Random quote of the day:

“Imagination is the star (astrum) in man, the celestial or supercelestial body.”

—Martin Ruland, Lexicon of Alchemy, 1622

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Random quote of the day:

“All you have is what you are, and what you give.”

—Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

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Random quote of the day:

“So few grains of happiness
measured against all the dark
and still the scales balance.

The world asks of us
only the strength we have and we give it.
Then it asks more, and we give it.

—Jane Hirshfield, “The Weighing”

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I’ve been slowly going through old paper journals to purge the more embarrassing entries. This is quite a masochistic practice so I can only do it a little bit at a time. Although I don’t want to completely throw these journals—they are a record of my life—I don’t want some of that crap to live on. The whiny bits. The rune/Tarot readings with whiny questions. The really, really bad poetry.

So I came across an idea and outlines from a 1991 journal re: a novel I had wanted to write about The Crone and had myself a good laugh. As if I had a clue. I still don’t have a clue but because I realize I don’t have a clue I may be further along on making something of that idea. The requisite clue isn’t about wisdom, it’s about knowing that you don’t have wisdom, just the accumulation of experience, and that anyone who claims to be wise probably isn’t.

But this was also an illustration of how some ideas can be worked with almost immediately but others have very long gestations. I once heard Louise Erdrich talking about this in an interview, how sometimes she won’t be able to work on an idea until twenty years down the line because when she got the original idea she wasn’t yet ready for it. I thought I understood at the time, but I really understand it now. (Or, maybe, I just have the illusion of understanding.)

I may be able to write this idea now. I’ve been poking at a new form of it recently and it actually seems to be moving. We’ll see. It’s nice to be writing but I do wish one of these competing ideas would gel so that I’m not constantly circling and not making real progress. Survival of the fittest when it comes to competing ideas. Being ready to write them. This crone seems to be the one with the most juice. Crone willing, she’ll win the race.

Like I said, we’ll see.

Random quote of the day:

“I have loved the Department of Justice ever since, as a young boy, I watched Robert Kennedy prove during the Civil Rights Movement how the department can—and must—always be a force for that which is right.”

—Eric Holder, Statement by the President and Attorney General Eric Holder, September 24, 2014

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Random quote of the day:

“Life is so short we must move very slowly.”

—Thai proverb

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Random quote of the day:

“A bed witnesses out birth and it witnesses our death: it is the ever-changing theater where the human species enacts, by turns, engaging dramas, ridiculous farces, and horrible tragedies.—It is a cradle decked with flowers;—it is love’s throne;—it is a sepulcher.”

—Xavier de Maistre, Journey Around My Room (tr. Stephen Sartarelli)

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Yesterday I went out to my car to run the engine so the battery didn’t die. I usually try to get out and drive around to accomplish this, but I have not had the (mostly mental) energy for it recently. However, it was getting on towards two weeks since I’d driven anywhere and I have a sorry history of killing batteries so sitting in the car reading a book while running the engine was the best alternative.

But as I opened the car door one of the neighborhood murder of crows that I feed landed on the garage roof about six feet from me and gave me The Look. “Where is my snack?”

I told him, “I’m sorry. I don’t have anything for you right now. Maybe later.” He looked deep into my eyes, bobbed his head as if nodding, and flew away.

So after I’d finished with the car, I went inside and got a snack and threw it out front for him and his crew of crows. (It’s not a good idea to lie to crows.) I didn’t hear him or his fellows. Sometimes they are quite raucous when snacks are around, sometimes silent and efficient consumers.

But when I looked out a little while later the snacks had magically disappeared.

Random quote of the day:

“Rules have no existence outside of individuals: otherwise a good professor would be as great a genius as Racine.”

—Henri Matisse, Notes of a Painter

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Random quote of the day:

“This clay, so strong of heart, of sense so fine,
Surely such clay is more than half divine—
‘Tis only fools speak evil of the clay,
The very stars are made of clay like mine.

—Omar Khayyam, The Rubáiyát, #156 (tr. Edward Fitzgerald)

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