As most of us know from the song about the partridge and the pear tree, there are twelve days of Christmas. The season ends on January 6, traditionally celebrated as the day when the three wise men arrived in Bethlehem with those gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In Elizabethan England the last night of … Continue reading Christmastide

Fixing the Attention & Abstracted Thought

from the California Farmer, 1855 What is commonly called abstracted  (concentration) thought whilst studying  is nothing more than having the attention so completely occupied with the subject in hand, that the mind takes notice of nothing outside of  itself. One of the greatest minds which this or any other country ever produced, has been known … Continue reading Fixing the Attention & Abstracted Thought