Before the Storm

Depending on where you live, it may be possible to experience a storm as it builds. It is quite an experience, although I need to say that it is not one I recommend except from a safe vantage point.

Before the Storm

Here, surreal photographer Robert Jahns has captured the feeling so you don’t have to put your life in jeopardy – can’t you just sense what mother nature is about to unleash?

Most likely the image is a composite, with the foreground boardwalk and umbrellas taken separately of the storm clouds then digitally crafted into this incredible scene.

Great job Robert Jahns!

“We absolutely love every single surreal photographer/artist that we write about, but much of their work tends to be rather melancholy or down-right dark. Not so with German art director Robert Jahns (a.k.a. Nois7 on Instagram), whose beautiful and adventurous images will inspire you and brighten your day.”

To see more of his work, take a look at his inspiring surreal photos on Bored Panda.

image by Robert Jahns via Bored Panda

No Wordsmith Am I

I hope it is clear that I make no attempt at being a writer, or even a wordsmith.

No Wordsmith Am I

No Wordsmith Am I

Thoughts at Midnight is simply my attempt to be expressive, regardless of how well I may express it.

If I fail, I fail. If I entertain you, bring you some inspiration, or am the cause in opening your eyes or mind for a brief while, all the better.

The idea behind Thoughts at Midnight is not to limit the subject of my posts. Where my mind travels, so does my sharing of them.

But for now, here’s one that is probably more in alignment with what is expected by those who like this site.

Let’s call it No Wordsmith Am I. Appropriately so, for it is not in my nature to write in the manner of Jane Austen, James Joyce, Charles Dickens, or any other great (or even mediocre) writer.

I would much rather comment a bit and share…

But let’s focus on the meat of this post:
Ten Best Sentences (The American Scholar) and
Why these are the ‘Ten Best Sentences’ (Poynter).

Allow me to share one of the 10 best, by Jane Austin, encouraging you to check the others as you can:

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?
~ Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

To which Roy Peter Clark comments regarding the “why”…
“Who could not admire a sentence with such a clear demarcation beginning, middle, and end? Thank you, commas. Only a single word – “neighbor” – has more than one syllable. Austen gives us 19 words that add up to 66 letters, an astonishing efficiency of fewer than four letters per word. But this math is invisible to the meaning. She begins by asking what at first seems like a metaphysical question: “for what do we live.” The social commentary that follows brings us crashing down to earth in a phrase, and carries us home with a delicious sense of revenge, a kind of sophisticated punch line.”

10 classic passages, written by “master” wordsmiths!
source: Poynter.org
based on an article at The American Scholar

Build Castles in the Air

Build castles in the air… provided you build a foundation under them! But to do so requires dreaming no small dreams.

Everything that has ever been created was first someone’s dream. Whether it was they who acted upon the dream, or another who finally brought it into existence, it was in the mind first.

Dream No Small Dreams

Daniel Oliech, wrote about it at the GREATNESSwithin blog and titled it “Dream no small dreams“.

“Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go, life is a worthless striving without hope.

When you are inspired by some great purpose,
some extraordinary projects,
all your thoughts break their bonds;
your mind transcends limitations;
your consciousness expands in every direction;
and you find yourself in a new and wonderful world.

Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

Greatness is a function of great dreams. Great women and men…” [read more]

Many years ago, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe expressed it in his own style…

Thoughts at Midnight simply picked up on it to create the meme…

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

source: GREATNESSwithin

Here’s to what could have been

Here's to What Could Have Been

It’s time, past time in fact.

Thoughts at Midnight / Midnight Thoughts should be gathering dust from this point forward. It’s been an on-again off-again affair that I can’t quite let go.

Only a handful enjoyed it! Here’s to what could have been…
and to what is yet to come…
and to the next handful that will yet enjoy it.

~ Aden, January 1, 2020