Soon we will have completed our annual list of good intentions. Across the country there are millions of cigarettes waiting to be stomped out, tons of fat waiting to be lost, miles to be run, lives to be organized, selves to be improved.
Once again, we will pass resolutions as if we were our own Congress, legislating changes in our lives. On a million scraps of paper, we will publish an updated catalog of promises to be filed on the shelf of the self….
But I have a feeling that our resolutions have more to do with controlling our lives than enriching them….
We spend Jan. 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a punch list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. We decide that it’s time to get a painful grip on ourselves….
But life improvement is not just a matter of discipline, self-control. It’s a matter of expansion, the deliberate pursuit of happiness….
We ought to walk through the rooms of our lives a second time, not looking for the flaws, but for potential.
~Ellen Goodman, The Boston Globe, December 1982
Born: September 15, 1890 – Died: January 12, 1976
He’s a firm believer, of tin foil hat conspiracies.
Happy the heart that keeps its twilight hour,
And, in the depths of heavenly peace reclined,
Loves to commune with thoughts of tender power,–
Thoughts that ascend, like angels beautiful,
A shining Jacob’s-ladder of the mind!
-Paul H. Hayne, Sonnet IX
out in the
The people who say you are not facing reality actually mean that you are not facing their idea of reality. Reality is above all else a variable. With a firm enough commitment, you can sometimes create a reality which did not exist before.
-Margaret Halsey, No Laughing Matter
Dreaming permits each and everyone of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of the week. -William Dement, Newsweek, November 30, 1959
Music without words means leaving behind the mind. And leaving behind the mind is meditation. Meditation returns you to the source. And the source of all is sound. -Kabir
on the snow
just one of
of the winter
Everybody Knows (co-written with Sharon Robinson) – YouTube video – I’m Your Man (1988)
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There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly becomes any of us
To talk about the rest of us.
~Edward Wallis Hoch
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~Buddha
Riding the express train of thoughts.
And So This Is Christmas; And What Have We Done? Another Year Over; A New One Just Begun; And So Happy Christmas; I Hope You Have Fun; The Near And The Dear Ones; The Old And The Young. -John Lennon
Born: August 22, 1920 – Died: June 5, 2012
Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money.
The elderly don’t drive that badly; they’re just the only ones with time to do the speed limit. ~Jason Love
Born: February 28, 1909 – Died: July 16, 1995
Occupation: Poet, novelist, essayist
Born: April 26, 121 – Died: March 17, 180
For the past two days, we’ve been having a mixed bag of precipitation.
What happens to the wide-eyed observer when the window between reality and unreality breaks and the glass begins to fly? ~Author Unknown
Felix Unger played by Tony Randall (The Odd Couple)
Winter is the king of showmen,
Turning tree stumps into snowmen
And houses into birthday cakes
And spreading sugar over lakes.
Smooth and clean and frosty white,
The world looks good enough to bite.
That’s the season to be young,
Catching snowflakes on your tongue.
Snow is snowy when it’s snowing,
I’m sorry it’s slushy when it’s going.
Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat. ~Author Unknown
Born: July 26, 1894 – Died: November 22, 1963
of a so-so
After all, what is the purpose of clothing? Are not clothes intended primarily to preserve dignity and also to afford comfort to the wearer? Now I know of nothing more uncomfortable than the present day clothes of men. The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.
The best-dressed man I have ever seen, however, was a native of the Sandwich Islands, who attracted my attention thirty years ago. Now, when that man wanted to don especial dress to honor a public occasion or a holiday, why he occasionally put on a pair of spectacles. Otherwise the clothing with which God had provided him sufficed. ~Mark Twain, 1906
Eggs and oaths are easily broken. ~Danish Proverb
Born: February 8, 1926 – Died: February 4, 1968
Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.
Born: March 26, 1930 – Died: January 17, 2001
He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter…. In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. -John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” 1866
Eyes like daggers, panties wadded up in a knot, he knows not to say a word.
Let’s swear each with our pinky
We’ll be the best of friends
Until we are old and wrinkly!
There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –
Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are….
When it comes, the Landscape listens –
Shadows – hold their breath –
When it goes, ’tis like the Distance
On the look of Death.
~Emily Dickinson, c.1861
As she was heading to the door, she hollered out “never again, never again, you ruthless shit bag.”
Born: December 28, 1911 – Died: August 27, 1980
If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it? ~Steven Wright
A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. -Carl Reiner
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue. -Edward R. Murrow
Hell is other people at breakfast. -Jean-Paul Sartre
Born: October 9, 1940 – Died: December 8, 1980
The compass is pointing him straight to the gates of hell.
at a time
I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day, because that means it’s going to be up all night. -Steven Wright
And never say you are too old. You do not say it now, perhaps; but by and by, when the hair grows gray and the eyes grow dim and the young despair comes to curse the old age, you will say: “It is too late for me.” Never too late! Never too old! How old are you—thirty, fifty, eighty? What is that in immortality? ~Lyman Abbott, “Out of the Past,” sermon preached in Appleton Chapel, Harvard College, Sunday evening, March 26, 1899
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Born: March 4, 1904 – Died: September 24, 1991
Is it true that cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny? -Steven Wright
Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair. ~Sam Ewing
have a moral
Television – the drug of the nation
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation…
~The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, “Television, the Drug of the Nation” ♫
Making a long story short. Done.
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