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Quoted in The Grove:

Old love, middle love, the kind of love that knows itself and knows that nothing lasts, is a desperate shared wildness.
~Louise Erdrich

That’s the trouble with loving a wild thing: You’re always left watching the door.
~Edith Pattou

EndQuote:
Never love a wild thing … the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.
~Truman Capote

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Guest Quotes:   Hans Stroo

Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshiping.
~Hubert Reeves

Here I stand, atoms with consciousness, matter with curiosity. A universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.
~Richard Feynman

 

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Exercise Prompt for 01.31:   name

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Drive Nature forth by force, she’ll turn and rout
The false refinements that would keep her out.
~Horace

Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back.
~Rene Dubos

You think you can fix everything, change everything. But there will come a day when things cannot be fixed. And, you know what, it will be a day just like today.
~American Indian elder

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge
~Marya Mannes

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
~Francis Bacon

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Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them
~Aldo Leopold

Nature’s laws affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.
~Luther Burbank

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
~Thomas Fuller

We have met the enemy and he is us.
~Walt Kelly

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Posted from the Grove

Drive Nature forth by force, she’ll turn and rout
The false refinements that would keep her out.
~Horace

Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back.
~Rene Dubos

You think you can fix everything, change everything. But there will come a day when things cannot be fixed. And, you know what, it will be a day just like today.
~American Indian elder

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge
~Marya Mannes

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
~Francis Bacon

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Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them
~Aldo Leopold

Nature’s laws affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.
~Luther Burbank

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
~Thomas Fuller

We have met the enemy and he is us.
~Walt Kelly

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~Andrea Mauro: girls gone wild   (6:45)   friends, overnight campout music festival, two songs, pleasant escape

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~Justin Griffiths:  Wild West   (2:20)   high fashion set to music in a white sands desert

 

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The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. ~Havelock Ellis

My objective was to hurt the other fighters. I wanted to hurt them. I wanted to be merciless. Man, I was a wild thing. It’s kind of a drug, a rush.
~Mike Tyson

Denna is a wild thing,” I explained. “Like a hind or a summer storm. If a storm blows down your house, or breaks a tree, you don’t say the storm was mean. It was cruel. It acted according to its nature and something unfortunately was hurt. The same is true of Denna.
~Patrick Rothfuss

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There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
~Mohandas Gandhi

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
~Carl Sagan

Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.
~Dennis Gabor

Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.
~Stephen Jay Gould

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VIDEO:

A free spirit takes liberties even with liberty itself.
~Francis Picabia

I’m definitely still wild at heart.
~Jack Nicholson

Inside all of us is… hope. Inside all of us is… fear. Inside all of us is… adventure. Inside all of us is a wild thing.
~Maurice Sendak

This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.
~David Lynch

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If you try to tame her she will fly away, because pretty little spirits like her, never like to be caged.
~Nikki Rowe

I die, as I have lived, a free spirit, an Anarchist, owing no allegiance to rulers, heavenly or earthly.
~Voltairine de Cleyre

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
~Albert Camus

One radical free spirit nonconformist is pretty much like another.
~George Will

A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.
~Tennessee Williams

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~Spira:  Cayenne   (10:41)    trust, or not trust
https://vimeo.com/423630087

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~MagnetFilm:  The Gunfighter   (8:49)   mix of silliness and secrets
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWs4WA–eKU

 

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Maybe love, too, is beautiful because it has a wildness that cannot be tamed. I don’t know. All I know is that passion can take you up like a house of cards in a tornado, leaving destruction in its wake. Or it can let you alone because you’ve built a stone wall against it, set out the armed guards to keep it from touching you. The real trick is not to let it in, but to hold on. To understand that the heart is as wide and vast as the universe, but that we come to know it best from here, this place is gravity and stability, where our feet can still touch ground.
~Deb Caletti

Teach self-denial and make its practice pleasure, and you can create for the world a destiny more sublime that ever issued from the brain of the wildest dreamer.
~Sir Walter Scott

Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.
~Paulo Coelho

Be wild and crazy and drunk with Love,
if you are too careful, LOVE will not find you.
~Rumi

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Men couldn’t care less if your strands are perfectly styled and neat. In fact, he might like you more with some wildness or bedhead, since it shows you’re carefree and relaxed.
~Helen Fisher

Most orgies that you go to, I have found, most of it is sad. All that wildness, all those laughs were like the shining silver and gold paper on packages, but there was nothing inside.
~Sammy Davis, Jr

Our eyelashes brushed like they would weave together by themselves, turning us into one wild thing. I say, “I think I missed you before I met you even.”
~Francesca Lia Block

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There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming.
~Shauna Niequist

In our bones we need the natural curves of hills, the scent of chaparral, the whisper of pines, the possibility of wildness.
~Richard Louv

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MUSIC:

Wild women are the only kind
That really get by,
‘Cause Wild Women don’t worry
Wild Women don’t get the blues.
~Ida Cox

With the wild nature as ally and teacher we see not through two eyes but through the many eyes of intuition. With intuition we are like the starry night, we gaze at the world through a thousand eyes. The wild woman is fluent in the language of dreams, images, passion, and poetry.
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

We are all filled with a longing for the wild. There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. We were taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and in our nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four-footed.
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

There is no beast, no rush of fire, like woman so untamed.
She calmly goes her way where even panthers would be shamed.
~Aristophanes

Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.
~Candace Bushnell

Gather yourself by the sea shore and I will love you there. Assemble yourself with wild things, with songs of the sparrow and sea-foam. Let mad beauty collect itself in your eyes and it will shine – Calling me. For I long for a man with nests of wild things in his hair. A man who will Kiss the Flame.
~Jewel

A wild thing may say wild things.
~Abigail Williams

A succulent wild woman is one of any age who feels free to fully express herself in every dimension of her life.
~Sark

I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted.
~W C Fields

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~Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side

~Himself:   (4:02)   video truest to lyrics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h5F5WemHys

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~Alice Phoebe Lou:   (3:37)   sunny day for a dark song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVBfmOYvTiI

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~Vanessa Paradis   (3:29)   brazen, impudent
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dbx5JCqVxg

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~Moby & Selah Sue   (5:10)   understated, haunting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nl8dlaP5bo

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~Suzanne Vega:   (4:17)   sung in story mode
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEXGLRLhWls

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~John Legend:   Wild   (3:34)   love-tamed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=279RNoP5UyU

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~Alessia Cara: Wild Things (3:56) next gen’s declaration of independence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De30ET0dQpQ

 

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When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
~Wendell Berry

Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill.
~John Muir

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Sometimes it happens that you become one, in some rare moment. Watch the ocean, the tremendous wildness of it–and suddenly you forget your split, your schizophrenia; you relax. Or, moving in the Himalayas, seeing the virgin snow on the Himalayan peaks, suddenly a coolness surrounds you and you need not be false because there is no other human being to be false to. You fall together.
~Rajneesh

An autumn forest is such a place that once entered you never look for the exit!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.
~John Muir

If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse… but surely you will see the wildness!
~Pablo Picasso

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The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.
~Napoleon Hill

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.
~John Muir

These woods are where silence has come to lick its wounds.
~Samantha Hunt

This forest eats itself and lives forever.
~Barbara Kingsolver

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.
~John Muir

A forest is mystery but the desert is truth. Life pared to the bone.
~Keith Miller

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An infinity of forest lies dormant within the dreams on one acorn.
~Wayne W Dyer

A true forest is not merely a storehouse full of wood, but, as it were, a factory of wood.
~Theodore Roosevelt

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Large or small, [the garden] should be orderly and rich. It should be well fenced from the outside world. It should by no means imitate either the willfulness or the wildness of nature, but should look like a thing never to be seen except near the house. It should, in fact, look like part of the house.
~William Morris

The gardener cultivates wildness, but he does so carefully and respectfully, in full recognition of its mystery.
~Michael Pollan

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Redwoods

 

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I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.
~D H Lawrence

When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.
~Anthony Douglas Williams

All conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish.
~Aldo Leopold

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals “love” them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.
~Edwin Way Teale

Managing wildlife? It’s wild! It don’t need managing, leave it alone.
~Russell Brand

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Seeing wildlife is like seeing celebrities, only better.
~Tanja Andrews

Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them
~Aldo Leopold

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
~Thomas Fuller

The animals of the planet are in desperate peril. Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.
~Alice Walker

We can try to kill all that is native, string it up by its hind legs for all to see, but spirit howls and wildness endures.
~Terry Tempest Williams

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@Writers Platform

If you have a structure beforehand, you’re sort of stuffing your story into a pre-assembled box. You don’t want that to happen. What you want in your writing is to have a sort of wildness that occurs. And then, out of the wildness, a structure emerges.
~Colum McCann

All of my wildness is in the writing. I have discovered I have to be orderly and boring in my personal life to be wild in my work.
~Kate Zambreno

Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of man.
~John Eldredge

Reading is where the wild things are.
~Jeanette Winterson

What I sought in books was imagination. It was depth, depth of thought and feeling; some sort of extreme of subject matter; some nearness to death; some call to courage. I myself was getting wild; I wanted wildness, originality, genius, rapture, hope. … What I sought in books was a world whose surfaces, whose people and events and days lived, actually matched the exaltation of the interior life. There you could live.
~Annie Dillard

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Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
~George Bernard Shaw

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
~Oscar Wilde

A wild, untamed youth learns nobility through art.
~Jacques d’Amboise

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You cannot write for children They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.
~Maurice Sendak

 

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Exercise Prompt:   wild

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The word “wilderness” occurs approximately three hundred times in the Bible, and all its meanings are derogatory.
~René Dubos

One of the darkest evils of our world is surely the unteachable wildness of the Good.
~H G Wells

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I conceive that the land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living, and countless numbers are still unborn.
~Author unknown

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
~American Indian proverb

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
~Robert Redford

The highest treason, the meanest treason, is to deny the holiness of this little blue planet on which we journey through the cold void of space.
~Edward Abbey

If wilderness is outlawed, only outlaws can save wilderness.
~Edward Abbey

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

graduation

free at last from the censoring walls
loose and at large in lyceum’s halls
enter the wild wood hunting the choice new-thought
wise words of poetry, rebounding, echoing, caught
shun the sanity of sameness we earnestly fought
create worlds of such beauty godlings have wrought
know sin as the school where eternity is taught
how else master the knowledge of ought and ought-not
star bound under star rules, vault of heaven we sought
cashed in our sins for the wisdom it bought
paid full fare for the ticket we got

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party poll

howz things – from the host
hard – said the porn star
bizaare – said the newsman
perched on the brink

wild – said the huntsman
crazy – said the shrink
cool -said the iceman
some chill for your drink?

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Saloon Town
(a tally poem)

Gone from mild to wild
Exuberance of emerging
Party down in party town
Bust’n loose to celebrate
Submit to those urgings

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Of Thee I Sing

Born for revolution independence instruction
Dominion over Indian, conquer the continent
Mother to quarrels of bickering children
Ferment and foment instant fresh at the moment

Raw farms full barns of crisp entertainment
Sparkling new ones, novel message to market
Flowers of the garden, fragments for segments
Specialize vocalize home on the target

Talent pool energized, fertilized by the world
Song as a sport, stage and screen using words
Voracious most appetite, news larger than life
The Wild West in Washington, not a surprise

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5-7-5-7-7

someone’s at the door
wild tree spiraling skyward
points a direction
answers the unasked question
the stars are knocking it said

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5-7-5

the day dawns blue skies
nothing so wild as the wind
call it politics

 

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An infinity of forest lies dormant within the dreams on one acorn.
~Wayne W Dyer

A true forest is not merely a storehouse full of wood, but, as it were, a factory of wood.
~Theodore Roosevelt

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Large or small, [the garden] should be orderly and rich. It should be well fenced from the outside world. It should by no means imitate either the willfulness or the wildness of nature, but should look like a thing never to be seen except near the house. It should, in fact, look like part of the house.
~William Morris

The gardener cultivates wildness, but he does so carefully and respectfully, in full recognition of its mystery.
~Michael Pollan

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And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.
~Maurice Sendak

You can’t give your heart to a wild thing.
~Truman Capote

Then from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat, so he gave up being king of the wild things.
~Maurice Sendak

There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.
~Aldo Leopold

I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more.
~Maurice Sendak

There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.
~Maurice Sendak

 

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Quotes harvested from:
https://azquotes.com, http://www.quotegarden.com, https://wiseoldsayings.com

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Video Harvest:  https://vimeo.com, https://youtube.com

 

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Quoted in The Grove:    shirt

The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves.
~Garth Henrichs

The man who rolls up his sleeves seldom loses his shirt.
~Thomas Cowan

Always roll up the sleeves on your shirt. It gives the impression that you’re working, even if you’re not.
~Ashton Kutcher

EndQuote:
Somebody’s trying to sell you a Mercedes and he pulls up in a Civic with mustard stains on his shirt, dipping a pretzel in some cheese? Nobody wants to hear what you say unless you look like somebody.
~Riff Raff

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Exercise Prompt for 01/24:   wild

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When my dad needed a shirt ironed, he would yell downstairs to my mother, who would drop everything and iron his shirt.
~Hope Davis

If ordinary means I have suddenly got to produce a household of kids and iron Peter’s shirts, I’m sorry, I’m not interested.
~Helen Clark

Ah! how annoying that the law doesn’t allow a woman to change husbands just as one does shirts.
~Moliere

Also, I used to think that one day I might get someone to iron my shirts, but the truth is I really like doing them myself.
~David Sedaris

I was taught to iron in the children’s home I lived in – along with mopping, sweeping, and washing up. If you iron a shirt in order – collar, cuffs, yoke, sleeves and then body – it comes out all neat and gorgeous.
~Neil Morrissey

I see no reason to have my shirts ironed. It’s irrational.
~Barry Commoner

I’ve loved men that wear un-ironed clothes, it doesn’t make me fall out of love. When you love someone, you should see beyond their image. It just makes me want to iron their shirt. But once you love a person, they could wear a garbage bag!
~Olga Kurylenko

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Posted from the Grove

I find it hard to relax around any man who’s got the second button on his shirt undone.
~Bill Nighy

I would never wear anything with a logo. That I really find difficult. It’s a frustration that I’ll find a nice shirt or something and it’s got 50 prints of the logo on it – why do they do this?
~Norman Foster

I’ve never owned a T-shirt. I don’t like vests or sweaters or cardies with zips. I like a proper shirt with a collar. There’s nothing else that I think I look nice in. I don’t think there’s anything else that other men look nice in, to be honest. Things with words on! Can you imagine? On grown-ups! Words are to make books with.
~Howard Jacobson

I went to see Dad in hospital after he had gone through one particularly grueling operation. I walked into the room where he was recovering, and he was sitting up in a chair, wearing his shirt and tie. That was after eight hours of surgery. I found that so moving.
~Rachel Joyce

I love when I get compliments on my shirts all the time. I’m a t-shirt guy, and I think nine times out of 10, they have some kind of super hero character on them.
~Cress Williams

Europe has memories, America has t-shirts.
~Jean-Luc Godard

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~France Has Got Talent:  Johannes Stoetter – The Body Animal   (3:17)   the unshirted wilds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iog9JVtbMS8

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Fortunes made in no time are like shirts made in no time; it’s ten to one if they hang long together.
~Douglas William Jerrold

A shirt’s not just a shirt. It’s the experience of what goes into that shirt.
~Michael Bastian

It is a merchant’s nature to quibble over coins. It is how we become rich and buy satin shirts. The problems of who governs this area is one for another day.
~David Gemmell

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You do know it cost money to put a t-shirt on your back? You do know it cost money have a house? You do know it cost money to eat? Get money, don’t let these people fool you.
~DJ Khaled

You can be 24 and continue to live like you’re at college, or even continue to live like you’re in high school. Or you can put on a shirt and tie and pretend to be an adult.
~Ezra Koenig

The kids of America, please get a damn job. Get out of the house, leave the refrigerator alone. Stop wearing my shoes. Leave my shirts alone, get a job. Spend your own money.
~John Witherspoon

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Do I care about clothes and stuff? Not much. It’s a bit sick, isn’t it, people spending all that money on clothes? I’m too stingy. I wouldn’t pay £100 for a shirt.
~Louis Theroux

The three biggest fashion mistakes are cheap suits, shoes, and shirts. Spend your money on something good.
~Donatella Versace

I think that luxury is to be used when you are in your jeans and your T-shirt and you want to feel a little extra special, and you want to go and walk into a store and have somebody go, “Wow, what is that?” Maybe that’s the one and only thing you give yourself that day, but I think women like to give that to themselves.
~Charlize Theron

I bought my first pair of pointy-toed Miu Miu shoes with a kitten heel from Barneys. They were $200, and it was a big deal. I wore them with a pleated black Benetton skirt and a white shirt. I looked like a waitress.
~Eva Chen

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VIDEO:

So yes, this is a show about an adolescent girl, her friends, and various vampires. Vampires writing in diaries, vampires attending high school, vampires investigating various mysterious supernatural events, vampires tormenting each other, vampires eavesdropping on each other, and vampires being sarcastic about other vampires’ hairstyles. Vampires embracing every possible opportunity to take off their shirts.
~Kelly Link

In New York, we get down. In L.A., everybody’s pretty much standing around like they’re at a keg stand. You got to get the party started, so I just take my shirt off.
~Tracy Morgan

I was making out with this woman, and my shirt was off, and she leaned over and, in a really cute, girly voice, went, ‘Hey, fatty!’
~Jason Segel

I am what they call a chubby-skinny guy. I appear to be normal and have the look of an in-shape man, but if we were to go to a pool party I would go with my shirt on.
~Adam Pally

In a big Bollywood romantic film, taking my shirt off and spreading the hand towards the mountain with dancers behind me are not my cup of tea.
~Vir Das

But in some ways, I’m like an old woman – lived it, seen it, done it, been there, have the T-shirt.
~Drew Barrymore

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~CRUMBS:  Shirt Vile   (3:46)   a meditation
https://vimeo.com/324103809

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Overdone lipstick is a deterrent to men. It rubs off easily onto their skin and the edges of their shirts, so it discourages them from kissing, touching, and coming closer to you, which is what they really want to do!
~Helen Fisher

Prostitutes go to jail. Their customers go home and read the New York Times. In this country you’re allowed to buy anything. If you need a shirt, you have a right to buy it. If you need sex, you don’t. What’s more important, sex or a shirt?
~Jackie Mason

Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds? If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.
~Cassandra Clare

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The hair and makeup people were talking the other day about how weird their job is. And costumes, they have to be in people’s faces and have to reach in their skirts to pull their shirts down and stuff. I was like, “You guys, I meet someone, I shake their hand, and then I kiss them. And sober. During midday. For money.”
~Mary Elizabeth Ellis

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.
~Henri Cartier-Bresson

I think good-looking people seldom make good television. And American television studios almost concede before they start: ‘Well, it won’t be good, but at least it’ll be good-looking. We’ll have nice-looking girls in tight shirts with F.B.I. badges and fit-looking guys with lots of hair gel vaulting over things.’
~Hugh Laurie

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MUSIC:   not much on shirt music

I have been doing merch’ since I was 15 and in bands when I was a teenager – silk-screening shirts, making the emulsion in my mom’s closet I converted into a dark room, through college. That’s essentially how us bands survived was selling homemade t-shirts.
~Steve Aoki

Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.
~Gerard Way

I would never talk to a girl in a bar, like a pick-up thing. But I could talk to anyone if they wore a t-shirt of a band I like.
~Craig Finn

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You know, being in a rock band, you can’t overdo the costume changes too much because everyone thinks, oh, that’s not a real rock band. Look how many times he changes costumes. That’s not rock. Rock’s about going on in a T-shirt and staying in it and getting it all dirty. But that’s not really my approach.
~Mick Jagger

The suit does not represent the businessman anymore. Nor does the loud shirt represent the rock star. The same man can now wear both. ~Donatella Versace

One U.S. hit single and a hit T Shirt in 1985 does not a celebrity make.
~Holly Johnson

Too many rockers put on the leather pants and shirt first. But if you write good songs, the pants and shirt will follow.
~John Rzeznik

The Beatles exist apart from myself. I am not really Beatle George. Beatle George is like a suit or shirt that I once wore on occasion, and until the end of my life, people may see that shirt and mistake it for me.
~George Harrison

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~Donovan/Smothers Brothers:  I Love My Shirt   (2:52)  ’70s feel good
https://youtu.be/_mcMApFCQkk

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~Elvis Costello & The Attractions:  Green Shirt   (2:42)   the lighter side of Mr Costello
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlCvlGCuQBE

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~Keith Urban:  You Look Good in My Shirt   (4:49)   Mr Urban being adored, having fun onstage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGPLf9baaUg

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Girls can wear jeans, cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots, ’cause it’s okay to be a boy, but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading.
~Charlotte Gainsbourg

I never set out to work on the concept of androgyny. For me, it was more about trying to find a wardrobe that would fundamentally appeal to both men and women: Trying to find the right shirt, the right jeans, the right trouser – but on different landscapes.
~Jonathan Anderson

My dad wears girls’ clothes – it’s so funny. Sometimes I see him and I’m like, ‘Nice shirt!,’ because it’s from my closet.
~Liv Tyler (daughter, Steve Tyler – Aerosmith)

I always dressed as a man when I was at school. I loved wearing a tie and a shirt, and I was always wearing suits. Annie Lennox was my hero. I was always playing men in high school.
~Cate Blanchett

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Kate Moss. She looks good in anything. She would look good in one of your t-shirts, in her t-shirt, in a man’s suit, in a huge gown. She looks amazing naked. She even makes nude look stylish. That, to me, is a style icon. She could put a barrel on and it would be some sort of statement.
~Justin Timberlake

I like a scarf with a shirt; it throws it off a bit.
~Kate Moss

I am inspired by anything beautiful. Sometime it’s a pair of eyes or flowing gorgeous hair, other times it’s the sky or a sunset. I’ve been inspired by supple skin or the texture of a soft shirt.
~Nadine Velazquez

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Seeing the Light
© photographer unknown

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I find that a shirt is most similar to a napkin when I don’t have a napkin.
~Demetri Martin

Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.
~Dave Barry

If you show up in L.A. with your shirt inside out or socks mismatched, people start putting change in your cup.
~Casey Affleck

You might be a redneck if your favorite T-shirt is offensive in thirteen states.
~Jeff Foxworthy

Yesterday people were going past my window in t-shirts and dresses. But that’s the men at the BBC for you.
~Eddie Mair

You might be a redneck if you work with a shirt off… and so does your husband.
~Jeff Foxworthy

If you’re a man and you have big tits, don’t wear a tight T-shirt, okay? It confuses the children!
~Dennis Miller

With the first kid, you micromanage it, making sure there’s no hair out of place when it goes off to school. But by the third kid, it’s more like, “Oh, you want to wear a splatter-painted, Hard Rock Café T-shirt for seven days in a row and not brush your hair? Go for it. Be who you want to be.”
~Annie E Clark

When I went into the computer shop to change my last laptop, the 19-year-old kid behind the counter looked at my six-year-old model and described it as ‘vintage.’ ‘Vintage?’ I wanted to scream. ‘Son, I’ve got shirts older than you! I own underpants that have seen more of the world!’
~John Niven

Hollywood must be the only place on earth where you can be fired by a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap.
~Steve Martin

Now I’m in real trouble. First my laundry called and said they lost my shirt and then my broker said the same thing.
~Leopold Fechtner

An income tax form is like a laundry list – either way you lose your shirt.
~Fred Allen

Iran may have attacked ISIS. Do you know how long it’s been since I have been able to wear my “Go Iran” T-shirt?
~Conan O’Brien

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Winter Scene
© photographer unknown

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For my prom, I wore a white suit with a burgundy shirt, tie and cummerbund, along with white shoes, a white trilby and a cane. I was extra fly that day.
~Ne-Yo

Everyone looks better and more alive in a pink shirt.
~Michael Bastian

Our editor came to work today in a vibrant pink shirt. Vibrant. Several members of staff have had to go home sick.
~Eddie Mair

Tom Ford, who is my all-time favourite, once said to me, ‘Here’s the thing about dress shirts, Rob. You need white, and you need black.’ ‘What about blue,’ I asked. He said, ‘Have you ever seen Cary Grant in a blue dress shirt?’
~Rob Lowe

Your shoes have to match your belt. That’s rule number one for guys. You can’t put the brown shoes with the black belt. Or a brown belt with a black wristwatch. Just don’t do it! Also, I don’t like boots with suits. And when you wear sneakers, make sure they go with your shirt.
~Ashton Kutcher

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I have this complex that if I walk into a place wearing a colorful shirt someone will stop me and say, ‘I’m sorry, but the Latin band comes through the other door.’
~Oscar de la Renta

I’m a bit of a traditionalist; the ballroom is all about tails and I never mess about with that. But for the Latin you can have a bit of fun: tight trousers, gold shirt open to my waist, be a bit ridiculous.
~Anton du Beke

To wear a floral shirt is an experience.
~Brian Wilson

I’m a Hawaiian shirt guy. I’ve made that life decision.
~Chris O’Dowd

Ninety percent of a shirt that not only was bright purple and green but with a design on it that, if you moved too quickly, might cause a seizure in an unsuspecting onlooker.
~Lewis Black

I credit my grandmother for my sense of style. She was known for wearing bright, outrageous things because it made people happy and she thought it made her more approachable. When you wear a brightly colored shirt or pants, it shows you don’t take yourself too seriously and it puts everyone around you at ease.
~Blake Mycoskie

Whenever I put on a colored thing, I feel like I’m in a costume. Like when I put on a gray shirt.
~Justin Theroux

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@Writers Platform

Why all this insistence on the senses? Because in order to convince your reader that he is THERE, you must assault each of his senses, in turn, with color, sound, taste, and texture. If your reader feels the sun on his flesh, the wind fluttering his shirt sleeves, half your fight is won. The most improbable tales can be made believable, if your reader, through his senses, feels certain that he stands at the middle of events. He cannot refuse, then, to participate. The logic of events always gives way to the logic of the senses.
~Ray Bradbury

If you want to write what the world is about, you have to write details…real life is in the dishes. Real life is pushing strollers up the street, folding T-shirts, the alarm clock going off early and you dropping into bed exhausted every night. That’s real life.
~Anna Quindlen

Sometimes, particularly in summers in New York, I have tried to write in shorts or with no shirt on and found myself unable to do so, the reason being, I take it, that writing, even of the most impersonal sort, is for me a divestment, a striptease, even, so that if I start off undressed, I have nowhere to go.
~Alan Bennett

Writers collect stories of rituals: John Cheever putting on a jacket and tie to go down to the basement, where he kept a desk near the boiler room. Keats buttoning up his clean white shirt to write in, after work.
~Mona Simpson

I love my work with a frenetic and perverse love, as an ascetic loves the hair shirt which scratches his belly.
~Gustave Flaubert

Literature is about as unnecessarily necessarily as tableware or ironed shirts.
~Peter Bichsel

Readers re-create any story to suit their own needs. They re-clothe the story in their own shirts. Put simply: just as we write the story we need to write, they read the story they need to read.
~Jane Yolen

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Author’s Mea Culpa, with Apology

My brother returned to Colombia, and brought me copies of my book, Archipelago. It was my first chance to see what my years of work amounted to.

I am used to making mistakes. Anyone who knows me knows I am capable of monumental, horrible, inexcusable mistakes. I do not mind being corrected, or being told I am wrong. This is how I learn, how I get better. I thought this was understood.

Why, oh why, did someone not tell me that the printed paperback version of Archipelago retained the eBook format? How did I not see it in the first place? I am mortified, and it would have only taken me a few minutes to make the needed corrections then. I do not blame anyone for their silence. The mistakes are mine. I only wish I had known.

To those who purchased, there is only this microscopic advantage to having trusted my appeal. If you want irrefutable proof of having purchased a first edition copy of a future classic (yes, I do believe this), then hold onto your copy until I can return and make it right. Unless your choice is between throwing out a rat, three weeks dead, or your copy of Archipelago to make room for a dozen rotten eggs, I’d say hold onto the book … just in case.

Dan Jack, author

https://wordgrove.com

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Mediocrity’s like a spot on a shirt — it never comes off.
~Haruki Murakami

Providence has a wild, rough, incalculable road to its end, and it is of no use to try to whitewash its huge, mixed instrumentalities, or to dress up that terrific benefactor in a clean shirt and white neckcloth of a student in divinity.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You know, I’ve got a confession to make myself. I’m not really a priest, I’ve just got my shirt on backwards.
~Ryan Stiles

A habit is a shirt made of iron.
~Czech Proverb

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Exercise Prompt:   shirt

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I felt that I ostracized myself by my behavior, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting why did I make such a mistake? Why have I made so many mistakes?
~Sarah Ferguson

I’m extremely self-critical. Although I try not to be ridiculous about it, wearing horsehair shirts and all that. It’s a private exercise I don’t necessarily share with other people.
~Gina McKee

Pain reconciles one to existence. Infinite resignation is that shirt in the old fable. The thread is spun with tears, bleached by tears, the shirt sewn in tears, but then it also gives better protection than iron. The secret in life is that everyone must sew it for himself.
~Soren Kierkegaard

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I am not that attached to material things. And the good thing is I can make choices. I have very few possessions. Luckily, as a man you don’t need much… a few papers, a couple of books, and a few shirts, jackets, sweaters. It fits in a little thing, in a paper bag, so it’s very easy.
~Nicolas Berggruen

He who accepts his poverty unhurt I’d say is rich although he lacked a shirt. But truly poor are they who whine and fret and covet what they cannot hope to get.
~Geoffrey Chaucer

There are other measures of self-respect for a man, than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

My overcoat is worn out; my shirts also are worn out. And I ask to be allowed to have a lamp in the evening; it is indeed wearisome sitting alone in the dark.
~William Tyndale

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

T for Tribute

Another day pressed
buttoned-down oxford
Yesterday stains
clean washed away
Keeping things fresh
from the residue
Life’s overflow
evidence of experience

Smells and smudges
give me a 3 day t-shirt
Essence plus aura
stored in warm cotton
Worn memories hold comfort
yesterday and me

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identities

red shirt blue shirt
tuxedos, I-do shirts
rolled up work sleeves
flaunting it t-shirts
shirking-the-work sort

a topical logo
cotton crayon creations
silk woolens and linen
breezy tropical rayon
to young Polly Esther’s
latinate neon

a mortally bloodied
totally berzerk shirt
cancels the clerical
morally sterile sort:
the command to behave
pay a tithe to believe
support God’s war
wear the worship shirt

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The Souvenir
a doggerel

Easy to believe in easy Belize
To love and enjoy it, to escape alive
Adventure needs danger and fear to survive
Taken from memory time has arrived

Things get risky when police get frisky
Afternoon trysts impossible to miss
Cartel cutthroats carve out a highway where
Bystanding witness outstanding target there

Yet even police have their senior police
Who side with a tourist officially briefed
Discrete procession, sponsored protection
Revised perceptions, destined direction

Full year paid for, half year lost
Some unsung worker shared the cost
Bleach stained T-shirt large size, black
Souvenir trade made headed back

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5-7-5-7-7

my wallet myself
shiftless same-same as shirtless
toothless powerless
money makes the world go round
coined phrases have currency

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5-7-5

sky work, day job done
luminous red shirted clouds
changing to nightwear
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stuffed shirt arrogance
pushing world leaders aside
ain’t karma a bitch

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One modest suggestion for my friends in the academic community: the next time a mob of students, waving their non-negotiable demands, starts pitching bricks and rocks at the student union – just imagine they are wearing brown shirts or white sheets – and act accordingly.
~Spiro T Agnew

Young people need to re-engage with politics. The life of democracy depends on it. We’ve left it to the stuff shirts, and obviously they haven’t been minding the store.
~Emilio Estevez

Providence has a wild, rough, incalculable road to its end, and it is of no use to try to whitewash its huge, mixed instrumentalities, or to dress up that terrific benefactor in a clean shirt and white neckcloth of a student in divinity.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You know, I’ve got a confession to make myself. I’m not really a priest, I’ve just got my shirt on backwards.
~Ryan Stiles

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I met this homeless man who had never owned a shirt in his life. He had taken his pants and worn them as a shirt and I thought it was so creative. He was liberated from the conventions of fashion.
~Julia Stiles

I have found people on both sides of the aisle, white and black, that’ll give you the shirt off their back. And I’ve also found people that won’t give you a piece of bread if you’re starving to death.
~Al Green

If everyone gives one thread, the poor person will have a shirt.
~Russian Proverb

[Jesus] said that they will know we are Christians — not by our bumper stickers and T-shirts — but by our love.
~Shane Claiborne

Anyone who has two shirts when someone has none is not a christian.
~Lenny Bruce

You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.
~Charles De Gaulle

Put yourself in their shoes before you decide on the best way to take their shirts.
~David Sklansky

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Quoted in The Grove:

Atlas isn’t carrying the world on his shoulders, no giant muscular hulk with a sense of responsibility; the world is balanced on a pyramid of clowns, and they are always tooting horns and wobbling and goosing each other.
~Dean Koontz

Making eye contact with adults while dressed as a clown is risky.
~Douglas Coupland

It seems so absurd to get really mad with a cartoonist over a comic strip. It’s sort of like getting in a fight with a circus clown outside your house. It’s not going to end well.
~Stephan Pastis

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We are in the same tent as the clowns and the freaks – that’s show business.
~Edward R Murrow

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Exercise Prompt for 01/17:  shirt

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Being a funny person does an awful lot of things to you. You feel that you mustn’t get serious with people. They don’t expect it from you, and they don’t want to see it. You’re not entitled to be serious, you’re a clown.
~Fanny Brice

Only comedians can talk about death, life, God and Virgin Mary. If I was a tragic actor, I couldn’t allow myself. But with this accent I can do it. I can talk with death in person because I am a clown. Yes. And I am proud to be a clown – very much.
~Roberto Benigni

Laughter is a celebration of our failings. That’s what clowns are for. And that’s what I am.
~Emma Thompson

I am a clown…and I collect moments.
~Heinrich Böll

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No one knows Anne’s better side, and that’s why most people can’t stand me. Oh, I can be an amusing clown for an afternoon, but after that, everyone’s had enough of me to last a month.
~Anne Frank

I’ve said this before, that, when you’re in school and you’re the class clown, men are really good at making fun at other people and women are really good at making fun of themselves.
~Amy Poehler

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Posted from the Grove

I’m one of the more pessimistic cats on the planet. I make Van Gogh look like a rodeo clown.
~Dennis Miller

If people are a little nervous about approaching you at the market, it’s good. I’m not Chuckles The Clown. Or Bozo. I don’t cut the ribbon at the opening of markets. I don’t stand next to the mayor. Hit your baseball into my yard, and you’ll never see it again.
~Tom Waits

People like eccentrics. Therefore they will leave me alone, saying that I am a mad clown.
~Vaslav Nijinsky

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As a clown, you’re letting go of all of your bullshit.
~Caitlin Rose

I’m obsessed with clowns and what they represent and the idea that clowns are supposed to make you laugh, but inevitably they’re hiding something. That’s how I look at my life.
~Madonna Ciccone

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~Go Project Films:  Laugh Clown Laugh   (7:43)   a day in the life
https://vimeo.com/60202790

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~Vincent Urban: In Russia   (6:37)   forget the politics: real people live here, in real beauty
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/480867318


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I know what I look like – a weird, sad clown puppet. I’m fine with that.
~Rainn Wilson

I suppose that I’m fairly comfortable with the clown hat on.
~Nick Rhodes

I am a clown, just without the painted smile.
~Chevy Chase

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A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can’t play the part of a wise man.
~Malcolm X

I remember in the circus learning that the clown was the prince, the high prince. I always thought that the high prince was the lion or the magician, but the clown is the most important.
~Roberto Benigni

The cleverest character in comedy is the clown, for he who would make people take him for a fool, must not be one.
~Miguel de Cervantes

Who are a little wise the best fools be.
~Dr John Donne

The wisest people are the clowns, like Harpo Marx, who would not speak. If I could have anything I want I would like God to listen to what Harpo was not saying, and understand why Harpo would not talk.
~Philip K Dick

The art of the clown is more profound than we think. It is the comic mirror of tragedy, and the tragic mirror of comedy.
~Andre Suares

There is no better role to play among the great than that of jester.
~Denis Diderot

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VIDEO:

God’s children and their happiness are my reasons for being.
~Red Skelton

I am prouder of my title ‘The Children’s Friend’ than if I were to be called ‘The King of the World’.
~P T Barnum

A Clown is an angel with a red nose.
~J T “Bubba” Sykes

Be. Here. NOW. Don’t forget to breathe. When all else fails, grab a clown nose.
~Tom Bergeron

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Wearing underwear on the outside of your clothes can turn a tedious trip to the store for a forgotten carton of milk into an amusement park romp.
~Patch Adams

You’ve got to realize that when all goes well, and everything is beautiful, you have no comedy. It’s when somebody steps on the bride’s train, or belches during the ceremony that you’ve got comedy!”
~Phyllis Diller

I’ve seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”
~Bob Hope

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~Omeleto:  Today’s the Day   (14:08)   a musical short
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=today%27s+the+day

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~Omeleto:  Step Right Up   (9:16)   warm, unfunny love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qr3mrTt3vw

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~Omeleto:  Clown Face   (10:26)   bad dad, daughter and a mirror
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQKhjNotAfY

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~Roshan Murthy:  Clown   (8:44)   the very sad, sad clown
https://vimeo.com/5832044

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I’m divorced and I’ve been to the circus and seen the clowns. This ain’t my first rodeo.
~Naomi Judd

Love is a pig dressed as a clown sitting in a bath full of beans: pretty much amazing, once you get over the shock.
~Craig Stone

Love may make the world go around, but laughter keeps us from getting dizzy.
~Donald Zockert

Is that love? It seems like a pale word, too easily tossed about by people who don’t know the meaning of it, who twist it for their own ends. I’m afraid of it now, right up there with clowns, close spaces, and open flames.
~Ann Aguirre

Clowning is a trick to get love close. I can hug 99 percent of people in the first second of contact if I’m in my clown character. The clown assumes your humanity. It assumes that, whatever trauma you’ve had, you can still love yourself.
~Patch Adams

Humor is something that strives between a person’s aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.
~Victor Borge

True humor springs more from the heart than from the head; it is not contempt, its essence is love.
~Thomas Carlyle

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MUSIC:

I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.
~William Shakespeare

It is meat and drink to me to see a clown.
~William Shakespeare

A smile is the light
on the window of your face
that tells others
that your heart is at home.
~Philip D Noble

Anyone who can make people laugh has the greatest gift God can give a man.
~Al Ross

The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.
~Bennett Cerf

Humor – The sunshine of the mind.
~Bulwer-Lytton Good

Good humor is goodness and wisdom combined.
~Owen Meredith

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The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that’s laughter. The moment it arises, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
~Mark Twain

Make a man laugh a good hearty laugh, and you have paved the way for friendship. When a man laughs with you, he to some extent likes you.
~Dale Carnegie

Humor is the foundation of reconciliation.
~St Francis de Sales

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
~Victor Borge

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Judy Collins: Send in the Clowns

~Dame Judi Dench   (4:50)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvZex3Qf7QQ

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~Glenn Close:   (4:12)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vufO2FZY6XQ

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~Cole Porter ( from movie: The PirateBe A Clown   (3:53)   classic comedy pizzaz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-MrAo8-1jw

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~Roy Orbison:  Candy Colored Clown, feat. The Frolic King   (2:48)   lip sync
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g_tRJ0Hb5I

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~Everly Brothers:  Cathy’s Clown, feat. Reba McEntire   (3:07)   western soap
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYVKQW-RORs

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~Bobby Goldsboro:  Funny Little Clown   (3:23)   international heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8tzHS9n3f4

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A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to the general applause of wits who believe it’s a joke.
~Soren Kierkegaard

When the whole world turns clown, and paints itself red with its own hearts blood instead of vermilion, it is something else than comic.
~John Ruskin

These Macedonians,” said he, “are a rude and clownish people, that call a spade a spade.
~Plutarch.

Jesters do often prove prophets.
~William Shakespeare

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I’m not sure how a world leader reacts to the work of a clown.
~Darrell Hammond

Men without dignity are like clowns without an audience, pathetic and lost.
~Rubin Carter

I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
~Charlie Chaplin

A clown can get away with murder.
~John Wayne Gacy

A circus! 100 clowns of injustice have climbed out of the tiny clown car of this court room.
~Ellen DeGeneres

Sometimes evil is in the form of a malignant clown, and sometimes evil is in the form of policy and legislators, and sometimes it’s a grinning death mask and it has something more viscerally terrifying about it.
~Karyn Kusama

A God who is trying to convince people that He is a God is not a God! He is just a clown disguised as a God! No supreme power can be in need of convincing men!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan

If there had been a charismatic figure in the United States who could mobilize fears, anger, racism, a sense of loss of the future that belongs to us, this country could be in real danger. We’re lucky that there never has been an honest, charismatic figure. McCarthy was too much of a thug, you know? Nixon was too crooked. Trump, I think, is too much of a clown. So, we’ve been lucky.
~Noam Chomsky

The highest of renown
Are the surest stricken down;
But the stupid and the clown
They remain.
~Eugene Fitch Ware

Clowns and elephants are the pegs on which the circus is hung.
~P T Barnum

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Across the street, a clown picked up a ladder, turned, knocked the clown behind him into a bucket of water, then turned again to see what the commotion was, thus sending his rising victim into the bucket again with a surprising parping noise. The crowd watched silently. If it were funny, clowns wouldn’t be doing it.
~Terry Pratchett,

No clowns were funny. That was the whole purpose of a clown. People laughed at clowns, but only out of nervousness. The point of clowns was that, after watching them, anything else that happened seemed enjoyable.
~Terry Pratchett

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Life is a series of ups and clowns. Make it worth your wild!
~Richard Branson

I had a friend who was a clown. When he died, all his friends went to the funeral in one car.
~Steven Wright

When fighting clowns, always go for the juggler.
~Rawi Hage

Is it true that cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny?
~Steven Wright

When all the people covered in tattoos turn about 70 years old, they’re going to look like a strange race of melting clowns.
~Dana Gould

There’s nothing like a clown with a boner to remind you that you’re having a nightmare.
~Dana Gould

When I see professional clowns, mimes, or people who makes balloon animals, I think of their relatives and how disappointed they must be.
~Jimmy Fallon

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Everyone knows there’s only one thing less welcome on a stage than a mime, and that’s a clown, because everyone knows that clowns eat people.
~Laurie Notaro

I hate clowns. You can’t see what they’re thinking.
~Geraldine McCaughrean

Clowns are always creepy!
~Kate Bush

The child’s laughter is pure until he first laughs at a clown.
~Angela Carter

You have to be kind of alerted to the fact that clowns are scary and then you can’t look at them the same way again. There’s something very sinister about them… There’s something very tragic about them as well. The last thing they are is funny.
~Reece Shearsmith

I don’t even like clowns. Clowns are not normal people.
~Barbara Park

Death’s gruesome face taunts: soulless eyes, crimson grimace. I really hate clowns.
~Katherine Applegate

“Everyone hates clowns,” Otis said. “Even other clowns hate clowns.
~Rick Riordan

Clowns are vicious – they’re all nefarious grins – and if you hung out with a bunch of clowns in a bar, pretty soon it would turn into a horror movie. Nefarious means evil. It’s nothing to do with Rastas.
~Jenni Fagan

Nobody likes a clown at midnight
~Stephen King

I hate clowns. I’ve mentioned that, right?
~D J MacHale

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If you look at photographs of clowns when they’re just being ordinary men, they’ve got quite sad faces.
~Enid Blyton

Clowns drink to blot out the ravages of terrifying children for a living.
~Douglas Coupland

You turn into this desperate dude looking for a shred of attention when you just had so much. It’s like, “I’m just lonely and all I really want is a hug, but I gotta capture that in something real gross.” You start to understand why circus clowns are alcoholics.
~Babatunde Adebimpe

You never have a comedian who hasn’t got a very deep strain of sadness within him or her. Every great clown has been very near to tragedy.
~Margaret Rutherford

We are the zanies of sorrow. We are clowns whose hearts are broken.
~Oscar Wilde

The artist, like the idiot or clown, sits on the edge of the world, and a push may send him over it.
~Osbert Sitwell

So even in hell, there are clowns.
~Vernor Vinge

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Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor…I am Pagliacci.
~Alan Moore”

I mean, a clown’s got it all. He never has to hold back: He can do as he pleases. The mouth and the eyes are painted on. So if you wanta cry, you can go right ahead. The makeup won’t smear. You’ll still be smiling. . .
~Red Skelton

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@Writers Platform

Writing is for men who can think and feel, not mindless sensation seekers out of nightclubs and bars. But these are bad times. We are condemned to work with upstarts, clowns who no doubt got their training in a circus and then turned to journalism as the appropriate place to display their tricks.
~Naguib Mahfouz

Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.
~John Steinbeck

Vulgarity is a necessary part of a complete author’s equipment; and the clown is sometimes the best part of the circus.
~George Bernard Shaw

The writer’s job is the job of a clown …the clown who also talks about sorrow.
~Kenzaburo Oe

Truth be told, when you start your career out as a clown, you don’t consider yourself a writer.
~Lizz Winstead

In the cycle of a great civilization, the artist begins as priest, and ends as a clown or buffoon.
~Malcolm Muggeridge

I should think that many of our poets, the honest ones, will confess to having no manifesto. It is a painful confession but the art of poetry carries its own powers without having to break them down into critical listings. I do not mean that poetry should be raffish and irresponsible clown tossing off words into the void. But the very feeling of a good poem carries its own reason for being… Art is its own excuse, and it’s either Art or it’s something else. It’s either a poem or a piece of cheese.
~Charles Bukowski

When you write, you can hide behind your words. When you talk, you are up front, like the clown in the midway booth; and passersby can bean you with a ball.
~Willard R Espy

READ! Books can be as delicious as hot-fudge sundaes, as funny as clowns, as exciting as a baseball game that’s tied in the 9th inning, and as beautiful as the best sunset you ever saw.
~Judith Viorst

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Uncertain whose the narrowest span,- the clown unread, or half-read gentleman.
~John Dryden

Better a witty fool then a foolish wit.
~William Shakespeare

Never underestimate a clown with a book.
~Rawi Hage

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Glass Table:  Contest Entry

~susanszy:  The Ice Mermaid

It was a dark and stormy night. Really.

The pirates aboard the Royal Fortune were making their way through the raging seas after having looted and pillaged Port Arthur.

The captain, Black Bart, had had too much rum but insisted on manning the helm. It was a bad, bad idea thought Billy Bones, the deaf first mate. But nothing could dissuade the captain. Yes, Billy Bones was indeed deaf, but he could read lips very well. No one on board even suspected he couldn’t hear.

Meanwhile, a golden mermaid had spotted the ship and was following its struggle in the gale and terrifying waves. Perfect. She glided gleefully to a nearby dark island.

The mermaid carefully chose a spot atop a craggy hill, where sharp rocks were exposed below. She cast her gaze upon the ship in the storm, and began her eerie song. Her voice carried through the strong winds and torrential rain where it assailed the captain’s ears.

Black Bart was immediately mesmerized by the siren song. The rest of the crew went below deck and fell asleep, as if they were enchanted. And indeed they were. Black Bart, drawn by a strong dark magic, turned the Royal Fortune toward the sound – and right for the dangerous rocks.

Billy Bones was not affected by the siren song. He was horrified to see that the captain was heading right for the sharp rocks which were clearly seen during each lightning flash. What was wrong with the captain? Billy Bones tried arguing with the captain, but to no avail – so he tried brute force. The captain, who seemed to have the strength of ten men, tried to throw Billy Bones overboard. But Billy had a death grip on the captain, so overboard they BOTH went.

The mermaid saw Billy Bones and Captain Black Bart enter the water. She then raised her arms. At that gesture, the swirling water turned to icy crags. Billy Bones and Black Bart froze immediately, and the Royal Fortune crashed into the sharp icy floes. The ship foundered, then sank beneath the ice.

The mermaid, also known as the Ice Mermaid, ceased her siren song. The ice in the sea melted. The golden Ice Mermaid swam away, watching for the next ship, which was sure to come soon. She was ready.

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The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
~e e cummings

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it!
~Charlie Chaplin

If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.
~Jimmy Buffet

Man could direct his ways by plain reason, and support his life by tasteless food, but God has given us wit, and flavor, and brightness, and laughter to enliven the days of man’s pilgrimage, and to charm his pained steps over the burning marble.
~Sydney Smith

Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Humor is like food. You have to have it every day.”
~Sid Caesar

We don’t stop laughing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop laughing.
~George Bernard Shaw

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Exercise Prompt:   clown

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A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.
~Madeleine L’Engle

A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast
~Groucho Marx

Grim care, moroseness, anxiety — all this rust of life ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. Mirth is God’s medicine.
~Henry Ward Beecher

The role of a clown and a physician are the same it’s to elevate the possible and to relieve suffering.
~Patch Adams

The arrival of a good clown exercises a more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than twenty asses laden with drugs.
~Thomas Sydenham

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

the circus

less than tragic more than sad
oxymoron, clown in love
recently registered irregular heartbeat
decently decorated threadbare coat sleeve
fickle volatile smiles upside down
puppet love would-be, misbehaving frown

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Epiphany

Visited epiphany
This day of infamy
Tricked out clown
Full-blown insanity
Seditions, seductions
Treasonous atrocities
Grab ’em by the putsch
See, watch it wriggle free
Curséd day called Epiphany

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course revision

callow students
hallowed teachers
sacred clowns
from holy fools
rethink the future
nature of schools
two steps up
from the iron rule
do unto others
before they do unto you
a golden thought
for the art of living
’stead of push and pull
gifted hearts
full of giving

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5-7-5 x 4

death no longer news
passing strange this passage, time
god Clown flips a coin

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3 lines 3 times

clown, vain little man
supposed himself greater than
the clubhouse he ran
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clown in the mirror
irrelevant, petulant
unrequited vote
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ham it up, loser
politics, clowning around
ain’t funny no more


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I don’t know what happiness is. I don’t know what sweet caress is. Still, I’m always laughing like a clown.
~Bob Marley

I was just school class clown and that was it. Someday I’ll get a job as a cab driver or whatever.
~John Leguizamo

Sure, I could of done it different… put my clown in a closet and dressed up in straight clothing. I could of compromised my essence, and swallowed my soul.
~Wavy Gravy

Everyone who goes to a job he doesn’t like is a lot weirder than I am.
~Patch Adams

Part of positive psychology is about being positive, but sometimes laughter and clowns are not appropriate. Some people don’t want to be happy, and that’s okay. They want meaningful lives, and those are not always the same as happy lives.
~Eric Weiner

The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.
~Shirley MacLaine

I’m the clown you take out of the box and wind up when you need a good laugh. And then, when you’re done with me, I go back in my box.
~Richard Simmons

I’ma be here for a while. None of these clowns can hurt me.
~J Cole


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