Influenced By…Spring

“Some people find fall depressing, others hate spring. I’ve always been a spring person myself. All that growth, you can feel Nature groaning, the old bitch; she doesn’t want to do it, not again, no, anything but that, but she has to. It’s a fucking torture rack, all that budding and pushing, the sap up the tree trunks, the weeds and the insects getting set to fight it out once again, the seeds trying to remember how the hell the DNA is supposed to go, all that competition for a little bit of nitrogen; Christ, it’s cruel”

**John Updike/Witches of Eastwick

 

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Discarded on the side of a road.

Not a soul to wonder why.

Occasionally, receiving audible gasps from those passing bye.

Self Medicating with Meditation

It is the path of a parent that must be followed.  No matter, status, class or region.  Wisdom born from word.

As my mother took my hand and lead me to my first ever experience with a ‘used’ book sale.  The glint in her eyes told me…

‘Here is your birth-rite, seek love, wisdom, pain, suffering.  Make it your own this journey.  But always reach for more!’

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if you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion -Dali Lama

“Hearts united in pain and sorrow
will not be separated by joy and happiness.
Bonds that are woven in sadness
are stronger than the ties of joy and pleasure.
Love that is washed by tears
will remain eternally pure and faithful.”

an Open Book, an Open Mind

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No truer words spoken…And, so it goes…

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“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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Life’s Fashion Police

Curiosity, especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those who are merely going through the motions.”
Curiosity, especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those who are merely going through the motions.”

Albert Camus wrote that the only serious question is whether to kill yourself or not.
Tom Robbins wrote that the only serious question is whether time has a beginning and an end.
Camus clearly got up on the wrong side of bed, and Robbins must have forgotten to set the alarm.
There is only one serious question. And that is: Who knows how to make love stay?
Answer me that and I will tell you whether or not to kill yourself.”

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― Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker