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hey, sailor

26 Feb

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strange pull

6 Feb

04.30.2012

30 Apr

All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.

– Leo Tolstoy

03.16.2012

16 Mar

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

– Jalal ad-Din Rumi

at the close of the day

6 Feb

Nothing like a little something from Uncle Walt to make me feel better when I’m blue. He always knows exactly what to say.

When I heard at the close of the day how my name had been receiv’d with plaudits in the capitol, still it was not a happy night for me that follow’d;

And else, when I carous’d, or when my plans were accomplish’d, still I was not happy;

But the day when I rose at dawn from the bed of perfect health, refresh’d, singing, inhaling the ripe breath of autumn,

When I saw the full moon in the west grow pale and disappear in the morning light,

When I wander’d alone over the beach, and undressing, bathed, laughing with the cool waters, and saw the sun rise,

And when I thought how my dear friend, my lover, was on his way coming, O then I was happy;

O then each breath tasted sweeter—and all that day my food nourish’d me more—and the beautiful day pass’d well,

And the next came with equal joy—and with the next, at evening, came my friend;

And that night, while all was still, I heard the waters roll slowly continually up the shores,

I heard the hissing rustle of the liquid and sands, as directed to me, whispering, to congratulate me,

For the one I love most lay sleeping by me under the same cover in the cool night,

In the stillness, in the autumn moonbeams, his face was inclined toward me,

And his arm lay lightly around my breast—and that night I was happy.

12.07.11

7 Dec

Just because everyone can’t do everything doesn’t mean someone shouldn’t do something.

– Joel Salatin on the importance of everyone doing a little bit to improve sustainability

10.27.2011

27 Oct

…mental acuity was never born from comfortable circumstances.

– From 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

09.07.2011

7 Sep

This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

don’t be afraid

17 Aug

Here is the world.  Beautiful and terrible things will happen.  Don’t be afraid. 

~Frederick Buechner


The relationship I was in for over a year ended on Sunday. I can say that right now I’m feeling way more emotions than I really want to be.  But, I haven’t lost my grip on reality, which is saying something.

I won’t go into details as they aren’t really important and are not things I wish to air in public. I’m not going to place blame, or think about what I should have done differently, or wonder if I’m going to find love again. Suffice it to say that it was a mutual decision and the breakup wasn’t due to lack of love. Right now I’m surprised that I’m not worse off than I am. In the past I would have been incapacitated by sorrow. Right now it hurts but I also have the sense that life goes on. I’m just hoping this isn’t the calm before the storm.

In any case, I’m going to try to get back into meditation and blogging to help me work out whatever I need to. It’s my time now. I’m the most important person in my life. And right now, that’s the way it should be.

response

13 May

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that

Martin Luther King, Jr.

11.02.2010

2 Nov

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

e e cummings

10.23.2010

23 Oct

Humanity can be quite cold to those whose eyes see the world differently.

Eric A. Burns

03.28.2010

28 Mar

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.



Anais Nin

03.21.2010

21 Mar

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself into one.

Henry David Thoreau

03.14.2010

14 Mar

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

The Buddha

to a stranger

13 Mar

13.   TO YOU

STRANGER! if you, passing, meet me, and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?

When I saw the NaBloPoMo theme for this month was strange(r), I couldn’t resist a little something from Uncle Walt.  Also, most of you probably aren’t into Whitman like I am, but there’s a really wonderful documentary about him on the PBS website if you’re interested.  Cheers.

52.   TO A STRANGER

PASSING stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me, as of a dream)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is recall’d as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured,
You grew up with me, were a boy with me, or a girl with me,
I ate with you, and slept with you—your body has become not yours only, nor left my body
mine only,
You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh, as we pass—you take of my beard, breast,
hands, in return,
I am not to speak to you—I am to think of you when I sit alone, or wake at night alone,
I am to wait—I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
I am to see to it that I do not lose you.

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