repository for the occasional perambulatory rumination

Things I Wish I’d Said


There is no greater gift of charity you can give than helping a person die well.

from the Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying

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For a long time she flew only when she thought no one else was watching.

Brian Andreas

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We are not retreating, we are advancing in another direction.

General Douglas MacArthur

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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

Edward Abbey

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Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.

Alan Watts

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It would be easier to peel off a 3-day-old bandage from a hairy kneecap than to remove the patina of Baptist upbringing that coats my psyche.

Mary Ellen Snodgrass in Ms. magazine

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The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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. . . there never was a world for her

Except the one she sang

and singing, made.

Wallace Stevens

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After despair, the laundry.

Zen saying

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The believer is happy, the doubter is wise.

Hungarian proverb

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Life is one audition after another.

a t-shirt

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A branch laden with fruit is closer to earth than the one without.

Anu

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A poem begins with a lump in the throat.

Robert Frost

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Forget safety.

live where you fear to  live.

Destroy your reputation.

Be notorious.

Rumi

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Being little and without much strength, he’s supposed to use his head and not his foots.

Uncle Remus said of B’rer Rabbit

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Appreciation is a wonderful thing, it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

Voltaire

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A kind word can warm three winter months.

Japanese proverb

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Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.

Ralph Waldo Emergon

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Through the trees, the sunlight dances on a warm and peaceful afternoon. Deep in the woods, the birds are singing as all the world sits back in joy, yearning for nothing beyond this moment.

Anonymous

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Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

Wallace Stevens

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I think writing poetry is a matter of agreeing that you have these two people inside: every day you set aside time to be with the subtle person who has funny little ideas, who is probably in touch with retarded children, and who can say surprising things.

Robert Bly

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There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

Rumi

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Judge not the horse by its saddle.

Chinese proverb

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The soul feeds on the details of life.

Thomas Moore

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Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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After all, the goal is not to make art, but to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable.

Robert Henri in The Art Spirit

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When you fall, pick something up.

Oswald Avery

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A poor workman always blames his tools.

Anonymous

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You become what you give your attention to.

Epictetus

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If having nothing in your living room but a wooden stool that makes you feel peaceful, you have achieved your objective.

John Pawson, architect/designer

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It is not by one’s sins that you know someone, but by what the person celebrates.

Rabbi Abraham Twersky

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Love of music, of sunsets and sea, a liking for the same kind of people; political opinions that are not radically divergent; a similar stance as we look at the stars anbd think of the marvelous strangeness of this universe – these are what build a marriage. And it is never to be taken for granted.

Madeleine L’Engle in Two-Part Invention

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Our love has been anything but perfect and static. Inevitably there have been times when one of us has outrun the other and has had to wait patiently for the other to catch up. The growth of love is not a straight line, but a series of hills and valleys. I suspect that in every good marriage there are times when love seems to be over. Sometimes these desert lines are simply the only way to the next oasis which is far more lush and beautiful . . .

Madeleine L’Engle in Two-Part Invention

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Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.

Isiah 14:24

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A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space.

Gloria Steinem

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Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let is rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cups but drink not from one cup.

Kahlil Gibran in The Prophet

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The first duty of love is to listen.

Paul Tielich

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Some people will never see us, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t there.

Sue Bender

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Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart.

Rainer-Maria Rilke

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All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.

M. C. Richards

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Living Eulogy:

She danced.

She sang.

She took.

She gave.

She served.

She loved.

She created.

She dissented.

She enlivened.

She saw.

She grew.

She sweated.

She changed.

She learned.

She laughed.

She shed her skin.

She bled on the pages of her days.

She walked through walls.

She lived with intention.

Mary Anne Radmacher

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Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and border and salute each other.

Rainer-Maria Rilke

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The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.

Leo  Tolstoy

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You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

Eric Hoffer

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Discipline is remembering what you want.

A handmade sign in a studio in North Carolina