Saturday, May 21, 2011

My love for Blaise Pascal

Since my early youth I have bought several copies of the compressed works of Pascal, a pocket book edition of his "Thoughts".
I've given it as little presents, but rarely got any feed back.
Nevertheless that old genius never fails to impress me, or to give me new and better perspectives on my own life.
In my search for emptiness and chase for wind his thoughts make me reevaluate my motives and actions.

"We don't lust for things, but for the status of things," he says.
"It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants."-- Blaise Pascal

So when I am so focused on my daughter's success, my husband's health, or my friend's possible loss of her home, I may be all wrong.

"Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us."

I often get tired of trying and failing. At my age it's getting harder to raise from the floor every time I'm down.

"It is good to be tired and wearied by the futile search after the true good,
that we may stretch out our arms to the Redeemer." Blaise Pascal

Good night, friends.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


We are still in the wonderful month of May. The two definitely most important months in Norway are April and May. Here wonderfully depicted on the Baldishol tapestry. My mother has embroidered this beautiful copi, and given it to me. You can see the word Aprilis and Mavis over the heads of the knights. The tapestry is carbon dated to late 12th century and is a national heirloom.
I do hope you are enjoying this wonderful time when mother nature is awakening to new life with the same enthusiasm as we do.