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Nov 25th, 2014

The first beneficiary of compassion is always oneself. When compassion, or warmheartedness, arises in us and our focus shifts away from our own narrow self-interest, it is as if we open an inner door. It reduces fear, boosts confidence and brings us inner strength. By reducing distrust, it opens us to others and brings us a sense of connection to others, and sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Dalai Lama

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Nov 23rd, 2014

Metrical poetry is about:  breath.  Breath as an intake and a flow.  Breath as a pattern.  Breath as an indicator, perhaps the most vital one, of mood.  Breath as our own personal tie with all the rhythms of the natural world, of which we are a part, from which we can never break apart while we live.  Breath as our first language.

–Mary Oliver (from Rules for the Dance)

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Nov 23rd, 2014

My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made.

–Andy Goldsworthy

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Nov 22nd, 2014

Donald Friedman from his book, The Writer’s Brush:  Although he was a physician and head of pediatrics at Paterson General Hospital in New Jersey, [William Carlos] Williams believed medicine was not an interference with his writing, but his “very food and drink, the very thing which made it possible for me to write.”  the occupations of doctor and writer were “two parts of a whole,” complementing each other:

The physician enjoys a wonderful opportunity actually to witness the words being born.  Their actual colors and shapes are laid before him carrying their tiny burdens which he is privileged to take into his care with their unspoiled newness.