“He stared into my eyes for a moment, then said, ‘The past is like water that flows into a river, you can’t bring it back with a shovel.’” -Qais Akbar Omar, A Fort of Nine Towers
“Well I’m the enemy of treason
Enemy of strife
I’m the enemy of the unlived meaningless life
I ain’t no false prophet
I just know what I know
I go where only the lonely can go.”
-Bob Dylan, False Prophet
“When people show you who they are, believe them.” ~Maya Angelou“Make me a drink strong enough
To wash away this dishwater world they said was lemonade.
Walk with me after the show
Maybe we can find a way through the minefield in the snow.”
~James Mercer, The Shins
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
— Muhammad Ali
“I thank whatever gods may be,
for my unconquerable soul.” ~William Ernest Henley
“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.” — Eckhart Tolle
“when the world comes crashing at your feet
it’s okay to let others
help pick up the pieces
if we’re present to take part in your happiness
when your circumstances are great
we are more than capable
of sharing your pain”
“When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
To buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle pox
When death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
And I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
And each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,
And each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
“Her last words: ‘How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?'”
Sophie Scholl was executed by the Nazi Party in 1943 for her central role in the student resistance. She was 21.
“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”
~William Ernest Henley
“Whatever it was, you feel hushed by its sudden beauty, its ‘thereness’, and you could feel all around you the beauty and sacredness of being alive.” ~Obadiah Fleska
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
–George Bernard Shaw
“Pete, it’s a fool that looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart.” ~O Brother, Where Art Thou?
“Boy, you got a greyness in your eyes that reminds me I am going to die someday.”
~unknown author from Earlham lit mag, circa 2006
“The road to sustained happiness is through disciplining your behavior.” –Will Smith
“And when the darkness comes for me
To take me where I’m meant to be –
To guide me out beyond the black,
and never back –
To lead me through the final door
Till all that is and was before
Is nothing more than dreams at night –
I will not fret.
I will not fight.”
“Taking the easy way out or telling the truth — those are not merely two different choices. They are different pathways through life. They are utterly different ways of existing.” ~Jordan B. Peterson
“Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit however, it will last forever.”~Eric Thomas
“Her advice to me was simply ‘People take their cue from you.’ That’s it. If you act like you belong in the room, people will believe that you do. If you act like your opinion matters, others will too. Simple, true, empowering, and life-changing advice. It is applicable for all women in every endeavor we undertake.”
-Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President
“‘We may take refuge in our stereotypes,’ she said, ‘but we cannot hide there long. Because HIV asks only one thing of those it attacks: Are you human? And this is the right question — are you human? People with HIV have not entered some alien state of being. They are human. They have not earned cruelty and do not deserve meanness. They don’t benefit from being isolated or treated as outcasts. Each of them is exactly what God made: a person, not evil, deserving of our judgment; not victims, longing for our pity.'” – Mary Fisher via David France in How to Survive a Plague.
“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” -Mark Twain
“The existence of forgetting has never been proved: we only know that some things do not come to our mind when we want them to.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
“Joe’s got a cough, sounds kinda rough,
Yeah, and the codeine to fix it.
Doctor prescribes, drug store supplies,
Who’s gonna help him to kick it.”-Keith Richards/ Mick Jagger, Torn And Frayed
“The problem, however, eventually became evident: to make science the arbiter of metaphysics is to banish not only God from the world but also love, hate, meaning — to consider a world that is self-evidently not the world we live in. That’s not to say that if you believe in meaning, you must also believe in God. It is to say, though, that if you believe that science provides no basis for God, then you are almost obligated to conclude that science provides no basis for meaning and, therefore, life itself doesn’t have any.”–Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
“Women matter. Women are half of us. When you raise every woman to believe that we are insignificant, that we are broken, that we are sick, that the only cure is starvation and restraint and smallness; when you pit women against one another, keep us shackled by shame and hunger, obsessing over our flaws rather than our power and potential; when you leverage all of that to sap our money and our time — that moves the rudder of the world. It steers humanity toward conservatism and walls and the narrow interests of men, and it keeps us adrift in waters where women’s safety and humanity are secondary to men’s pleasure and convenience.”~ Lindy West, Shrill
“Werner lunges for Volkheimer’s rifle. All your life you wait, and then it finally comes, and are you ready?”–All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
we shall overcome “For the judgments you give will be the judgments you will get, and the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye.”
“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” -Viktor Frankl
“they say you can’t control yourself/ you go along/ independence gone” -plateau
*evaluate, reroute; expose, develop*
“Face your demons, then harness them.” –Jeanette Walls
What have you done, and what will you do?
“A human being is not one thing among others; things determine each other, but man is ultimately self-determining. What he becomes–within the limits of endowment and environment–he has made out of himself. In the concentration camps, for example, in this living laboratory and on this testing ground, we watched and witnessed some of our comrades behave like swine while others behaved like saints. Man has both potentialities within himself; which one is actualized depends on decisions but not on conditions.”
“Our generation is realistic, for we have come to know man as he really is. After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered the gas chambers upright, with the Lord’s Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips.”
“If it makes you nervous, you’re doing it right.” –Childish Gambino
“Thou shalt not disfigure the soul.”
“I would like to abuse my lungs
Smoke everything inside with every girl I’ve ever loved
Ride around the wreckage on a horse knee-deep in blood”
“questioning morality is an antidote to insecurity” – SW
“I see us giving love to each other in a time of quiet between storms. It is what we were meant to do.” -F.H.
“Our real journey in life is interior: it is a matter of growth, of deepening, of an ever great surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts. Never was it more necessary for us to respond to that action.”
“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has ben an enormous privilege and adventure.”
-Oliver Sacks, the one who inspired.
P.S. Thank you, Vanessa, for the award which made my day yet I have so abysmally failed to properly accept! I am very grateful and hope to some day soon accept the challenge. For now, time allows only a sincere thank you. Keep up the great work on your end!
“I am the Ghost of Christmas Future Imperfect Conditional, said the Spirit. I bring news of what would have been going to happen, if you were not to have been going to change your ways.”
“Si ojos tienen que no me vean; si manos tienen que no me agarren; no permitas que me sorprendan por la espalda; no permitas que mi muerte sea violenta; no permitas que mi sangre se derrame; Tú que todo lo conoces, sabes de mis pecados, pero también sabes de mi fe, no me desampares, Amén.” – Jorge Franco
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
-Henry David Thoreau
“a preacher on a stage like a buzzard cries
out a warning of phony sorrow, he’s trying to get a rise”
“The other thing we do is we make everything that’s uncertain certain. Religion has gone from a belief in faith and mystery to certainty. “I’m right, you’re wrong. Shut up.” That’s it. Just certain. The more afraid we are, the more vulnerable we are, the more afraid we are. This is what politics looks like today. There’s no discourse anymore. There’s no conversation. There’s just blame. You know how blame is described in the research? A way to discharge pain and discomfort.” -Brené Brown
“I will not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it is gone, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
Was totally played at work this week, stabbed in the gut. How could he? I trusted him! My mentor pushed me to move beyond my bitterness and hurt, and now I’ve come around to forgiveness. Heroin is an ugly mistress.
“Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.” -Bruce Lee
–From a poem I read in Earlham College Literary Magazine in 2005 or 2006. I cannot find the poem or a copy of the magazine to give the author credit by name.
Tell me, friends, what are your codes?
Just got some good news about a leadership position with a Seattle medical organization for the homeless, so excited! Next step, start the process of becoming a licensed Spanish medical interpreter. Any interpreters (or translators) out there, medical or otherwise? Any advice for becoming licensed or interpreting itself?
Sometimes I get tired of setting goals. I wish the baby downstairs would shut up and that you would come to me in the dark on the balcony with the blinds closed.
“Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?”
A difficult decision approaches, and everyone has plenty of conflicting advice about the ‘correct’ course of action. Ultimately, I must make my own choice, and I think I know that the best path is the uncertain, riskier one rather than the safe one. Friends of WordPress, have you ever faced a tricky dilemma? How did you gain insight? How did you find courage to take action?
From the archives–no new photo this week because I slashed my finger open on a piece of glass. Blood everywhere. Now waiting until the stitches get taken out so I can move my right middle finger again. Could have been worse, but can’t help disliking being injured.
“The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly colored and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: “Is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “Hey, don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we kill those people.”
George: You know the great thing, though, is that change can be so constant you don’t even feel the difference until there is one. It can be so slow that you don’t even know your life is better, or worse, until it is. Or it can just blow you away, making you something different in an instant. It happened to me.
First time using an ND8 filter, which didn’t allow for quite the length of exposure I was hoping for. Taken with Olympic PEN E-PL1. Sensor still needs cleaning.
I blinked and the week was over–what a blur. Stopped on the way home after a tough day at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Jemma Simmons: I like to think about the first law of thermodynamics, that no energy in the universe is created and… none is destroyed.
Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz: None is destroyed.
Jemma Simmons: That means that every bit of energy inside us, every particle will go on to be a part of something else. Maybe live as a dragonfish, a microbe, maybe burn in a supernova ten billion years from now. And every part of us now was once a part of some other thing – a moon, a storm cloud, a mammoth.
Leo Fitz: A monkey.
Jemma Simmons: [Smiles] A monkey. Thousands and thousands of other beautiful things that were just as terrified to die as we are. We gave them new life. Good one, I hope.
Taken at the Skylark Cafe & Club in West Seattle on September 22.
Long post, MAP, and chronological.
In Costa Rican Spanish, the word “tuanis” means something like the English “sweet” or “cool”. Since much Spanish slang has been coming from English lately, lots of people believe “too nice” to be the root of “tuanis”. While that’s entertaining, the etymology’s erroneous!
Urban dictionary explains the actual fascinating history (which was verified in Spanish class too):
“2. tuanis 30 up, 11 down
This word was created from a tico slang called Malespín. The costarican army, in the middle of the war with Nicaragua, found that the military orders were intercepted by the “nica” spies. The general Malespín proposed that the letter A was changed by E, the I by O, M to P and T to B.
So Tuanis is the code word from “Buenos” (good, great) in Malespín.
Also “Malos” (bad, evil) is Pelis or Work (“Trabajo”) is “Brete” (“Breteji”, actually. We drop the last two letters with the time).
How was the movie?
That stuff is awesome! (¡Qué tuanis esa vara!)
buy tuanis mugs & shirts
tuanis pelis brete nica malespín tico”
The most tuanis Spanish word is definitely tuanis! Followed closely by guacala.
Thanks for the Versatile Blogger Award nomination Rob! I’m not sure what the award refers to, but I’m grateful for the exposure (photo pun!). Suggestions for recipients:
Having only begun to follow other bloggers in the last fortnight, it’s thrilled me to have the opportunity to be exposed to such an abundance of inspiring, fresh photographs. I’m jazzed to be able to nominate some spectacular phlogs for the V.B. award. If this is a dub-nom, apologies!
le blog du spectateur sentimentale – the photos of people reveal relatable aspects of human nature, “wedding substance and style”.
doli siregar – trippy, wild, long exposure night shots
brian gaynor – dreamlike scenery, precise capture of beautiful moments
focused moments – landscapes have a sweeping or foreboding atmosphere
mariagiacchino – masters a variety of styles, every detail contributes, sharp, doesn’t waste light
rubicorno – innovative manipulation, successful creation of tone – we can feel photographer’s attitude towards image content