Ideas and Quotes

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Allow uncertainty to foster unexpected opportunities.

When I fall into weakness, I just stand up in spirit.

Safety in numbers, cowardice in multiples.

Dreams are an art form created by our souls.

Sexual Intimacy: breathing skin to skin.

Pour your love into the gaping hole of uncertainty.

We will all fly in our own good time.

Death is the only successful failure all others are incidental. 

How can there be loneliness if the senses are able to fill every moment with wonder.

Are not artists and muses attracted to one another in some mystical way?   Neither are in a passive role as it is the space between them and the attraction that inspires the art.  And what happens in that space is beyond their control and often blossoms into the most extraordinary art.

I am waiting in the home of patience for awhile.

Relax in the uncertainty.

I shout so God will not hear me.   I whisper so he knows what I am thinking.

What if all darkness is really just the deepest blue,  the mystical borderland between consciousness and unconsciousness. It is the color that beckons to dreaming.  What if consciousness originated in dreaming?

What if consciousness originated in dreaming? –

Politics is holding culture hostage so we need an oasis devoted exclusively to the human imagination.-

Don’t try so hard to be the poet. Just be the poem.

A man is as good as his tools are sharp.

Overheard…

What we can endure is directly proportional to what we will gain. Sarah Blondin

Ocean Vuong:

“By enduring we earn a place in the world.”

“Its late in the season-which means the winter rose, in full bloom…are suicide notes.”

“They say nothing lasts forever but they’re just scared it will last longer than they can love it.”

“(But) why can’t the language for creativity be the language of regeneration?”

“Let me stay here until the end, I said to the lord, and we’ll call it even.”

“Let me tie my shadow to your feet and call it friendship, I said to myself.”

“Too much, joy, I swear, is lost in our desperation to keep it.”

“Find what you love and let it kill you.”  James Rhodes

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of the imagination.”-John Keats

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

“Everything had been taken out of my control and I welcomed, as always the lack of responsibility and the splendid inactivity with no obligation to kill, pursue, protect, intrigue, defend or participate and I welcomed the chance to read.”  True at First Light-Earnest Hemingway

“Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of the imagination.”-John Keats

“Everything had been taken out of my control and I welcomed, as always the lack of responsibility and the splendid inactivity with no obligation to kill, pursue, protect, intrigue, defend or participate and I welcomed the chance to read.”  True at First Light-Earnest Hemingway

“Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss

Defining the Fine Arts

The fine arts tell us where we have been and where we are going as a culture. It fosters rational and emotional intelligence and illuminates our potential as human beings.

On Composing

Composing music is when I am in touch with my authentic self that wishes to connect thoughts and emotions with the spirit,  a spirit of good intention that steps over the ego and reaches out.  Over time the second guessing is less of a pressure to get things right, but a set of alternative views of how the composition unfolds.

The action makes the object.  By accident,  we find what is intentional.

Success may not be a matter of having your talent recognized but the result of changing the rules by which you pursue your art.   The act of changing the rules will lead to the creation of the extraordinary that may attract attention.  We have the freedom to change the rules.

Are not artists and muses attracted to one another in some mystical way?   Neither are in a passive role as it is the space between them and the attraction that inspires the art.  And what happens in that space is beyond their control and often blossoms into the most extraordinary art.

In 2006 a high school English teacher asked students to write a famous author and ask for advice. Kurt Vonnegut was the only one to respond – and his response is magnificent: “Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash recepticals. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.God bless you all!Kurt Vonnegut~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When I was 15 I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes. And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.” And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.