Despite her teacher's lack of confidence in Ann's ability to manipulate numbers, Ann had profound spatial sense (the true foundation of math), that she used in developing designs for counter-change smocking and as a kitchen designer. You can still find her counterchange smocking patterns and book available through her website, Ann Hallay Designs.
The lesson that I learned taking Ann's sewing machine apart and not knowing how to put it back together, applies to American education. Math is not just the manipulation of numbers and art is not simply the decoration of objects or the making of things to fulfill some sense of extraneous, meaningless sense of beauty and form. Once you start taking things apart, it is hard to stop. And it is good to have a sense of things as a whole. Teachers and students alike, are often not taught to understand the complexity of interrelationships between science, art and math.
|This is what AEP/SWEPCO wants to do to us.|
My reading at the moment is testimony from Melinda Montgomery who was to testify concerning an interconnection between her company Entergy, and the new power line proposed by SWEPCO. She insisted more than once that there were no reliability issues on the Entergy side of the seam that the new power line would fix. Entergy's cooperation in the project was to allow the new power line to interconnect and Montgomery insisted that its purpose would be to fix reliability issues on the SWEPCO side.
Later in the hearing came Southwest Power Pool witness Lanny Nickell with a big map, colored in with red showing degrees of danger. It showed areas of extreme danger of overload in Berryville and Harrison, along power lines on the Entergy side of the seam.
Our witness Hyde Merrill's analysis of the system had proven that the line was not needed to fix the problem that had been identified as the rationale in the Notice to Construct (NTC) and in the application before the APSC. SWEPCO and SPP witnesses have insisted that the power line is still necessary, but they have shifted the rationale down the line to Entergy's zone of control. In other words, the need proposed in the NTC and application is no longer valid, but they still want it and will go to great lengths to falsify testimony and exhibits.
As the hearing had reached what we all thought would be its close, AEP/SWEPCO attorney Matthews made a motion that their newly falsified testimony and exhibit become the new basis for the application despite Melinda Montgomery's insistence that there were no reliability problems on the Entergy side of the seam.
While there are differences between law and woodworking, some of the same lessons apply. You have to look closely at the details, but keep in mind the big picture. If you don't have that big picture in sight, you can make a fool of yourself with details, and miss that which is most obvious.
Make, fix and create...