Recently my son Sagar completed 21 years.
Around this time, we went for a walk to the Art
Gallery of Ontario-AGO- and explored the special exhibition of Rubens.
Going to Museums , exploring different cultures was imbibed in me by my father.
His father-my paternal grandfather- used to take the children to Garden Tombs
of Delhi, special exhibitions and trade fairs.
THE YEAR GONE BY
Last year, Sagar went to China-as part of a university exchange program.
He walked the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden city, explored the
Gardens and waterways of Shanghai area. We have been long term members
Of the Royal Ontario of Museum, which has sections on all major world cultures
The Chinese civilization culture is on the First floor-as we enter- on the right.
It was gratifying to know that Sagar has personally gone and seen the places
In China, about whom we had known just by seeing the Museum collection of ROM.
- WALKS OF YESTERYEARS
A diary by the Sea- The Mediterranean at Sabratha-Libya-2009-May
IMPRESSIONISM IN THE AGE OF INDUSTRY-AGO
Last year, we also saw the special exhibition on Impressionism.
“What I seek above all in a picture is a man and not a picture,” wrote
Emile Zola in 1866. “ Make something…individual and living, and
I applaud more strongly”
This theme was conveyed in many ways, as the lived reality of the times
was displayed, not only through the factories with smoking chimneys
That stood as symbols of progress but also the women who sold the
textiles that were made in those factories, and those who ironed
shirts for the men who ran them. The glimmering facades of the newly
constructed boulevards in Paris were shown along with the men
Who laid the groundwork for those streets and the families that were displaced
to the city’s margins.
WALKS IN AGO
DIARY OF SOPHIA MACNAB-AROUND MOTHER’S DAY
Last year, around Mother’s day,(May 2019)
we went to Dundurn Castle of Hamilton.
The guide took us through the different rooms, and brought alive the
Different facets of the family McNab who developed and lived here.
The touching diary of Sophia McNab was gifted to me, by Sagar,
From the first pay he got -working at Oceans supermarket of Hurontario,
Written in Dundurn Castle in 1846,at the age of 13, at the urging of
Dear Mama (Lady Macnab) and the prodding of dear papa (Sir Allan)
It tells the poignant story of her mother’s long and painful illness from
a lung disease.Sophia commenced her journal at Dundurn on Saturday
The 17th day of January, 1846. On Friday May 8th, the day of her mother’s
Death, the entry read, “I can write no more.”
In a very real sense this marks the watershed in Sophia’s life, so bound up until that
moment with that of her beloved young mother.
Rebounding with the resiliency of youth, however, she continued her
journal with an enchanting account of the recuperative voyage to Montreal and Quebec
prescribed by Sir Allan, who had already returned to Montreal to resume his
duties as Speaker of the House of Assembly of United Canada.
WIDENING THE HOME LIBRARY
As we had a relaxed meal together, we looked back at some journeys
And how our home library has expanded over the past year.
We have books, and personal journals and photo-albums, all of which
Give a sense of who we are , and what we can become.
As part of this exercise, I went to Forks of the Credit area at Caledon
For a walk and reading. Here is a recording of the concept of Cathexis
As explained by M Scott Peck
CATHEXIS-Page 95-The Road Less Traveled
..when we extend our limits through love, we do so by reaching
Out, so to speak, toward the beloved, whose growth we wish to nurture.
We are attracted towards, invest, nurture, an object beyond the boundaries
Of self. Psychiatrists call this process of attraction, investment, and commitment
“cathexis” and say that we “cathect” the beloved object. But when we
Cathect an object outside of ourselves we also psychologically incorporate
A representation of that object into ourselves.
.. What transpires then in the course of many years of loving, of
Extending our limits for our cathexes, is a gradual but
Progressive enlargement of the self, an incorporation within of the
World without, and a growth, a stretching and a thinning of our ego
FORKS OF CREDIT-CALEDON ONTARIO