First, let me address the elephant in the room - my distinct lack of posts. I recently discovered that summer and bronchitis do not, in fact, play well together. There's something uniquely disagreeable about lying on your couch, wheezing and hacking, while the temperature spikes (and YOUR temperature soars). It's also very tricky - it makes you believe you feel better, so you pull yourself up to go do something mildly productive, then WHAM! 20 minutes later you're back to your semi-catatonic state. Bleh.
But that is now behind me - and I am up to my typical no-good. Just today I was introduced to a group of scholars who are arguing that Shakespeare (our ol' buddy) was at the cutting edge of scientific developments during the Renaissance (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/was-shakespeare-aware-scientific-discoveries-his-time-180951198/?no-ist). Citing evidence in King Lear, Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar. Shakespeare, so they argue, didn't go in for the "tralala, look at me, showing off my physics chops" - he sort of subtly threw it in, and waited for the smart people in the audience, or at least the more aware people, to pick up on his references. Sort of an inside joke, or cultural reference to a trending topic. It's almost like Shakespeare's plays could be read like Yahoo's "Now Trending". But way cooler.
As of tomorrow, I am actually embarking on a rather grand field trip - and I will be looking at just these things - Shakespeare's stomping grounds, and the sites of many of the leading scholars in physics (at least back in the day). There may also be some Harry Potter thrown in just for good measure. Just saying'. Follow those adventures on the 'Turtle Travels' tab, a blog I share with my son. I'm pretty much the hired help there, except without the pay.
Stay tuned...it should be interesting.....
Hello! My name is Donna, and Raconteur is my Studio. Words are my passion - especially beautiful, powerful words, beautifully and powerfully shared. I never planned to be a Spoken Arts instructor, but I was lucky enough to have fallen into the work 23+ years ago - and I have never really looked back.