What a terrific party. Later on we’ll get some fluid and embalm each other – Neil Simon.

Queensland Figaro (Brisbane, Qld. : 1901 – 1936), Saturday 20 September 1930,

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Gladys’s Party

Gladys thought party short for apartment and she took

one with a ferny balcony and a good view of

the parade. The usual misfits were there. Her best

friend, Gary Two-Thumbs the ape dentist; Lana Fundingbody and her gothic squeeze Mona Persona; Henry Withchickens of course; and Dork her dog, a mind like

an onion Gladys would say: the layers! She had a pot full of

chamomile tea for a

punch recipe cooling

on the floor

which someone stepped in. They were all early and the punch

wasn’t ready and none were really in a mood to talk

and Gladys had come for a week so had brought all her

books, so they just sat around reading. Except Gladys who kept moving around

the apartment, checking the clock, putting a strawberry here an emu feather there watering the ferns every five minutes so soon the balcony was as wet

as a

Rolling Stones


Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. Willie Nelson

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There’s an alternative. There’s always a third way, and it’s not a combination of the other two ways. It’s a different way.   David Carradine

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You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

Johnny Mercer

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No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. – William Blake


Maka’ala ke kanaka kahea manu.

A man who calls birds should always be alert.

The Hawaiian alii (chiefs) wore beautiful capes and headdresses crafted by weaving in thousands of tiny feathers. The Kanaka kahea manu, the bird-catcher, would imitate bird-calls to attract the birds to catch them, pluck out a small number of tiny feathers and let them go. Once he had called the birds, he had to stay alert and be prepared to catch them quickly when they came near. The saying advises one who wishes to succeed to be alert to any opportunity that should arise.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ― Socrates


I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.

And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.

That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”


Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. Mary Ellen Chase


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“Once upon a time, the Reindeer took a running leap and jumped over the Northern Lights.

But he jumped too low, and the long fur of his beautiful flowing tail got singed by the rainbow fires of the aurora.

To this day the reindeer has no tail to speak of. But he is too busy pulling the Important Sleigh to notice what is lost. And he certainly doesn’t complain.

What’s your excuse?” 

― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis. Margaret Bonnano 1950

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I am chaotic

I am still the same

I make sandstone structures shake and quiver at the mention of my name

I am enigmatic

Heartfelt, vengeful and a little dramatic

I am forever studied, questions can’t be answered from where or whence I came.

“At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.”

― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

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“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth’s shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.” 

― Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

“the frog in the well knows not of the great ocean”




(i no naka no kawazu, taikai o shirazu)

Explanation: This proverb is a metaphor for being mentally trapped by a narrow understanding of things.

Note: kawazu is the old way to say “frog”, in modern Japanese they are called kaeru

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Night calls, frogs, not sleeping


It was spring and full moon and I thought

I heard voices in the night but

It was only the frogs singing about

the river and the spring and the moon

So I listened to their watery voices and felt gladdened

they had something to say

“Every artist was first an amateur.”



― Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.” 
― Chuck Close

Better a thousand enemies outside the tent than one within it.


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The very same adversity can make one bitter and another better. A thoughtful and prayerful study on how to face adversity can change one’s world.

Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn’t suck.”

― Joss Whedon

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Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world.
Sai Baba

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet.”

James Oppenheim

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If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

-Stephen Levine

The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.”

― Jules Renard, The Journal of Jules Renard

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Eat only what you can handle. Never eat too much, not only will you feel ill, you will look impolite and greedy. However, don’t eat too little, and whatever you do, don’t abandon a dish. It could seem incredibly impolite if you are served food which you then don’t touch. If you are served something you dislike, try to eat it anyway, to be polite. If you are served something you are allergic to, politely tell the hostess this, preferably before she puts it on your plate.

When facing unbeatable odds, just think of yourself as unbeatably odd.

Christopher Healy, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle

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In our togetherness (as a team), castles are built.

Carefully laid plans aren’t always the best. Sometimes Plan B is the real dream come true.

― S.J.D. Peterson, Plan B

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“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”

― Lao Tzu

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“In some inland post feel the savagery, the utter savagery, had closed round him–all that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men. There’s no initiation either into such mysteries. He has to live in the midst of the incomprehensible, which is detestable. And it has a fascination, too, which goes to work upon him. The fascination of the abomination–you know.”

― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

You can’t think your way into a new way of living…you have to live your way into a new way of thinking


for example
you know Dransfield’s line, that once you become a junkie
you’ll never want to be anything else?
                    well, I think he died too soon,
as if he thought drugs were an old-fashioned teacher
& he was the teacher’s pet, who just put up his hand
                                        & said quietly, ‘Sir, sir’
                    & heroin let him leave the room.

John Forbes a pastoral


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The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I’ll wait here for a while
between breaths
spanning tides

“Night, Connelly’s Marsh”

Louise Oxley

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