Browsing category: Wonder

Quote of the day

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (Different Seasons)

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Seeing the Patterns

As a lover of patterns and a fond advocate of Montessori education, I was always so happy to have my children show me the tessellations they produced as the pre-cursor to the more complex mathematical concepts the Montessori materials introduce. Beautifully tiled surfaces that repeated designs, trained their naive eyes to search out patterns and see the order and beauty in things. Seeing the symmetry in complex patterns alerted their brains to the possibilities of what could come next. I also remember sitting bored into

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Landscapes of the Mind

At school, I had a friend who had a map of the world that occupied a whole wall in his bedroom. He had placed a pin with a red coloured head on every city he had visited in his meagre 16 years on the planet. His family was wealthy and they had travelled North America and Europe and much of Southern Africa. I was envious of the red dots that salt and peppered his map and dreamed that one day I could populate a map of the world with such proof points of visitation. Whilst I have been fortunate enough to visit five of our seven

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