~ The Arts

Arts Vonnegut“Here is a lesson in creative writing.

First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.

And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I’m kidding.

For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I’m kidding.

We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I’m kidding.

If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

~ Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

 

 

~ The best people… Ernest Hemingway

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“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”  

 ~ Ernest Hemingway

~ Challenges

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“The Busker” by dEj 2013

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” 
  ~ Roger Crawford
This young man personifies courage in the face of challenge.I see him playing his heart out at Findlay Market in Cincinnati, Ohio every now and then and thank him for the gift of perspective in my life and exposing my own frailties.

   Be Kind; Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle

~ The Youngest Day…

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Every morning when I wake up I say,

I’ll never be as young as I am today.
Today is the youngest day of the rest of my life. 

Get up and do something fun.  
~Rochelle Ford  

At 76 years old,  metal sculptor Ford has a very wise attitude. Here’s wishing you each and all the very best in 2014 and beyond.  Make every day count!