Lewis was fortunate enough to see both Maude and Isadora dance. He said that when dancing, Duncan had "greater depth, more poetry" than Allen.
Why bring up Maude? There's no real connection between Maude Allen and the CRB -- other than I found in my research a CRB delegate (Lewis) who commented on her dancing. I just wanted to somehow work a half-naked woman into my blog. And I think her picture is pretty cool! I would have definitely watched her dance.
My Post: Happy New Year to everyone! I have this wonderful sense of optimism that this year is going to be a very good year for all of us!
Yesterday, I was explaining to a friend, Jerome Shaw, how the primary audience for this blog is myself -- so it can help me stay motivated and moving. Jerome came up with a great expression: This is an Accountability Blog. I think that's perfect for what it is. Thanks, Jerome!
Today, after an early morning basement workout on my inspirational Nordic Track (36 minutes and 4.4 miles), I spent hours on an incredibly frustrating job -- creating a 3x5 index card template that I could easily use to type up my nearly 1,000 index cards. Happily, I have a sister, Tina, who was incredibly helpful in working through the problems. I won't be sure what I've done is going to work until I receive the Avery labels I ordered. They probably won't be here until the end of the week.
But, because I wanted to start some real work on this first day of the year (can you tell I'm inspired by symbolism?), I've typed up about 25 index cards from the A's (hence my Maude Allen reference above). If my index card template doesn't work with the Avery labels, then I'll have to retype everything, but at least I appeared to get something concrete done on January 1.
Today I've also packaged up all the research material that I had laid out in the basement on my birthday (Dec. 27) (see a previous Post for a video of my materials).
Tomorrow, I plan on getting started with typing up the legal pads of research notes. These I'm going to do in a simple Word document because I can't find a data base that seems right for my historical research. I know I should get with the "new" technology of researching and data bases, but I just don't trust them to teach me and to be usable.
I have a firm belief that once I've typed up the nearly 1,000 index cards and all the legal pads of notes (my deadline for the first is Jan. 15 and the second is Jan. 31), then I'll be able to decide:
- What new research I need to do.
- What previous research material I need to re-read completely.
- What general themes or angles are starting to show themselves.
I've tried to explain that I won't know those details until I've been able to truly "grok" (Robert Heinlein's great term) all the material. Once I've become one with my research, then I'll be able to "see" very clearly what I need to do, and how to do it.
So, tomorrow's a big day -- the first full day of work that I hope to do. I'm be curious to see if life let's me do as I've planned! :)