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A NEW DAY 



Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.

Some blunders and absurdities 
no doubt have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day;

begin it well and serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with 
your old nonsense.

This day is all that is

good and fair. 
It is too dear,

with its hopes and invitations,

to waste a moment on yesterdays.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

IN MY SOLITUDE 



"I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity."
~Albert Einstein

"I never found a companion that was
so companionable as solitude."
~Henry David Thoreau

"It is not necessary that you leave the house.
Remain at your table and listen.
Do not even listen, only wait.
Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone.
The world will present itself to you for its unmasking . . .
in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet."
~Franz Kafka

"Solitude gives birth to the original in us."
~Thomas Mann

"Solitude is the salt of personhood.
It brings out the authentic flavor of every experience."
~May Sarton

"Talents are best nurtured in solitude:
character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world."
~Goethe

RANGE 



1959
"When a man with .45 meets a man with a rifle, you said,
the man with a pistol's a dead man.
Let's see if that's true. Go ahead: load up and shoot."

1966
"You see in this world there's two kinds of people my friend:
those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig."

1971
"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?'
Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself.
But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world,
and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself
one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya? Punk?"

2008
"Get off my lawn."

STILLNESS ~ DM on Doing Nothing 



When I feel stressed, I set aside my aspirations and ambitions for awhile to focus on other people, get out into nature, or spend time with friends. And when chaotic and competing demands overwhelm me, I just sit still and do nothing.

Counterintuitively, inaction is often the best course of action. In the silence, clarity may be restored before the dance begins anew.

LIKE A SINGER ~ DM on Phrasing 



I try to phrase like a singer, so I listen to a lot of vocalists, especially Ella Fitzgerald. And because I favor a melodic, lyrical approach to improvisation, most of the jazz instrumentalists I listen to are also from that tradition -- people like Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Ben Webster.

LOOK IT OVER by Wendell Berry 















Received a letter from Dad today,
poetry enclosed, as is his habit:

"Here's a poem by the Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry.
It may be almost the perfect poem for me,
so I wanted y'all to read it too..."


LOOK IT OVER


I leave behind even
my walking stick. My knife
is in my pocket, but that
I have forgot. I bring
no car, no cell phone,
no computer, no camera,
no CD player, no fax, no
TV, not even a book. I go
into the woods. I sit down on
a log provided at no cost.
It is the earth I've come to,
the earth itself, sadly
abused by the stupidity
only humans are capable of
but, as ever, itself. Free.
A bargain! Get it while it lasts!

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