Wednesday, May 27, 2015

This is my symphony

To live content with small means;
Illustration by Takot Ako Krakotz
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart;
to study hard;
to think quietly,
act frankly,
talk gently,
await occasions,
hurry never;
in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common –
this is my symphony.
–William Henry Channing (1810-1884)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Photo by Timothy Brown
I saw many humans on whom there were no clothes,
I saw many clothes in which there were no humans.
- Rumi

Oliver Sacks' autobiography

One of my favorite authors, Oliver Sacks, has written an autobiography and the review alone is gripping:
"As Dr. Sacks bids the world adieu, he leaves us with this miracle of a book — the ultimate gift of 'love, death, and transience, inseparably mixed.'"

Monday, May 11, 2015