Can’t Drive Using Just the Rear View Mirror

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A memory,
That hazardous bridge between you and the present –
The all sweeping, all-knowing now.

You remember
A quiet mind, absent of chatter,
And run towards the past to find it.

You forgot
how stillness found you in the first place:
waiting right in the place you were meant to be.

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Nash and Weill

Need a tune to hum? Look no further than the songwriter combo of Nash and Weill.

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“Time is so old and love so brief
Love is pure gold and time a thief.”

– “Speak Low” Ogden Nash & Kurt Weill

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Kushner

In honor of those lost today in the senseless Colorado killings. May healing find its way to the families and friends of all those affected.

“In this world, there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we’ve left behind, and dreaming ahead.”

– Tony Kushner

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Fame’s No Easy Substitute For Love

And you, who knows me better than all, a touch is all it takes. 

Our communion has been treasure enough, but oh, to have this promise.

“But how, with all this light?”
“Can’t you see the constellations?”

Their eyes like our eyes, darling. 

He’s not the only one who waits for you.

Another season gone by. The crown you said you didn’t crave keeps you from us here. 

Words are fleeting, love. What’s left are memories.

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Visual storytelling for Rachel and Andrew Jackson à la Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Say it With a Song: One for the Fathers

How was your weekend all? This one was filled with seeing a few friends in shows around town, figuring out how to perfect orange zest scones, and celebrating Father’s Day with the papa.

I’ve always had a special fondness for Father’s (and Mother’s) day. Some kind of nostalgia creeps up each year and brings me back to the mornings my brother and I would rise early to try to create some sort of edible breakfast without parental supervision. (Lots of toast, people). From macaroni cards to Hallmark, each year was marked by us looking for new ways to remind them that that they’ve done a heck of a job.

For me,  nothing says it better than a song. Have you guys heard this tribute to padres before?

Its a rare gem from Closer Than Ever, a show that ran for roughly a minute and a half Off-Broadway in the late eighties. But oh, the male harmony.

The Start is the Hardest Part

Just beginning a project is often the most difficult part. Or perhaps the best. There is something so incredible alluring and completely daunting about a blank slate. The past no longer plays a part, and a new chance presents itself. This next step has to come from somewhere new, somewhere deeper, somewhere untouched if it is to be honest.

But how to kickstart yourself into action?

1. Dive in. One can only plan for so long before you realize that the real reason you’re still in “planning phases” is because you’re a little wary of the leap. Small actions add up quickly. Do something every day to help you along your way.

2. Prepare yourself for success rather than begin to bolster yourself against the sting of failure. Failure’s such a misleading term anyway. All the times I have grown the most in my life have resulted from what could easily have been dubbed a “failure.” And this is because failures bruise the ego. If an experience embarrassed us in some way, we are more likely to retain the lesson. The embarrassment spurs us to be hyperaware of all that happened and we rifle through the past for all of our missteps. We glean all that we can from the process so that we may never tread down the same path only to repeat the mistake in our future. So no need to fear failure – use it to push you towards your goal.

3. Reach out to others. If you need help, don’t remain silent – most people are not mind-readers. They will need to hear that you are looking for support before they offer it willingly.

4. If you don’t know how to do something, ask. It does no good to be proud when it comes to things we have yet to learn. Not one single person on this earth knows everything, so don’t pretend like you do. Look for ways to expand your knowledge every day.

5. Pull from everywhere, let anything inspire you. Who is to say what will stop you in your tracks and motivate you? A forest one day, an old CD from your childhood the next. Do not censor the influx of images and influences around you. If Wagner moves you, great. If the Teletubbies do, good on’ ya. Just make it work.

6. Stop waiting for a perfect time. There is no such thing as the “perfect time.” There will always be other activities or events to keep you from the work. Stop stalling, start doing.

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Genet

What are you all listening to these days? Here’s hoping that good music finds its way to you this weekend.

“Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent within me.”

– Jean Genet

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On Finding Perfect Moments

How to capture a snippet of life – a handful of seconds sewn together and framed by a desire to hold on (hold on, tight!) to the memory at hand.

How elusive these moments seem if we should try to chase them (chase them down!) and keep them, capture them, force them to stay.

We want a bit of peace, or love, or laughter – quiet, golden moments,

Ones we can scrapbook in our minds and save for a rainy day –

But instead we stalk our prey with hurried anticipation.

Now! Now! Now!

We grasp and clasp our hands overhead

Only to pull them to our chest, peak through our palms to find them empty.

Or we tiptoe gently, cautiously,

Back- hunched, prepared to pounce,

And they sense our approach, hot air on the back of the neck,

And scatter like birds.

But if we should sit and wait a while (shhh just a little while) preparing for their visit,

We may find they have been closer than we’ve thought. And that this time, they’d like to stay a while

If it’s okay with you.

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