Sunday

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My room is getting filled with plants. They are all stretching towards the window, this being Scotland and us not facing South, the sunshine is short. One of the succulents got a little tear when I moved it a few weeks ago and I thought the pale bluish-green leaf/petal/limb/part was going to fall off but instead, tiny pink roots have started to...
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absinthial:

Hello from Ukraine, from Kiev! In our country, it's okay. See less news, there is one lie.

direwolff:

your blogs are so interesting.  i always love reading what you have to say.

Resistance is probably futile?

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I'm boycotting those automatic checkouts they've started to put in all the supermarkets. Probably if I had been around at the time when big shops moved in I would have boycotted them too but as we are, they are such a normal thing now in a city and soon those machines will be. Everything by degrees, everything relative. When I go to pay...
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phoenix:

I love the machine checkouts but only because I get to use my old skills as a checkout girl. That beep is very satisfying to me.  But I entirely understand your distaste for technology. I felt it when my computer broke last September and I was totally disillusioned by it all. I'd put so much of myself into this machine only to have it stop working and everyone's advice was to buy a new one. What a waste! And I saw how many devices people have; how buying another computer is not a big deal. These people who claim to live with the Earth in mind but cannot live without an army of machines. And the mountains of ewaste that we ship to China, where it poisons the workers that sort through it, and makes the air black as it gets processed. But all we ever see is these perfect little metal and glass It's very hard to reconcile that our culture practically dictates that we have at least one device.

phoenix:

Pressed the return button out of habit! Oops. To continue, all I can hope is that some good, which we cannot see now, will come of it. I do think that our interconnectedness is an invaluable product of technology and the internet. It may be the way that we finally learn to live and work together as a planet, instead of as competing countries and races.

Monday

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Aw, @waikiki just sent me these pictures of my little "sister" @lass and I from when we were all in Norfolk shooting the last DVD with @sean and @missy and all the gang. Seems so long ago and make me miss all those amazing women. I think that was the last time I shot anything actually. I seem to have gone into hiding in that
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harshrocker:

Hope everything is going well. Your updates are always very elegant. That's a good story about your grandparents. I agree with your assessment of the new format of the site. I've gotten used to it, but it is lacking something.

azera:

both of you are absolutely stunning!

Monday

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On longer evenings,
Light, chill and yellow,
Bathes the serene
Foreheads of houses.
A thrush sings,
Laurel-surrounded
In the deep bare garden,
Its fresh-peeled voice
Astonishing the brickwork.
It will be spring soon,
It will be spring soon —
And I, whose childhood
Is a forgotten boredom,
Feel like a child
Who comes on a scene
Of adult reconciling,
And can understand nothing
But the unusual...
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annalee:

@outlier What lovely observations, as ever! You should get at shirt that says "excessively parenthesised", of at least a badge! To notice and feel everything being connected to everything else is highly useful in my opinion. I hope you're well too. I have been marvelling lately at how hard it is to play Bach's Prelude I, well...

nikonphoto80:

very beautiful, i will keep that in my head when spring does come.  

All the world is a fence and we are merely oysters

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If I was lucky enough to own a fence, I would put a sign on it saying "Dear being, please feel free to tie your bike here if that would be convenient for you. It's of no consequence to me or the fence if a bicycle is attached to it for a few hours or days or weeks and heaven knows, people need places...
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nikonphoto80:

i hope some day you do have a fence and are abele to do that :)  

suispud1:

The world cries for more people like you. 

Robert Burns and William Shakespeare

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Open the Door To Me, Oh

Oh, open the door, some pity to shew,

If love it may na be, Oh;

Tho' thou hast been false, I'll ever prove true,

Oh, open the door to me, oh.

Cauld is the blast upon my pale cheek,

But caulder thy love for me, oh:

The frost that freezes the life at my heart,

Is nought to...
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outlier:

A bit of Shakespearean humor for your amusement:
"Now is the winter of our discount tent..."  :-)
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(Sorry, I can't figure out how to embed the actual picture here!  Duh.)
Have you seen the old movie "The Goodbye Girl" with Richard Dreyfuss playing an aspiring actor?  The funniest part of the movie is when he gets trapped into playing an extremely gay Richard III in an off-Broadway play that only lasts 1 night.

shines:

You have got to be the most thought full and thoughtful person that I know. I would love to see you try your hand at writing. You seem to have a calling to literature.

Simone

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"One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, compassion."

"Each of us is responsible for everything and to every human being."

"Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it."

I noticed that it was the birthday
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marquise:

No, I become more feminist after read Beauvoir haha  :) I admit, I really prefer Le Second Sexe than her biography. I just read the first book of Le Second Sexe for the moment because I know the second book have great lesbophic part and that's broke my love for this talented woman.

abigbat:

Hello you! I haven't been here in an age, how are you? Want to grab a cup of tea sometime? 

Starry Skies

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“When the starry sky, a vista of open seas, or a stained-glass window shedding purple beams fascinate me, there is a cluster of meaning, of colors, of words, of caresses, there are light touches, scents, sighs, cadences that arise, shroud me, carry me away, and sweep me beyond the things I see, hear, or think, The "sublime" object dissolves in the raptures of a bottomless...
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outlier:

@ARTFULODIN:  (Oh, thank God somebody posted!)  Yes, funny to hear about the strata.  In its most basic form my comment was about the tension between synthesis & analysis, between breaking something large down into its tiny, fascinating details + exceptions to the rules, versus taking little seemingly-disparate things and putting them together into a larger pattern or structure.  That tension (or 2 ways of looking at something) seems to be the way our brains are built, because sometimes we need to quickly abbreviate a mass of detail down into a basic pattern (example:  saber-tooth tiger leaping at my head) while at other times we need to focus in on the details (hey, Bob, isn't this the pawprint of a saber-tooth tiger?).   I catch myself going one way or the other a lot, especially whenever there's a preponderance or common way of thinking; I immediately want to go the other way.  AnnaLee's quote was just so far towards one side I admired it just for that, admired the way it was said, in addition of course to the nice thought itself.  I very much admire good writing -- of either type -- and wish I could do it too.

artfulodin:

@outlier - you write with great thought and clarity, so I'd say you write rather well (but I know what you meant).  Pity I'm leaving, as I'd be interested in following you.  Cheers though and wish you well.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Notes on the Melody of Things

I. We are right at the start, do you see.
As though before everything. With
a thousand and one dreams behind us and
no act.
II. I can imagine no knowledge holier
than this:
that you must become a beginner.
Someone who writes the first word after a
centuries-long
dash.
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ferkixlll:

May you always see the beauty that surrounds you.

artfulodin:

One of my best friends named his daughter Rainer, large part due to his wife's love of Rilke's works.

Tuesday

44

Sky is free.

Ocean is blissful.

Trees are divine.

Rocks are enlightened.

So are we.

Who is still searching ...

for what?

-- Anam Thubten Rinpoche

Hmmm. Happy Christmas xxx

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hellfart:

Wise words indeed... do love buddhist sayings... Somehow reminds me of a documentary on Bokar Rinpoche I once saw, Always make me go silent... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9HD4gg2_og

lissome:

Exemplifies my trip this past month perfectly.

Friday

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I feel like I was a bit extreme in my last journal, having realised that despite my momentary crisis of emotions, life goes on. Everything else is still there, the "good" and the "bad". It definitely helps in those moments of panic to read of similar situations, to feel kindness, reassurance and take some good advice. I thank you for taking the time and effort...
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abjester:

@outlier nailed the right word, perception, I just posted my views on perception on my page! It really does shape the world, not just the one we live in, but even the one in our heads.

nikonphoto80:

i'm glad you are feeling a little better, sorry i was not around much the last two weeks, to much christmas and family stuff to do.