Saturday, May 26, 2007

Magical Serendipitous Searching

I've mentioned serendipitous searching in past entries and today my latest encounter really was magical!

I listened to a segment on NPR during which synesthesia was mentioned. I wondered if my experiences in seeing colors while my eyes are closed were related. My experiences didn't seem connected, so I decided to do a Google search to return sites with all of the following words: seeing color eyes closed

That search brought me to When Our Eyes Are Closed, What Do We See?, a fascinating entry in a blog titled, The Splintered Mind. The blog is written by Eric Schwitzgebel, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Riverside.

Not only did I find lots of information about the topic, but also I was moved to add a comment providing details about my own experiences. This opportunity to share was truly magical.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Pacific Rim Street Festival

At Sacramento's 15th annual Pacific Rim Street Festival this weekend, I posed with one of the Lee–Jet-Don Lion Dancers, a Sacramento-based group that puts on traditional Chinese lion dance performances at local events. How magical is that?

Saturday, May 19, 2007

On Magical Things

I've decided to add a new element to this blog — to keep a weekly log of experiences I've had or things I've read that made a "magical impact" on me.

This week I had a wonderful evening with Carole, a friend I've known for over forty years. We met during college and both live in the same city, but don't usually see each other more than a few times a year. We caught up on what had been happening in our lives and watched a Netflix DVD, Keeping Mum, with Maggie Smith that wouldn't have had a magical impact on me if we hadn't been together.

It was a wonderful reminder of the value added effect of friendship on enjoyment.