Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
From This is Your Brain on Crafts, Martha Stewart Living, Nov 2012
-From Let's Get Well
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
from Nurtured by Love: A New Approach to Education. 1969, p 47.
Friday, October 26, 2012
A Prayer among Friends
Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive
with one another, we walk here
in the light of this unlikely world
that isn't ours for long.
May we spend generously
the time we are given.
May we enact our responsibilities
as thoroughly as we enjoy
our pleasures. May we see with clarity,
may we seek a vision
that serves all beings, may we honor
the mystery surpassing our sight,
and may we hold in our hands
the gift of good work
and bear it forth whole, as we
were borne forth by a power we praise
to this one Earth, this homeland of all we love.
"A Prayer among Friends" by John Daniel, from Of Earth.
© Lost Horse Press, 2012.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
A hundred years from now, there will be all new people. Sooner rather than later, we shall not be here: no eyes, no nose, no ears, no tongue, no mind. No you or me. Gone, and who knows where, if anywhere.
Yet knowing the extent of our limitation, feeling our soon-not-to-be-hereness in our bones, is the best condition we can have for waking up to the miracle that we are here now. That is the brilliance of the human design plan; the built-in "defect" is the very thing that can spur us to drink down the full draught as it comes to us. Better to taste this gritty, imperfect life we have than to defer it to some more perfect future that will never come.
From Perfectly Imperfect article.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
--from Bossypants (2011)
Monday, July 23, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Deadlines approach with grim speed.
Think before knocking.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The one thing I love about telling stories is, we spend our whole lives going in and out of being better or worse, in our own character. But in a movie, the character transforms into the best they're going to be. So you take a whole life, what we live, that we have to constantly work at, and we shove it down into 80 minutes so we can see what this person goes through. We can see the human condition at high speed. That creates more intensity and more stakes in the story, but what we get out of that is like [claps], "That person overcame everything, and boy, that's inspirational. That's what I'm going to do." It empowers us.
--director of Pixar's Brave in an interview. The Onion's A.V. Club, June 21, 2012, p. 26.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
like almost every other part of the country,
is beginning to be mortally beautiful,
the great old hardwoods letting go
their various scarlet, yellow,
and leopard-spotted leaves one by one.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
From Move On
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
is my supreme happiness.
He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more
excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Fiction, Dr. Oatley notes, “is a particularly useful simulation because negotiating the social world effectively is extremely tricky, requiring us to weigh up myriad interacting instances of cause and effect. Just as computer simulations can help us get to grips with complex problems such as flying a plane or forecasting the weather, so novels, stories and dramas can help us understand the complexities of social life.”
These findings will affirm the experience of readers who have felt illuminated and instructed by a novel, who have found themselves comparing a plucky young woman to Elizabeth Bennet or a tiresome pedant to Edward Casaubon. Reading great literature, it has long been averred, enlarges and improves us as human beings. Brain science shows this claim is truer than we imagined.
--"Your Brain on Fiction," New York Times, March 17, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
(from 4/5/1980 talk)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
on the principle that it is long, and savor variations of the kind
best appreciated if most days are the same.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
- Thomas A. Kempis
There is only one way to get a real vacation: get as far away from the ego as possible. Worrying about your problems all the time makes for misery with a capital M. For getting away from misery, I recommend this "economy plan": do not feed your ego and your problems, with your attention. They will soon lose weight.
- Eknath Easwaran
Thursday, January 12, 2012
– George Bernard Shaw
All of us have tasted the freedom and happiness that self-forgetfulness brings. In watching a good game of tennis or becoming engrossed in a novel, the satisfaction comes not so much from what we are watching or reading as from the act of absorption itself. For that brief span, our burden of personal thoughts is forgotten. Then we find relief, for what lies beneath that burden is a still, clear state of awareness.
The scientist or the artist absorbed in creative work is happy because she has forgotten herself in what she is doing. But nowhere will you find personalities so joyous, so unabashedly lighthearted, as those who have lost themselves in love for all. That is the joy we glimpse in Saint Francis or Mahatma Gandhi. To look at the lives of men and women like these is to see what joy means.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
You have to follow where the poem leads. And it will surprise you. It will say things you didn't expect to say. And you look at the poem and you realize, "That is truly what I felt. That is truly what I saw."
Monday, January 9, 2012
our diet of meat and deep in the sway of our dark and beauty-
ful habits and able to speak with calm of having survived, let
the breeze of the future touch and retouch our large and hun-
gering bodies. Let us march to market to embrace the butcher
and put the year of the carrot, the month of the onion behind
us, let us worship the roast or the stew that takes its place once
again at the scared center of the dining room table.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
imitating an important train,
these steam-brimmed sips of tea.
--from "Winter Thanks" by Marcus Jackson in Neighborhood Register