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Hi Patrice, Thanks for finding my blog and for dec...

2009-03-05T14:40:00.000-05:00

Hi Patrice, Thanks for finding my blog and for deciding to follow it. You have some interesting work on your blogs - will have to get reading! Best wishes.



well...I used to rate my day based on how many pon...

2009-03-04T06:07:00.000-05:00

well...I used to rate my day based on how many ponies I'd seen on the way to work--though I never went so far as to share it with co-workers! (Coincidentally, I was managing a high-end furniture store at the time.) I was convinced I could create an even better day if I made sure to say hello to the ponies. (Yes, I was alone in the car!)

Rational schmational. Fancy and imagination add a glaze of color and texture to our physical existence. We choose how we view the world--and I choose the lens of wonder every time.



Edgar - Thank you. "Framing" - what a perfect desc...

2009-03-03T23:37:00.000-05:00

Edgar - Thank you.

"Framing" - what a perfect description. Yes. I see through the frame of my earlier experiences, which affects my attitude about my state of being.

I just love an academic comment and I'll be checking back to see how that painting is progressing.



Patrice - Delightfully written prose, and thoughtf...

2009-03-03T22:54:00.000-05:00

Patrice -
Delightfully written prose, and thoughtful content. We learn in the crib about cause and effect -- see the curtain move, then feel the breeze that caused it. So, we're always looking for those connections, which is part of our wonderful ability to see abstractly, find patterns, and impute meaning with little data. Superstition may be an overdeveloped need for meaning... or, you could look at it as a "working hypothesis," which we hold until shown otherwise.
But you're also talking about a powerful neurological process called "framing," by cognitive linguists... you call it "attitude" here, but it's much more than that. It's a filter through which we interpret or reject significance of the events that follow the construction of the filter.



So true, Marcy. If I relied solely on rational th...

2009-03-03T21:20:00.000-05:00

So true, Marcy. If I relied solely on rational thinking, I'd never be happy or true to myself. It's the things I "know" but perhaps do not understand that make life sparkle with surprises.

As for that dictionary - it does have its own twist on words. You might say it's "irrational."



I can fully relate to your thought process on such...

2009-03-03T16:38:00.000-05:00

I can fully relate to your thought process on such matters. Although I must confess that I might take issue with your huge dictionary re: "... irrational feelings". Not only does it seem obvious to me that emotions are not "rational", but I've also always been a bit annoyed by the implication that everything not rational = bad.

I don't live in a black and white world, and I think that the uber-rational can do just as much harm as the uber-superstitious.

It's just my take, but I think it is or should be more about balance and the colors in between.

Excellent post, P.