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Quote of the Week 

I usually like to post quotes that I randomly run across during the course of my life and life travels.  That is how I stumbled on this one. I feel like I heard it before but not sure. Anyway; here is the quote.

It was found as a tag on a wall-hanging inside a very old tudor home presumably created in the style of an old English castle. I will not give any further details, as perhaps, I should not have taken the picture. If you can guess where I took the picture you win.

Have a Good Night


“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in”

Greek Proverb


I would have said wise elders instead of old men but you get the point.

Quote of the Week: All the Light We Cannot See 

"….the light that comes when you burn coal or charcoal or peat…….he said the light you get from a piece of coal is actually sunlight….the point is…..light lasts forever; for a billion years inside a piece of coal. But darkness, the professor said, the darkness lasts not even for one second when you turn on the light.

excerpt from the movie All the Light We Cannot See written by Anthony Doerr, directed by Shawn Levy and developed by Steven Knight


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Quote of the Week 

"When all the noise quietens, the moment I know a show is really working is when I feel that the song is singing me, rather than me singing the song.That's a great night.On a really great night you are the crowd and the crowd is you. That can really happen"………..Bono

Quote of the Week 

The philosopher Nietzshe wrote that for anything great to take place in your life, there has to be “long obedience in the same direction.”

Word of the Day and Quote of the Week: Propitiate 

“ …just do the work, go to the interview, see those first clients, you know for Dorothy, just keep going down that yellow brick road, feel the feelings, feel the fear, feel your inadequacy and Do-It-Anyway. Just keep going and keep doing it because somehow the experience of confronting the tests, the challenges, etc, have a tendency to accrue in the psyche and then the linking symbol will appear”

Deborah Stewart


linking or bridging symbols

the ruby slippers symbolize Dorothy's ability to return home. She searched for a way home the entire movie and all along her power to do this was just three heel clicks away.
the diploma enables the Scarecrow to recognize his wisdom
the ticking heart clock enables the tin man to recognize his large heart
the medal enables the lion to recognize his mighty courage

summary: step out and take the risk.  You can do more than you think you can. Your offering will propitiate the gods





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Quote of the Week: Possibility 

There is really nothing you must be
And there is nothing you must do
There is really nothing you must have
And there is nothing you must know
There is really nothing you must become
However.  It helps to understand that
fire burns. And when it rains
the earth gets wet.

If I were to wish for anything I should not wish for wealth
and power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eyes;
which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.  Pleasure
disappoints, possibility never.  And what wine is so sparkling,
what so fragrant, what so intoxicating as possibility.

Sanober Khan







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Quote of the Week 

We think we can congratulate ourselves on having already reached such a pinnacle of clarity, imagining that we have left all these phantasmal gods far behind. But what we have left behind are only verbal specters, not the psychic facts that were responsible for the birth of the gods. We are still as much possessed today by autonomous psychic contents as if they were Olympians. Today they are called phobias, obsessions, and so forth; in a word, neurotic symptoms. The gods have become diseases; Zeus no longer rules Olympus but rather the solar plexus, and produces curious specimens for the doctor’s consulting room, or disorders the brains of politicians and journalists who unwittingly let loose psychic epidemics on the world. 

Carl Jung




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Quote of the Week 

"Finish every day and be done with it. You have
done what you could; some blunders and
absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as
soom as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you
shall begin it well and serenely, and with too
high a spirit to be cumbered with our old

Ralph Waldo Emerson




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Quote of the Week 

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

-Neil Gaiman



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Quote and Words of the Day 

"We have a tendency to want to swing into various dominances.  Right now the idea of the stiffening of the cynics, that these very traditional interpretations of our values are kind of trying to become more rigid, more narrow minded, more stand-offish, more unpleasant. This inflexible, violent resurgence of control is a way that we resist the internal conflict of creating an amalgam where remarkably different people can all live in the same town with good will; and so our capacities fall into the unconscious and of course then we get swept away."

Joseph R. Lee

This also made me think of another very fine word called alchemical.

Have a great rest of your weekend




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Quote of the Week 

Freedom of expression—“the whole thing, the whole ball game,” Rushdie once called it—is a universal value that has to be enshrined in law to have any force. But it can’t survive as an abstraction. It depends on public opinion. “If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it,” Orwell wrote; “if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.” Free speech needs some ground to stand on. It needs a community with enough tolerance and trust for people to refrain from killing one another over ideas. It needs a people willing to defend the right—the life—of someone who says things that they don’t want to hear.




Extracted from an article in the Atlantic
The Man Onstage With Salman Rushdie
By George Packer


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Quote of the Week 

I am done 
With great things and big things 
With great institutions and big 
I am for 
Those tiny, invisible, molecular 
Moral forces 
That work from individual to individual 
Through the crannies of the world
Like so many rootlets
Or like capillary oozing of 
Yet which, if you give them time
Will rend
The hardest monuments of man's pride

William James






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land or sea 

What each must seek in his life never was 
on land or sea.  It is something out of his own 
unique potentiality for experience, something 
that never has been and never could have been 
experienced by anyone else 

 Joseph Campbell

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Quote of the Week: The Rules of Prediction 

People predict by making up stories
People predict very little and explain everything
People live under uncertainty whether they like it or not
People believe they can tell the future if they work hard enough
People accept any explanation as long as it fits the fact
The handwriting was on the wall, it was just the ink that was invisible

People often work hard to obtain information they already have and avoid new knowledge
Man is a deterministic device thrown into a probabilisitic Universe
In this match, surprises are expected
Everything that has already happened must have been inevitable

notes from: Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman 
excerpted from The Undoing Project: Michael Lewis






photo by Angela Roma


The pause-that impressive silence, that eloquent 
silence, that geometrically progressive silence, which often 
achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, 
howsoever felicitous, could accomplish it.

Mark Twain

The Forever Horizon 

….Atmosphere harmony.  Even the sounds are infused 
with quiet.  With his carved stick, the drummer is beating 
in perfect rythym, which means so in tune with 
the whole locale that you are never aware of him, yet the 
flux of his energy weaves the cloth.  Within the quiet is 
another quiet.  I can hear over the horizon into forever. 
I am more than myself, beyond my skin and my time

W. A. Mathieu


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