A collection of literature, reflections, and art for helpless critical thinker and escape artist.
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I found this quote in my office (I had cut the quote out and saved it and just found it as I still unpack items from my recent move.) Not quite sure where it came from but thought it was good and wanted to share …

"Extending value, maximizing resources, leveraging opportunities, and increasing sustainability - these are just a few of the benefits of forming strong partnerships, alliances, and collaborations. Nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies all benefit from working together when the outcomes produce mutually beneficial results for clients, customers, and constituents. The sheer demand for services, particularly in a struggling economy, requires us to harness the tremendous power and opportunity of working together."


One of my conference coordinators for an environmental justice leadership forum:

"I found this quote in my office (I had cut the quote out and saved it and just found it as I still unpack items from my recent move.) Not quite sure where it came from but thought it was good and wanted to share …"

Letters From Far Away

Hope you have a great day and don’t waste too much of it sitting around in raptured awe whilst thinking of me…

Thank you for that thoughtful reminder.

I was just pining over the thought of your touch, paralyzed at the sensation of your kiss. I thought to myself, how will I go on?

I took no choice but to stretch.

Releasing any, if at all, tension from being one half to a whole stretched across rivers and towns.

Ah, release! At the very thoughts rooted in self-inflicted detriment came light!

A lightening bolt of the me I used to fine tune daily.

Suddenly my thoughts began illuminating any shred of darkness.

I remembered! I remembered! 

The look of the mountains the smell of the rain, and the sound of the great river flowing through each breath of mine. The very happenings that give me inspiration to love to hurt and to live. 

Hurt no more, he would not want me this way.

With the touch of the Earth below me, I do not waste another passing moment. 

 I do not want to be that way. Stuck in a tretnch of worry and expectation.

Raise up with a smile, a kiss and a wink to the new daylight spilling down on me.

Be more, I thought. Be more.

Ah yes the call to be more than just ourselves to search out happiness in our every waking moment no matter what turmoil might be tossing us hither and thither. It is a struggle but what is life without struggle? Afterall How can we know light if we have no explored the darkness first? It is only in struggle and contrast that we are able to find ourselves. It is only in separation from the ones we love that we realie what it is that we love about them.

What a gift to remember the fine details that comprise your sweet yet savory taste delectable to my pallet. To think of you is a true gift granted from a hard days work. Tirelessly stiving to love myself before I reap the benefit of your loving wings. A balance sensitive to go off canter if I rely solely on your joy and no longer know how to make my own. If I don’t, darkness creeps again, parting my moral fiber. I am vulnerable if I no longer recognize the face in the mirror. For missing what I love about thee remains in the voids of love within myself. Love thyself and the wonder of the world will open their golden dates. Offering whiskey, gin, and wine among a kindred spirit who is able to love others because she strives to love all twisted blemishes and budding greatness deep beneath her skin. Fear not the world within you good sir for it is more real to me than any other I’ve encountered before. Knowing your laughter rings aloud, even from afar, brings a calm surrender in the realization that there is stardust in both our eyes.

When I had no roof I made
Audacity my roof. When I had
No supper my eyes dined.

When I had no eyes I listened.
When I had no ears I thought.
When I had no thought I waited.

When I had no father I made
Care my father. When I had
No mother I embraced order.

When I had no friend I made
Quiet my friend. When I had no
Enemy I opposed my body.

When I had no temple I made
My voice my temple. I have
No priest, my tongue is my choir.

When I have no means fortune
Is my means. When I have
Nothing, death will be my fortune.

Need is my tactic, detachment
Is my strategy. When I had
No lover I courted my sleep.


samurai song - robert pinsky


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Giant mirrors harness sunlight in Norway
Rjukan receives very little sunlight between September and March because it’s nestled at the bottom of a valley in the shadow of steep mountains. To give its residents a few more hours of daylight, the city erected three giant mirrors on an adjacent mountainside to reflect the sun’s glare back into the city’s shaded market square.
Using solar power, the high-tech mirrors are designed to follow the sun’s movements across the sky.

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U.S. Government, please grow up so the rest of us can move on and be productive in our lives

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If you feel a sense of frustration, let down, anger, or plain confusion…
PLEASE write your local representative. Grab friends and a bottle of wine and go in on a letter together. This is highly disturbing to many communities stemming from academics and research analyst companies.. and I simply can’t get accurate, objective information.

My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.

Vladimir V. Putin is the president of Russia.

By http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&