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30 October 2005

From time to time, we all need a reminder that life is real, that death is sure, that whatever we wish to be or wish to accomplish, we had better to live it in this moment.  If we distract ourselves with frivolities, or if we fritter the time with distraction, we habituate ourselves to a lie from which it is ever harder to extricate: "If not now, when?"


From time to time, we all need a reminder to lighten up, to retreat from existential intensity and release our intentionality; that whatever we wish to be or to accomplish in this moment, it will surely appear different in the light of tomorrow’s sun; that our life’s mission owes more to grace and serendipity than to the tenacity of our individual will.

- Josh Mitteldorf

29 October 2005

And now good morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love, all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room, an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone,
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown,
Let us possess one world, each hath one, and is one.

~ from The Good-Morrow by John Donne 

28 October 2005

"No Supreme Court, liberal or conservative, will stop the war in Iraq, or redistribute the wealth of this country, or establish free medical care for every human being. Such fundamental change will depend, the experience of the past suggests, on the actions of an aroused citizenry, demanding that the promise of the Declaration of Independence – an equal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – be fulfilled."

~ Howard Zinn, from an article in The Progressive 

27 October 2005

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again (because there is not effort without error and shortcomings) but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. His place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt, born this day in 1858

26 October 2005

Leaning out over

The dreadful precipice,

One contemptuous tree.

~W. H. Auden

25 October 2005

"To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."

~ Pablo Picasso, born this day in 1881



24 October 2005

"Creation is not the replacing of nothing with something, or chaos with pattern. There is no chaos; there is a vast, living world in which the rules for specifying the pattern are so complicated that after you look at a few examples you become tired. The creative act pulls out some more inclusive shape or progression that gathers an immense amount of complexity into a simple, satisfying notion."
~ Stephen Nachmanovich, Free Play