''I remember only ideas and sensations.'' (Ulysses, the Corrected Text, page 7.)
I’m sure I read this passage the two or three times I set out to read Ulysses. I didn't notice it, however, until I heard it read aloud recently. I was struck by how it situates ideas and sensations as aspects of knowing, and how knowing is entangled with and informed by the sensory experience of perception.
Ideas are the products of cognition, and perceptions are the results of sensation.
Experiencing place is a complex multilayered experience. My earliest memories of place are sensory – images, that help me recall what I was feeling at the time, sounds --what people were saying, music, birds, traffic, animals -- also smells, taste, weather.
Visual memories are, however, my primary source of access to experiences of place. These are overlain by, and interwoven with knowledge acquired through study and travel.
Paris is important and has its own place in the website. Please click the link below.
For the last forty years I have spent part of every summer in Montana.
Aix en Provence
The Mountains of California
Angeles National Forest-Highway 39, Angeles Crest Highway, Highway 2, Cajon Pass, Mount Wilson Trail, Mount Baden Powell, Old Baldy, Mount San Antonio, Pine Beatles.
The Sierra Nevada - Owens Valley, Yosemite, Mount Whitney.
My First Summer in the Sierra, John Muir; Up and Down California: The Journal of William H. Brewer, The Thousand Mile Summer, Yosemite Trails, J. Smeaton Chase.
Two Years Before the Mast, Richard Henry Dana; California Coast Trails, J. Smeaton Chase,
-- Belmont Shore in 1946 and 1947, .
New Mexico -- Toddler on the ranch, summers in Santa Fe, Uncle Howell's dude ranch, 'The Lazy Ray', near Jemez Springs, The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Taos Moderns, memories of what I have seen, read, and experienced.
[photo of Malcolm in Paris]
[photos of Montana sunsets]
[photo of Aix en Provence]
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