People’s destinies are so different. Some people drag along, unnoticed and boring—they’re all alike, and they’re all unhappy. Then there are others, like for instance you—you’re one in a million. You’re happy.

Anton Chekhov, The Seagull


Come, trust the world — it’s still night,
and the moon wishes to dissipate,
and earth groans under its weight of mice,
and God has given us everything,

Emma Lew.

foto – urunga sea lido 2010

Smile, breathe and go slowly.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing. 

Arundhati Roy.

foto – charlie in raleigh in nov 2010

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.


"We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme,
who is inside the heart of the earth,
inside the life of the sky,
and inside the soul of the heaven.
May He stimulate and illumine our minds. "

The Gayatri Mantra.

Nobody has ever measured even poets, how much a heart can hold.

Zelda Fitzgerald


25. Call your family often.
26. Each day say something nice to others.
27. Learn that forgiveness is a process. Allow yourself to be angry and use that anger in a constructive way to resolve tensions.
28. Spend time with people. Solidarity is a tremendous gift.
29. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Form good relationships.

foto – north bello nov 2010

There come times when I have nothing more to tell God. If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said. At such times it is wonderful to say to God, "May I be in Thy presence, Lord? I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence."

O. Hallesby


Empty Prayers.

(Written by Muslim Stories Staff)

I lift my hands and settle there
The home, I’ve found, for empty prayers
Words of broken, beaten meaning
Now the tears must come streaming
Have I fought and won despair?
How everyday I’ve woken up
The darkest chai in my cup
Sure of death, yet absent thought
For anything I might have wrought
Breathe in and out, don’t think too hard
Breathe in and out, you’ll think too far
Inevitability is coming dear
And everything you’ve ever feared
What happens now? How do I fare?
And is there time, for one more prayer?

foto – north bello nov 2010

People need dreams, there’s as much nourishment in ’em as food.

Dorothy Gilman.


The Orange Tree

The young girl stood beside me .  I

            Saw not what her young eyes could see.

            A light, she said, not of the sky

            Lives somewhere in the Orange Tree.

  Listen, the young girl said. For all

            Your hapless talk you fail to see

            There is a light, a step, a call,

            This evening on the Orange Tree.

John Shaw Neilson

foto – young girls in the black bear café in bellingen nov 2010

Frank Zappa. Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love.

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they simplify
who say the Artist’s a child
they miss the point closely: an artist
even if he has brothers, sisters, spouse
is an only child

among the self-taught
the loners, chart-freaks, bush encyclopedists
there are protocols, too; we meet
gravely as stiff princes, and swap fact:
did you know some bats can climb side on?

Les Murray: Taller When Prone.

foto – raleigh nov 2010

Don’t cough in a hiding place. Sudanese Proverb.


I’d always watch for fishing lines, for sinkers and for floats,

and I’d be swimming nowhere near the harbours full of boats;

I’d keep away from swimming holes, of beaches I’d stay clear,

and you would never find me hiding underneath the pier.

foto – hiding in a pink tent in raleigh november 2010

In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence. Robert Lynd (1879 – 1949).


You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird . . . So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing – that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
Richard P. Feynman

foto – feeding lorikeets at raleigh november 2010

Love teaches music ; though a man be unskilful. Anon.

Select proverbs of all nations




Lord, You know that I am growing older.

Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed
      with the idea that I must express myself
      on every subject.

Release me from the craving to straighten out
      everyone’s affairs.

Keep me from the recital of endless detail.
       Give me wings to get to the point.

Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my
      aches and pains. They are increasing with
      the years and my love to speak of them
      grows sweeter as time goes by.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally
      I may be wrong.

Make me thoughtful but not nosey;
      helpful but not bossy.

With my vast store of wisdom and experience it
      does seem a pity not to use it all. But You know,
     Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

foto – chook and guitars in raleigh october 2010

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke


Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow
Langston Hughes