Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Light at the Edge of the World

As part of our study of the Eastern Hemisphere, the kids and I watched the Polynesia episode of Light at the Edge of the World, a Smithsonian Channel production written and hosted by Canadian anthropologist and ethnobotanist (and modern-day explorer) Wade Davis.  The four-hour series is based on his book of the same title, and possibly this one, as well.  It was informative and thought-provoking, and we'll be watching the other episodes soon.

I like this quote from Davis, which I hopefully transcribed correctly from his Monarch Films biopic, titled Wade Davis: Explorer:
The key, real challenge in life is not to know where you're going to go, but to prepare your character so that when those wondrous moments of serendipity occur, you can listen to your heart and know what it is you need to do.


7 comments:

wonderinthewoods said...

ooh, I like that quote! He sounds interesting.

Fiddler said...

He does sound interesting, doesn't he? I'm hoping to read a few of his books and watch the biopic (Amazon has it as a seven-day digital rental for $1.99), and find out more. I was due for a new obsession anyway now that Molly-the-Owl is out of my system. : )

Jana C. said...

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Renee in BC said...

Thanks for posting about this book & film. I'll look for both at the library.

Fiddler said...

Hey there, Jana! Thanks for the award. : )

Renee--they are definitely worth a look--hope you enjoy them.

Alex said...

I noticed this title while looking at something else just this week. Wade Davis was part of this documentary:

http://schoolingtheworld.org/film/

He seems fascinating to me.

Fiddler said...

Ooh, thanks, Alex! Fascinating is a good word for him in my book, too.