Now/Then/When

NOSTALGIA

List time:

Words and phrases that evoke pleasant thoughts about the past

Beside each, try to come up with its opposite

Play with ideas of pleasure and contradiction

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The word nostalgia is learned formation of a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος (nóstos), meaning \”homecoming\”, a Homeric word, and ἄλγος(álgos), meaning \”pain\” or \”ache\”, and was coined by a 17th-century medical student to describe the anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home.[3]Described as a medical condition—a form of melancholy—in the Early Modern period,[4] it became an important trope in Romanticism.[2]

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Sunday in the Park with George
 is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It was inspired by the French pointillist painter Georges Seurat‘s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The plot revolves around George, a fictionalized version of Seurat, who immerses himself deeply in painting his masterpiece, and his great-grandson (also named George), a conflicted and cynical contemporary artist. The Broadway production opened in 1984.

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Well, why don’t you love me like you used to do? 
How come you treat me like a worn out shoe? 
My hair’s still curly and my eyes are still blue 
Why don’t you love me like you used to do?

___Hank Williams

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Twilight Zone—A Stop at Willoughby

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Looking Backward—Edward Bellamy

4 Comments

  1. Deffinitly have to think on this… might not be back until tomorrow.
    Only one reference I have to look up… or not.
    Or maybe I’ll stick with a haiku… or a series of them:

    how, then, when?

    train, slows, stops
    from city chaos –
    to mid life…

    once feared, now
    suburbia reels
    inbetweens

    bound by new
    invisible nets
    deja vu?

    change, was, is,
    becomes the only
    real constant

    Imagine
    love, peace, eternal
    rest – with death…

    © JP/dh ~Jules

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