Monday, December 31, 2012

So long, 2012.

"For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice ... and to make an end is to make a beginning." -T.S. Eliot
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

A New Year

"The time has come
To stop allowing the clutter
To clutter my mind
Like dirty snow,
Shove it off and find
Clear time, clear water." -May Sarton
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Few

"I've always written for a small audience consisting of people like myself, who are well-educated, worldly, skeptical and snobbish (meaning that they rank good taste over bad). And who believe that nothing and nobody is special." -author Simon Raven
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Darwinian

"Probably all organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed. There is grandeur in this view of life that ... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved." -Charles Darwin
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rolling

"Someone we loved has fallen from our thoughts, making a little, glittering splash like a bicycle pushed by a breeze." -Ted Kooser
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

"Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart." -Washington Irving
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Monday, December 24, 2012

To the Max

"Don't forget: more 'tude, more verve, and never chince on the good stuff." -advice from a friend.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

At Altitude

"I have always felt I was most myself in the mountains. There I have done the bulk of what is called my creative work...I find most tranquility camped by a mountain lake at timber line." -Kenneth Rexroth
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Holidays

"Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind / we feel for what we take; the larger kind / we feel for what we give." -Edwin Arlington Robinson
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Public Speaking

"My main reason for turning into an essayist [...was] the painful fact that I stuttered so badly that writing essays was my best chance to talk." -Edward Hoagland
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Back At It

"I started back running Nov. 1. I was tired of all the aches and pains I had from not running." -Phil, after this morning's run.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Writing

"I can't persuade myself that writing is honest work. It's great fun and I love it. For one thing, it's the only way I can get to sit down." -Shirley Jackson
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Alive

"If it's true your life flashes past your eyes before you die, then it is also the truth that your life rushes forth when you are ready to start to truly be alive." -Amy Hempel
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Friends and Enemies

"I believe that people should write biographies only about people they love, or understand, or both. Novels, on the other hand, are often better if they're about people the writer doesn't like very much." -Penelope Fitzgerald
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hook 'Em

"I'm doing super... my grades ... they are doing okay." -text message from my youngest brother, who's in his first year of college.


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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Progress



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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Distance

"Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running." -Julie Isphording, retired American long distance runner
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Unsettled

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue ... Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers." -Rainer Maria Rilke
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tree Bug

As seen outside Starbucks.
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Winter Thoughts

"Such dear loneliness. Going along to no man's clock. No one knows my middle name for a thousand miles. Thinking back to childhood. Astonished that I could find my way here." -Jack Gilbert
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

No. 1

"But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You're the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much." -Johnny Cash to June Carter, 1994
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Joy

"Running has always been a relief and a sanctuary -- something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. For me it's not so much about the health benefits. Those are great, but I believe that the best thing about running is the joy it brings to life." -Kara Goucher
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Role Models


"I’m not a feminist, but we’ve got feminists up here. And I see some of the signs they post like they’ve just discovered feminism. And I want to say, oh, no, no, no. You really need to talk to your grandmothers, or your great-grandmothers. They know what feminism’s all about; they didn’t talk about it; they did it. They provided role models for a lot of us at various generations. It’s much more than about Rosie the Riveter; it’s about living it, taking care of your family." - quote from CC's senior-most faculty member.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Runner's Xmas

Saw this on Runner's World's Facebook page. Love.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy December!

Click to make larger. This is hilarious.
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Gusty

"No one wants to read your mountain-town version of Gone With the Wind, so check the forecast before hitting the slopes." -my latest on OutsideOnline.com
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ruckus

"If you can't raise consciousness, at least raise hell." -Rita Mae Brown
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Woods vs. Sea

"The woods are never solitary -- they are full of whispering, beckoning, friendly life. But the sea is a mighty soul, forever moaning of some great, unshareable sorrow, which shuts it up into itself for all eternity. We can never pierce its infinite mystery -- we may only wander, awed and spell-bound, on the outer fringe of it. The woods call to us with a hundred voices, but the sea has one only -- a mighty voice that drowns our souls in its majestic music. The woods are human, but the sea is of the company of archangels." -another one from Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dark and Dreary

"In November I sometimes feel as if spring could never come again." -Anne, in Anne's House of Dreams.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

One Word, Not Two

"Froufrou: Fussy or showy dress or ornamentations." -latest update to the AP Stylebook.
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

A New Day

"The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves; most things, in fact, are better in the morning." -physician and essayist Lewis Thomas
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Don't Wait



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Friday, November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Joy

"Let us read and let us dance -- two amusements that will never do any harm to the world." -Voltaire
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Snow snow snowshoe

"Do you ski?" No. Read more here.
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Bare

"I think that whenever we give our pen some free will, we may surprise ourselves. All that wanting to seem normal in regular life, all that fitting in falls away in the face of one's own strange self on that page." -Sharon Olds
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

No Fear

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life -- and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." -Georgia O'Keeffe
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Limitless

"I'm an ordinary girl... marked out by, if anything, an appetite for adventure and a will for self-improvement. These are qualities available to anyone who is of a mind to acquire them." -Ironman world champ Chrissie Wellington. Just finished her book, A Life Without Limits.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

SAD


"Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a variation of depression that plagues normally healthy people with depressive symptoms during the winter...three out of four people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder are women." -read  more at Women's Adventure.



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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

There's Always Tomorrow

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday." -John Wayne
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Remember

"Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; fold the whole earth in peace." -Oliver Wendell Holmes
Looking back at old Uppingham photos... here's one from the France & Belgium battlefields field trip for Remembrance Day (one day late).
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bond

"He's the suavest guy you'll ever meet, but he'll also kill you." -a co-worker describes James Bond.
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Peace



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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Horizons

"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." -Christopher Columbus


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stuck

"I wanted to write so much that I couldn't write a word." -Walker Evans
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

"People assume -- especially if somebody likes you or they think that you're smart -- they assume that you agree with  what they think." -excerpt from Sunday's This American Life, "Red State Blue State."
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Monday, November 5, 2012

On the Calendar

"I like deadlines. I need deadlines. I'm not a compulsive writer -- I don't write every day. I've learned not to go to the computer until I know what I want to write." -playwright Terrence McNally


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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Mental

On the wall of the fitness center where yesterday's 5K started. Great quote, but do I tell the owner she spelled "you're" incorrectly? 

Also: a guy ran in the frog suit....


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Saturday, November 3, 2012

November

"All of it under gray skies,
chill air, all of us waiting
in the somber dank and rain,
waiting here in quiet, chill
November,
waiting for the snow" -David Budbill
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Multiples



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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

1987; Falls Church, Va.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Guts

"Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." -Sylvia Plath


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Freedom

"It's a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do." -writer Alan Sillitoe
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Baby Steps

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow." - author Doug Firebaugh
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Desire


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bitter

"Cynicism is often the shamefaced product of inexperience." -A.J.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Moon Shoes

"That's why you're doing so well -- you're wearing Hokas!" -random guy I passed during Sunday's Dogwood Canyon 50K
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Smiles

"She just lit up the room. Blondes do that sometimes." -our admin assistant about our potential future boss. Can't say I disagree with that :)
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Even Keeled

"I haven't got any violent feelings about anything. I just love writing." -P.G. Wodehouse
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Not Very Nice



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Friday, October 19, 2012

Early Eater

"Let's make this quick, you're interrupting my dinner." -a Pulitzer-Prize-winning author after answering my phone call ... at 4:30 p.m.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Branching Out

"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." -author Brian Tracy
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Moving

"Why be given a body if you have to keep it shut up in a case like a rare fiddle?" -Katherine Mansfield
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Action

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Actions breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." -author Dale Carnegie
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mind's Eye

"You never know what you'll want to write until it starts writing itself in your head." -Jill Ker Conway
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Proactive

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

USA



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Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Books

"A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun." -John Steinbeck
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Mess

"If you organize chaos, you organize as much as you can to show that it's chaos. It's the way I do it. To pretend it's not chaotic is a lie." -Irwin Shaw
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Friday, October 5, 2012

Informed

"Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent." -Gore Vidal
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Going Back

"All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the love to the love he has forsaken." -Thomas Wolfe
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Aware

"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use." -Emily Post
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Amen

"I love a good wedding just as I love any part with an open bar and "The Electric Slide." But unless you are wealthy, come from a family that has never known strife, enjoy giving up an entire year of your life to planning, and can smile in the face of any possible wedding disaster (and mean it, not just for pictures), you should elope. That's because weddings -- even small-scale ones -- are more pageant than sincerity." -article on Slate.
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Monday, October 1, 2012

On the Road

As seen driving around Columbia.
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Life

"We runners talk about having fun but I don't think anybody believes us. We talk about discipline and endurance, we take care, we exercise caution, we watch our diets and monitor our pace. We are ascetics who talk, unconvincingly, of the bracing enjoyment of self-abuse." -Peter Sagal

Recovering from Rock Bridge Revenge today....


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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Do Unto Others

"If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers." -Ed Sullivan
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Last Day

"As long as I live under the capitalistic system, I expect to have my life influenced by the demands of moneyed people. But I will be damned if I propose to be at the beck and call of every itinerant scoundrel who has two cents to invest in a postage stamp. This, sir, is my resignation." -William Faulkner, October 1924, quitting his job as a University of Mississippi postmaster.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Aging

Birthday tomorrow...


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I Wonder


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Monday, September 24, 2012

Experience

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer." -Randy Pausch in The Last Lecture.
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Bluesy


"I just imported it from my brain into the atmosphere." -ESMZ front-man Alex Ebert at Roots N Blues. He was talking about a made-up word, which, of course, I don't remember. Great show and great back up of Rodriguez earlier in the evening.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sandwich Board

On Walnut Street in downtown Columbia, outside a law office.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Here, Now

"I am not religious so that I have no apprehension of a hereafter, either a hope of reward or a fear of punishment. It is not a matter of belief. It is what I feel to be true from my experience, observation and simple tissue feeling." -John Steinbeck, in a letter to his new physician, 1964.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ernest



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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Striving for Certainty

"These swings between boldness and mistrust, intimacy and isolation led him to stay at home, keep himself concealed, becoming a sort of hermit, whose passion for the world directed every brushstroke, changed each creation into an expression of tenderness, which he dismissed writing: 'a vague sense of apprehension persists.'" -Cezanne's Seclusion by Stephen Dobyns.
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Election Day

"The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for the confusion." -Molly Ivins
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Days

"What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
Where can we live but days?
Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor
In their long coats
Running over the fields." -Philip Larken



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Friday, September 14, 2012

Preservation

"My health may be better preserved if I exert myself less, but in the end doesn't each person give his life for his calling?" -composer & pianist Clara Schumann
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Local



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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Like a Mighty River

"And that's how we measure out our real respect for people -- by the degree of feeling they can register, the voltage of life they can carry and tolerate -- and enjoy. End of sermon. As Buddha says: live like a mighty river. And as the old Greeks said: live as though all your ancestors were living again through you." -poet Ted Hughes in a letter to his son.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Now



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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Roots

"If you don't know who you are, you don't know where you're going. If you don't know where you're going, you're lost." -good quote from a Miss Navajo hopeful on NPR
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Logic

"Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting another person to die." -Buddha
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Book Brain

"Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that make what we read ours." -John Locke
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Stuff

"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." -Marilyn Monroe
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Today and Everyday

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Marathon Monday

Heart of America today.
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Busy Minds

"Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked. Good mental machinery ought to break its own wheels and levers, if anything is thrust among them suddenly which tends to stop them or reverse their motion. A weak mind does not accumulate force enough to hurt itself; stupidity often saves a man from going mad." -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Oink

"I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it." -George Bernard Shaw
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Friday, August 31, 2012

Effort

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." - Sir Thomas Foxwell Buxton, British philanthropist and politician
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Running Violations

Click to enlarge.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Familiar

"What I find to be very bad advice is the sappy little sentence, 'Write what you know.' It is the most tiresome and stupid advice that could possibly be given. If we write simply what we know we never grow." -Annie Proulx
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Odd Melon

I don't know why my watermelon looks like a peanut.
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