictionaries Online? Let’s just say about every post here begins with three letters: the OED.

While my writing has branched out through those two blogs, I think my writing here has matured, focusing on topical etymologies as my own small lens to think about current events–and using current events…

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Time-Travel Tuesday– Woodland Park Zoo

Great photography Blogs~

The Darkroom Nerd

I’m in the middle of midterm week and so forgive me for not having the time to go through any photos that I took this week, those will show up soon. For now here are some of my favorite shots of a wonderful trip I had to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle (minus the otter pictures which were already posted). Because of the openness of the zoo there were quite a few visitors (squirrels, ducks, geese, rabbits)

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3 Quotes – The 14th Dalai Lama

3 Quotes~

My train of thoughts on...

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Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama
(Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Dondrub),
Tibetan leader

Nobel Peace Prize (1989)

born:
July 6, 1935 in Taktser, Qinghai, Tibet

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
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Open-minded people tend to be interested in Buddhism because Buddha urged people to investigate things – he didn’t just command them to believe.
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My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, to introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.

Which is your favourite quote by the Dalai Lama?  🙂


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