human biology. again.
reading vincent van goghs letters and he keeps repeating the same thing.. that i may be of use in the world. he repeats it over and over, in questions, in musings, in desperation. how can i be of use in the world? (the most precious question!) how can i be of use in the world? (how can anyone?) reminds me of that mary oliver quote: to pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. if i were any more insightful i could say something profound here, but i think if we keep focused attention on the question, we may find a way to be of some good. like rilke meant. by loving the questions themselves, we may one day stumble upon the answer.
to all y’all graduating, finishing a semester, thinking about starting school, leaving school, looking for a job, working, resting, improving, or trying every day to do whatever you can to be the person you want to be… I’m so proud of you, and I hope you are proud of yourself. it hasn’t been easy, but here you are, and you’re doing so good. I love you, keep it up, I know you can do this
So I’ve only watched the first 2 lectures, but this playlist is AMAZING. It’s a free course from Yale all about the history and cultural background of the Jewish Bible. If you’re a convert/potential convert/convert in progress or someone who would really like to better understand early Israelite thought/cultural and historical context/etc, I highly suggest you watch at least the 2nd lecture. It’s incredibly informative and eye-opening!
Here’s the lil blurb:
“This course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. A wide range of methodologies, including source criticism and the historical-critical school, tradition criticism, redaction criticism, and literary and canonical approaches are applied to the study and interpretation of the Bible. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.”
This is perfect for my Judaism class since we are expected to read (or at least be familiar with) Tanakh!
preparing for a seminar
put some cut outs from old journals up on the wall behind my desk to a) inspire myself and b) look cool on zoom :D
I somehow managed to get through a 35 hour work week while being a full time student and kinda stay on top of things, but I’m so relieved to have more time to devote to learning from now on. I missed being alone with my textbooks and studying for hours ☕️📚
long time no post! honestly i havent really been doing schoolwork since the semester started lmao but i finally realized how behind i am on all my subjects so i went to the library after classes and started catching up on biochemistry
i couldnt get as much done as i wanted to but the library was quiet and beautiful as always, such a shame it closes at 8pm :(
used up half my flash cards and annotation markers. have an exam in a few hours and i’m not exactly looking forward to it but i’m hoping i can learn something from the process! i do hope things go well and my experiences are useful.
forgot to take photos today so here are some old ones (I promise I have done something productive today!). the first one is from last week’s hike, the other one captures the moment i fell in love with graphic novels during the summer.
pictured: books i am currently reading
hello lovelies 💫 i just finished reading an indigenous peoples’ history of the united states and let me just say - it is a must read. it completely changed my perspective on the united states and left me wanting to know more.
late night studying. sometimes being a neurodivergent student means getting ready for 3+ hours to study for half an hour.
first post! thinking about starting the 100 days of productivity challenge tomorrow.