Due to an upcoming major surgery, I need to take a bit of a break from the Prompter Room. I hope to be back in about a month or a month and a half, after I’ve gone through the initial phases of recovery. In the meantime, I hope the rest of your summer, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, or winter, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, treats you well and keeps you in good health.
Many blessings – see you soon!
This is the time to be slow, lie low to the wall until the bitter weather passes. Try, as best you can, not to let the wire brush of doubt scrape from your heart all sense of yourself and your hesitant light. If you remain generous, time will come good; and you will find your feet again on fresh pastures of promise, where the air will be kind and blushed with beginning.
John O’Donohue (h/t BJ)
For Tuesday, July 16, 2019:
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
Emily Dickinson (h/t MjP)
For Friday, July 12, 2019:
The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept.
John Gardner (h/t EH)
For Tuesday, July 9, 2019:
So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it.
For Friday, July 5, 2019:
The meaning of life is to find your meaning. The purpose of life is to give it away.
Pablo Picasso (h/t KR)
For Tuesday, July 2, 2019:
… We say, correctly, that every child has a right to food and shelter, to education, to medical treatment, and so on. We must understand that every child has a right to the experience of culture. We must fully understand that without stories and poems and pictures and music, children will starve.
Philip Pullman, winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
For Tuesday, June 25, 2019:
… Serious fiction writers think about moral problems practically. They tell stories. They narrate. They evoke our common humanity in narratives with which we can identify, even though the lives may be remote from our own. They stimulate our imagination. The stories they tell enlarge and complicate — and, therefore, improve — our sympathies. They educate our capacity for moral judgment.
Susan Sontag, AT THE SAME TIME: ESSAYS AND SPEECHES (h/t BrainPickings)
For Friday, June 21, 2019:
People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.
Seneca, ‘The Shortness of Life’ (h/t BrainPickings)
For Tuesday, June 18, 2019:
I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.
For Friday, June 14, 2019:
Never stop writing at the end of a scene or chapter. Stop midway through even though you know you know what comes next and could finish. It makes it that much easier to start again tomorrow and get into the flow of writing again.
Christine Conradt, in ‘The Writers Dig’ by Writers’ Digest