today

2019 is a new year

a great year

i greet you with this beautiful poem

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It is not seemly to be famous:
Celebrity does not exalt;
There is no need to hoard your writings
And to preserve them in a vault.

To give your all-this is creation,
And not-to deafen and eclipse.
How shameful, when you have no meaning,
To be on everybody’s lips!

Try not to live as a pretender,
But so to manage your affairs
That you are loved by wide expanses,
And hear the call of future years.

Leave blanks in life, not in your papers,
And do not ever hesitate
To pencil out whole chunks, whole chapters
Of your existence, of your fate.

Into obscurity retiring
Try your development to hide,
As autumn mist on early mornings
Conceals the dreaming countryside.

Another, step by step, will follow
The living imprint of your feet;
But you yourself must not distinguish
Your victory from your defeat.

And never for a single moment
Betray your credo or pretend,
But be alive-this only matters-
Alive and burning to the end.

 

juncture

if my friend offends me

at what point do I seek an apology

or to which degree do I press for one?

#questions

great thoughts

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself,
and you are the easiest person to fool.”
-Richard Feynman

“Whenever people say, ‘We mustn’t be sentimental,’
– you can take it they are about to do something cruel.
And if they add, ‘We must be realistic,’
– they mean they are going to make money out of it.”
–Brigid Brophy

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
–Anais Nin

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
— Frederick Douglass

“The life of the individual only has meaning in so far as it aids in
making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful.”
— Albert Einstein

“We know how to transform this world to reduce our impact on nature by several fold,
how to provide meaningful, dignified living-wage jobs for all who seek them,
and how to feed, clothe, and house every person on earth.

What we don’t know is how to remove those in power, those whose ignorance of biology
is matched only by their indifference to human suffering. This is a political issue. It is not an ecological problem.”

–Paul Hawken, from a speech at the Bioneers conference in Oct. 2002

INVICTUS

Invictus

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Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.

damn lies

what is a single truth

that if it was known

and spoken

would change the world?……

 

hold that thought

for the greatest lie…is the lies we tell ourselves.

I can’t love you like that

you can’t love me like this

I know well when I’ve walked a bridge too far

and there are some bridges I will never cross again

there is a difference between a need and a want

and sometimes

you are neither.