Goodbye Gifts

I put these together as a fall harvest themed gift for my students that I am leaving behind.

I am on leave to deploy very soon, and I want to give my students a parting tasty treat.

Sshhh. What’s inside is a mystery.


The Storm

There came a wind like a bugle;

It quivered through the grass,

And a green chill upon the heat

So ominous did pass

We barred the windows and the doors

As from an emerald ghost;

The doom’s electric moccasin

That very instant passed.

On a strange mob of panting trees,

And fences fled away,

And rivers where the houses ran

The living looked that day.

The bell within the steeple wild

The flying tiding whirled.

How much can come

And much can go,

And yet abide the world!

-Emily Dickinson

Creation Philosophy

I love this creation philosophy!  This may sound egotistical and arrogant. But I truly do not mean it in such a way when I say, this is how I have always approached anything to which I have endeavored to apply my creative spirit and actions.  This is it and I could not have stated it better.  Thank you Apple, Inc.

While I am imperfect and flaws do show in what I attempt–even my failures, I try anyway–rough, raw and broken.  Uniquely so, I have a sentimental draw to prototype launching of ideas, concepts, or tangible products, as perfection is relative to my effort and ultimate satisfaction to unveil my creativity.  Nevertheless, trust that my train of thinking followed what is expressed in Apple’s words, whether I have a failed product or not, as I know I am only human.  This is representative of my personal signature.

This is it.

This is what matters.

The experience of a product.

How it makes someone feel.

When you start by imagining what that might be like, you step back.  You think.

Who will this help?  Will it make life better?  Does it deserve to exist?

If you are busy making everything, how can you perfect anything?

We don’t believe in coincidence, or dumb luck.

There are a thousand “no’s” for every “yes.”

We spend a lot of time on a few great things until every idea we touch enhances each life it touches.

We’re engineers and artists, craftsmen and inventors.

We sign our work.

You may rarely look at it.

But you’ll always feel it.

This is our signature.

And it means everything.

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