Friday, October 2, 2009

The Serendipity of TumbleWeed

I'm claiming serendipity. When a sister needs a brother needs a God, she finds one. Thank you, TW, for your photographs of Beauty Wild.

How she loves you!

"This discovery indeed is almost of that kind which I call serendipity, a very expressive word which, as I have nothing better to tell you, I shall endeavour to explain to you: you will understand it better by the derivation than by the definition. I once read a silly fairy tale, called “The Three Princes of Serendip”: as their highnesses travelled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of."
(Horace Walpole, Letters 1754)

"--- you don't reach Serendib by plotting a course for it. You have to set out in good faith for elsewhere and lose your bearings ... serendipitously." (John Barth, The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor)

"To put the matter differently, "play" (and its associated behavioral variability) is not purely entertainment or a luxury to be given up when things get serious. It is itself a highly adaptive mechanism for dealing with the reality that the context for behavior is always largely unknown. (Paul Grobstein, Variability in behavior and the nervous system, IN Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, Volume 4, Academic Press, 1994)

from outside Agate Canyon (top)

Tower of Set (bottom)

*please... i feel [almost] okay about ripping off my brother's blog photos... but i'd appreciate it if *you* would ask him first for permission to republish or copy. thank you very much!

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