The History of Rasselas

Educators, parents and all persons who care about the future have a vested interest in education.  Educational pedagogy abounds throughout the world, but sometimes going back to the 1600’s writings about the subject may offer us a compelling thought as to the changes, the sentiment, the value and the need for education.

From The History of Rasselas by Samuel Johnson:

“Knowledge is certainly one of the means of pleasure, as is confessed by the natural desire which every mind feels of increasing its ideas. Ignorance is mere privation, by which nothing can be produced: it is a vacuity in which the soul sits motionless and torpid for want of attraction; and, without knowing why, we always rejoice when we learn, and grieve when we forget. I am therefore inclined to conclude, that, if nothing counteracts the natural consequence of learning, we grow more happy as our minds take a wider range.” ~ Rasselas

Rasselas

I recommend this excellent book to anyone and suggest it be required reading in High School literary classes.

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Little Hands

We all love children’s hands; they’re sweet, small, soft and so nice to hold.  We can all imagine this as almost everyone has held a child’s hand.  The truth is, every single little hand is totally, purely and honestly perfect.  I promise.

If I were to miss the beauty of any child because of a predisposed thinking that a color could cause a difference, my bounty would be depleted not only in volume but in truth.

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I speak from experience: there is no difference.  Every child is beautiful and each deserves the opportunity to grow to be his/her own person because that is what life owes every human being.

Amen Street

One of the most wonderful places in the south must be Charleston, South Carolina.  What more might a tourist ask for than fantastic restaurants, cafes and pubs, tons of fun things to do from historical sites to interactive mystery plays, water to traverse on day trips, palm trees abounding and wonderfully kind people be it tourists or indigenous, beaches, plantations and parks.  Every street downtown is quite as lovely as the next!

Amen Street

 

Having a ton of photos, the best memories and a feeling that returning would be equally fun, this photo sums up what there was to love about Charleston.  The street names and the historical presentations are perfect.  It seems that if there were anything to assist American cities in their peace-desiring ways, Amen streets may just be one tiny assistant. All we could do was smile, and then decided to try the restaurant named the same, right there on that corner – just about as delicious as any ever.