Bebina Bunny

Several years ago, I published an e-book, “Bebina Bunny’s Cabinet of Curiosities”, that’s about, as the title indicates, curiosities. Until recently the book has been for sale on-line but I recently uploaded it on Archive.org to make it available, for free, to anyone interested.

It’s my first time uploading on Archive so, hopefully, I didn’t make too many mistakes in doing so. But if you are interested, the book is available in mobi and pdf form. Just click on the link below.

BEBINA BUNNY’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

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Aegean Blue

This decadent world has me down. The gut tension was so strong yesterday that I took a long walk hoping to mellow out. At Livadia, I sat under the tamarisks and aimed my gaze towards the sea. Looking at the horizon is always somewhat of a mystical experience—it reminds me that there’s so much more to the world than just me.

The wrap around blue of the Aegean sea and sky were interrupted only by a few boats and the contours of Serifos and Sifnos. And a lonely little cloud off in a corner. For a moment I felt as if I were living in a painting.

Meditating on beauty offers relief from all this decadence invading our lives. Beauty, for me, is an existential need.

This morning I tried reading, again, George Santayana’s “The Sense of Beauty”. He’s much too wordy for me and, like most philosophers, has a tendency to over explain. But here are a few of his observations I would like to share:

Trying to separate nature from beauty is madness.

Art comes from life.

Experience is worth more than theory.

How we evaluate beauty comes from our capacity to perceive.

Beauty is a value.

Preference is ultimately irrational.

And, my own observation here, the art experience is the interrelationship between the gazer and the gazed upon.

Below are three fotos of Parian pruning that give me more aesthetic pleasure than most of the contemporary art exhibitions I’ve seen in the past few years.

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Related: to read Santayana’s SENSE OF BEAUTY free download on Gutenberg Project HERE + George Santayana (1863-1952) + Santayana’s Sense of Beauty + The Mended Curb

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Thinking like a Wave

Shadow Selfie at the Edge of the Sea

Although my posts have been minimal, my thoughts have not. I’ve been busy researching for TONI O. Sometimes to help put my thoughts in order, I take a walk near the sea because chasing the waves as they come towards the shore can give me a direction I need. Nevertheless, I like to wander so my thoughts continue to come and go.

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Eternal & Ephemeral

for Chiara
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The Beat of the Rhythm Within

Yesterday we learned of Charlie Watts’ death. The Rolling Stones will never be the same again…they’ve lost their beat.

Part of Charlie’s elegance was his modesty. He never indulged in self-adulation. He referred to himself as a copyist. “I learned by watching” he said.

“The challenge with rock and roll is the regularity of it. My thing is to make it a dance sound–it should swing and dance.”

Charlie once punched Mick Jagger for having referred to him as “my drummer”.

Charlie also played jazz. He said playing intensely but very quietly is very hard but very necessary for jazz. It sounds like a philosophy of life.

Today, when I try to keep the rhythm of my internal beat, I will be thinking of Charlie.

Ciao Charlie. Thanks for the example you set.

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Related: Flashback: Martin Scorsese Captures a Charlie Watts–Centric ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’…The clip demonstrates how Watts has quietly served as the backbone of the Rolling Stones for the past 58 years. 

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