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Monday, May 31, 2010

A Single Word

A few days ago, I came across an article in the New York Times about All Souls College at Oxford University. It seems as though the college had an entrance exam that consisted of one word, like "justice." Applicants had three hours to write an essay about the word, or topic. This idea is fascinating to me. I also loved the scenario that the writer describes below:

"The unveiling of the word was once an event of such excitement that even non-applicants reportedly gathered outside the college each year, waiting for news of the word to waft out."

Unfortunately, the exam has been discontinued.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Bacon Syrup

I never would have thought that anyone would have a need for bacon syrup, but Torani obviously thought there was a hole in its flavored syrup offerings. This site also suggests using bacon syrup on milkshakes, which sounds odd, though bacon and chocolate do go well together.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

In the Morning

Here is another post from Daily Dharma that I like:

In the morning when you wake up, you reflect on the day ahead and aspire to use it to keep a wide-open heart and mind. At the end of the day, before going to sleep, you think over what you have done. If you fulfilled your aspiration, even once, rejoice in that. If you went against your aspiration, rejoice that you are able to see what you did and are no longer living in ignorance. This way you will be inspired to go forward with increasing clarity, confidence, and compassion in the days that follow.

—Pema Chödrön, ‘Bite-sized Buddhism’ (Fall, 2007)