Thunderstorms

Genius can be unsettling, even intimidating.   Perhaps that’s what we need to feel every so often… “Geniuses are like thunderstorms.  They go against the wind, terrify people, cleanse the air.” Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

I Am Still Learning

Genius recognizes there is no end… “I am still learning.” Michelangelo

Talent vs. Genius

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. Arthur Schopenhauer May our eyes see beyond the obvious and take another look at the improbable, impossible and impractical…perhaps we have overlooked genius?

Common Sense

Have you ever noticed that common sense is not that common?     “Common sense is the genius of humanity.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius at Work

A genius at work conjures up a professor with notebook standing over a Bunsen burner, a musician/composer furiously scribbling notes across a parchment, or an artist covered in paint agonizing over a brushstroke.  I sometimes forget about the engineers; that is until I visited London’s Kew Bridge Steam Museum. Kew Bridge was constructed in the…

The Dunce Factor

When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.” Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745), the author of Gulliver’s travels, was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet, who became Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. This quote reminds me that…