~ Ablaze ~ Feel the Fire!

Ablaze

“It is not revolutions and upheavals that clear the road to better days,
but revelations, and the lavishness of someone’s soul inspired and ablaze.”

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (1890-1960)

Nobel Prize

~ Envy

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“Envying another’s beauty will diminish your own.
But when you praise beauty in others your own beauty deepens.”
~ Daisaku Ikeda

~ Beast Within

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 “ManBeast”, with “AntiCross” in the background.

“I once had been in the middle of a mass chaos and terrible riots.
There, I witnessed how men were truly such as beasts unleashed.”
~Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

A recent piece from  masqueHysteria as displayed at Venue 222 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

~ Caretake this moment

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“Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.”

~ Epictetus

~ Do not despise your own place and hour.

krohnconservatory 2013 butterflies 286“Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.”

~ John Burroughs, Studies in Nature and Literature  

 

~ 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