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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Multi-layer dip

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So much

Heritage is so much smaller than culture.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Damage

Because the world can absorb so much damage, we believe its capacity to do so infinite.  It isn't.

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New poems

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Monday, December 05, 2016

Those

Those who love God are those who have found the world unlovable.

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

On participation

Presence can be commanded, but participation is always a choice.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Stuffed mushrooms

So good!  Adapted from this recipe.

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Everything & nothing

Everything matters;
nothing is meaningful.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

What time does (Rahman)

That is what time does to us all.  It kills all the lives we might have had, destroys all the worlds we might have known.

Zia Haider Rahman, In The Light Of What We Know

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On values

Values are an artifice
intuited from chaos.

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

The only answers (Rahman)

The only answers each of us hears are to the questions we are capable of asking.

Zia Haider Rahman, In The Light Of What We Know

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The world's promise

The world always keeps its promise
because the world never promised anything.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Free wills (O'Connor)

Does one's integrity ever lie in what he is not able to do?  I think that usually it does, for free will does not mean one will, but many wills conflicting in one man.  Freedom cannot be conceived simply.

Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood (Author's Note)

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No rush

Life demands suicide, but that's already been taken care of for us, and there's no rush.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mom's birthday cake 2016

Wasn't overly fond of this one, but she picked it and I made it!

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Function

If you love life, celebrate function, not perfection.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

The problem with dictators (Williams)

The problem with dictators lies not in what they do:  some make trains run on time, and some start wars, and some do neither and some do both, but it would be fruitless to rank them on this basis.  The problem is not which groups they victimise—though it is a problem that it will always be somebody, the cornerstone of control being to divide and scapegoat.  The problem is not even that strongmen can’t get on with each other, for all the anxiety it brings, waiting for the inevitable confrontation as one immovable, volatile autocrat comes head to head with another.

No, the problem is that the power annexed by one big daddy hasn’t come from nowhere:  it is power surrendered by everyone else, whose human destiny is then smothered by their political impotence.  Whether you are explicitly denied the vote or simply rendered irrelevant by a winner-takes-all authoritarianism, you are left infantilised and directionless.

Zoe Williams

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My tradition

My tradition is to slip free
of tradition in order to do what seems best.

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