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Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.
-Swedish proverb
    Statement 1: I am comfortable in myself and I value my friends.
    Statement 2: I value my friends and I am comfortable in myself.
    Do you feel any difference?
    Do you feel any different?
    Do you believe any differently?

    I believe there's a difference between a
    pain in the heart and a pain in the neck.

    I believe there's a difference between
    education and a lecture.

    I believe there's a difference between
    honey and vinegar.

    If you don't understand me or
    think I should be different,
    you don't understand me and
    you're right, I am different.

    And you know, if you think me childish, then
    hey, I think I'll run along and play now.
In the sweetness of friendship
let there be laughter, and
sharing of pleasures.

-Kahlil Gibran
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Lessons learned:
    My biggest problem with partner dances? Is
    that one needs a partner to dance with... and I
    failed absolutely every bravery check last night.

    Calling someone *at home* to check on possible
    fraudulent activity on a credit card? Could be
    a problem if (1) the person is on the road/at the
    store at the time of the charge(s) being made and
    (2) the power at the house is off for two days...

    A look of almost total chaos? Can mean that progress
    is being made, but if you're the one creating the chaos,
    all it looks like from inside is a bigger and bigger mess.

    However, new and improved? Sometimes, just isn't.

    I shouldn't be this tired, but? I've kinda had it.
    Mark today off as done. Bring tomorrow on... but
    only after I've had some more sleep, please.

    Wherever that is, that is.

    Thank you, Thomas Dolby.
one of our submarines is missing tonight
seems she ran aground on maneuvers...
one of our submarines--

-TDMR
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Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.
There can be no courage unless you're scared.

-Eddie Rickenbacker
    I have spent a lot of energy not being angry.
    I walk, I breathe, I work, I read, I think.
    Or I spend a lot of time fighting my anger.
    I dance, I write, I play, I sigh, I sleep.
    I acknowledge my anger and I want to move on.
    Tired of wasting precious time on the stupid,
    the lame, the halt. Sick of the energy drain.
    The world is so slow, and I am so fast...
    I eat, I drink, I listen. I dream. I hope?

    I know I am a very lucky person. I don't mind
    being an example -- hopefully sometimes a good one --
    but please understand: I am a very lucky person.

    I also believe that one often makes one's own luck.
    That does not negate the previous statement at all.

    And yet sometimes, I wake up afraid. Very afraid.

    Patience, listening, trust. Most important?

    I believe in magic. I do. I believe that the world
    is numinous. Now, if I could just see that more often.

    Even if you're running late, if you want to go, go!
    Because you never know. You just never know.

    Ah, but don't you see: I *am* queen.


    Dear Tir-na Nog'th, aka Unconscious,

    I understand that you think Standard
    Nightmare #2 is so important to repeat
    that you ran it as a mini-series *and*
    a sequel for summer rerun time. I get it.
    I got it. I grok.

    Now could we change the channel for a bit?

    Forever yours in Amber,
    Conscious
Shine a little love on my life
shine a little love on my life
shine a little love on my life
and let me see--

-ELO
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It's hard to look up when the rain is falling.
-Mrumma proverbGod turns you from one feeling to another
and teaches by means of opposites, so that you
will have two wings to fly with, not one.

-Rumi
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Out to the west there's a trail that leads somewhere
And a call of the wild that takes some people there...

-Joe Jackson
    There is never time to do it right -- but
    there is never time to do it over, either.

    Don't blindly assume -- ask others what they want first.

    2 steps forward, 1 step back -- is still 1 step forward.

    "That which doesn't kill you, wakes you up."
    -Wu Jackson
image behind cut )
    "It's hard to shepherd if you don't have any sheep."
    -Sara Mason

    Live each day as if it is your first and last --
    but please don't let that stop you from thinking ahead.

    If you walk without rhythm, you'll never learn.

    Thank you, Katharine Hepburn, Mae West, and Cher.
Sometimes I think we should be sending out an SOS...
But mostly I just think of all the things I can't wait to see --

-Joe Jackson

When taking part in an interactive broadcast,
viewers need signals to let them know they have been
successful in their task. The feeling of being
involved in the program and the interest in the
outcome of the story can be reinforced by praise.
You need to know you have been successful, so
you can be confident in continuing to enjoy
the rest of the program.

PRAISE, from Design Patterns for i-Media
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Stretch within your limits.
If you can't move your arm,
lift your fingers. Never devalue what is
currently possible for you to do.

-from _Stress Reduction for Busy People_
    Take a deep breath.
    Move when you need to.
    Stand still when you have to.
    Start moving again when you can.
    Act with high intention and
    purposeful awareness. Embody.
    images behind cut )
I savor every moment given me.
I plan for the future, but
I live for the now. I open myself
to the gifts the Universe holds for me
and value all my connection to the divine.

What beautiful teeth this animal has.
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Using the light, being dark,
Being the world,
You perfect harmony
And return to the Way.

-Tao Te Ching, "Becoming"

    I'm feeling more isolated than usual here at work.

    Internal teams and projects have been reorganized.
    And we're about to start a major additional effort
    without what seem to be adequate resources, and
    with what seems to be rather, er, belated planning.

    Even without being paranoid about some "nuances"
    or outcomes of choices being made - or not made -
    I feel uncomfortable with the current direction.

    I don't disagree with the basic concept, but
    I'm worried right now about our ability to execute
    everything well and on time - if we can at all.

    A number of my coworkers are very good people.
    Smart, hard-working, some offbeat senses of humor.
    They have made it bearable to be working in the midst
    of our normal state of blind chaos. But it feels like
    my efforts to help promote visibility or organize chaos
    have not borne any of the fruit I had hoped for yet -
    if they will at all. I know I've gotten a lot of credit
    for trying... but where do I trade in that credit now?

    And as the year fails, I am now looking for some sense of
    finished accomplishments, or of continued progress.

    I keep coming back to this quote that struck a chord,
    from the training sessions I attended last week:

    Automating chaos leads to faster chaos.
    -Dorothy Graham

    Where am I? Where do I go from here? How do I get there?

image behind cut )

I choose to stay grounded, and observe
my situation with compassion and detachment.
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Be with those who help your being.
Don’t sit with indifferent people, whose breath
comes cold out of their mouths.
Not these visible forms, your work is deeper.

-Rumi

Looking up, at the sun, the moon, the clouds, the stars.
Looking forward, into the wind, the rain, and the darkness.
Looking out, for myself, and for others.
Looking around, just to see what I can see.

And looking at your eyes, hoping they see: me.

images and text behind cut )

Self-conscious, uncertain
I'm showered with the dust
The spirit enters into me,
And I submit to trust.

(Smash the radio
No outside voices here
Smash the watch
Cannot tear the day to shreds
Smash the camera
Cannot steal away the spirits
The rhythm is around me
The rhythm has control
The rhythm is inside me
The rhythm has my soul...)

-Peter Gabriel
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If you are irritated by every rub,
how shall your mirror be polished?

-Rumi
    If it looks like a duck,
    water runs off its feathers.
    If it sounds like water,
    rivers flow downhill, over rocks.
    If it feels like a rock,
    jewels and glass both reflect light.
    If it acts like a reflection,
    polish it and see what lies within.
    Sometimes you can only see your own image
    by looking into the still waters of another.
    The flaws in your own glass are too close.
    Ruffled feathers may need to be smoothed down
    before one goes swimming -- or flying.

    A week in the life - a view of the soul.
    A lot of meetings going on. Some are productive,
    some clearly still rehearsals for breakthroughs.
    Digging through steamed crabs for the sweet meat,
    and the guts.
    Learning to draw, to doodle, with both hands.
    A sampler of Spanish cheeses, glasses of sangria.
    Walking home hot-blooded in the pouring rain.

    I appreciate my rewards, no matter how small.
    I appreciate the goodwill of my good friends.
    The gift of time is far greater than it looks.

    Pictures behind cut )

When you list the things you want
out of life for yourself and for humanity,
you can’t help but focus your attention on
spiritual matters. It’s a reminder of your core
values -- what you really believe is important.

Rabbi Max Weiman

A goal is a dream with a deadline. But do
dream first. Then worry about the details.
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Dealt with an unexpectedly difficult
meeting this morning, took some good
pictures, worked some on scheduling
and finances. Oh, and killed flies.
I'm afraid that I may have to give up my
Libertarian Discordian Taoist Union card
because of the last item. If flies want
to live, they really need to follow a
different path... one other than mine.

Trying to look up: pictures behind cut... )

And so what if I do write epic poetry at times?
That is for me to do, and you to wonder about.

"The sages may pronounce all [stress] to be
the folly of humanity. They are undoubtedly
right, but the words of the sages are too lofty
when we are scrounging in the dust for our
survival. Many of us must face these pressures,
at least for the moment. Even if we would like
a way out of this madness, we will not be able
to forsake society all at once."

Deng Ming-Dao
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Let the waters settle -
you will see stars and moon
mirrored in your being.

-Rumi

Before going to bed each night,
think of at least three things
you did today of which you are proud.

Folks (1)

Jun. 24th, 2004 01:17 am
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Some random pix from the Washington Folk Festival:

Images behind cut... )
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The actual conversation )
Context explanation:

(1) Jeff and I both live in the Balti-Wash area, are both long-time members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, and our “home convention” is Balticon.

(2) Dale *Farmer* is from the Boston area, but is staying at Jeff’s house currently for some short-term contract work. Due to said work, he cannot attend this year’s Balticon as he usually would, but he is still providing some equipment for it. I am familiar with him in that context, but Jeff is not.

(3) Dale *Arnold* is: the person who got me into BSFS, the con chair for this year’s Balticon, and the most logical first name association for Jeff to make in this situation. (The poor guy is probably also quite puzzled as to what was going on just now.... a terrible thing to do to a Club Pessimist!)

(4) Where the problem arose: to me, Dale Arnold is actually *Steve* Arnold – i.e., older brother of my high school boyfriend Don, and more to the point, the eldest son of another Dale Arnold. Thus he is known as “Steve” inside his family - thus I was introduced to him many many many years ago - and thus he is still filed in my brain.
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On sharing expectations:
    I gave bread to a beggar.
    He thanked me and walked away.
    I never saw him again.

    I gave bread to a beggar.
    He thanked me graciously, and
    wished me a good day in return.

    I gave bread to a beggar.
    He thanked me profusely, and
    the next day, there he was again.

    I gave bread to a beggar.
    He thanked me curtly, and
    the next day, he expected wine too.

    I gave bread to a beggar.
    The next day, he asked me
    if he could help me make bread.

    Who was the giver here?
    What was the gift involved?
    And what do you do with
    the gifts you are given?

I use my time and energy where
it will create the greatest results.
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I connect with the Universe on many levels.
    I am grateful to you who are my friends.
    You tender me your advice, support, concern, sharing.
    You teach me new things and help me rediscover old ones.
    You give me your laughter, but you understand my tears.
    You are sound in the darkness, and a hand in isolation.
    I may not always reach out or listen closely,
    but I know who's out there.

With friends you grow wings.
Alone
you are a single feather in disgrace.
With them you master the wind
but alone,
you're blown in all directions.

-Rumi
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I am astonished, disappointed, and pleased
with myself. I am depressed and rapturous. I am
all this at once and cannot add up the sum.

-Carl Jung
    Woman warrior / Lost child.
    Compassionate friend / Wounded soul.
    Creative artist / Pleasure seeker.
    Brainy kid / Unworldly spirit.
    Great pretender / Torturous troublemaker.
    Code enforcer / Unsympathetic jailkeeper.

    In pigments, all colors create black.
    But in lights, all colors create white.
    At all times, I can choose a medium to work in.
    One person's luxury is another person's necessity.
    Things you could perhaps live without, I cannot.
    Oh, I understand the limitations of reality. And yet,
    I dream.

I am a person of talent, skill, worth and value.

I deserve abundance in all areas of my life.

I maintain myself in good health and spirits.

I am learning to give myself what I need.
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Just for today
I will respect both
my own and others' boundaries.
    Walking to the Metro this morning,
    the hard March west wind freezing face and hands,
    gusts forming construction dust into shotgun blasts.
    Good thing I tend to wear glasses on Fridays.

    Sometimes you give so much light to me.
    More often, you simply help me to see it -
    what is new found, what was already there.
    I look in, look out, look around, look up,
    adjust the viewfinder, check my exposure.

    It's okay to use a tripod to steady things
    when the winds are wild and strong,
    when the light is difficult or weak.
    Whatever gets you through the night - or day -
    yes, it's alright. Don't discard what is working
    for you just because someone else doesn't get it.
    Should I throw away my glasses, so I can't see at all?

    Overexposed, incandescence may burn into the eyes.
    Underexposed, fine details are likely to be lost.
    Yet each can be used to achieve a desired result.
    Two points joined create a line; many pixels, an image.
    If we could connect the dots together, what results then?

    Let me be a coat of comfort to wrap yourself in,
    a blanket of security against the cold and the dark,
    a hint of an outline of a ghost of a presence espied nearby.

    It takes so little for me to give you so little, you see.
Just for today
I will balance others' needs
with mine.
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... there is no higher power
than the experience of faith in yourself
and in the Universe just as it is.

-Andrew Shuygo Bonnici, Ph.D.
    I am lucky to be alive.
    I am lucky to be conscious and to be able to take care of myself.
    I am lucky to have good friends and family.
    I am lucky to have capacity for work and aptitude for play.
    I am lucky to have good health in body, mind, and spirit.
    And I maintain all these things: I nurture, I heal, I grow.

    I choose to focus on all the good things in my life.
    I acknowledge there may be difficulty and obstacles,
    but I am determined to continue through or move around.
    I can accept what is, while still dreaming of what may be.

    I am very lucky in my life, and I give thanks for my life.
    I also make sure I am ready whenever opportunity arises.
    My energy is open and flowing in every area of my life.
    Every experience is an opportunity for me to grow.
I can be powerful and still have needs.

I give myself permission to ask for what I want.

I consider others, but I honor myself.
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Ain't it good to be alive.
-Patty Larkin
    Walking to the Metro this morning
    hearing the windy jingle of cable straps
    accompanied by the droning of power saws
    and a rhythmic power drill - jangle thump clang.

    Hearing music in unexpected places,
    from unexpected sources. The laugh
    in a friend's voice late at night -
    rich and throaty, full of potential.

    Making music happens in unexpected ways,
    with unexpected instruments. Full life,
    animated colors ghosting on the retinae,
    black olives and goat cheese on the tongue,
    warm air falling onto the back of the neck,
    a little black cat rustling the comforter.

    Looking up at the indeterminate sky.
    Fretful February, making no promises.
    But underground springs still run hot.
I may be a goddess.
But I'm still only human.
I may be a queen.
But I remove my heavy crown.
I may be a leader.
But I lay my burdens down.
I may be a warrior.
But I drop my weapons and armor.
I may be strong.
But I am willing to be helped.
I may be quiet.
But I'm quite capable of making a lot of noise.
I may reach the sky.
But my feet are on the ground.
I may have a planet.
But I could share it sometimes.
I may be spiritual.
But I do feel joy in the body.
I may be human.
But I'm animal too.

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