Monday, August 20, 2018


“It's not a man's working hours that is important, it is how he spends his leisure time.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

read, walk, swim, cook, bake, dance!


“I am grateful for all those dark years, even though in retrospect they seem like a long, bitter prayer that was answered finally.”
― Marilynne Robinson

A Miracle

“I’m writing this in part to tell you that if you ever wonder what you’ve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God’s grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Ragweed High!


Severe allergy season for me. My husband was sweeping the sidewalk and I walked over and had an asthma attack. Carry inhaler!

Sauteed Summer Squash Zucchini + Carrots

I love vegetables! I just chopped a boatload of squash, zucchini and carrots and sauteed them in olive oil and added soy sauce Adobo and sriracha. Delicious lunch.

Slouching Toward Autocracy

America is slouching toward autocracy

By E.J. Dionne Jr.
August 19 at 7:13 PM

In their book, “How Democracies Die,” political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt write: “How do elected authoritarians shatter the democratic institutions that are supposed to constrain them? Some do it in one fell swoop. But more often the assault on democracy begins slowly. . . . The erosion of democracy takes place piecemeal, often in baby steps.”

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Ram Dass: Statement of LOVE

What are the different levels of being in love?
Ram Dass

Some of you make love, physically. Some of you are in love romantically. Some of you are love, consciously.

A person who is love consciously is love in relation to everything they meet. In romantic love, you fall in love with someone and you say ‘I am in love with him’ or ‘I am in love with her’ meaning that person is my connection to the place in myself where I am love for I can’t get there by myself. I need you. I am in love with you. Because when I come near you I feel that place in myself and I don’t feel it unless I’m around you – I am in love with you.

The problem is that you are in time and you will die or go away or lose interest or become someone else’s connection, so I not only love you but I hate you, or I’m afraid of you because you have such power over me. That’s romantic love. That’s the subject of innumerable poems and love songs.

Ah, but when you’ve arrived at the next stage, when you have come into meditation, when you are dwelling at that place in your own chest which is love, you need nothing and everyone you look at is your beloved. Every one you look at. At first it’s a little complicated socially but we work it out until you’re so secure that you don’t have to collect lovers and you can walk down the street and look into another being’s eyes and love them so totally there is no you and there is no me, there is just presence, the moment, the love. You never miss a step you keep right on walking.

In that universe politics change, economics change, social problems change, so how do you in your daily life become an instrument of social change? You become in yourself the statement of love, the statement of choiceless awareness, you become the moment so that everyone that comes near you is liberated by your presence if they are ready. You do nothing to anybody. You live your life.

Which life do you live? Whatever your dharma demands.

If your work is to protest the injustice of races, you protest. If your work is to raise a family, you raise a family. If your work is to be a good lawyer, you’re a good lawyer. If your work is to be a shoemaker, you’re a shoemaker. If your work is to meditate in a cave, you meditate in a cave. No blame, no reward. You do your dharma. Each act you do you do as a vehicle for becoming this meditative, loving, present moment. This statement of love. the statement of choiceless awareness.

-Ram Dass

Thank You Muriel!

Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Friday that she was the one who “finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad).”

America will triumph over you

John O. Brennan


When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America...America will triumph over you.


Referring to the human causes of wildfire, he added that “education is still a really big problem. There are many people who are oblivious to the dangers and volatility of forests.”

The Nation that Loves Corporations

Ignores children, poor people, people of color, the list goes on.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


“The power is in the balance: we are our injuries, as much as we are our successes.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

A Book

“I attempted briefly to consecrate myself in the public library, believing every crack in my soul could be chinked with a book.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Close the Door

“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.”
― Barbara Kingsolver


“The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, Small Wonder

Barbara Kingsolver

“God doesn’t need to punish us. He just grants us a long enough life to punish ourselves.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Under It's Roof

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Swimming Out into Life

“She kept swimming out into life because she hadn't yet found a rock to stand on.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams


Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.
- Jenn Proske


Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
-Mother Teresa

Carl Sandburg

Nothing happens unless first we dream.

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.

Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.

-Carl Sandburg


some of them are making a coldblooded calculation that the demise of democracy is worth it if it means lower taxes on the rich and freedom to pollute.

But my guess is that most Republican politicians are spineless rather than sinister — or, more accurately, sinister in their spinelessness. They’re not really ideologues so much as careerists, whose instinct is always to go along with the party line. And this instinct has drawn them ever deeper into complicity.
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Write to Save Your Life

I was miserable. I told a close friend that "My head was so noisy that I wanted to cut it off. I need a mail order guillotine." She said, "Why don't you write out all of the noise," and handed me a pen and a ten cent spiral notebook. That was 20 years ago.

Peter Trachtenberg

I find the only way I can write successfully is to treat it as a job, one I may not always love or even be that good at, but that I have to show up for. If home, as Frost wrote, is "the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in,” a job is the thing you have to show up for, even when you don’t want to.

... sometimes copy pages of a writer I love. I make my students copy 500 words of Primo Levi’s essay “Zinc.” I tell them that the only way to learn how to write a good sentence— a sentence that’s beautiful and truthful and startling— is to copy them, so that the rhythm of those sentences is propagated through the nerves and muscles and the microscopic pathways between the hand and the eye and the brain, with the heart about midway between.

Don’t write as a means to an end but rather as a thing in itself, the one thing you have to do, even if you never make a dime at it, even if nobody ever reads it, or nobody but your mom, though maybe not even her since what you write might shock her or hurt her feelings.

Treat your writing as a job and perform it faithfully and reliably, as though you were an aircraft controller, the only one in your city.