Archive from November, 2012
Nov 18, 2012 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

Past Presentations

When I was in 7th grade I had to present some kind of science-box. I don’t remember what it was, but I know the presentation was horrible and I froze up. It’s not the people I have to talk to that make me nervous, it’s that I’m always afraid to forget what I have to say. And I don’t improvise well. That said, I think my best presentation was my senior year of high school when I had to talk about a stats project on disposable water bottles. It interested me, but there were 40 other people in the room who all thought their projects were more interesting, so they were pretty much asleep. Even acting at Ghostwalk makes me nervous, but I think it has helped because it means that I’ve actually spoken in front of a fairly large number of people.


Nov 4, 2012 - Uncategorized    Comments Off on Going back over stuff…

Going back over stuff…

At some point in the past week, knee deep in articles about psychological muck I remembered that Brook Farmers are… happy. Brook Farmers don’t write about how great it is to be a Fourierist very often. However, they do write about what they do for fun. They throw parties with an hour’s notice! They walk in the woods! They think card games are acceptable! I started going back over all the sources I already have to find out about thethings Brook Farmers did for fun. I’m still doing that. Currently I’m looking through letters from a particularly annoying young man to his father. Mostly he’s asking for money, but he also mentions that he likes farming. Lots of my primaries reveal something similar about how much the author enjoys work.  It’s written in the Brook Farm constitution that the members should be allowed to chose work that they enjoy. From what I’m able to tell, that’s one of the most important aspects of the community because it keeps the members enthusiastic. Letters and memoirs from members often mention how much the young people in the community like washing dishes and waiting tables. I’m continuing to look for reasons work in Brook Farm was a type of amusement.