African Wisdom Statue

These are photos of one of my favorite wood carvings.  It’s a statue from Africa, and it’s on display at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

I love how wise this figure looks!  He pulls on a little beard and frowns like Yoda with a migraine.  Clearly, this is an elder shaman deep in thought.  It’s a perfectly-rendered image of a very specific human condition: vigorous contemplation of some somber vexation.

Sadly, it’s hardly on prominent display there.  It’s actually in a small hallway in the lowest level, right next to a vending machine and an elevator.  Alas.

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Running, Writing, and Life

“Most runners run not because they want to live longer but because they want to live life to the fullest.  If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that.  Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life, and for me, for writing as well.”  

   –Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (ch. 4)