". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Day!

      . . . . The day in which we can choose  to be with those we love and those who love us!  The day in which we can choose to be where we want to be,

to indulge our animal companions, commune with nature, walk our town's streets, or rest with a good book.

     . . . .This is the day we can choose to be ourselves.

Christmas display in Tokyo -- where Christmas isn't even a holiday! So yes, today we can be anywhere, be anything we like.  Or go nowhere and do nothing if we so please!

Gifts have been opened . . . .

It's not exactly roasting chestnuts by the open fire, but I am broiling eggplants, sweet peppers, etc. as my contribution to the Christmas feast uptown this evening. 

Listening to music, but not drinking any wines, not yet!

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