"You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown

Like a rolling stone?"



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"Anger consumes the angry.  Hate destroys the hateful. Generosity enriches the giver.  Beauty beautifies its beholder.

Love loves the lover."

~Kenneth Oliver


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But we grow old, ah!

When shall all men's good be each man's rule,

and universal peace lie like a shaft of light across the land,

And like a lane of beams athwart the sea,

Through all the circle of the golden year.



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These moments of captured grace cause one to feel chagrin at how hard one has allowed their own heart to become.
-- Marianne, 5/4/10



"A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen."

  ~Edward de Bono


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"On the Fourth—far from a glorious Fourth to us or to any with love for his fellow men—I wrote you just a line of heartbreak. The sacrifice of life on that blood soaked field on the fatal third was too awful for the heralding of victory, even for our victorious foe, who I think, believe as we do, that it decided the fate of our cause. No words can picture the anguish of that roll-call—the breathless waits between the responses. The "Here" of those who, by God's mercy, had miraculously escaped the awful rain of shot and shell was a sob—a gasp—a knell—for the unanswered name of his comrade. There was no tone of thankfulness for having been spared to answer to their names, but rather a toll, and an unvoiced wish that they, too, had been among the missing. Even now I can hear them cheering as I gave the order, "Forward!" I can feel the thrill of their joyous voices as they called out all along the line, "We'll follow you, Marse George. We'll follow you—we'll follow you." Oh, how faithfully they kept their word—following me on—on—to their death, and I, believing in the promised support, led them on—on—on—Oh, God!"

~Major General George E. Pickett discussing
the aftermath of Pickett's Charge
in letters to his fiancée,
July 6 & 12, 1863


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"A boy's story is the best that is ever told."

~Charles Dickens


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“Endurance is patience concentrated.”
~Thomas Carlyle


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"Joyful and sorrowful, thoughtful
longing and anxious in constant anguish
skyhigh rejoicing despairing to death
happy alone is the soul that loves."

~ J.W. Von Goethe


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"Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends."

Black Shack Pre-Staging Area
Boston Marathon 2010


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Dreams are the bright creatures of poem and legend, who sport on earth in the night season, and melt away in the first beam of the sun, which lights grim care and stern reality on their daily pilgrimage through the world.



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For, as when the red-cheeked, dancing girls, April and May, trip home to the wintry, misanthropic woods; even the barest, ruggedest, most thunder-cloven old oak will at least send forth some few green sprouts, to welcome such glad-hearted visitants . . ."

~Herman Melville


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"But as she has grown her smile has widened with a touch of fear and her glances has taken on depth.

Now she is aware of some of the losses you incur by being here-the extraordinary rent you have to pay as your stay."

~Annie Dillard


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 “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.”

~Freya Stark


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“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling."



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"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

~Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi


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“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!”
~Lydia Childs


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Don't lose the wonder in your eyes
It's right there when you smile...
If we go back, for a while
Let me go back, for a while
To that magic time

~Van Morrison

"Where you believe there is magic...you will find it."


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I wander'd lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.



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You stand in the same mundane places as everyone else, but you see this secret beauty~
-- Mimi, 4/13/10



"O' man river,
Dat ol' man river,
He mus'know sumpin'
But don't say nuthin'
He jes' keeps rollin'
He keeps on rollin' along.

Long ol' river forever keeps rollin' on..."

~Oscar Hammerstein


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"Bach opens a vista to the universe.  After listening to him, people feel there is meaning to life after all."

~H. Walcha


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“All that is gold does not glitter
Not all those who wander are lost
The old who are strong do not whither
Deep roots are not reached by the frost
From the ashes a fire shall be woken
A light from the shadow will spring
Renewed be the blade that was broken
The crownless again shall be king.”



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And were you there to stand so cautiously at first, and then so high As he spoke my spirit climbed into the sky! I bid it to return, to hear your wonderous stories
-- Mhmm, 4/18/10



Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime.

~William Shakespeare


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"There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls."

~Howard Thurman


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“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.”
~Dalai Lama


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Bless your spirit dear friend.
-- Mimi Black, 4/4/10



Alis volat propriis

She flies with her own wings)


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