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The Drama of Halves

Image from the Internet

Image from the Internet

Whenever I hear a reference to “half & half,” my first thought tends to the old adage about whether the glass is half full or half empty.  Sometimes I am pragmatic and agree with George Carlin:  “Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.” Most often, I figure there is just room for more wine!

Of course, “half” is most often seen as being incomplete because something is missing.  But are halves always incomplete?  It seems that in some situations, a half is more than enough.  For example, for one person, a half of pizza or half a bag of chips is more than enough.  Of course, the half of some things, such as half a kernel of corn is next to nothing at all.  And exactly what is half of a pair of scissors?  A letter opener with a funny handle? And what about half-truths?  Getting lost in such contemplation, can make anyone half-crazy!

Trees through the Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon

Trees through the Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon

IMG_6473Instead of worrying about what is missing when a half is by itself, I realize it is more important to appreciate what is created when two halves are juxtaposed, especially when the two halves are not connected like a seashell.  That new creation from two halves can offer drama, intensity, awareness, or appreciation.

A specific action can be better appreciated when poised between past and future, between looking back and looking forward, between two halves of a trip:

Coral Reef National Park 086

In the moment and on the spot in Capitol Reef National Park: above and below

Coral Reef National Park 093

And visitors can be more commanding when they surprise us by intruding halfway into our space:

Canyonlands Needles & I 70 314


Perhaps in landscapes, the drama of contrasts–when two halves are paired–can best be seen.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly

Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mammoth Lakes, CA

Death Valley

Death Valley


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“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”  Charles Spurgeon

“Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists. . . . When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.”  Edmond de Goncourt

“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep saying it.”  Robert Frost

“Winning is only half of it.  Having fun is the other half.”  Bum Phillips

“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.”  Napoleon Hill

“A smart man only believes half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half.”  Jeff Cooper

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them.  You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.”  Norman Vincent Peale

“To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.”  Will Durant

“To be prepared is half the victory.”  Miguel de Cervantes

“It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.”  Carl T. Rowan

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it.  If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.  Never run away from anything.  Never!”  Winston Churchill

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”  Benjamin Franklin

“Humans are amphibians—half spirit and half animal.  As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.”  C. S. Lewis

“Women hold up half the sky.”  Mao Zedong

“Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.”  Saint Francis de Sales

“Searching is half the fun:  life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.”  Jimmy Buffett

“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”  Lou Holtz

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.  They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”  Erma Bombeck

NOTE:  This is my entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Half and Half.  Visit the site to see all the other responses!

Is this partly cloudy? Partly sunny?  Half & Half?

Is this partly cloudy? Partly sunny? Half & Half?

Comments on: "The Drama of Halves" (10)

  1. Well done about halves … even reminds me of something I would post. 🙂

    • Frank: That is high praise indeed. I love your writing In fact, for the last several months, I have been away from blogging other than an occasional post. I have not been reading as I usually do–and miss it. Your posts especially are ones I hope to get back to reading soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Love your photos and quotes. Perfect for the photo challenge and for some time to sit and reflection.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I always like to hear from a kindred spirit who likes photos and quotes! Your blog title–spirit of dragonflies–is intriguing. Dragonflies are so alluring–beautiful as well as somewhat of a link to the past–they seem almost prehistoric. I look forward to visiting your site soon.

  3. Hi Patti – enjoyed your musings on the half+half theme. We certainly do have a lot of expressions that use the word “half” to express ambiguity of all kinds….

  4. What a good post!

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