passive

5/31/16

“I have always found it odd that people who think passive aggressively ignoring a person is making a point to them. The only point it makes to anyone is your inability to articulate your point of view because deep down you know you can’t win. It’s better to assert yourself and tell the person you are moving on without them and why, rather than leave a lasting impression of cowardness on your part in a person’s mind by avoiding them.”

~Shannon Adler

 


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victim

5/27/16

“The chains that keep you bound to the past are not the actions of another person. They are your own anger, stubbornness, lack of compassion, jealousy and blaming others for your choices. It is not other people that keep you trapped; it is the entitled role of victim that you enjoy wearing. There is a familiarness to pain that you enjoy because you get a payoff from it. When you figure out what that payoff is then you will finally be on the road to freedom.”

~Shannon L. Alder 

 


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influence

5/26/16

“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” 

~Jim Morrison 

 


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NOLA

5/25/16

“We dance even if there’s no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and laugh too loud and live too large and, frankly, we’re suspicious of others who don’t.”

~Chris Rose, New Orleans

 


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black widow

5/24/16

“The black widow, who had dispatched a lover or two, was sought out for her wisdom. The young spider asked her, "Did you keep his harmful secret under the threat of danger, or did you spin a web so confusing that he didn't know if you were friend or foe? Did you release him from the web and your presence or will you give another the venom in which to finish him?" The black widow was quiet and then said, "All of the above.” 

~D.L. Hope

 


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friends

5/22/16

“Friends are the family you choose . . ."

 


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whimsy

5/21/16

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. 

And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” 

~Mary Oliver

 


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elevate

5/19/16

“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 is 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.” 

~Mary Oliver

 


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awaken

5/18/16

“Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up... now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.”

~Alan Watts


 


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work?

5/17/16

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”

~Pearl S. Buck

 


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desserted

5/16/16

“I saw the world I had walked since my birth and I understood how fragile it was, that the reality was a thin layer of icing on a great dark birthday cake writhing with grubs and nightmares and hunger.”

~Neil Gaiman

 


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let

5/15/16

“When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.”

~Paul McCartney

 


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indifferent

5/14/16

“It was not apathy. It was an intelligent disinterest in those things that could have no bearing on one's existence.” 

~T. Lee

 


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gift

5/13/16

Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.” 

~Mary Oliver

 


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life?

5/12/16

“Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” 

~Mary Oliver

 


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wild geese

5/11/16

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

~Mary Oliver

 


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stand

5/10/16

I dreamed
I stood up in class
And I said aloud:

Teacher, 
Why is algebra important?

Sit down, he said.

Then I dreamed
I stood up
And I said:

Teacher, I’m weary of the turkeys
That we have to draw every fall.
May I draw a fox instead?

Sit down, he said.

Then I dreamed
I stood up once more and said:

Teacher, 
My heart is falling asleep
And it wants to wake up. 
It needs to be outside.

Sit down, he said.” 


~Mary Oliver, Swan

 


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when

5/9/16

“When 

When it’s over, it’s over, and we don’t know
any of us, what happens then.
So I try not to miss anything.
I think, in my whole life, I have never missed
The full moon
or the slipper of its coming back.
Or, a kiss.
Well, yes, especially a kiss.”

~Mary Oliver

 


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mountain

5/8/16

“The poet dreams of the mountain

Sometimes I grow weary of the days, with all their fits and starts.
I want to climb some old gray mountains, slowly, taking
The rest of my lifetime to do it, resting often, sleeping
Under the pines or, above them, on the unclothed rocks.
I want to see how many stars are still in the sky
That we have smothered for years now, a century at least.
I want to look back at everything, forgiving it all,
And peaceful, knowing the last thing there is to know.
All that urgency! Not what the earth is about!
How silent the trees, their poetry being of themselves only.
I want to take slow steps, and think appropriate thoughts.
In ten thousand years, maybe, a piece of the mountain will fall.”

~Mary Oliver, Swan

 


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swan

5/7/16

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore 
unsuitable.

I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds 
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of 
praying, as you no doubt have yours. 

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, 
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.”



~Mary Oliver, Swan

 


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fire

5/6/16

“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” 

~Cormac McCarthy

 


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swell

5/5/16

“you can like the life you're living, 
you can live the life you like. 
you can even marry harry, 
but mess around with ike 
and that's good, 
isn't it grand? isn't it great? isn't it swell? 
in fifty years or so, 
it's gonna change you know, 
but oh it's heaven now a days.”

~Bob Fosse

 


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wind

5/4/16

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

~Kahlil Gilbran

 


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wanderess

5/3/16

“I was an adventurer, but she was not an adventuress. She was a 'wanderess.' Thus, she didn’t care about money, only experiences - whether they came from wealth or from poverty, it was all the same to her.”

~Roman Payne 

 


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voice

5/2/16

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life you could save.” 


~Mary Oliver

 


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