Monday, August 30, 2010
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Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
So this is a book that aims to alert readers to whisperings under their own skin, hunches in their own gut. It is not for poetry lovers alone, but for everyone who knows there is more to life than they are presently living. I intend it as a book of inspiration and awakening.I was certain Roger was speaking directly to me. I literally felt my heart releasing as I read these lines from Mary Oliver's The Journey
though the voices around youkeep shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
and Housden's analysis
A journey like this goes against the prevailing current. It requires you to step out of line, to break with polite society. Other people will feel the ripples, and they won't like it. Any authentic movement usually requires a break with the past -- not because the past is bad, but because it is so difficult for a deeper truth to make itself known among the accretions of habit and conformity.
Brilliant! And this was only the beginning. I had to force myself to put the book down, pause, take a break and savor this literary work. In The Time Before Death Kabir writes
If you don't break your ropes while you're alivedo you think
ghosts will do it after?
Housden's analysis gave me goosebumps
The ropes that bind you are your beliefs and preconceptions about how life is. Kabir is urging you to break free of your belief systems and unexamined attitudes. Whether you are on the brink of welcoming the inner lover, or in the midst of a challenging situation in your daily life, the sky will always grow bigger when you loosen your beliefs about how it is all meant to go. Nothing can be more life changing than an escape from your own preconception.NOTHING CAN BE MORE LIFE CHANGING THAN AN ESCAPE FROM YOUR OWN PRECONCEPTION!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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Monday, August 16, 2010
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
I was unprepared for the experience of seeing his pictures for the first time. It was overwhelming. It was lightning in the darkness . . . here before me was indisputable evidence of what I had thought possible -- an intensely vital artist whose medium was photography.
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Sunday, August 8, 2010
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Saturday, August 7, 2010
When you start to like pain things get interesting. Pain is the common result of a subordinate position. Traditionally, suffering is uncomfortable and undesirable. Perhaps it is more intelligent to cultivate pain as a means of liberation? Is it possible that enjoyment of pain can be subversive? When one does not fear pain, one cannot be manipulated. When aroused by suffering, one can control any relationship. When agony ceases to be a barrier, death is not forbidding. The implications are marvelous. Pain is not oppressive, but strengthening and most sublime. It is necessary only to deny the pleasure/pain dichotomy.
Friday, August 6, 2010
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
George and Martha entertained constantly. Martha wore fancy shoes. They loved each other. Martha would join him at winter camps during the war. They had many dogs. One of them was named Sweet Lips.Her first museum exhibit will arrive in LA in the fall, but luckily I didn't have to wait that long and caught the show in SF last week. I was giddy with anticipation, and thankfully it did not disappoint. Hundreds of Maira's quirky, imperfect illustrations were on view. Giggles could be heard from the galleries. Although her drawings are childlike her subject matter is never trivial. Kalman refers to her work as a form of journalism, an ongoing account of the world as she sees it. I'm deeply inspired by her blend of wit and insight, wrapped in meandering narrative, executed in gouache.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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