For the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed so brotherly, made me realize that I’d been happy, and that I was happy still.
~ Albert Camus
mug of coffee to my left
open laptop in front of me
a new book that was started this morning sits to the right of me
now what the hell shall I do
flip a coin
rock paper scissors
put a blindfold on and pick one
spin the bottle
Franz Kafka, Writer – Born: July 3, 1883 – Died: June 3, 1924
Allen Ginsberg, Poet – Born: June 3, 1926 – Died: April 5, 1997
Barbara Billingsley , played June Cleaver in “Leave it to Beaver”
During his morning stroll, the elderly man is curious, as to how many bricks did they use in making the one block long sidewalk. Maybe one day, he will find the answer, by the tedious task of counting the red rectangular blocks of clay.
For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norms, even our cultural ideal.
~ Carl Bernstein
Abigail Adams, Former First Lady of the United States – 1744 – 1818
Miles Davis, Musician – B: May 26, 1926 – D: September 28, 1991
If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually, one discovers that it is not boring, but very interesting.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
~ Albert Einstein
Bob Dylan, B: May 24, 1941
You’ll never know the kind of person you could be until you take that first step, all alone, into the great unknown. Very few take the step.
~ Hannah Harding
In the beginning the universe was created.
This made a lot of people very angry and has
been regarded as a bad move.
~ Douglas Adams
To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.
~ Chinese Saying
No coffee, her day is doomed.
“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
~ Joseph Addison, Essayist 1672 – 1719
“About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.”
~ Rita Mae Brown. Writer – B: November 28, 1944
Today, May 14
and I don’t
The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It’s over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam…
~ J. G. Ballard, British author 1930-
Diane Ackerman, American poet, essayist, savage and naturalist 1948-
There are no whole truths. All truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
~ Alfred North Whitehead
writing a post
even a so-called
is not as easy
as it seems
David Hume, Philosopher – B: May 7, 1711 – D: August 25, 1776
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
~ Soren Kierkegaard, Philosopher – B: May 5, 1813 – D: November 11, 1855
“Here was one place where I could find out who I was and what I was going to become. And that was the public library.”
~ Jerzy Kosinski, Novelist – B: June 14, 1933 – D: May 3, 1991
Georges Braque, Painter – 1882 – 1963
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
~ Albert Einstein
Angela Thirkell, The Headmistress (1945)
“Wait’ll next year!” is the favorite cry of baseball fans, football fans, hockey fans, and gardeners.
~ Robert Orben
“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
~ Stephen King
Public speaking is the art diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.
~ Evan Esar (1899 – 1995)
Flailing about. Yelling loudly. Hot tempered.
William Feather (1908 – 1976)
Nancy Astor (1879 – 1964)
“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” ~ Edward R. Murrow (B: April 25, 1908 – D: April 27, 1965)
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see”
~ Ella Fitzgerald
(B: April 25, 1917
D: June 15, 1996)
“If you find someone who makes you smile, who checks up on you often to see if you’re okay. Who watches out or you and wants the best for you. Who loves and respects you. Don’t let them go. People like that are hard to find.”
~ Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924)
Coffee first. Everything else follows
“Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”
~ Immanuel Kant, Philosopher – B: April 22, 1724 – D: February 12, 1804
“Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel
And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
And I’m feeling good
I’m feeling good”
~ Nina Simone (1933-2003)
“I’m not a film star; I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.”
~ Vivien Leigh – Actress, (1913-1967)