March 1st, 2011

alan - lilies in the shade

Do not go gentle

Though it is a commercial, this is inspirational and reminded me of Dylan Thomas's poem "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night". 

Warning:  You may hop on a motorcycle.  

Actually we may all hop on and gather together and ride up and down the hills.



Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

- Dylan Thomas

oregon, willamette, 1 proxy falls

curiosity -

I was speaking with a friend today whose mother is not doing well with her diagnosis of cancer.  Her mother sees the cancer cells as invasive, disgusting, repulsive.  My friend remembered me observing them with curiosity.  My memory is that it all came too fast for me to judge the cancer, but we both decided to re-visit this poem as a reminder of a way to intend to live.


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

-- Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks
space - orion nebula

Space -

I'm enjoying the book Small Pleasures, Finding Grace in a Chaotic World, by Justine Toms.

This comes from the book.

Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome,  coined the term Spaceship Earth.

He would say, "We aren't going into space, we are in space."  "Bucky would add the fact that the Earth is spinning at 1,040 miles per hour as we rip through space at 18.5 miles per second (about 66,660 miles per hour) in its orbit around the sun, and the Milky Way is barreling through space at 185 miles per second."

Enjoy the ride of which you are a part!
bridal veil falls - north carolina

Joke of the Day!

 A public union employee, a tea party activist, and a CEO are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies.

The CEO takes 11 of the cookies, turns to the tea partier and says, "Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie."