amy s. dalrymple

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Wabi-sabi

pink buddha paiting with peeling paint

Pink Buddha Painting, Amy S. Dalrymple (2016)

Here’s a short one.  Wabi-sabi.  An old Japanese aesthetic value, wabi-sabi is not easily translated into English. A combination of once separate terms—wabi referring to an austere or empty beauty found in the solitude of nature, and sabi referring to the imperfect kind of beauty that comes with age—wabi-sabi has been a standalone aesthetic ideal since approximately the Middle Ages. Continue reading

Ampersand

brass ampersand necklace with jewelry stand

Brass Ampersand Necklace, Amy S. Dalrymple (2016)

This is my philosophy necklace. What, you might ask, does an ampersand symbol stamped in brass have to do with philosophy? Well, hearkening back to the good old days of undergraduate Symbolic Logic, I can tell you that and is a linking term used to join sentences. In my logic book and in my notes, the symbol used is an ampersand. Some people prefer a simple plus sign or perhaps a cute, inverted cursive E, but I’ve always loved ampersands. Continue reading

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