Three FiltersIs it True? Is it Kind? Is it Necessary?
Mark TwainThe two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.
Thich Nhat HanhWhen you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet, if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them,they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
Abraham MaslowA musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.
Lao TzuTo a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.
Category Archives: Writing
There is a certain amount of irony in my writing these words; my premise is simply that there are too many words being bandied about these days. We are being buried beneath a blizzard. Quite literally we are being … Continue reading
The Alaskan winter reminds me daily that life is all about shades of grey. It is a gradient world never reaching absolute white or absolute black. There are infinite variations capable of melting massive mountains into clouds and hiding all … Continue reading
November has come and gone and with it, this year’s Nanowrimo. For the past month it’s been a mindful daily activity to sit down and put words on paper. For me this year, it was a successful activity in the … Continue reading
Participating in Nanowrimo is a month long practice in humility. In order to write 50,000 words in the month, it is necessary to average 1,667 words per day. I’ve been doing fairly well, and each night I go to bed … Continue reading
I’m taking a break from Nano this morning, changing my routine. I’ve written over 17,000 words during the first ten days of Nano, but my story has reached one of those points where I’m just not happy with the direction … Continue reading