On Thursday, I attended a virtual boot camp for librarians. This year, the faculty presentations were focused on reviews of basic virology and immunology. The virology presentation was very fascinating, and I'd like to discuss it in brief here because I love trees. In Proclus' commentary essays on the Republic, plant life came up, specifically … Continue reading 🦠 Viral Life 🦠
This post is mostly about reading Proclus' Timaeus commentary in translation, with a bit of modern science writing thrown into the mix. It all works out harmoniously.
I had a nightmare last week that I'd been cursed, twice. The first time, the counter-work fixed it. The second, Yoyo woke me up before I was able to do anything, crawling up to me on the bed to lie by my side as if I would forget her breakfast if she wasn't the first … Continue reading Speech and Silence
If you are out protesting, Yes Magazine has printed some tips for protecting yourself from COVID-19. Yes Magazine's social justice coverage is a great place to read up on what is happening. Most of this post is directed at non-Black readers, and specifically those non-Black readers who can put time and/or money towards racial justice. … Continue reading Black Lives Matter.
I spent most of today reading Acts of Speech aloud to do proofreading. At some point over the summer (not on the day I was aiming for in my annual goals, AKA eleven-ish days from now, because I don't know what I'm doing), the poetry book will be self-published, and I'll finally have a copy … Continue reading Verses from my Teens
A batch of quotations (in French) from Proclus' essay on the Myth of Er, selected because they're very interesting. One of them is a reincarnation story.
When I quit Facebook in late 2016, it was because the site had shifted so much from learning about people I knew and keeping in touch with them to a collective political scream, with divides worsening as the people I knew, all of us processing what happened during the 2016 elections, fought with conservative relatives … Continue reading Decompressing About Recent Events
Recently, I read a post on Of Axe and Plough about what happens after reconstructionism (in the "post-recon" environment). The concepts of renovātiō (renewal), resitutiō (restitution), and reparātiō (restoration), which the author applied to considering modern revived polytheism, are a good start and an excellent seed for discussion. From the post: We must then collectively … Continue reading Yes, Let’s Do Post-Recon.
I haven't done a Commonplace Book post in a while, so here's another one. First, I have a book recommendation: If you like my commonplace book posts, which are heavy on Platonism and especially Proclus right now because that's who I'm reading, you will love Chlup's Proclus: An Introduction. There is a lower-priced paperback or … Continue reading Commonplace Book: Proclus, Hermias