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Wise Words of Martha Graham

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open…

No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”

Check her out:


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An E-mail to the Team Before the Break: Holidaze Brain Food

Here is a recent email to the ballers that are @wluLex (Twitter)–Washington and Lee University’s student social media creators, curators and distributors.


When you get a chance, here’s some grade-A thought fuel. GREAT investment of small amounts of time over the next month. Pick a handful to watch and we’ll talk about some of the greatest hits at our next meeting—if you had to pick just one for everyone to watch, which one would it be? Please feel free to share others!

  1. TED Talks on social media: http://mashable.com/2010/02/08/ted-talks-social-meida/
  2. The man, Steve Jobs’, famous Stanford Commencement speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHWUCX6osgM
  3. TED Talks on Creativity, Inspiration & Passion: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-mustsee-ted-talks-creativity-inspiration-passion/
  4. Meet the Coolest Mayor in the World (an example of where personality & passion can lead): http://www.messynessychic.com/2012/11/28/meet-the-coolest-mayor-in-the-world/
  5. Best of the World 2013 (via Hank, because it’s awesome): http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-2013/#/shangri-la-records-memphis-tennessee_61106_600x450.jpg

See the passion in the speakers’ eyes? That is what we are shooting for next term. It is time to embrace our roles as the ambassadors for our ideas.

Keep it Kept,

Jamie Goodin
Washington and Lee University ’10
Web Communications Specialist
x5854, 434-944-5446
What do you guys think? Any other videos? Any thoughts inspired?

Questioning the Good Life: Eric Wilson on the Importance of Melancholy

As part of Washington and Lee’s interdisciplinary seminar, “Questioning the Good Life,” sociologist and author (here’s his book, Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy) Eric Wilson gave a lecture and discussion on the importance of melancholy (W&L press release here). I was lucky enough to manage @wluNews‘ twitter account for the event. My arm wasn’t twisted too much–who doesn’t want to unlock the secrets to happiness?

In a very small nutshell, Wilson argues that periods of melancholy, defined below, are necessary to happiness as melancholy allows us to see the world in new, infinite ways. Ultimately, I thought he did a better job of articulating the merits of novel experiences in life than he did in defining happiness. I guess they say variety is the spice of life.

During the Q&A after the lecture, I asked him if the familiar, non-novel parts of our lives have value. After all, are we honestly supposed to live our entire lives in a sea of uncertainty to find happiness? To which he replied: there must be familiarity to come back to-or else the unknown has no meaning. There must be a polarization. —More thoughts on his response to follow in the comments section.

Here are the associated tweets (chronologically) as well as some stuff that didn’t make the Twitterwebs.

#wluHappinessHere, Wilson made two important distinctions:

Melancholy vs. Depression: Melancholy is the novel, unique, random feelings of sadness we all feel. Depression is a state at which the feelings of sadness are no longer novel or unique–because they’re ever present.

“American” Happiness vs. Joy: Roughly speaking, “American” happiness is a feeling of contentment, of having what you want. Joy, on the other hand is the feeling one gets when he or she becomes so overwhelmed with emotion that crying is only a hair away.


Noted that he suffers from depression as well has bipolar disorder. He urged medical treatment in dangerous situations, but seemed to hope that people don’t confuse “depression” and “melancholy.”


He recalled a difficult period in his life (starting college) and the terrible dread he felt; he had left home to play football for Army. It took the pain and sadness following his arrival to make him realize a huge change was needed.


Here, Wilson started pulling in some of philosophy and literature’s greatest hits: Pseudo-Aristotle, Sarte, Blake, James, Keats, Tolstoy, and Dickinson. I’ve simply added a few relevant quotes with tweets below; when paired with the tweets, Wilson’s general views are well-outlined.


Blake: Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.


Blake: Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.


James: To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal. 

Keats: Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced. 


Dickinson: My business is circumference. Here, Wilson quoted Dickinson who viewed things from every angle. This multi-angled view of the world may go on toward infinity.


Tolstoy: It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. 


Blake: To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.


So yeah, I’m pumped for the next chat. Please feel free to comment or start a discussion below!