For Tuesday, September 18, 2018:
No, we don’t need more sleep. It’s our souls that are tired, not our bodies. We need nature. We need magic. We need adventure. We need freedom. We need truth. We need stillness. We don’t need more sleep. We need to wake up and live.
Brooke Hampton (Facebook meme, h/t CO’N)
For Friday, September 14, 2018:
For me the paintings of children belong side by side with the works of the masters… The work of a child never fails to make appeal, to claim us, because it is always honest and sincere, always imbued with the magic certitude born of the direct, spontaneous approach.
Henry Miller, TO PAINT IS TO LOVE AGAIN (1968)‘
For Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.
For Friday, September 7, 2018:
I think meditation is really just a status meeting that aligns who we were, who we are, and who we are becoming.
Erika Harris (with thanks for permission to share her personal wisdom)
For Tuesday, September 4, 2018:
Myth … expresses, enhances, and codifies belief; it safeguards and enforces morality; it vouches for the efficiency of ritual and contains practical rules for … guidance … Myth is thus a vital ingredient of human civilization; it is not an idle tale, but a hard-worked active force.
Bronislaw Malinowski – MAGIC, SCIENCE AND RELIGION
For Friday, August 31, 2018:
Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.
For Tuesday, August 28, 2018:
… Yes, for me the drama of a storm in nature, the drama of sorrow in life, is the best… Oh, there must be a little bit of air, a little bit of happiness, but chiefly to let the form be felt, to make the lines of the silhouette speak. But let the whole be sombre.
Vincent van Gogh, EVER YOURS: THE ESSENTIAL LETTERS
For Friday, August 24, 2018:
The true and durable path into and through experience involves being true … to your own solitude, true to your own secret knowledge.
Seamus Heaney, Nobel-winning poet
For Tuesday, August 21, 2018:
Reading is meat and drink and vitamins for a writer. Read more than you write! Read widely and deeply. The more you read, the more fluently and naturally you will write.
From an unattributed handout from a long-ago writers’ conference
For Friday, August 17, 2018:
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.