A Hotel Citizen

A Hotel Citizen

Journal Entry August 15, 2015 - A Hotel Citizen Joseph Roth (September 2, 1894 – May 27, 1939) I have been here for long enough. If I stayed longer I would be unworthy of the great blessing of being a stranger. I might degrade the hotel to a home if I no longer left it unless I had to. I want to feel welcome here, but not at home. I want…

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William Zinsser On The Writer As HimSelf/HerSelf

William Zinsser On The Writer As HimSelf/HerSelf

Journal Entry August 12, 2015 - William Zinsser On The Writer As HimSelf/HerSelf William Zinsser(October 7, 1922 – May 12, 2015) This is the problem of writers who set out deliberately to garnish their prose. You lose whatever it is that makes you unique. The reader will notice if you are putting on airs. Readers want the person who is talking to them to sound genuine. Therefore a fundamental…

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Faith & Hope

Faith & Hope

Journal Entry August 09, 2015 - Faith & Hope Alan Paige Lightman (November 28, 1948 - ) *…And I do not believe in the existence of a Being who lives beyond matter and energy, even if that Being refrains from entering the fray of the physical world. ...There are things we take on faith, without physical proof and even sometimes without any methodology for proof. ...Faith, in its broadest sense, is…

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Let Us Not Forget!

Let Us Not Forget!

Journal Entry August 06, 2015 - Let Us Not Forget Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 11, 1895 – February 17, 1986) But apparently man loves to kill things, the fleeting deer, the marvelous gazelle, and the great elephant. We love to kill each other. This killing of other human beings has never stopped throughout the history of man's life on this earth. If we could, and we must, establish a deep long abiding…

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David Whyte On Relationships

David Whyte On Relationships

Journal Entry August 03, 2015 - David Whyte On Relationships David Whyte (November 02, 1955 -) One of the difficulties of leaving a relationship is not so much, at the end, leaving the person themselves – because, by that time, you're ready to go; what's difficult is leaving the dreams that you shared together. And you know that somehow – no matter who you meet in your life in the future, and…

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Dear Mr. President - An Open Letter

Dear Mr. President - An Open Letter

Journal Entry August 01, 2015 - Dear Mr. President - An Open Letter James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) Democracy should not mean the levelling of everyone to the lowest common denominator. It should mean the possibility of everyone being able to raise himself to a certain level of excellence. Dear President Obama, You recently said, in a statement regarding the Confederate flag, that it was, "a reminder…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty Eight

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty Eight

Journal Entry July 30, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty Eight There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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The Prophet On Beauty

The Prophet On Beauty

Journal Entry July 29, 2015 - The Prophet - On Beauty There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to learn…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty Five

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty Five

Journal Entry July 28, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty Five There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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The Prophet - On Good And Evil

The Prophet - On Good And Evil

Journal Entry July 27, 2015 - The Prophet - On Good And Evil There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty Two

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty Two

Journal Entry July 26, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty Two There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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The Prophet - On Self Knowledge

The Prophet - On Self Knowledge

Journal Entry July 25, 2015 - The Prophet - On Self Knowledge There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty

Journal Entry July 24, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Thirty There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to…

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The Prophet - On Pain

The Prophet - On Pain

Journal Entry July 23, 2015 - The Prophet - On Pain There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to learn…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Nine

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Nine

Journal Entry July 22, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Nine There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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The Prophet - On Reason And Passion

The Prophet - On Reason And Passion

Journal Entry July 21, 2015 - The Prophet - On Reason And Passion There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Eight

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Eight

Journal Entry July 20, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Eight There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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The Prophet - On Freedom

The Prophet - On Freedom

Journal Entry July 19, 2015 - The Prophet - On Freedom There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to learn…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Seven

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Seven

Journal Entry July 18, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Seven There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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The Prophet - On Crime And Punishment

The Prophet - On Crime And Punishment

Journal Entry July 17, 2015 - The Prophet - On Crime And Punishment There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Five

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Five

Journal Entry July 16, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Five There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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The Prophet - On Joy And Sorrow

The Prophet - On Joy And Sorrow

Journal Entry July 15, 2015 - The Prophet - On Joy And Sorrow There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Two

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Two

Journal Entry July 14, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Twenty Two There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile…

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The Prophet - On Work

The Prophet - On Work

Journal Entry July 13, 2015 - The Prophet - On There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to learn the…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Sixteen

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Sixteen

Journal Entry July 12, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Sixteen There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to…

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The Prophet - On Giving

The Prophet - On Giving

Journal Entry July 11, 2015 - The Prophet - On Giving There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to learn…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Eleven

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Eleven

Journal Entry July 10, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Eleven There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to…

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Happy Birthday Oliver Sacks

Happy Birthday Oliver Sacks

Journal Entry July 09, 2015 - Happy Birthday Oliver Sacks Oliver Sacks (July 09, 1933 -) I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. We are all creatures of our upbringings, our cultures, our times. And I have needed to remind myself, repeatedly, that my mother was born…

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The Prophet - On Children

The Prophet - On Children

Journal Entry July 08, 2015 - The Prophet - On Children There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to learn…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Ten

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Ten

Journal Entry July 07, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Ten There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to…

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The Prophet - On Marriage

The Prophet - On Marriage

Journal Entry July 06, 2015 - The Prophet - Chapter There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to learn the…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Eight

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Eight

Journal Entry July 05, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Eight There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to…

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The Prophet - On Love

The Prophet - On Love

Journal Entry July 04, 2015 - The Prophet - On Love There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to learn…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Four

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Four

Journal Entry July 03, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Four There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to…

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The Prophet - On Leaving

The Prophet - On Leaving

Journal Entry July 02, 2015 - The Prophet - On Leaving There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more times than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to learn…

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Tao Te Ching - Chapter Two

Tao Te Ching - Chapter Two

Journal Entry July 01, 2015 - Tao Te Ching - Chapter Two There are two book I have carried with me since college and have given away as gifts more copies than I remember. They are The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Both books speak directly to my soul and were gifts to me from college classmates. Although it took me awhile to…

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John Donne On Man

John Donne On Man

Journal Entry June 30, 2015 - John Donne On Man John Donne (January 22, 1572[1] – March 31, 1631) No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know…

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Life's Greatest Transition

Life's Greatest Transition

Journal Entry June 29, 2015 - Life's Greatest Transition Marie Corelli (May 01, 1855 – April 21, 1924) You are going to see wonderful things that no tongue or pen can adequately describe. Well, when you return to earth again, do you suppose you can make people believe the story of your experiences? Never! Be thankful if you are the possessor of a secret joy yourself, and do not attempt to…

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Jean Piaget On Education

Jean Piaget On Education

Journal Entry June 28, 2015 - Jean Piaget On Education Jean Piaget (August 09, 1896 – September 16, 1980) Education, for most people, means trying to lead the child to resemble the typical adult of his society... But for me, education means making creators... You have to make inventors, innovators, not conformists. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Jean Ryhs On Truth

Jean Ryhs On Truth

Journal Entry June 27, 2015 - Jean Ryhs On Truth Jean Rhys (August 24, 1890 – May 14, 1979) If you want to write the truth, you must write about yourself. It must go out from yourself. I don't see what else you can do. I am the only real truth I know. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Life Under The Influence

Life Under The Influence

Journal Entry June 26, 2015 - Life Under The Influence Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book? Books, books, books. What a wonderful influence they are in my life. From the time I was a small child, my life has been under their magical spell. They provided the wings which…

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John Keats On Happiness

John Keats On Happiness

Journal Entry June 25, 2015 - John Keats On Happiness John Keats (October 31, 1795 – February 23, 1821) I scarcely remember counting upon any Happiness - I look not for it if it be not in the present hour - nothing startles me beyond the Moment. The setting sun will always set me to rights - or if a sparrow come before my window I take part in its existence…

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Joseph Campbell On Bliss

Joseph Campbell On Bliss

Journal Entry June 24, 2015 - Joseph Campbell On Bliss Joseph Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Ken Kersey On Seeds

Ken Kersey On Seeds

Journal Entry June 23, 2015 - Ken Kersey On Seeds Ken Kersey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) You can count how many seeds are in the apple, but not how many apples are in the seed. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Jean Cocteau On Plans

Jean Cocteau On Plans

Journal Entry June 22, 2015 - Jean Cocteau On Plans Jean Cocteau (July 05, 1889 – October 11, 1963) Plans, marriage and journeys appear to me just as foolish as if someone falling out a window were to hope to make friends with the occupants of the room before which he passes. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Racism, Genocide, And Flags As Symbols & MindSets

Racism, Genocide, And Flags As Symbols & MindSets

Journal Entry June 21, 2015 - Racism, Genocide, And Flags As Symbols & MindSets Paola Antonelli (1963 -) Flags are soaring symbols of pride and community, as well as emotional, incendiary sparks for those on the other side of the barricade. They are among the most immediate, primal, and communicative forms of design. They are made of icons and become icons themselves — even more so when they come to represent…

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Blaise Pascal On Persuasion

Blaise Pascal On Persuasion

Journal Entry June 20, 2015 - Blaise Pascal On Persuasion Blaise Pascal (June 19, 1623 – August 19, 1662) People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Cheryl Strayed On People Watching

Cheryl Strayed On People Watching

Journal Entry June 19, 2015 - Cheryl Strayed On People Watching Cheryl Strayed (September 17, 1968 -) As long as I live I'll never tire of people-watching. On city buses and park benches. In small-town cafes and crowded elevators. At concerts and swimming pools. To people-watch is to glimpse the mysterious and the banal, the public face and the private gesture, the strangest other and the most familiar self. It's…

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Joan Didion On Participation

Joan Didion On Participation

Journal Entry June 18, 2015 - Joan Didion On Participation Joan Didion (December 05, 1934 -) Participation requires a total surrender, a concentration so intense as to seem a kind of narcosis, a rapture-of-the-freeway. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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W.H. Auden On Suffering

W.H. Auden On Suffering

Journal Entry June 17, 2015 - W.H.Auden On Suffering W.H. Auden ( February 21, 1907 – September 29, 1973) About suffering they were never wrong, the old masters: how well they understood its human position: it takes place while someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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My Best Friend/Solitude

My Best Friend/Solitude

Journal Entry June 16, 2015 - My Best Friend/Solitude Alice Koller Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. Before living it, I learned about solitude from books. Two particular guides into this area of depth were Alice Koller in her…

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Jack Kerouac On The Mad Ones

Jack Kerouac On The Mad Ones

Journal Entry June 15, 2015 - Jack Kerouac On The Mad Ones Jack Kerouac March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding…

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Hunter S. Thompson On Drugs

Hunter S. Thompson On Drugs

Journal Entry June 14, 2015 - Hunter S. Thompson On Drugs Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) We picked up everything we could get our hands on. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug-collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There…

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My New (Perfect) Roommate

My New (Perfect) Roommate

Journal Entry June 13, 2015 - My New (Perfect) Roommate Rollo May (April 21, 1909 – October 22, 1994) In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone. Meet Simone, my new roommate, named after a Florence Nightingale who was always there but never in the way during a recent traumatic time in my life.…

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Does Life Get Better With Age?

Does Life Get Better With Age?

Journal Entry June 12, 2015 - Does Life Get Better With Age? Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived ... I left the woods for…

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Henry Miller On The Self

Henry Miller On The Self

Journal Entry June 11, 2015 - Henry Miller On The Self Henry Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) You have to get to the point of no return before coming up again. There's no God protecting you. In the end you have to come back to yourself. It has got to be you doing something, whatever you decide upon. Do what you think you have to do and don't…

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Ivan Turgenev On Nihilists

Ivan Turgenev On Nihilists

Journal Entry June 10, 2015 - Ivan Turgenev On Nihilists Ivan Turgenev November 9, 1818 – September 3, 1883) A nihilist is a man who does not bow to any authorities, who does not take any principle on trust, no matter with what respect that principle is surrounded. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Proust Questionnaire

Proust Questionnaire

Journal Entry June 09, 2015 - Proust Questionnaire Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871 – November 18, 1922)) Since July 1993, the back page of Vanity Fair has been devoted to the Proust Questionnaire, in which a noteworthy person answers a series of personal questions. The questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust (1871–1922), the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in…

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Henry Matisse On Seeing

Henry Matisse On Seeing

Journal Entry June 08, 2015 - Henry Matisse On Seeing Henry Matisse (December 31, 1869 – November 03, 1954) The effort to see thing without distortion takes something very much like courage and this courage is essential to the artist who who has to look at everything as though he saw it for the first time: he has to look at life as he did when he was a child. If…

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The Power Of A Word

The Power Of A Word

Journal Entry June 07, 2015 - The Power Of A Word Dick Gregory (October 12, 1932 -) Those of us who weren't destroyed got stronger, got calluses on our souls. And now we're ready to change a system, a system where a white man can destroy a black man with a single word — "NIGGER." It was a cool October evening, 1997, when the following incident occurred. It seemed like a…

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George M. Fredrickson On Racism

George M. Fredrickson On Racism

Journal Entry June 06, 2015 - George M. Fredrickson On Racism George M. Fredrickson (July 16, 1934 – February 25, 2008) People everywhere, through history, have sometimes been beastly to members of groups they though of as different. What is distinctive about racism in the West is the development of a full scale systematic ideology to explain why these others deserved bad treatment. And that theory was necessary only because modern…

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You Are The Fool!

You Are The Fool!

Journal Entry June 05, 2015 - You Are The Fool! William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564 – April 23, 1616) The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. I stumbled up three flights of narrow, wooden stairs before arriving at her door. It had at least six locks that I could see from the hallway but when I knocked, the door opened freely.…

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Herbert A. Otto On Actualization

Herbert A. Otto On Actualization

Journal Entry June 04, 2015 - Herbert A. Otto On Actualization Herbert A. Otto We are all functioning at a small fraction of our capacity to live fully in its total meaning of loving, caring, creating and adventuring. Consequently, the actualizing of our potential can become the most exciting adventure of our lifetime. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Henry Miller On Perfect Sight

Henry Miller On Perfect Sight

Journal Entry June 03, 2015 - Henry Miller On Perfect Sight Henry Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) We are always in two worlds at once, and neither of them is the world of reality. One is the world we think we are in, the other the world we would like to be in. Things not only look different, they are different, when perfect sight is restored. To see…

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The Sum Of My Life

The Sum Of My Life

Journal Entry June 02, 2015 - The Sum Of My Life Milan Kundera (April 01, 1929 -) We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come. Today, I have been alive on this planet for 24,500 days or 588,000 hours. If I am blessed to live to the…

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Some Wounds Never Heal

Some Wounds Never Heal

Journal Entry June 01, 2015 - Some Wounds Never Heal W.S. Merwin (September 30, 1927 - ) Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color. Some Wounds Never Heal by Tao Writer Some wounds never heal. There is always an indentation That remains in the heart, A scar across the skin to remind you Of some event which happened…

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Carmen Herrera On The Next Thing

Carmen Herrera On The Next Thing

Journal Entry May 31, 2015 - Carmen Herrera On The Next Thing Carmen Herrera (May 31, 1915 -) I am always waiting to finish the next thing. Absurd, I know. I go day by day... art is, something that is inside me, something that could not be said with words... I am expressing it with lines and colours. Happy 100th Birthday Carmen Photo Credit: Untitled Work, Circa: 1948, Carmen Herrera.…

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Isaac Asimov On Art And Science

Isaac Asimov On Art And Science

Journal Entry May 30, 2015 - Isaac Asimov On Art And Science Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection...That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is…

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What Goes Up...

What Goes Up...

Journal Entry May 29, 2015 - What Goes Up.... Ronald Reagan Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it. Analysts will tell you they did not see it coming, the growing crisis in the financial markets, but who are they kidding? The brokers at Freddie Mac…

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Herman  Goering On War

Herman Goering On War

Journal Entry May 28, 2015 - Herman Goering On War Hermann Goering (January 12, 1893 – October 15, 1946) Naturally the common people don’t want war. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. All you have…

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Irene Claremont de Castillejo On The Artists Of Living

Irene Claremont de Castillejo On The Artists Of Living

Journal Entry May 27, 2015 - Irene Claremont de Castillejo On The Artists Of Living Irene Claremont de Castillejo (1885 - 1967) Artists have at least a form within which they can hold their own conflicting opposites together. But there are some who have no recognized artistic form to serve this purpose. They are the artists of living. To my mind, these last are the supreme heroes in our soulless…

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Feasting On My Life

Feasting On My Life

Journal Entry May 26, 2015 - Feasting On My Life Rumi (September 30, 1207 - December 17, 1273) Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there. Sometimes, I need a little help from my friends...and when I do, I often turn to poetry. Another one of my favorite poets is Derek Walcott. I keep a copy of his poem…

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Eve Ensler On Transformation

Eve Ensler On Transformation

Journal Entry May 25, 2015 - Eve Ensler On Transformation Eve Ensler (May 25, 1953 - ) What if our lives were precious only up to a point? What if we held them loosely and understood that there were no guarantees? So that when you got sick, you weren’t a stage, but in a process. And cancer, just like having your heart broken or getting a new job or going…

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Sunday Mornings

Sunday Mornings

Journal Entry May 24, 2015 - Sunday Mornings Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 – c. 1328) Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. I love Sunday mornings for the same reason I am attracted to the painting by Edward Hooper titled Early Sunday Morning. (See below) It is the absence of activity. Nothing and everything happens. What in art is referred to as negative space. In writing, it is…

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William Barclay On Joy

William Barclay On Joy

Journal Entry May 23, 2015 - William Barclay On Joy William Barclay (December 05, 1907 - January 24, 1978) Joy has nothing to do with material things, or with man’s outward circumstance…A man living in the lap of luxury can be wretched, and a man in the depths of poverty can overflow with joy. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Jane Wagner On Wonder

Jane Wagner On Wonder

Journal Entry May 22, 2015 - Jane Wagner On Wonder Jane Wagner (February 26, 1935 -) At the moment you are most in awe of all there is about life that you don't understand, you are closer to understanding it all than at any other time. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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I Am Selfish

I Am Selfish

Journal Entry May 21 - I Am Selfish Meredith Norwood To some degree, to be creative you have to be selfish. I am selfish. I stand alone from the crowd and guard that aloneness and love for solitude with my very existence. I do this to preserve me, myself. Without it, a different me comes into being. A being that placates to the wishes and desires of others before mine.…

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There Are Men Too Gentle To Live Among Wolves

There Are Men Too Gentle To Live Among Wolves

Journal Entry May 20, 2015 - There Are Men Too Gentle To Live Among Wolves James Kavanaugh (September 16, 1928 - December 29, 2009) I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand...Our sadness is as…

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Alan Watts On Desire

Alan Watts On Desire

Journal Entry May 19, 2015 - Alan Watts On Desire Alan Watts (January 06, 1915 – November 16, 1973) We create trouble by doing good for other people. We wage wars for people's benefit and educate the poor for their benefit so they desire more things which they can't afford. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Robert M Pirsig On Doubt

Robert M Pirsig On Doubt

Journal Entry May 18, 2015 - Robert M Pirsig On Doubt Robert M Pirsig (September 06, 1928 -) No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. Doubt Doubt, a status…

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Stand Undiminished - The Poem

Stand Undiminished - The Poem

Journal Entry May 17, 2015 - Stand Undiminished - The Poem Mahatma Gandhi (October 02, 1869 - January 30, 1948) A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble. Stand Undiminished by Tao Writer Taken from my motherland in chains to travel waters unknown by me, to toil in soil unfamiliar to my hands.…

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Stand Undiminished - The Story Behind The Poem

Stand Undiminished - The Story Behind The Poem

Journal Entry May 16, 2015 - Stand Undiminished - The Story Behind The Poem Dr. Martin L. King (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) I know that you are asking today, 'How long will it take?' I come to say to you this afternoon however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth pressed to earth will rise again. How long? Not long,…

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Ralph Waldo Emerson On Friendship

Ralph Waldo Emerson On Friendship

Journal Entry May 15, 2015 - Ralph Waldo Emerson On Friendship Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) There are two elements that go to the composition of friendship, each so sovereign, that I can detect no superiority in either, no reason why either should be first named. One is Truth. A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.…

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Bessel van der Kolk On Duality

Bessel van der Kolk On Duality

Journal Entry May 14, 2015 - Bessel van der Kolk On Duality Bessel van der Kolk Trauma really does confront you with the best and the worst. You see the horrendous things that people do to each other, but you also see resiliency, the power of love, the power of caring, the power of commitment, the power of commitment to oneself, the knowledge that there are things that are larger…

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Gratitude

Gratitude

Journal Entry May 13, 2015 - Gratitude Albert Schweitzer (January 14, 1875 – September 04, 1965) To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself…

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Paulo Coelho On Who Am I?

Paulo Coelho On Who Am I?

Journal Entry May 12, 2015 - Paulo Coelho On Who Am I? Paulo Coelho (August 24, 1947 -) To be totally honest, I don’t know who I am. And I don’t think people ever will know who they are. We have to be humble enough to learn to live with this mysterious question. Who am I? Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Arthur Zajonc On Love

Arthur Zajonc On Love

Journal Entry May 11, 2015 - Arthur Zajonc On Love Arthur Zajonc (October 11, 1949 -) Love allows us gently, respectfully and intimately to slip into the life of another person or animal or even the earth itself and to know it from the inside. In this way, love can become a way of moral knowing that is as reliable as scientific insight. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World,…

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Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Journal Entry May 10, 2015 - Mother's Day Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. I don’t celebrate any day for which Hallmark makes a card. It’s the commercialisation of the holidays that turns me off. Don’t get me wrong — I enjoy ritual and have many of…

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Dani Shapiro On Writing

Dani Shapiro On Writing

Journal Entry May 09, 2015 - Dani Shapiro On Writing Dani Shapiro (April 10, 1962 -) When writers who are just starting out ask me when it gets easier, my answer is never. It never gets easier. I don’t want to scare them, so I rarely say more than that, but the truth is that, if anything, it gets harder. The writing life isn’t just filled with predictable…

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Deceit's Tangled Web

Deceit's Tangled Web

Journal Entry May 08, 2015 - Deceit's Tangled Web Sir Walter Scott (August 15, 1771 – September 21, 1832) Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive! deceit noun — the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth : a web of deceit. — an attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads another, or causes…

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David Whyte On Belonging

David Whyte On Belonging

Journal Entry May 07, 2015 - David Whyte On Belonging David Whyte (November 02, 1955 -) Human beings are creatures of belonging, though they may come to that sense of belonging only through long periods of exile and loneliness. Interestingly, we belong to life as much through our sense that it is all impossible, as we do through the sense that we will accomplish everything we have set out to…

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T.S. Eliot On Passion

T.S. Eliot On Passion

Journal Entry May 06, 2015 - T.S. Eliot On Passion T.S. Eliot (September 26, 1888 – January 04, 1965) But you know what really moved me most, I think, was Dante’s passage through Purgatorio on the way to Paradisio. The people there in Purgatorio were inside their flames expurgating their errors and sins. And there was one particular incident… that was when Dante was talking to a spirit,…

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Ochwiay Biano with Carl Jung On Thinking

Ochwiay Biano with Carl Jung On Thinking

Journal Entry May 05, 2015 - Ochwiay Biano In Conversation With Carl Jung On Thinking Ochwiay Biano, An Elder of the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico “See.” Ochwiay Biano said, “how cruel the whites looks. Their lips are thin and their noses are sharp, their faces furrowed and distorted by folds. Their eyes have a staring expression; they are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want…

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Rainer Maria Rilke On Solitude

Rainer Maria Rilke On Solitude

Journal Entry May 04, 2015 - Rainer Maria Rilke On Solitude . Rainer Maria Rilke (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926) What is necessary, after all, is only this: solitude, vast inner solitude. To walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours — that is what you must be able to attain…Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude…

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Living In A Different World

Living In A Different World

Journal Entry May 03, 2015 - Living In A Different World Pico Iyer (February 11, 1957 -) It's the perspective we choose — not the places we visit — that ultimately tells us where we stand. Roasted Guinea Pigs Are A Delicacy* Known in the local Kichwa language as cuy, the furry little creatures are flattened and roasted whole over an open fire. You won't find them on every restaurant menu in…

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This I Believe I Know

This I Believe I Know

Journal Entry May 02, 2015 - This I Believe I Know Jon Franklin (January 13, 1943 -) And curious creatures that we are, in every sense of the word. Not only are we the sole animal in all of nature capable of believing in Santa Clause, we are also the only one that can come to grips with the unpleasant truth that he doesn't exist. So, where has my path…

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Facundo Cabral On Hunger

Facundo Cabral On Hunger

Journal Entry May 01, 2015 - Facundo Cabral On Hunger Facundo Cabral (May 22, 1937 – July 9, 2011) I'm amazed to form part of this amazing universe and I'm proud of the hunger that keeps me awake. Because when man is full he falls asleep. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Grateful

Grateful

Journal Entry April 30, 2015 - Grateful Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays, I still…

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Where Did You Go

Where Did You Go

Journal Entry April 29, 2015 - Where Did You Go? Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do…

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This Time Alone

This Time Alone

Journal Entry April 28, 2015 - This Time Alone Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays,…

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This Hollow Emptiness In My Soul

This Hollow Emptiness In My Soul

Journal Entry April 27, 2015 - This Hollow Emptiness In My Soul (For Mom) Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many…

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One Word

One Word

Journal Entry April 26, 2015 - One Word Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays, I…

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No Escape

No Escape

Journal Entry April 25, 2015 - No Escape Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays, I…

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Layers Of Memory

Layers Of Memory

Journal Entry April 24, 2015 - Layers Of Memory Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays,…

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January 6, 2002

January 6, 2002

Journal Entry April 23, 2015 - January 6, 2002 Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays,…

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Here We Are, Again

Here We Are, Again

Journal Entry April 22, 2015 - Here We Are, Again Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do…

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A Speck Of StarDust

A Speck Of StarDust

Journal Entry April 21, 2015 - A Speck Of StarDust Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do…

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The Crushing Weight Of GoodBye

The Crushing Weight Of GoodBye

Journal Entry April 20, 2015 - The Crushing Weight Of Good Bye Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as…

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Of Love, Remembrance

Of Love, Remembrance

Journal Entry April 19, 2015 - Of Love, Remembrance Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays,…

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Dream Of Dying

Dream Of Dying

Journal Entry April 18, 2015 - Dream Of Dying Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays,…

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I Am Here! - The Poem

I Am Here! - The Poem

Journal Entry April 17, 2015 - I Am Here! - The Poem Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as…

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StarDust

StarDust

Journal Entry April 16, 2015 - StarDust Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays, I still…

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A Serendipitous Occasion

A Serendipitous Occasion

Journal Entry April 15, 2015 - A Serendipitous Occasion Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays,…

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Moments

Moments

Journal Entry April 14, 2015 - Moments Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays, I still…

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The Wild Mushroom Omelette

The Wild Mushroom Omelette

Journal Entry April 13, 2015 - The Wild Mushroom Omelette Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do…

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I Will Write All Day

I Will Write All Day

Journal Entry April 12, 2015 - I Will Write All Day Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I…

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Dream Of Execution

Dream Of Execution

Journal Entry April 11, 2015 - Dream Of Execution William Butler Yeats (June 13, 1865 – January 28, 1939) Could we but give us wholly to the dreams, and get into their world that to the sense is shadows, and not linger wretchedly among insubstantial things… Dream Of Execution by Tao Writer I saw in a dream... That was me standing there in front of the firing squad, my hands tied…

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In The Absence Of Time

In The Absence Of Time

Journal Entry April 10, 2015 - In The Absence Of Time Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I…

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The Written Word

The Written Word

Journal Entry April 09, 2015 - The Written Word Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays,…

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Seduced By Moonlight

Seduced By Moonlight

Journal Entry April 08, 2015 - Seduced By Moonlight Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays,…

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Song Of The Cricket

Song Of The Cricket

Journal Entry April 07, 2015 - Song Of The Cricket Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do…

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Three O'clock In The Morning

Three O'clock In The Morning

Journal Entry April 06, 2015 - Three O'clock In The Morning Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I…

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I Want

I Want

Journal Entry April 05, 2015 - I Want Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays, I…

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An Accident

An Accident

Journal Entry April 04, 2015 - An Accident Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays, I…

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Morning Dance

Morning Dance

Journal Entry April 03, 2015 - Morning Dance Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays, I…

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This Love That I'm Feeling

This Love That I'm Feeling

Journal Entry April 02, 2015 - This Love That I'm Feeling Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I…

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I Remember

I Remember

Journal Entry April 01, 2015 - I Remember Although I no longer live in the United States, I still appreciate National Poetry Month in April of each year. It saddens me that we establish a single month to celebrate this art form, for in my life poetry is everywhere in each and every moment of my existence. Although I do not write as many poems as I do essays, I…

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Responsibility

Responsibility

Journal Entry March 31, 2015 - Responsibility James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) A great deal of what I say just leaves me open, I suppose, to a vast amount of misunderstanding. A great deal of what I say is based on an assumption which I hold and don’t always state. You know my fury about people is based precisely on the fact that I consider them…

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Live Your Life

Live Your Life

Journal Entry March 30, 2015 - Live Your Life Georgia O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) I decided to start anew — to strip what I had been taught, to accept as true my own thinking. This was one of the best times of my life. I was alone and singularly free working on my own, unknown — no one to satisfy but myself. I watched a film a while back…

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Simone Weil On Attention

Simone Weil On Attention

Journal Entry March 29, 2015 - Simone Weil On Attention Simone Weil (February 03, 1909 – August 24, 1943) Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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If I Were King...

If I Were King...

Journal Entry March 28, 2015 - If I Were King... William Morris (March 24, 1834 – October 03, 1896) With the arrogance of youth, I am determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and…

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Death Of A Poet II - Thomas Tranströemer

Death Of A Poet II - Thomas Tranströemer

Journal Entry March 27, 2015 - Death Of A Poet II - Thomas Tranströemer Thomas Tranströemer ( April 15, 1931 - March 26, 2015) This kind of religious idea recurs here and there in my poems of late, that I see a kind of meaning in being present, in using reality, in experiencing it, in making something of it. Although Thomas Tranströemer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2011, he…

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Friends In A Different Realm

Friends In A Different Realm

Journal Entry March 26, 2015 - Friends In A Different Realm Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875 – June 06, 1961) Recollection of the outward events of my life has largely faded or disappeared. But my encounters with the “other” reality, my bouts with the unconscious, are indelibly engraved upon my memory. Outward circumstances are no substitute for inner experience. I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings.…

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Eckhard Tolle On Time

Eckhard Tolle On Time

Journal Entry March 25, 2015 - Eckhard Tolle On Time Eckhard Tolle (February 16, 1948 -) To be free of time is to be free of the psychological need of the past for your identity and the future for your fulfillment. It represents the most profound transformation of consciousness that you can imagine. To realize this truth, you need to live it. When every cell of your body is so…

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How Does One Know God?

How Does One Know God?

Journal Entry March 24, 2015 - How Does One Know God? Hafiz (1325 - 1389) Slipping on my shoes, boiling water, toasting bread, buttering the sky: that should be enough contact with God in one day to make anyone crazy To most Western Civilizations the image of God that comes to mind when one thinks of God is the painted image on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. He (God)…

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Maria Popova On Assumptions

Maria Popova On Assumptions

Journal Entry March 23, 2015 - Maria Popova On Assumptions Maria Popova (1984 -) The assumptions people make about the motives of others always reveal a great deal more about the assumers than the assumed-about. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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O' To Be Human

O' To Be Human

Journal Entry March 22, 2015 - O' To Be Human Ranier Maria Rilke (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926) Again and again in history some people wake up. They have no ground in the crowd and they move to broader, deeper laws. They carry strange customs with them and demand room for bold and audacious action. The future speaks ruthlessly through them. They change the world. I am not sure…

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World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

Journal Entry March 21, 2015 - World Poetry Day Hafiz (1325 - 1389) A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, then raise it to nourish your beautiful parched, holy mouth. There are so many poems in this world that I love, but for this, World Poetry Day, I decided to pick the one poem, other than my own works, which has had the most influence on…

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When You Get To The Mountain Top…Jump!

When You Get To The Mountain Top…Jump!

Journal Entry March 20, 2015 - When You Get To The Mountain Top…Jump! Gerard De Nerval (May 22, 1808 – January 26, 1855) I did not ask of God that he should change anything in events themselves, but that he should change me in regard to things, so that I might have the power to create my own universe, to govern my dreams, instead of enduring them. My dreams have…

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Adrienne Rich On Art & Artists

Adrienne Rich On Art & Artists

Journal Entry March 19, 2015 - Thoughts On Art & Artists Adrienne Rich (May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012) Art is our human birthright, our most powerful means of access to our own and another's experience and imaginative life. In continually rediscovering and recovering the humanity of human beings, art is crucial to the democratic vision. And, for more than 50 years I have been writing, tearing up, revising poems,…

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The Hour Of Man

The Hour Of Man

Journal Entry March 18, 2015 - The Hour Of Man Harold Maine I want to see the radio and television turned off for an hour a week, the paper and magazines laid aside, the car locked safely in the garage, the bridge table folded, the liquor bottle corked, and the sedatives kept tightly in their packages. I want to see production and consumption forgotten for this hour. Politics must be…

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Arthur Koestler On Living

Arthur Koestler On Living

Journal Entry March 17, 2015 - Arthur Koestler On Living Arthur Koestler Everybody has a given amount of calories to burn up — you either burn them up by living or by creating. You can't burn the same calories both ways. You make poetry out of your unhappiness, and you might argue that you can also make poetry out of your happiness. But why should you make poetry when you are…

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The Transformation Of Silence And Action Into Language

The Transformation Of Silence And Action Into Language

Journal Entry March 16, 2015 - The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action by Audre Lorde Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) Society is made up of individuals. The thoughts and actions of each individual influence the culture of that society. Instead of waiting for others to improve, we should try to improve ourselves. Once our attitude has changed, we will be able to perceive goodness throughout world. If there is…

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Invisibility

Invisibility

Journal Entry March 15, 2015 - Invisibility Vincent Van Gogh (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890) Does what goes on inside show on the outside? Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney. The mountains outside my bedroom window are always there standing silently in their majesty.…

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn On Revelations

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn On Revelations

Journal Entry March 14, 2015 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn On Revelations Alexander Solzhenitsyn (December 11, 1918 – August 3, 2008) Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words...to revelations unattainable by reason. It is like that small mirror in fairy tales—you glance in it and what you see is not yourself; for an instance you glimpse the inaccessible, where no magic carpet can take…

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Aldous Huxley On Appetites Of The Soul

Aldous Huxley On Appetites Of The Soul

Journal Entry March 13, 2015 - Aldous Huxley On Appetites Of The Soul Aldous Huxley (July 26, 1894 – November 22, 1963) That humanity at large will ever be able to dispense with artificial paradises seems very unlikely. Most men and women lead lives that at worst seem so painful, at the best so monotonous, poor and limited, that the urge to escape, the longing to transcend themselves if only for…

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The View From My Window

The View From My Window

Journal Entry March 12, 2015 - The View From My Window Rebecca Solnit (June 24, 1961 -) There are times when it's clear to me that by getting and spending, we lay waste our powers, and times when, say, the apricot velvet headboard against the lavender wall of a room in an old hotel fills me with a mysterious satisfied pleasure in harmonies of color, texture, atmospheres of comfort, domesticity…

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What Matters?

What Matters?

Journal Entry March 11, 2015 - What Matters? Bob Herbert (March 7, 1945 -) One of the essential problems of our society is that we have a tendency, amid all the craziness that surrounds us, to lose sight of what is truly human in ourselves, and that includes our own individual needs — those very special, mostly nonmaterial things that would fulfill us, give meaning to our lives, enlarge us, and…

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Denise Levertov On To Be A Poet

Denise Levertov On To Be A Poet

Journal Entry March 10, 2015 - Denise Levertov On To Be A Poet Denise Levertov (24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997) To be a poet you must be crazy about language; and you must believe in the uniqueness of every person, and therefore in your own. To find your voice you must forget about finding it, and trust that if you pay sufficient attention to life you will be found…

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Integrity

Integrity

Journal Entry March 09, 2015 - Integrity Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962 It's your life – but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial. When you adopt the standards and the values…

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Journal Entry March 08, 2015 - Sanctuary David Whyte November 02, 1955 -) This is the bright home in which I live, this is where I ask my friends to come, this is where I want to love all the things it has taken me so long to learn to love. I believe my body is my sacred space. Wherever I am, it is a place of refuge and sanctity…

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Adyashanti On Feel Your Being

Adyashanti On Feel Your Being

Journal Entry March 07, 2015 - Adyashanti On Feel Your Being Adyashanti (1962 -) Finally you become an opening through which That which is actually whole and beautiful can express Itself. Then your orientation is not “How can I find love?” It’s “How can I be love, how can I give it?” Let go of wanting to be loved, and just be love. Just feel your being now. Don’…

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Thoughts On Writing

Thoughts On Writing

Journal Entry March 06, 2015 - Thoughts On Writing Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) You cannot write for children. . . . They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them. Mark Strand (April 11, 1934–November 29, 2014) One of the amazing things about what I do is you don’t know when you’re going to be hit with an idea, you…

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Time As A Point Of Reference

Time As A Point Of Reference

Journal Entry March 05, 2015 - Time As A Point Of Reference Jeanette Winterson (January 21, 1960 -) I can see no reason to be bound by chronological time. As far as we know, the universe is not bound by it; as far as we know, it is yet another construct of ours, this worship of the clock and the idea that there is a past and a present and…

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Happiness

Happiness

Journal Entry March 04, 2015 - Happiness Sam Harris April 09, 1967 -) Even in the best of circumstances, happiness is elusive. We seek pleasant sights, sounds, tastes, sensations, and moods. We satisfy our intellectual curiosity. We surround ourselves with friends and loved ones. We become connoisseurs of art, music, or food. But our pleasures are, by their very nature, fleeting. If we enjoy some great professional success, our feelings…

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Peimin Ni On Philosophers

Peimin Ni On Philosophers

Journal Entry March 03, 2015 - Peimin Ni On Philosophers Peimin Ni We philosophers are proud of discovering hidden assumptions and often feel that we have beaten every bush and asked all the perennial questions that philosophers care to ask. But it does not take much reflection to realize that we devote a lot of attention to the pursuit of propositional truth and very little toward exploring the the transformation…

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Oliver Sacks - A Soul Reader

Oliver Sacks - A Soul Reader

Journal Entry March 02, 2015 - A Soul Reader Marcelo Gleiser (March 19, 1959 -) We are a story, each of us. And a story with no listener is the same as silence, as oblivion. Some stories are harder to listen to, or can't be listened to in ordinary ways, and, so, take a very special kind of listener. We are blessed to have Oliver as a listener, at once…

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Creativity

Creativity

Journal Entry March 01, 2015 - Creativity Steven Johnson (June 06, 1968 -) Our lives are surrounded and supported by a whole class of objects that are enchanted with the ideas and creativity of thousands of people who came before us: inventors and hobbyists and reformers who steadily hacked away at the problem of making artificial light or clean drinking water so that we can enjoy those luxuries today without…

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Go Wild & Bloom!

Go Wild & Bloom!

Journal Entry February 28, 2015 - Go Wild & Bloom! Richard Dawkins (March 26, 1941 -) The world and the universe is an extremely beautiful place, and the more we understand about it the more beautiful does it appear. It is an immensely exciting experience to be born in the world, born in the universe, and look around you and realize that before you die, you have the opportunity of…

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Marcelo Gleiser On Mystery

Marcelo Gleiser On Mystery

Journal Entry February 27, 2015 - Mystery Marcelo Gleiser (March 19, 1959 -) What we see of the world is only a sliver of what’s “out there.” There is much that is invisible to the eye, even when we augment our sensorial perception with telescopes, microscopes, and other tools of exploration. Like our senses, every instrument has a range. Because much of Nature remains hidden from us, our view…

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Habits

Habits

Journal Entry February 26, 2015 - Habits Tom Stoppard July 03, 1937 -) The Renaissance teaches us that the book of knowledge is not to be learned by rote but is to be written anew in the ecstasy of living each moment for the moment’s sake. Success in life is to maintain this ecstasy, to burn always with this hard gemlike flame. Failure is to form habits. To burn…

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Meditation

Meditation

Journal Entry February 25, 2015 - Meditation Pema Chödrön (July 14, 1936 -) Meditation is about seeing clearly the body that we have, the mind that we have, the domestic situation that we have, the job that we have, and the people who are in our lives. It’s about seeing how we react to all these things. It’s seeing our emotions and thoughts just as they are right…

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Family

Family

Journal Entry February 24, 2015 - Family Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) I am a horse for single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork. I have never belonged wholeheartedly to country or state, to my circle of friends, or even to my family. These ties have always been accompanied by a vague aloofness and the wish to withdraw into myself increases with the years. Such…

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Ralph Ellison On An Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison On An Invisible Man

Journal Entry February 23, 2015 - An Invisible Man Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1914[1] – April 16, 1994) It goes a long way back, some twenty years. All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself…

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Love Simplified

Love Simplified

Journal Entry February 22, 2015 - Love Simplified Xiaolu Guo (1973 -) "Love," this English word: like other English words, it has tense. "Loved" or "will love" or "have loved." All these specific tenses mean Love is time-limited thing. Not infinite. It only exist in particular period of time. In Chinese, Love is (ai). It has no tense, no past, no future. Love in Chinese means a being, a situation,…

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John O’Donohue On Anam Cara

John O’Donohue On Anam Cara

Journal Entry February 21, 2015 - Anam Cara John O’Donohue (January 01, 1956 – January 04, 2008) ‘Anam cara’, which is Gaelic phrase meaning “soul friendship”. This is more than an alliance based on common interests or mutual exploitation. It’s not the kind of connection that arises out of the accident of being together in the same place at the same time day after day. With a soul friend,…

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Anne Lamott On Beauty Is Meaning

Anne Lamott On Beauty Is Meaning

Journal Entry January 20, 2015 - Beauty Is Meaning Anne Lamott (April 10, 1954 -) When you love something like reading – or drawing or music or nature – it surrounds you with a sense of connection to something great. If you are lucky enough to know this, then your search for meaning involves whatever that Something is. It’s an alchemical blend of affinity and focus that takes us to a…

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Being And Nothingness

Being And Nothingness

Journal Entry February 19, 2015 - Being And Nothingness Henry Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) The nearer I get to the grave the more time I have to waste. Nothing is important now, in the sense it once was. I can lean to the right or left, without danger of capsizing. I can go off the course, too, if I wish, because my destination is no longer a…

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The Artist Of Being

The Artist Of Being

Journal Entry February 18, 2015 - The Artist Of Being Ann Beattie September 8, 1947 -) When we came in she had her chair sideways by the window looking out at the snow, and she said, without even looking up to know it was us, that the doctor had said that sitting and staring at the snow was a waste of time. She should get involved in something. She laughed…

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Marilynne Robinson On Who Are We?

Marilynne Robinson On Who Are We?

Journal Entry February 17, 2015 - Who Are We? Marilynne Robinson (November 26, 1943 -) One of the things that is fascinating is that we don't know who we are. Human beings in acting out history describe themselves, and every new epic is a new description of what human beings are. Every life is a new description of what human beings are. Every work of science, every object of art…

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If You Had Ten Minutes To Live...

If You Had Ten Minutes To Live...

Journal Entry February 16, 2015 - If You Had Ten Minutes To Live... Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871 - November 18, 1922) I think that life would suddenly seem wonderful to us if we were threatened to die as you say. Just think of how many projects, travels, love affairs studies, it — our life — hides from us, made invisible by our laziness which, certain of a future, delays them incessantly.…

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Death Of A Poet - Philip Levine

Death Of A Poet - Philip Levine

Journal Entry February 15, 2015 - Death Of A Poet Philip Levine (January 10, 1928 - February 14, 2015) To be truthful, when I began writing poetry I thought language could do anything. And I thought I could do anything with language. I'm talking about a guy who's sixteen or seventeen years old, saying, "I'll master this crap, and I'll do anything that's necessary." But as I got older, I…

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Adyashanti On Love

Adyashanti On Love

Journal Entry February 14, 2015 - Adyashanti On Love Adyashanti (1962 -) If we fall in love deeply enough, we fall through our sense of two, into the One. So if you fall in love, fall totally into love, so you fall into the One. Finally you become an opening through which That which is actually whole and beautiful can express Itself. Then your orientation is not “How can I…

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Writing

Writing

Journal Entry February 13, 2015 - Writing William Faulkner (September 25, 1897 - July 6, 1962) It's the most satisfying occupation man has discovered yet, because you never can quite do it as well as you want to, so there's always something to wake up tomorrow morning to do. Although writing is one of the four things I have done for myself most of my life along with reading, thinking…

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Bertrand Russell On Fear

Bertrand Russell On Fear

Journal Entry February 12, 2015 - Fear Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) Fear is the basis of religious dogma, as of so much else in human life. Fear of human beings, individually or collectively, dominates much of our social life, but it is fear of nature that gives rise to religion. The antithesis of mind and matter is ... more or less illusory; but there is another antithesis…

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Of Being A Witness

Of Being A Witness

Journal Entry February 11, 2015 - Of Being A Witness Mark Strand (April 11, 1934–November 29, 2014) We’re only here for a short while. And I think it’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention. In some ways, this is getting far afield. I mean, we are – as far as we know – the only part of the universe that’…

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Marie Corelli On Soul Mates

Marie Corelli On Soul Mates

Journal Entry February 10, 2015 - Soul Mates Marie Corelli (May 01, 1855 – April 21, 1924) Now realize that there is no soul on this earth that is complete, alone. Like everything else, it is dual. It is like half a flame that seeks the other half, and is dissatisfied and restless till it attains its object. Lovers, misled by the blinding light of Love, think they have reached completeness…

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Find Your Own Shtick

Find Your Own Shtick

Journal Entry February 09, 2015 - Find Your Own Shtick Hugh Macleod It’s about what YOU are going to do with the short time you have left on this earth… Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won’t. It’s that simple... You have to find your own shtick. A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. Hemingway…

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George Carlin On God

George Carlin On God

Journal Entry February 08, 2015 - God George Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority of them will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Music

Music

Journal Entry February 07, 2015 - Music Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) Don't fear mistakes - there are none. Loja is the musical capital and an important cultural center of Ecuador. The motto here in Loja is: The one who does not play the guitar can sing a song; the one who does not sing a song can write a verse; the one who does not write…

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The Golden Age

The Golden Age

Journal Entry February 06, 2015 - The Golden Age Maria Popova (1984 -) …that this is the golden age within a lifetime, (mid-twenties to late thirties) when we have transcended the know-it-all arrogance of youth, haven’t yet entered the know-it-all complacency of old age, and live with that wondrous combination of receptivity to new ideas and just enough not-yet-calcified intellectual foundation with which to integrate and contextualize them. This…

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Reading

Reading

Journal Entry February 05, 2015 - Reading David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) The fun of reading is "an exchange between consciousnesses, a way for human beings to talk to each other about stuff we can't normally talk about. Reading is another one of the four things, along with writing, thinking, and dreaming, I have done for myself most of my life. I have always found books…

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross On Death

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross On Death

Journal Entry February 04, 2015 - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross On Death Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (July 8, 1926 – August 24, 2004) It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive — to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. Photo…

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A Room Of My Own

A Room Of My Own

Journal Entry February 03, 2015 - A Room Of My Own William Goldman (August 12, 1931 - ) Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless…

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Systems

Systems

Journal Entry February 02, 2015 - Systems William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) I must create my own system or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare, my business is to create. I wish to do nothing for profit. I wish to live for art. Sometime during the late ninety's I read the Biography of William Blake (1757-1827) by Peter Ackroyd. Prior to…

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They Just Don't Understand Me...

They Just Don't Understand Me...

Journal Entry February 1, 2015 - They Just Don't Understand Me Annemarie Roeper (August 27, 1918 – May 11, 2012) “[We have] a sense of the mystery of life, the mystery of the universe that surrounds us, and the mystery that is within us. It is within these vast unknowns that we try to establish our identities. We strive to carve out a place that is known, a place that we…

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A Dialogue On God Part II

Journal Entry January 31, 2015 - A Dialogue On God Part II Neil deGrasse Tyson (October 5, 1958 - ) Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we…

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A Dialogue On God Part I

Journal Entry January 30, 2015 - A Dialogue On God Part I Rainer Maria Rilke (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926) You are the deep innerness of all things. The last word that can never be spoken. To each of us you reveal yourself differently: to the ship as a coastline, to the shore as a ship. The great difficulty with language is that we use it in our attempts…

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Pierre Trudeau On The Greater Good

Journal Entry January 29, 2015 — The Greater Good Pierre Trudeau (October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000) I have never been able to accept any discipline except that which I impose upon myself — and there was a time when I use to impose it often. For, in the art of living, as in that of loving, or of governing — it is all the same. I found it unacceptable that others should…

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Gerard Nerval On Dreams

Journal Entry January 28, 2015 — Gerard Nerval On Dreams Gerard Nerval (May 22, 1808 – January 26, 1855) I did not ask of God that he should change anything in events themselves, but that he should change me in regard to things, so that I might have the power to create my own universe, to govern my dreams, instead of enduring them. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao, Digital…

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James Baldwin On Saying "Yes" To Life

Journal Entry January 27, 2015 — Say "Yes" To Life James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) I know we often lose, and that the death or destruction of another is infinitely more real and unbearable than one’s own. I think I know how many times one has to start again, and how often one feels that one cannot start again. And yet, on pain of death, one can…

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Mary Oliver On Seeing

Journal Entry January 26, 2015 — Thoughts On Seeing Mary Oliver (September 10, 1935) It has frequently been remarked, about my own writings, that I emphasize the notion of attention. This began simply enough: to see that the way the flicker flies is greatly different from the way the swallow plays in the golden air of summer. It was my pleasure to notice such things, it was a good first step.…

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Simplicity

Journal Entry January 25, 2015 - Simplicity Elizabeth Gilbert (July 18, 1969 - ) Keep your living expenses LOW. The smaller you live (materially-speaking), the bigger you can live (creatively-speaking). This way the stakes aren’t so high…you aren’t demanding of your passion that it keeps you living a rich life. Then you can stretch and grow with the most possible freedom. This was my strategy in my 20’…

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Where Do Poems Come From?

Journal Entry January 24, 2015 - Where Do Poems Come From? Frank Delaney (October 24, 1942 - ) As you probably know, nobody can actually write a poem. There is no such act as writing a poem. That’s not how poems are made. Oh, yes, there is the physical business of pen, ink and paper — but that isn’t whence the poem comes. Nor may you send out and fetch…

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Live In The Layers

Journal Entry January 23, 2015 - Live In The Layers Stanley Kunitz (July 29, 1905 – May 14, 2006) "Live in the layers, not on the litter." Though I lack the art to decipher it, no doubt the next chapter in my book of transformations is already written. I am not done with my changes. Stanley Kunitz is one of my favorite poets. He was seventy three years young when he…

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Mastery

Journal Entry January 22, 2015 — Mastery George Leonard (1923 – January 6, 1998) It resists definition yet can be instantly recognized. It comes in many varieties, yet follows certain unchanging laws. It brings rich rewards, yet is not really a goal or a destination but rather a process, a journey. We call this journey mastery, and tend to assume that it requires a special ticket available only to those born with…

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Thinking

Journal Entry January 21, 2015 - Thinking Milton Glaser (June 26, 1929 - ) My adventure has all been in my mind. The great adventure has been thinking. I love to think about things. I think that the lack of drama in my life has produced a platform for me to be fundamentally adventurous in my thinking. Thinking is reading my thoughts aloud to myself, and is one of four things…

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I Am Here!

Journal Entry January 20, 2015 - I Am Here! Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) I exist as I am, that is enough. If no other in the world be aware I sit content, and if each and all be aware I sit content. "I Am Here!" This is more than a declaration. It is a revelation. I love being in this body, separate and part of something…

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Routines

Journal Entry January 19, 2015 - Routines Sam Harris (April 9, 1967 - ) Even in the best of circumstances, happiness is elusive. We seek pleasant sights, sounds, tastes, sensations, and moods. We satisfy our intellectual curiosity. We surround ourselves with friends and loved ones. We become connoisseurs of art, music, or food. But our pleasures are, by their very nature, fleeting. If we enjoy some great professional success, our feelings…

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The Beginner's Mind

Journal Entry January 18, 2015 - The Beginner's Mind Shunryū Suzuki (May 18, 1904 - December 4, 1971) In Japan we have the phrase Shoshin which means "beginner's mind." The goal of the practice is to always keep the beginner's mind. Our "original mind" includes everything within itself. It is always rich and sufficient within itself. This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a…

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Keeping Memories Alive

Journal Entry January 17, 2015 - Keeping Memories Alive Willa Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) In the course of twenty crowded years one parts with many illusions. I did not wish to lose the early ones. Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again. In the end life becomes a collection of memories. As we lie in our death bed,…

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Entelechy

Journal Entry January 16, 2015 - Entelechy Jean Houston (May 10, 1937 - ) It is inside of you, like the butterfly is inside of the caterpillar. He then used a word that I heard for the first time, a word that became essential to my later work...A great word, a Greek word, entelechy. It means the dynamic purpose that is coded in you. It is the entelechy of this…

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Killing

Journal Entry January 15, 2015 - Killing Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895 – February 17, 1986) But apparently man loves to kill things, the fleeting deer, the marvelous gazelle, and the great elephant. We love to kill each other. This killing of other human beings has never stopped throughout the history of man's life on this earth. If we could, and we must, establish a deep long abiding relationship with nature,…

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Fanatical Beliefs

Journal Entry January 14, 2015 - Fanatical Beliefs No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. Robert M Pirsig (September 6, 1928 - ) Every act is a statement of your…

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NoBody But MySelf

Journal Entry January 13, 2015 - NoBody But MySelf To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. e.e. cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962) Whenever I had doubts about my life or place in it, my mother would say, "Just be…

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Language

Journal Entry January 12, 2015 - Language Jeanette Winterson (August 25, 1959 - ) For me, language is a freedom. As soon as you have found the words with which to express something, you are no longer incoherent, you are no longer trapped by your own emotions, by your own experiences; you can describe them, you can tell them, you can bring them out of yourself and give them to somebody…

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Walking

Journal Entry January 11, 2015 - Walking Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit. In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to Society. But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village. The thought of some…

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Never Kiss And Tell

Journal Entry January 10, 2015 - Never Kiss And Tell Rebecca Solnit (June 24, 1961 - ) Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. There are objects and people that disappear from your sight or knowledge or possession; you lose a bracelet, a friend, the key. You still know where you are. Everything is familiar except that…

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A Little Yellow Wagon

Journal Entry January 09, 2015 - A Little Yellow Wagon Gaston Bachelard (June 27, 1884 – October 16, 1962) A dream visited me. That is certainly the formula which indicates the passivity of great nocturnal dreams. To convince ourselves that they are really ours, we must reinhabit these dreams. Afterwards we make up accounts of them, stories from another time, adventures from another world… The teller of dreams sometimes enjoys his…

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I Know You Have A Beautiful Body

Journal Entry January 08, 2015 - I Know You Have A Beautiful Body William Rose Benét (February 2, 1886 – May 4, 1950) The poet (artist) must write as it pleases him to write. If he writes what other people tell him to write, he may get some good verse, but he won’t get poetry. When I write to please myself, I may write some very bad verse, but that…

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Art Is Life

Journal Entry January 07, 2015 - Art Is Life Teresita Fernández (1968 - ) Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth... will also become the raw material for the art you make. I wanted to…

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Preparing For The Unexpected

Journal Entry January 6, 2015 - Preparing For The Unexpected T.H. White (May 29, 1906 – January 17, 1964) You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There…

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Who Wins The Battle Of Beliefs?

Journal Entry January 05, 2015 - Who Wins The Battle Of Beliefs? Buddha (c. 563 BCE or c. 480 BCE - c. 483 BCE or c. 400 BCE) Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not…

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Growing Old

Journal Entry January 04, 2015 - Growing Old Hitomaro (c. 662 – 710) When, halting in front of it, I look at the reflection which is in the depths of my clear mirror. It gives me the impression of meeting an unknown old gentle man. The biggest problem with growing older in my physical body is that in my mind I am still in my forties. The image I have of…

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RoofTops

Journal Entry January 03, 2015 RoofTops Michael Champlin Creative space isn’t about putting up walls or hiding from the outside world, nor is it a simple desire to be away from people. Creative space is about finding solace and silence in the external world, so that we may adequately listen to our own minds. This can mean different things to different people: writers may want time to read and…

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Hermanos (Brothers)

Journal Entry January 02, 2015 - Hermanos (Brothers) Justina Chen (1968 - ) There must be a few times in life when you stand at a precipice of a decision. When you know there will forever be a Before and an After...I knew there would be no turning back if I designated this moment as my own Prime Meridian from which everything else would be measured. "Hermanos" is the Spanish…

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Keeping A Journal

Journal Entry January 01, 2015 - Keeping A Journal Sofia Valdivieso Home...home is so relative. Home can be so many places. Some places feel more home than others but I am a true believer that home can be anywhere you feel warm and secure. Even a person can be home, smell like home. Flavors can taste like home. Even friends sometime make you feel like home. We are citizens…

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Happy New Year From Loja

Journal Entry December 31, 2014 - Happy New Year From Loja Jorge Luis Borges (August 24, 1899 – June 14, 1986) This web of time - the strands of which approach one another, bifurcate, intersect, or ignore each other through centuries - embraces every possibility. We do not exist in most of them. In some you exist and not I, while in others you do and I do not, and in…

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The Road To Ecuador

Journal Entry November 24, 2014 - The Road To Ecuador Pico Iyer (February 11, 1957 -) We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are…

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The Crossroads

Journal Entry November 20, 2014 - The CrossRoads Seneca (c. 4 BC – AD 65) Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. I am here and once again find myself at this cross of roads. They appear in my life, I think randomly, but I am not sure. I do not know how many times I have come to this place. This place, where the road I am traveling…

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If I Should Die, Before I Wake...

Journal Entry October 12, 2014 - If I Should Die, Before I Wake... John Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time? I am more conscious of death's inevitability as I age. Knowing death can come for me at any time, I…

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When Paradise Is No Longer Affordable

Journal Entry July 31, 2014 - When Paradise Is No Longer Affordable Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) ...I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and to see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I come to die discover that I had not lived....I left the woods…

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An InterView With MySelf - Part II

Journal Entry July 23, 2014 - An InterView With MySelf - Part II Anaïs Nin (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. Me: Okay, begin... I: You were the ethereal one, a shadow passing through a large corridor, floating without form into what appeared to be an underground…

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A Measured Perspective Of Life

Journal Entry July 13, 2014 - A Measured Perspective Of Life Meghan O'Rourke The people we most love do become a physical part of us, ingrained in our synapses, in the pathways where memories are created. I did not sleep well the night before and I was in a funk upon awakening. I attributed this unusual occurrence to the full moon and just went about my day. During my morning…

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An InterView With MySelf - Part I

Journal Entry May 31, 2014 - An InterView With MySelf - Part I Annemarie Roeper (August 27, 1918 – May 11, 2012) You are the core of our being; all of the other parts of the body are felt to be part of you. When any part of the body is hurt, you feel hurt. When our body feels well, you feel well. We know we are alive because we feel…

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What's In A Name?

Journal Entry April 17, 2014 - What's In A Name? Stanley Kunitz (July 29, 1905 – May 14, 2006) Maybe I enjoy not-being as much as being who I am. Maybe it's time for me to practice growing old. The way I look at it, I'm passing through a phase: gradually I'm changing into a word. Whatever you choose to claim of me is always yours; nothing is truly mine except…

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Why Is Life Worth Living?

Journal Entry March 24, 2014 - Why Is Life Worth Living? Woody Allen (December 01, 1935 -) Why is life worth living? Okay, for me, I would say...well, Groucho Marx, to name one thing, and Willie Mays and the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony and Louis Armstrong's recording of 'Potato Head Blues', and um, Swedish movies, naturally. Sentimental Education by Flaubert, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, those incredible Apples…

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The Knock At The Door

Journal Entry March 17, 2014 - The Knock At The Door Marie Corelli (May 01, 1855 – April 21, 1924) The truest philosophy, is not to long for anything in particular, but to accept everything as it comes, and find out the reason of it coming. The unexpected knock at the door awakened me from a late afternoon nap. I heard your voice call my name but when I opened the…

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Land Of The Free?

Journal Entry January 20, 2014 - Land Of The Free? We are moving toward an oligarchy society where a relatively small handful of the rich decide, with their money, who will run, who will win, and how they will govern. The defenders of the present system will fight hard to hold on to their privilege, and they write the rules. Nothing short of an aroused public can change things, nothing…

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Attention

Journal Entry January 08, 2014 - Attention Ortega Y Gasset (May 09, 1883 – October 18, 1955) So many things fail to interest us, simply because they don't find in us enough surfaces on which to live, and what we have to do then is to increase the number of planes in our mind, so that a much larger number of themes can find a place in it at the same…

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StoryTelling

Journal Entry January 01, 2014 - Storytelling Neil deGrasse Tyson (October 5, 1958 -) Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others? That's who we are! We're not who we say we are, we're not who we want to be — we are the sum of the influence we have, in our lives, on others. Life is a continuum, but when I look back, I see it in…

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Hope

Journal Entry December 31, 2013 - Hope Samuel Johnson (September 18, 1709 – December 13, 1784) Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain. The pumpkin vine slowly crept upwards into the papaya tree. It was unsure if the papaya would accept her but she went anyway.…

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