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“Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.” –Alan Watts quote

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“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.” –Sophocles quote

Chief JosephIconish is the new lingua franca. Everyone understands it. There is no risk of miscommunication. Now we can all just get along.

 “Email, instant messaging, and cell phones give us fabulous communication ability, but because we live and work in our own little worlds, that communication is totally disorganized.” –Marilyn vos Savant

“The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.” –Edward R. Murrow

“Stop the words now. Open the window in the center of your chest, and let the spirits fly in and out.” –Rumi quote

“Who on earth would claim that the pearl expresses the oyster?” –C. Day Lewis quote

Scattered PearlsThe Autobiography of an Oyster

Following my narrow escape from the naked pearl diver, I thought it was safe to apply another layer of nacre to the irritant lodged in my shell like the seed of an idea. Alas, the naked pearl diver’s naked sister stayed my retreat, and together they hauled me up from the seabed and rolled me along the wet sand, shouting, “Everybody, come and see what we’ve got!”

I risked a peak, and just as I’d feared, all the naked pearl divers were descending on me. So I clammed up.

But then I thought, “Why deny my destiny? Why not adorn the breast of a queen and ransom a king? Why not be auctioned at Sotheby’s and snatched from Topkapi? Why not come out of my shell and illuminate the legends of the naked pearl divers?”

To make a long story short, I didn’t have to think twice. And, except to write my autobiography, I’ve never looked back.

“What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come about by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an Oyster!” -Anatole France quote

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” –Lao Tzu quote

Still Life #1      When the mind is still, not busy flitting about like images on a screen, but idle as the screen itself, the imagination is free to create everything in this world that the heart desires.

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” –Henry David Thoreau

     If that sounds like a seriously funny philosophical joke, imagine the heart desires everything in this world that is the birthright of the nobly idle class.

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“I’ve been alive forever and I wrote the very first song…” –’God,’ to quote Bruce Johnston

The Typewriter Song

The entrance examiner for Songwriters Heaven asks the candidate: “WHO WRITES THE SONGS THAT MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD SING?” The candidate sings out, “Bruce Johnston, of the Beach Boys, wrote ‘I Write the Songs (That Make the Whole World Sing)’ and said he wrote it about where music comes from, God.” The examiner asks, Is that a fact? The candidate replies, I read it at SongFacts.com. The examiner thinks, Thank God! I thought it was Barry Manilow.”

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