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  •  Glad to be here. And lol--never heard (8+ / 0-)

    of the elephant eating analogy--sounds pretty gross though. Though, I am probably subjecting my students to similar experiences, given the sort of stuff I teach.

    And have to quote sections of my favorite Browning poem here, even though it is totally OT:

    I would that you were all to me,
             You that are just so much, no more.
    Nor yours nor mine, nor slave nor free!
             Where does the fault lie? What the core
    O' the wound, since wound must be?

    I would I could adopt your will,
             See with your eyes, and set my heart
    Beating by yours, and drink my fill
             At your soul's springs,—your part my part
    In life, for good and ill.

    No. I yearn upward, touch you close,
             Then stand away. I kiss your cheek,
    Catch your soul's warmth,—I pluck the rose
             And love it more than tongue can speak—
    Then the good minute goes.

    Already how am I so far
             Out of that minute? Must I go
    Still like the thistle-ball, no bar,
             Onward, whenever light winds blow,
    Fixed by no friendly star?

    Just when I seemed about to learn!
             Where is the thread now? Off again!
    The old trick! Only I discern—
             Infinite passion, and the pain
    Of finite hearts that yearn.

    "Two in the Campagna"

    It's *Gandhi*, not Ghandi

    by poco on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 08:06:26 PM PDT

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    •  How do you eat an elephant? (3+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, poco, Emmet

      One bite at a time.

      So, when a problem overwhelms you, break it into subtasks, and do the one in front of your face. Who knows, maybe some parts of the elephant are delicious? The fear of eating the elephant tastes worse than actually eating it.

      How is it under our control
      To love or not to love?
      Thanks for the poem. He paints a scene so well.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 11:54:53 PM PDT

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