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She sings now, and was silent before...

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11 May 1970
Have you ever driven up into the mountains? First, there are the foothills, with the grand snow-capped vistas rising just beyond your vision. Then, as you climb higher, you can see sunlit valleys and crevices that remain darkened even as the sun reaches its height. You drive on and up through the undulating pathways that the mountain offers to you until you decide to stop and take a moment to drink in the beauty all around you. Your eyes are drawn ever upward to the peaks penetrating the heavens. Then you turn around and see another part of the mountain: the grand sea of the plains beyond the foothills. You realize the mountains are comprised of so many different fractals, so many different stories... and that if you hadn't taken the time to drive up, hadn't had the patience to explore, you would never have known that to encapsulate a mountain into one sentence was never going to be the truth of the experience. So it is with me.

"...I was the son of a beautiful, word-struck mother..." - Pat Conroy

"The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough." - Emerson

"Baby I only have a minute, before I have to go. A minute is all my life will ever allow. Let's grow old and die together, let's do it now." - Ani DiFranco

"Whatever have been thy failure hitherto; be not afflicted, my child, for who shall assign to thee what thou hast left undone?" - Thoreau

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

"I vote we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure." - Aliens

"Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you." - Terry Pratchett

"How terrible to watch a man who has the incomprehensible within his grasp, doesn't know what to do, and sits down playing with a toy called God." - Dostoyevsky (sp?)

"I [sing] because my heart demands it and would break without it." - Stephen King

"i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue truedream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes." - e.e. cummings

"Freedom is too enormous to be slipped under a closet door. " - Harvey Milk

"Where the breadfruit fall,
and the penguin call,
and the sound is the sound of the sea.
Under the bam,
Under the boo,
Under the bamboo tree."
- TS Eliot

Turkish proverb:
For the birds that cannot soar, God has provided low branches.

"Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." - Jimmy Durante

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