Archive for the 'Quotes' Category

Presence and Silence

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

I’ve been thinking about something for a long time, and I keep noticing that most human speech – if not all human speech – is made with the outgoing breath. This is the strange thing about presence and absence. When we breathe in, our bodies are filled with nutrients and nourishment. Our blood is filled […]

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Before Putting the Nail In

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

It’s pretty much impossible to feel anger at someone for driving too slowly in front of you in traffic when you’ve just come from sanding your own coffin. Coveting material objects, holding on to old grudges, failing to pause and see the grace in strangers — all equally foolish. While the coffin is indeed a […]

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Enclosing Nothingness

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

I’ve always felt that inside each of us there is profound anonymity. Sometimes I think that when you go deep inside, you meet everyone else on a sort of common ground – or you meet nobody. But whatever you meet, it is not yours though you enclose it. We are the container, and this nothingness […]

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Rain!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Look at what we woke up to! We’re praying for much much more of it. And, from one of my favorite poets: A Rainy Morning A young woman in a wheelchair, wearing a black nylon poncho spattered with rain is pushing herself through the morning. You have seen how pianists sometimes bend forward to strike […]

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Because He Was Himself

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

When a cat begins to lose his fur, it is a very humiliating and terrible thing. He looked and felt so forlorn that he lost all appetite. And about this time it occurred to him that his housekeepers might give notice, that if he became a permanent invalid, they would no longer care to look […]

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Just Doing It

Friday, January 24th, 2014

I don’t know what else to title this post. Back in the early days of blogging, people started blogs as social interaction. If the blog had a steady readership, the author would feel a need to explain any gap in posting. Then, other writers started to mock the self-importance of those posts. Who cares why […]

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In Memory of Snow

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Taken last year at Yosemite… This year we are not going to the snow. There are some resorts open that are making artificial snow, and a few high peaks may have snow left from last year. But there has been no snow this season. None anywhere. Look up at the miracle of the falling snow,—the […]

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Out of Time

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

“But love, sooner or later, forces us out of time. It does not accept that limit. Of all that we feel and do, all the virtues and all the sins, love alone crowds us at last over the edge of the world. For love is always more than a little strange here. It is not […]

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The Whale

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

We have watched this movie several times. I am moved each time. If the video doesn’t work, see here. Read about Luna at the website. The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity. –George Bernard Shaw

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Coloured State of Grace

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Taken spring 2013 at my parents’ garden in Syracuse, New York. Shut your eyes, wait, think of nothing. Now, open them … one sees nothing but a great coloured undulation. What then? An irradiation and glory of colour. This is what a picture should give us … an abyss in which the eye is lost, […]

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