“Do it. Nine out of ten times I will say to you ‘Do it.’ Particularly when you are young and need to learn what you can do and what you should not do, do it. Say yes. Do it, learn from it, move on. Even if you are treated terribly, even if you loathe the experience,…
— Zoe Caldwell/Interview with James Grissom
My father taught me to be a writer, though my mother was the writer. He tore my pen pal letters up and asked me to write what I saw out the window instead. The crab apple tree where our beloved family cat was buried. The green clothesline and my mother with pins in her mouth and a basket….
Music and words lived in him.
…I saw the world through books. (He) made sure I had books.
— Laura Lentz
“When the SELF experiences the fine flavors of the flow of Intelligence within itself, the universal reality of the individual personality is revealed. All aspects of the apparent individual personality are perceived, as they really are, in their cosmic unbounded status….
The more clearly Consciousness experiences the finer flows of its own pure Light, the more the body and its perceptions are bathed in that flow of light.”
- Lucia and Lawrence Hoff, The Incredible Reality of YOU
SOMETIMES THERE’S SO MUCH BEAUTY IN THE WORLD, I FEEL LIKE I CAN’T TAKE IT AND MY HEART IS JUST GOING TO CAVE IN”
And that is preeeeee-cisely how I wanna check out.
I want my heart to skip a beat so deeply crushed by beauty.
*Poof* and gone.
— Steve Rothrock
My life-lessons have come mostly from loss, I would say, from bad trips and skinned knees and broken thumbs. I evidently needed more lessons than I realized when I was young, but I’m not sure you can learn very much by winning anyway, so I’m not ashamed. Living in a body that keeps changing, that has its own agendas and longings, pushes us all into the beauty and tragedy of this world. You are pulled into the drama of the world by your body’s desires in concert or contradiction to your spirit. It not easy to get…