One can find aesthetic qualities in just about anything if you open your eyes, heart, and mind. I often find them in landscapes, in laughter, in words.
Last night, while watching a DVR’d episode of What On Earth?, I heard a phrase of great aesthetic quality:
It sounds much more beautiful when spoken than it is in reality. The phrase was being used to describe what would happen to the human body if it got anywhere near a neutron star, whose gravity is strong enough to bend light. In reality, the process of becoming an elegantly spaghettified ribbon of particles would be horrific. Thankfully, it would be so fast your brain wouldn’t be able to process any of it.
I’m sure that all sounds terribly morbid, but it just goes to show you that beauty can be found anywhere. Just look around you! A good deed. The smell of fresh-cut cedar. The sound of thunder. Looking in your rear view mirror and seeing a gorgeous sunset. Aesthetic pleasure is lurking around every corner just waiting to be noticed.
Song of the Day
Human by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. I love this man’s voice. Simple. Clear. Hearty.
Book of the Day
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. This is a story of life in a small Southern town and high family drama in the early 1900s as told by 14-year-old Will Tweedy. Loved this book. 5 stars on Goodreads. Burns began a sequel to this book called Leaving Cold Sassy, but unfortunately she died before she completed it.
Recipe of the Day
Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding via http://www.pauladeen.com. Since we’re going with the simple and aesthetic theme, what is more appropriate than banana pudding? And, this is the best version I have ever tasted.
- 1 (12 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups milk
- 1 (5 oz) box instant French vanilla pudding mix
- 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
- 2 bags chessmen cookies
Line the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.