It’s all very simple. But maybe because it’s so simple, it’s also hard.” Natsuki Takaya


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A thistle is a thistle is sometimes a thistle in name only. So it is with creeping
knapweed, aka hardhead thistles or just hardheads.

Hardheads might be hard to grasp taxonomically. Not so in practice. Unlike thistles,
the hardhead, all knapweeds in fact, are spineless.

Noëlle Janaczewska

If you called yourself a milk mushroom, get into the basket. Russian.

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I see story: the rise of rice from the paddy,
shoots the colour of trust.  Grains of rain fall,
shaken from the rain-giver’s basket.  Rice broken

into bowls, mouths.

Broken, Rising




Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. Gustave Flaubert

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We were driving back from the country one night
Mum and dad up the front and the rest of us snug and tight
My kid brother grizzled for a little minute
‘Til my big sister told him he’d better quit or die
It had been a long day in the countryside
Playing with the cousins on my mother’s side
The sound of the radio closed our eyes drifting over the seat

And then I fell asleep I don’t know what woke me up
Maybe a country song or a big truck passing by
I could hear my mama and papa talking
Papa said something then mama began to cry
No more words then, just soft sobs and my head began to throb
I just lay there playing dog breathing slow and deep
They thought I was asleep
They thought I was asleep

If The Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me. Song title by Jimmy Buffet

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“If he’s not calling you, it’s because you are not on his mind. If he creates expectations for you, and then doesn’t follow through on little things, he will do same for big things. Be aware of this and realize that he’s okay with disappointing you. Don’t be with someone who doesn’t do what they say they’re going to do. If he’s choosing not to make a simple effort that would put you at ease and bring harmony to a recurring fight, then he doesn’t respect your feelings and needs. “Busy” is another word for “asshole.” “Asshole” is another word for the guy you’re dating. You deserve a fcking phone call.” 

― Greg Behrendt