Sunday, November 13, 2011

First 30 days...

Joseph told me about a short presentation given by Matt Cutts on Ted Talks website about trying something new for 30 days.  See the clip here: Try something new for 30 days..  Joseph and I thought we ought to give it a shot so here goes nothing.  Tonight is our prep night.  Joseph and I have been brainstorming, writing lists, researching, and planning what we want to do for our 30 day projects.  We have two first 30 day projects:  First we're going to exercise every day and second we're going to write.  Joseph is going to write 30 Masonic educaitonals.  I am going to write 30 essays on specific words or concepts. 

Jill's topics in no particular order:
  • Rhetoric.
  • Liberty.
  • Physical reaction of feeling love and hate.
  • Equality.
  • Failure.
  • Marriage.
  • Poetry.
  • Humor.
  • Justice.
  • Journalism.
  • Fame.
  • Language.
  • Ambition.
  • Beauty.
  • Food.
  • Government.
  • Insanity.
  • Pain.
  • Revenge.
  • Technology.
  • Thanksgiving.
  •  Patriotism.
  • Principle.
  • Society.
  • Sorrow.
  • Home.
  • Gossip.
  • Invention.
  • Luck.
  • Punishment.
  • Knowledge vs. Wisdom.
  • Grief.
Joseph's topics:
  • Acting on the Square: Geometry and symbolism in lodge perambulations and ritual.
  • Defining Sacred Space: Working extraordinary initiations.
  • Rite of Passage: Initiatic rites in the modern age.
  • Music as a Spiritual Aid: Modes and the psyche.
  • Music as a Spiritual Aid: Masonic composers.
  • To Keep a Secret: The need for mystery.
  • The Greatest is Charity: Losing yourself in service.
  • The Pillar of Beauty: The exalting principle of aesthetics.
  • The Power of the Word: Grammar.
  • The Power of Speech: Rhetoric.
  • The Power of Thought: Logic.
  • The Power of Sums: Arithmetic.
  • The Power of Design: Geometry.
  • The Power of Emotion: Music.
  • The Power of the Heavens: Astronomy.
  • Magic Numbers: The sacred paths in 3, 5, and 7.
  • Death and Perception: The chamber of reflection.
  • Spiritual Alchemy: The purifying of Man.
  • What E'er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part: Perfection in our own spheres.
  • Corn, Wine, and Oil: Earning our wages.
  • Gammadion: The historic use of the square.
  • Limits and Boundaries: Squaring the circle.
  • A White Lambskin: The Masonic apron.
  • Fiat Lux: Light - the purest symbol.
  • In The Beginning Was The Word: The power of written thought.
  • Upon the Altar: The center of the Lodge.
  • The Length of My Cable-Tow: Dedication and priorities.
  • The Blessing in Betrayal: Exposés and the Morgan Affair.
  • Sublime Ratios: The 47th problem of Euclid.
  • The Four Corners of the Earth: The lodge room as a model of the ancient world view.

1 comment:

  1. I love your blog Jill!! I am so glad you are updating. I have slacked off for a bit but your 30 day idea has intrigued me. hmmmm. I like the topics you are going to be writing. Maybe it will inspire me to write a few of my own.


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