W O R D S

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of the hunger for life that gnaws in us all.”
― Richard Wright

M A I Z E

“Planted, a single corn seed yielded more than 150 fat kernels, often as many as 300, while the return on a seed of wheat was something less than 50:1”
― Michael Pollan

A compelling reason to birth corny vs. wheaty offspring.

N E W

“… when you fin’lly fly away, I’ll be hoping that I served you well. For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell. But whatever road you choose, I’m right behind you win or lose…”

Songwriters: Bob Dylan / Jim Cregan / Kevin Savigar / Rod Stewart

R E S C U E

“Stephen kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Stephen’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.”
― Sara Teasdale

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“A little bunny or some kind of ferret was probably there too, and bore witness as only rodents can.”
~ John Ashbery
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Their teeth and tails are dead giveaways. The lack of public observation and justice on behalf of these rodents angers me. If you’re interesting in petitioning against Amy, please sign up for more details at stoperodentfeathers@notbirdsofparadise.com.

For those who capitalize on the movement of the grain, please write to freetheteats@udderlydelicious.com if you’re interested in betting on the farm.
~ V

P R U N E S

“Sweetheart, let’s stop here and gaze at what we have. What we’ve created with all our time and emotions, that we invested in each other. And then feel its loveliness, in our skin and to our very bones.”
~ Nitya Prakash

P R I M A T I V E

“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.”
~ Debra Ginsberg

R H Y T H M

When you reach the point that you are fighting your own fight, you are in harmony, and can put down the gloves.
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“Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble. Your rhythm should set the pace of the fight. If it does, then you penetrate your opponent’s rhythm. You make him fight your fight, and that’s what boxing is all about.”
~ Sugar Ray Robinson

A N G E L . I N . C O U N T . H E R

“[Saint Anthony] said, in his solitude, he sometimes encountered devils who looked like angels, and other times he found angels who looked like devils. When asked how he could tell the difference, the saint said that you can only tell which is which by the way you feel after the creature has left your company.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

N O B O D Y

“I see nobody on the road,’ said Alice
‘I only wish I had such eyes,’ The King remarked in a fretful tone. ‘To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance too! Why it’s as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!”
~ Lewis Carroll

R E C O G N I T I O N

“Neighbor to neighbor. It is a mentality that has been fostered over centuries, since the earliest settlers realized the only way to survive in this desolate but beautiful outpost was to work together. Much of their music captures this spirit.”
~ Jim DeFede

C A L I B R A T I O N

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”
~ Ted Hughes

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“At that moment, noticing that his embroidered handkerchief was revealing part of its coloured edging, he thrust it back into his pocket with a startled glance, like a prudish but not innocent woman concealing bodily charms which in her excessive modesty she sees as wanton.”
― Marcel Proust

H E A R T W O R K

“HEARTWORK
Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours,
is your ultimate
ART.”
~ Suzy Kassem

I R I D E S C E N T

“Every object and being in the universe is a jar overflowing with wisdom and beauty,a drop of the Tigris that cannot be contained by any skin. Every jarful spills and makes the earth more shining, as though covered in satin… Make peace with the universe. Take joy in it. It will turn to gold. Resurrection will be now. Every moment, a new beauty.”
~ Rumi

À Ꮮ Ꭺ m Ꮎ Ꭰ Ꭼ

“Bean finds the best apple in our tree and hands it up to me. You know what this tastes like when you first bite into it?” she asks.
“No, what?”
“Blue sky.”
“You’re zoomed.”
“You ever eat blue sky?”
“No,” I admit.
“Try it sometime,” she says. “It’s apple-flavored.”
~ Rodman Philbrick