Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Nautical September

Maybe it's the Indian Summer (or the never ending H O T and D R Y) but for whatever muse, I took the time to re-read John Keegan's "The Price of Admiralty." Bought the book when first it came out in 1989 because I enjoy historian Keegan's works. Good reading, especially the survey of 18th and early 19th century naval warfare in the Trafalgar story. Keegan gives a real feel for life onboard the great timber craft and how they managed.

In fact, the imagery was so vivid I had to re-visit Peter Weir's "Master and Commander." I like Russell Crowe - the Charlton Heston figure for the turn of the century. This 2003 hit is a manly adventure of the sea during the Napoleonic war. Crowe captain's the British ship Surprise in search of a French man-o-war heading for the Pacific. It's a great chase with splendid characters and stunning cinematography. Director Weir makes the ship and sea the central forces. It's a great Saturday afternoon movie for any ten year old kid of any age (I confess.)

Okay, now on to cooler weather in October!

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