IF: Intention

Hairhopper, Q. Cassetti, 2012 pen and inkIntention

Men’s minds are as variant as their faces. Where the motives of their actions are pure, the operation of the former is no more to be imputed to them as a crime, than the appearance of the latter; for both, being the work of nature, are alike unavoidable.

George Washington
Social Maxims. Difference of Opinion no Crime.

IF: [dancing] detective

Bee Dance, Q. Cassetti, 2010, mixed mediaFrom Wikipedia on "Waggle Dance":
Waggle dance is a term used in beekeeping and ethology for a particular figure-eight dance of the honey bee. By performing this dance, successful foragers can share with their hive mates information about the direction and distance to patches of flowers yielding nectar and pollen, to water sources, or to new housing locations.[1][2] Thus the waggle dance is a mechanism whereby successful foragers can recruit other bees in their colony to good locations for collecting various resources. It was once thought that bees had two distinct recruitment dances — round dances and waggle dances — the former for indicating nearby targets and the latter for indicating distant targets, but it is now known that a round dance is simply a waggle dance with a very short waggle run (see below). Austrian ethologist and Nobel laureate Karl von Frisch was one of the first who translated the meaning of the waggle dance.[3]

IF: Undone

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

In this busy holiday time, consider these words from Ms. Stowe. Sometimes these deeds or words can be treasured beyond physical gifts--invaluable as it adds to the richness of our journey.

May the joy and happiness of the season be for you and yours. May you have health and prosperity in the new year.

best wishes, Q.

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