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This is what you must be like. Grow wherever life puts you down.

Ben Okri


A dear friend wrote to me about that last post, worried that I was feeling down. First off, what a wonderful outpouring of love! Thank you, Hef. Second, as I told him, I really wasn’t sad when I wrote it. I felt strong and empowered, ready to shed the downers and meanies from my life. It’s a good thing. I promise. Here’s to growth!



Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything.

Sherwood Anderson



I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.

Nadezhda Mandelstam

Happy Birthday Grandpa and Mari!



The world is big, and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.

John Muir



Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off. But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.

Amelia Earhart

We saved EVERY cardboard box to come into our possession for more than four months before fashioning a gigantic wonky quilt (you’re seeing about a tenth of it), bound with newspaper saved over the same amount of time. There goes my first shovel from a pile as tall as me. There, too, hopefully, go the weeds underneath, to make room for the beautiful above.


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