Josef Albers + (so many) jars of inks
“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.” - East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
“Just because you didn’t speak the facts out loud didn’t erase their existence. Silence was just a quieter way to lie.” - The Tenth Circle (Jodi Picoult)
The energy that comes out of solar panels is renewable, but what about the panels themselves? Today’s leading solar panels owe their high sunlight-to-electricity conversion rates to the use of rare elements, such as indium, gallium and selenium. But if current production trends continue unchecked, supplies of indium in particular will be depleted in less than a decade. The pressure is on to find a way of making solar power even more sustainable.
“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.” - Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion)
The Magic Begins - A 30 Day Harry Potter Challenge
Day Four - Favourite Ship
Harry and Ginny.
It’s a nice and quiet development with these two; short of the paragraph above, neither goes in or out of pursuing their feelings for one another with banging drums or dramatics. It starts starstruck with an elbow in the butter dish, coming together as they both grew up too fast. I like that their relationship is not the focus of their interactions, and that Ginny is shown to be talented, capable, independent, and intelligent. She makes her own decisions. She determines her own merits. She has known Harry for a long time, knows how thick and mental he can be sometimes, and so she knows (in that deep and strange way that people in love with one another do know) what to say and when to say it. She takes him for who he’s become, and he her, both imperfect, temperamental, head-strong Gryffindors. I like that Ginny’s obvious crush becomes less and less paramount as the books progress. As her infatuation with his fame decreases, her confidence in herself increases (as does her understanding and appreciation of Harry as a friend). I also love how Harry doesn’t really notice this until WHAM, out of nowhere, he realizes it all at once. Like coming out of a fog and seeing the stars.
I love the HBP narrative, as, despite his preoccupation with Draco and the Prince’s potion text, there’s Ginny, weaving in and out of Harry’s thoughts, planting seeds of admiration, jealousy, and preoccupation (sticks poking the absolutely hilarious monster in his chest). I like that the context of their relationship is not expanded on completely; that despite Harry’s POV being our exposure to the story, their quiet moments are kept private and sweet.
So much is said about the two of them in so very little words.
Harry needed and deserved someone who could respect and separate themselves from what he felt was his destiny. Ginny really needed someone who could respect and admire her. They very likely could not have functioned had Rowling put them together in the earlier books. Harry and Ginny became Harry and Ginny when it was right, and good, and when they when they both needed the other. It a very accurate representation (I feel) of how random and wonderful relationships can be. Most of the time, the best ones are the ones you’re not expecting; they’re the ones that just happen of their own accord without thought or purpose or expectation. Like Harry kissing Ginny in the paragraph above. It’s not a premeditated decision. It just is.
Literally saw this the second I was rethinking my life as an educator. Thank you, universe.
(Source: , via teachingliteracy)