― George Eliot, Middlemarch
A swing grinds on its chains.
A child sits pushing.
There’s no eucalyptus,
atlas pine, or flowering ash,
no other child is calling
from the tender modulations of leaves:
just each note
of her ringing hear,
the feeling of being pushed
into the air.
― Gina Marie G.
“To learn through listening, practice it naively and actively. Naively means that you listen openly, ready to learn something, as opposed to listening defensively, ready to rebut. Listening actively means you acknowledge what you heard and act accordingly.”
— Betsy Sanders
Former Senior Vice President & General Manager Nordstrom
― Lindsey Kelk, I Heart New York
You can’t stay the same. If you’re a musician and a singer, you have to change, that’s the way it works.
Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would be realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
– Michael E. Maconnell
“Many will rant and rave against the garment fate has woven for them, but they pick it up and don it all the same, and most wear it to the end of their days. You… you would rather go naked into the storm.”
― Robin Hobb, Ship of Magic
“Astonishing material and revelation appear in our lives all the time. Let it be. Unto us, so much is given. We just have to be open for business.”
Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers
Reflections on a Simple Twist of Fate: Literature, Art and Parkinson’s Disease ― Constantine E. Scaros,
“As is often the case when I travel, my vulnerability – like not knowing what the hell I’m going to do upon arrival — makes me more open to outside interactions than I might be when I’m at home and think I know best what needs to be done. On the road, serendipity is given space to enter my life.”
― Andrew McCarthy, The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down
― Mehmet Murat ildan
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world!
Joel Arthur Barker
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Sit down before fact with an open mind. Be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads or you learn nothing. Don’t push out figures when facts are going in the opposite direction.”
― Hyman G. Rickover
foto – XPT coming into Urunga railway station Jan 2013
2nd Class Wait Here
Henry Lawson (1899). Music by Tony Miles (1981)
At suburban railway stations – you may see them as you pass –
There are signboards on the platform saying ‘Wait here second class’:
And to me the whirr and thunder and the cluck of running gear
Seems to be forever saying, saying ‘Second class wait here’ –
Wait here second class
Second class wait here
Yes, the second class were waiting in the days of serf and prince.
And the second class are waiting – they’ve been waiting ever since,
There are gardens in the background, and the line is dark and drear,
Yet they wait beneath a signboard, sneering, ‘Second class wait here’.
― Terry McMillan, Getting to Happy
“Having a personal philosophy is like having a pet marmoset, because it may be very attractive when you acquire it, but there may be situations when it will not come in handy at all.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Grim Grotto
"The proverbs of Wales: a collection of Welsh proverbs, with English Translations"
Take the attitude of a student, Never be too big to ask questions, Never know too much to learn something new.
foto – zaf 2010 north bello
Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge:
Knowledge means to know yourself, heart and soul.
If you have failed to understand yourself,
Then all of your reading has missed its call.
http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/33416-Yunus-Emre-Untitled-IVTranslated By Talat Sait Halman
foto- the cottage raleigh 2010
The thrush, avoiding the trap, fell into birdlime.
foto-ride on car at jacaranda dragon boat day grafton nov 09.
The Great Prince of Paradox
”Mending Wall,” Frost.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.”
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbours’.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him,
But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father’s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."
foto – bilambil cottage 2009