Category Archives: RENEWAL

A weed is but an unloved flower.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.

Isaac Watts

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A cold sea mist touches my eyes as I leave my tent rubbing my eyes

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“Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.”


–  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Los bravos a la plaza, y los mansos al corral

The fierce to the bullring go, the tame to the cattle pen

This characterizes Mexican defiance: He who fails to face life fiercely is deemed dishonourable and is shamefully compared to a bull not worthy of the bullring.

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In bullfighting there is a term called querencia. The querencia is the spot in the ring to which the bull returns. Each bull has a different querencia, but as the bullfight continues, and the animal becomes more threatened, it returns more and more often to his spot.As he returns to his querencia, he becomes more predictable. And so, in the end, the matador is able to kill the bull because instead of trying something new, the bull returns to what is familiar. His comfort zone.

(Carly Fiorina)

Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ― Rumi

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“My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing,
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.”

― Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Selected Poetry

Seedy wasn’t a fair description for the place, because seeds imply eventual regrowth and renewal. Jim Butcher, Ghost Story

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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring