CURTIS CARLISLE BOUTERSE, PhD
HISTORICAL SCHOLAR, TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN, & INSTRUMENT MAKER
This very personal site fits somewhere between the minimalist “Hi Mom!” of the camera-fixed athlete and the prolixity of an Oscar winner.
This old dog is learning new tricks, the quick brown fox finally jumped over the lazy dog, the bear went over the mountain, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, and all we need is love. But you knew that already.
Entering the last, and best, half of my life I am finally reaching out to touch some. And I would like to thank all those who helped me get here. You know who you are.
I have tried to bring together some of the varied strands that make up my life so far. Many people have shown interest in one or another and this is an opportunity to allow them to interact both with me and with each other.
I have been extremely fortunate to have met many wonderful fellow human beings on this planet and I love them all. I would enjoy hearing from any of them again.
This was my slightly tongue-in-cheek 1983 MA announcement. The cloud robe is from Cirebon, Java; the old RCA 78 is Chinese opera; the mudra is Vitarka, teaching.
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“Never Lose the Heart of the Beginner:
Not Even Occasionally, Not Even in Old Age.”
This quote from the Japanese dramatist Zeami (1363-1443) should be embraced by every artist, scholar, teacher, and thoughtful human being. It is our salvation from arrogance, a goad against complacency, a connection to the next generation, and guide to a Life of Wonder.