Today is 11-12-13
Today is 11-12-13
Coptic binding, circa 650 – 750, removed from an illuminated manuscript on parchment of the Four Gospels attributed to the Monastery of Holy Mary Mother of God, Perkethoout near Hamuli, Faiyum, Egypt
I’d like to introduce you all to an amazing man: Jack Saunsea - here is his website address:
Clare Fischer - “Butterfly” aka “Borboleta”
Wonderful, pensive, full of harmony and feeling!
I applaud this man, with enough courage to just do it.
Pianistic leviathan Georges Cziffra lived a dramatic, painful, and completely remarkable life. Born in Budapest to an ethnic Romani family living in abject poverty, he performed in traveling circuses and bars as a child to support them - these lowbrow venues would provide a forum for Cziffra to demonstrate his remarkable talents as a pianist throughout his life. He was scouted by the Franz Liszt Academy at age 9, studying there until age 16, when he returned to Budapest’s nightlife scene, playing at bars and nightclubs to support himself and his family. At the age of 21 he was drafted into the Hungarian army and forced to fight in World War II.
The indomitable Cziffra managed to survive 4 years of battle, but worse was to come shortly after he returned home from the war. After attempting to escape Soviet-controlled Hungary, he was imprisoned and sentenced to hard labor. For 18 months, Cziffra was forced to spend his days carrying 300 pound stones, doing permanent damage to his wrists and his hands. When he returned, he was unable to practice, let alone perform. But Cziffra was not cut from ordinary cloth, and in act of heroic defiance, he stubbornly worked his way back to the heights of his abilities. After delivering a well-received performance of Bartok’s second piano concerto, Cziffra successfully escaped Hungary to Vienna, where he launched an incredibly successful career as a concert pianist, and eventually achieved international fame.
never, never, never give up! Let these iconic heros be the bar to which we rise!
Today is the birthday of Leonard Euler, a squinty-eyed Swiss genius. He was a prolific mathematician, a trendsetter in terms of notations and concepts, and a pioneer of the use of imaginary numbers, which turned out to be not-so-imaginary after the development of quantum physics.
betcha never heard of Leonard Euler…..I haven’t, but am now glad to know who he was! Thank you Leonard !
Carl Sagan once noted that “the universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent” to human life. The observable indifference of nature does not however imply that human life is somehow inherently unworthy of dignity. For unlike the inculpable and apparently immutable laws of nature, human beings are capable of choice. Because nature has no preference for or bias against life, the value of human life is therefore ours to determine.
If we choose to value the happiness and safety of others, then human life will have real value. If instead we add unnecessary tragedy to an already unstable existence, then human life will have little value. The indifference of the universe is merely the context in which these choices occur - the choice to value human life is still ours.
…’what Carl said…’