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November 16, 2018


Excellent posts, Tami. So great to have you blogging for us. -- DL

<<< Among its regular visitors, for a time, was Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe. He spent a year studying law at the University in Strasbourg and made a regimen of climbing to the outside balcony of the cathedral. There he would quiet himself, then step out onto a small platform with no railing, and in this way he would address his vertigo. In his autobiography, he speaks about this exercise as a pivotal experience. It allowed him to overcome his fear of heights, which then allowed him to see and do more in his subsequent travels to Italy and elsewhere. >>>
Fascinating. Goethe was an old-fashioned genius -- truly exceptional.

Thanks David. It's great to be here.

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