Monthly Archives: July 2009

Nietzsche out of context

by cheri block sabraw If I have learned anything this week, it is that Nietzsche cannot be taken out of context. His ideas are fascinating and expressed with a lively writing style that is anything but boring. Yesterday, we spent … Continue reading

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The First Essay: Nietzsche’s blamers and warriors

by cheri block sabraw Nietzsche’s First Essay in his On the Genealogy of Morality traces the origins of our Western values. He bifurcates early human groups into two: the aristocratic nobles and the priestly/slaves. It would be understatement to say … Continue reading

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The Preface to the Genealogy–Moooooooo!!

by cheri block sabraw For those readers who have not read Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality, I’ll begin by saying that the material is lively and told by an evocative storyteller. And although I am the only one in … Continue reading

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Preface to the Preface

by cheri block sabraw We drove up to Santa Fe yesterday from Albuquerque. The high desert New Mexican sky greeted us like a proud docent, showing off her finest cumulus clouds. The clouds here are magnificent atmospheric sculptures and cause … Continue reading

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Mind talk

I’m heading to New Mexico tomorrow to get away from California and do something different, now that the summer session at my little school is over. California has too many loud people and  hot pavement. My husband and I, and … Continue reading

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This blogpost is so surreal.

Last night I read The Country Doctor by Franz Kafka. Reading a Kafka story is as if you are entering a strange circus tent, one where the bizarre seems perfectly normal. Instead of being horrified, you clap with approval and … Continue reading

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The Scarlet Letter Lecture

Good Afternoon, Jonathan. I understand that you missed my lecture about the Puritans and their relationship to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Is that right? Yes, that is why I am here Mrs. Sabraw. Great. Do you have your notebook … Continue reading

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A Life Unfolding

Not all people are handsome or beautiful or witty or charming. So thought Fanny, a small 12-year-old girl. She thought herself unattractive. Not ugly but not pretty. Just plain. It’s what’s on the inside that really counts, said Fanny’s mom. … Continue reading

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First Hamster Point of View

Day has come to an end. The light in Fanny’s room is beginning to slip through the Venetian blinds and soon, at exactly 6:30am, her Mickey Mouse alarm clock will sound, she will stretch her legs out long and sit … Continue reading

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The Truth about Gatsby

Retreating to classical literature with its enduring Truths is my custom when what I see, read or hear unsettles my stomach and troubles my heart. Like sipping an old Port wine or watching a baby toddle, I find comfort in … Continue reading

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