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Maps of Gratitude #2
For Bessi, with gratitude. 

Maps of Gratitude #2


For Bessi, with gratitude. 

Maps of Gratitude #1
This is a draft of my first map of gratitude — dedicated to the people that I’ve loved and am grateful for being part of my life.

Maps of Gratitude #1

This is a draft of my first map of gratitude — dedicated to the people that I’ve loved and am grateful for being part of my life.


A night of Americana at the TannexTUESDAY, October 28th Seven-Thirty PM$5Christian Lee Hutson (Nashville): Woods by Wes Namen.)


A night of Americana at the Tannex
TUESDAY, October 28th Seven-Thirty PM

Christian Lee Hutson (Nashville):


AJ Woods

(Photo by Wes Namen.)



We made a High Dive video, and it’s wonderful.  Solid new song off their upcoming EP!

ASK LENA #11: Always jealous

"A rising tide lifts all boats."


"Very few of us are born into homes where we see true examples of the artistic temperament, and since artists do certainly conduct their lives—necessarily—on a different pattern from the average man of business, it is very easy to misunderstand what he does and why he does it when we see it from the outside. The picture of the artist as a monster made up of one part vain child, one part suffering martyr, and one part boulevardier is a legacy to us from the last century, and a remarkably embarrassing inheritance. There is an earlier and healthier idea of the artist than that, the idea of the genius as a man more versatile, more sympathetic, more studious than his fellows, more catholic in his tastes, less at the mercy of the ideas of the crowd."

Dorothea Brande, Becoming A Writer, 1934 (via austinkleon)

"Repetition is not failure. Ask the waves, ask the leaves, ask the wind. There is no expected pace for inner learning. What we need to learn comes when we need it, no matter how old or young, no matter how many times we have to start over, no matter how many times we have to learn the same lesson. We fall down as many times as we need to, to learn how to fall and get up. We fall in love as many times as we need to, to learn how to hold and be held. We misunderstand the many voices of truth as many times as we need to, to truly hear the choir of diversity that surrounds us. We suffer our pain as often as is necessary for us to learn how to break and how to heal. No one really likes this, of course, but we deal with our dislike in the same way, again and again, until we learn what we need to know about the humility of acceptance."  

Mark Nepo, The book of Awakening

"If I contradict myself, I contradict myself. I contain multitudes."
~ Walt Whitman

We create patterns that others depend on, and then the last thing we ever imagined happens: we grow and change, and then to stay vital we must break the patterns we created.

There is no blame or fault in this. It is commonplace in nature. Watch the ocean and shore do their dance of buildup and crumble and you’ll see this happen daily.

We know we are close to this threshold when we hear someone say, “You’re not yourself,” or “That was out of character for you.” What is difficult at this juncture is to resist either complying with how others see us or withholding who we really are.

The challenge, which I don’t do well but stay committed to, is to say to those we love, “I am more than I have shown you and more than you are willing to see. Let’s work our love and know each other more fully.”

~The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

All beings
are words of God,
His music, His art.

Sacred books we are, for the infinite camps
in our souls.
Every act reveals God and expands His Being.
I know that may be hard
to comprehend.

All creatures are doing their best
to help God in His birth
of Himself.

Enough talk for the night.
He is labouring in me;

I need to be silent
for a while,
worlds are forming
in my heart.

~Meister Eckhart

As we begin to practice shamatha-vipashyana meditation, following our breath and labeling our thoughts, we can gradually begin to realize how profound it is just to let those thoughts go, not rejecting them, not trying to repress them, but just simply acknowledging them as violent thoughts, thoughts of hatred, thoughts of wanting, thoughts of poverty, thoughts of loathing, whatever they might be. We can see it all as thinking and can let the thoughts go and begin to feel what’s left. We can begin to feel the energy of our heart, our body, our neck, our head, our stomach — that basic feeling that’s underneath all of the story lines. If we can relate directly with that, then all of the rest is our wealth. When we don’t act out and we don’t repress, then our passion, our aggression, and our ignorance become our wealth. The poison already is the medicine. You don’t have to transform anything. Simply letting go of the story line is what it takes, which is not that easy. That light touch of acknowledging what we’re thinking and letting it go is the key to connecting with this wealth that we have. With all the messy stuff, no matter how messy it is, just start where you are — not tomorrow, not later, not yesterday when you were feeling better — but now. Start now, just as you are.

~Pema Chödrön
Start Where You Are, A Guide to Compassionate Living


Jenny Holzer’s “Truism” and “Survival” Series

Jenny Holzer took over the empty marquees that once advertised events at 42nd street theaters. Instead of coming attraction, however, the public found “truisms” – statements by Holzer that had the authorities ring of proverbs. But instead of confirming accepted practices, these comments often seemed to come out of left field. Holzer reordered the world along the lines according to her uncanny “uncommon sense.”

I had somehow missed that Holzer was born in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Filed under: signs, art with words

(Source: honkytonkwomyn)

Pagan Sector - Druids 2 Frenzy (Hermopolis Magna EP)



“It is mostly with your blood, Gala, that I paint my pictures.”
— Salvador Dalí