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Dreams, Domes, and Sushi

As the end of 2012 draws near, I can’t help but think about goals for 2013. I’m a list maker by nature, though I always have a hard time sticking to them. I bet you do, too.

It’s part of our creative natures to dream things to accomplish. We see imaginative and awe inspiring lists all across the internet about what people plan on doing within a certain amount of time, be it a calendar year or a year of life. But how many of them are ever completed? How many of them remain tucked away on a piece of paper? I know I have drawers full of mine.

Sure, sometimes we overstep what we’re capable of or realize that the goals we set are meaningless three months down the line and priorities have changed. It happens. You can’t take over the world in just a year. You might not even want to after a day of trying. As that old adage about Rome says, so they say.

Speaking of Rome, I’ve been watching a wonderfully eye-opening and eye-catching series by Kevin McCloud about the Grand Tour and the impact the travels of aristocrats on architecture in England. We just finished the second episode, which focuses on the introduction to the dome to British architecture. Rome, of course, is the home to some pretty intense dome-age.

McCloud talks about how men, alone in their wild pursuits, dreamed up modern temples using techniques never seen or tried before. British architects visiting Rome found  one of these revolutionary works in small structure built by Bramante, named the Tempietto, housed inside San Pietro in Montorio. If you look at it, it resembles almost to a t one of the most recognizable structures in England, St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was built around 1502, McCloud notes, a time when the English were living in wooden houses and could never begin to comprehend a work like the Tempietto. It’s daunting to think that while some people were slaving just for an existence, others were building some of the most beautiful structures we have today.

So why could Bramante accomplish his dreams of architectural dome-ination? Lots and lots of work. And even more practice and preparation. The Tempietto was actually a trial run for a much larger dome, St. Peter’s Basilica, probably Bramante’s most important work. Bramante was essentially continuing his education and learning his craft further, all while pushing new boundaries into uncharted areas, when he built the Tempietto.

Bramante's Tempietto, looking up to cross

Which now brings me to sushi and blogging. How do I get there? Well, let me backtrack just a little out of lofty achievements that last eons to my own little corner of the world.

I have some really big goals for myself in 2013 and I know that I need to really work at getting further in touch with my craft, writing, to achieve them. I’m delving into resources, turning to people wiser than I, because unlike Bramante, I’m not going into uncharted territory. Many people have come before me which makes it a heck of a lot easier than say, oh, developing a new building technique that changed the face of the world.

No, me, I’m just reading up on blogging and writing and remembering all those fancy things I learned in my high school rhetoric class. As well, I’ve turned to a fancy little number called Blog, Inc by the author of Oh Joy! to learn how to do I’m already doing better. And I’m reading successful blogs I admire like crazy and dissecting what they do well to figure out their secrets. I’m getting back to my writing roots, y’all.

Sushi? Well, Joy posted today about another wonderful documentary I’ve been meaning to watch that was the kick in the pants I needed to put it on my watch now list (ah, that list making affinity!). It’s about a sushi chef and his pursuit to more fully learn his craft. Turns out that you can’t get rich making sushi without learning it to the utmost perfection. Also, making a documentary and becoming a global sushi icon helps.

So to recap: Dream lists, Domes, Sushi, Blogging, Get Rich Quick (or not).

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2 Comments

  • Reply Sarabeth Jones December 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    So interesting! I’m going to put both of these on my to-watch list. Cheers to making goals and accomplishing them!

  • Reply Kim December 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I am in LOVE with Kevin McCloud. Architecture is actually really interesting when he presents it.

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