Value for Monday of Week 24 in the season of Ripening

Honoring Value

We honor a person’s value by commemorating their accomplishments and observing their special quality or character. Small though the honor may be, the artists, scholars, leaders and others whose contributions are offered as exemplary models on this site are being honored in their value.


Fictional Narratives



Music: Composers, artists, and major works

The technical difficulty of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” (1803) (approx. 24-27’), suggests that he must have had great respect for Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein, for whom he named the work. Top recorded performances are by Artur Schnabel in 1934, Rudolf Serkin in 1952, Lili Kraus in 1953, Jenő Jandó in 1987, Louis Lortie in 1991, Richard Goode in 1993, Alfred Brendel in 1993, Ronald Brautigam in 2004, Paul Lewis in 2006, Jonathan Biss in 2013, and Olga Paschenko in 2021 (begin at 24:45).

Every composer’s value is honored by the performance of his works. Some composers have organizations devoted to the promotion of their compositions. The Hugo Wolf Society compiled, and EMI has released an excellent compilation of his works. The collection includes performances from 1931-1938. 

In keeping with his Le Tombeau de Couperin, Maurice Ravel composed a five-movement suite for solo piano, honoring five fellow members of a French avant-garde group, Les Apaches. The work is titled Miroirs (Mirrors), M. 13 (1905) (approx. 24-30’). Top recorded performances are by Walter Gieseking in 1954, Jean-Yves Thibaudet in 1991, Steven Osborne in 2000, Louis Lortie in 2003, Herbert Schuch in 2004, Anna Vinnitskaya in 2011, Julien Brocal in 2018, and Beatrice Rana in 2019.

Jazz trumpeter Franz Koglmann is among the most outwardly thoughtful of musicians. He has paid homage to at least two disparate musical figures, in the albums An Affair with Strauss” (1997); and “We Thought About Duke” (2001) (56’).



  • Interpretations of Monk” (52’) is a recording of a live performance on November 1, 1981, at Wollman Auditorium, Columbia University, New York City, featuring pianists Muhal Richard Abrams and Barry Harris


Music: songs and other short pieces

Visual Arts

Film and Stage

This Is Our Story

A religion of values and Ethics, driven by love and compassion, informed by science and reason.


First ingredient: Distinctions. What is the core and essence of being human? What is contentment, or kindliness, or Love? What is gentleness, or service, or enthusiasm, or courage? If you follow the links, you see at a glance what these concepts mean.


This site would be incomplete without an analytical framework. After you have digested a few of the examples, feel free to explore the ideas behind the model. I would be remiss if I did not give credit to my inspiration for this work: the Human Faith Project of Calvin Chatlos, M.D. His demonstration of a model for Human Faith began my exploration of this subject matter.


A baby first begins to learn about the world by experiencing it. A room may be warm or cool. The baby learns that distinction. As a toddler, the child may strike her head with a rag doll, and see that it is soft; then strike her head with a wooden block, and see that it is hard. Love is a distinction: she loves me, or she doesn’t love me. This is true of every human value:

justice, humility, wisdom, courage . . . every single one of them.

This site is dedicated to exploring those distinctions. It is based on a model of values that you can read about on the “About” page. However, the best way to learn about what is in here is the same as the baby’s way of learning about the world: open the pages, and see what happens.

ants organic action machines

Octavio Ocampo, Forever Always

Jacek Yerka, House over the Waterfall

Norman Rockwell, Carefree Days Ahead


When you open, you will see a human value identified at the top of the page. The value changes daily. These values are designed to follow the seasons of the year.

You will also see an overview of the value, or subject for the day, and then two columns of materials.

The left-side column presents true narratives, which include biographies, memoirs, histories, documentary films and the like; and also technical and analytical writings.

The right-side columns presents the work of the human imagination: fictional novels and stories, music, visual art, poetry and fictional film.

Each entry is presented to help identify the value. Open some of the links and experience our human story, again. It belongs to us all, and each of us is a part of it.

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