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Quoted in The Grove:  ghost

“We don’t believe in ghosts, Mrs. Phipps.”
“Don’t matter if you believe in them or not. If they’re there, they’re there.”
~Joan Lowery Nixon

Owen Glendower: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
Hotspur: Why, so can I; or so can any man:
But will they come, when you do call for them?
~William Shakespeare

It is wonderful that five thousand years have now elapsed since the creation of the world, and still it is undecided whether or not there has ever been an instance of the spirit of any person appearing after death. All argument is against it; but all belief is for it.
~Samuel Johnson

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The paranormal, you can’t pick and choose. It’s all or nothing.
~Zak Bagans]

 

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Exercise Prompt for 10/25:   costume

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No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.
~Thomas Carlyle

I don’t believe in ghosts and have never seen one. I wish I could see one, and I would like to have seen one because then I could believe in God. If I can see it, feel it and taste it, then I believe in it.
~Otto Penzler

I say I’m an atheist but I wouldn’t mind being visited by a ghost.
~Natalie Dormer

All a skeptic is someone who hasn’t had an experience yet.
~Jason Hawes

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Posted from the Grove

Surely the supreme problem for science to solve if she can, is whether life, as we know it, can exist without protoplasm, or whether we are but the creatures of an idle day; whether the present life is the entrance to an infinite and unseen world beyond, or “the Universe but a soulless interaction of atoms, and life a paltry misery closed in the grave.
~William F Barrett

Death is not the end, it is simply walking out of the physical form and into the spirit realm, which is our true home. It’s going back home…. We unzip the body, so to speak, let it fall to the ground and walk through the next door clothed in our spiritual form, which was always there inside the physical body.
~Anne Puryear

I don’t believe that ghosts are “spirits of the dead” because I don’t believe in death. In the multiverse, once you’re possible, you exist. And once you exist, you exist forever one way or another. Besides, death is the absence of life, and the ghosts I’ve met are very much alive. What we call ghosts are lifeforms just as you and I are.
~Paul F Eno

It is the secret of the world that all things subsist, and do not die, but only retire a little from sight, and return again…. Nothing is dead: men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals and mournful obituaries, and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some new and strange disguise.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.
~Arthur C Clarke

If each dead person became a ghost, there’d be more than 100 billion of them haunting us all. Creepy, but cool.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.
~Brian Aldiss

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VIDEO:

~Elemental’s Markham Heid:  Why the Stressed Brain Falls Back on Old Habits
https://elemental.medium.com/why-the-stressed-brain-falls-back-on-old-habits-a84e3dd049c9

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MADKESHWAR Foundation: Painting Trees  —  (2:28)   mid-air phantoms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA1eIFTBNWU

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~Johnnie Walker Blue:  A Gentleman’s Wager   (6:28)   would that all commercials were as entertaining — starring Jude Law & Giancarlo Giannini
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTUKMhw4hr4

 

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Some places speak distinctly. Certain dark gardens cry aloud for a murder; certain old houses demand to be haunted; certain coasts are set apart for shipwreck.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.
~James Matthew Barrie

The Helicon of too many poets is not a hill crowned with sunshine and visited by the Muses and the Graces, but an old, mouldering house, full of gloom and haunted by ghosts.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.
~Italo Calvino

The worst of a modern stylish mansion is, that it has no place for ghosts.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The spirits of the dead hallow a house, for me.
~Mark Twain

 

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~VICTORIA:  Xibalba   (2:05)   crossing over
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/466494550

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~Omeleto:  The Wonderful   (9:09)   a do-over
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq6eR0p2HPA

 

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To be seen is the ambition of ghosts, and to be remembered is the ambition of the dead.
~Norman O Brown

I think in a lot of cases, ghosts are history demanding to be remembered.
~Jeff Belanger

Ghosts don’t haunt us. That’s not how it works. They’re present among us because we won’t let go of them.
~Sue Grafton

[H]e had a strange sense of being haunted, a feeling that the shades of his imagination were stepping out into the real world, that destiny was acquiring the slow, fatal logic of a dream. ‘Now I know what a ghost is,’ he thought. ‘Unfinished business, that’s what.’
~Salman Rushdie

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MUSIC:

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I long to talk with some old lover’s ghost,
Who died before the god of love was born.
~John Donne

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…Lovers are
Like walking ghosts, they always haunt the spot
Of their misdeeds.
~George H Boker

Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.
~Arthur Conan Doyle

If you listen carefully, you can still hear the beating of his broken heart.
~David Berenbaum

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~Grateful Dead:  Attics of My Life  —  Pepper and Sassafras cover   (4:04)   simple by design
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=almbctWcGLY

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~Juice Newton:  Angel of the Morning   (3:53)   a classic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTzGMEfbnAw&list

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~Spiderbait:  Ghost Riders in the Sky   (4:51)   the outlaw rider
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvBHDRsFAmo

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~Amanda Lago:  Ghost   (3:40)   abandoned, ghosted
https://vimeo.com/230441767

 

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Love, thieves, and fear, make ghosts.
~German Proverb

My ghost? Do you suppose I’m fool enough to go to the expense of keeping one of my own, when there are so many charming ones in my friends’ closets?
~Edith Wharton

This is a true story. There’s not much point in inventing ghost stories — anyone can do it.
~Michael McCabe

The experienced reader knows it was Christmas Eve, without my telling him. It always is Christmas Eve, in a ghost story.
~Jerome K Jerome

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Ye who, passing graves by night,
Glance not to the left nor right,
Lest a spirit should arise,
Cold and white, to freeze your eyes…
~James Russell Lowell

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today,
I wish, I wish he’d go away.

When I came home last night at three,
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall,
I couldn’t see him there at all!
~Hughes Mearns

But then there was that talk about a spectre cat. I ain’t frightened of much that I know of. Put a man before me, or a dog, or a horse, and I’m ready to tackle ’em, one down and other come up, or altogether if they like; but when you come to spectres, I ain’t ashamed to say I’m not up to ’em…. Anything that’s alive I don’t give way to; but when it comes to ghosts and spectres, I take a back seat, and I don’t care who knows it.
~B L Farjeon

We once installed a $1.49 trap in a woman’s toilet and she never had ghost problems again.
~Jason Hawes

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Must be a rule in the ghost handbook — if in danger of evaporating, make sure you’re in the middle of a dire pronouncement.
~Kelley Armstrong

Never walk near the bed; to a ghost your ankle is your most vulnerable part — once in bed, you’re safe; he may lie around under the bed all night, but you’re safe as daylight. If you still have doubts pull the blanket over your head.
~F Scott Fitzgerald

If anyone boos you offstage, that is simply applause from ghosts.
~Sharon Needles

You’re spooky, he said, You knew what I was thinking. That’s not spooky, she said, That’s married.
~Dean Koontz

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O Death, rock me asleep, bring me to quiet rest, let pass my weary guiltless ghost out of my careful breast.
~Anne Boleyn (beheaded)

Even more than dying itself, I’m scared of the horror-movie changes that happen to the human body as it ages. I think of it as a sort of haunted-house effect, living inside a crumbling, creaking structure that is full of ghosts and will, some day, fall down.
~Kate Christensen

We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.
~Charles Darwin

I give the fight up: let there be an end,
A privacy, an obscure nook for me.
I want to be forgotten even by God
~Robert Browning

If the dead can’t rest in peace, how on Earth can the living?
~Cheri Revai

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Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world.
~William Shakespeare

It’s a big spooky place when you’re in it alone. It’s like you can hear all the whispers of all the voices of all the actors who ever played here. Kind of creepy. Like a church can be creepy when it’s empty. You ever been in a church after hours?
~Benjamin R Smith

One of the things people don’t know about exorcism, is that you can’t really use exorcism on things that are older than Christianity.
~Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

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@Writers Platform

Nature is a Haunted House – but Art – a House that tries to be haunted.
~Emily Dickinson

There is something ghostly in all great art.
~Lafcadio Hearn

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Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind
Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,
Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,
Above, beneath, betwixt, between.
~Neil Gaiman

Shadows mutter, mist replies;
darkness purrs as midnight sighs.
~Rusty Fischer

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I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost – it’s there and then it’s gone.
~Maggie Smith

It’s not a field, I think, for people who need to have success every day: if you can’t live with a nightly sort of disaster, you should get out. I wouldn’t describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that the ghosts you chase you never catch.
~John Malkovich

 

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Exercise Prompt:  ghost

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When not deeply engaged in creative activities, or numbed by the TV, I felt empty and hungry. My heart hurt… I often felt hollow or as if I were some kind of wispy ghost, barely existing.
~Judith Wright

I don’t see the point of having 80 million people online if all they are doing in the end is talking to ghosts in the suburbs.
~Umberto Eco

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To put away one’s own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.
~Barbara Tuchman

The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
~Francis Bacon

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

Autobiography

Worthy warlocks, authors’ due
Bled black ink, dead poets hue
Libros, ego’s Church of Worship
Uninhibited books extolling selves
Books like ghosts inhabit shelves
Undaunted ids dead yet flaunting
Haunted, unblunted storied lives

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Oh $#!+  F**K

Theatres open
Showings random
Audiences haunted
Storied fandom
Ghosts from the past
Mirrored phantoms
Shedding actors
Tearfully canned ’em

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Wish

I want to be awake at the end
Vigilant
To cross that bridge from life
To be aware as a ghost
Or evaporate
To dissipate as energy
Like an echo
Or a lightning bolt

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The Deal

There grows a mind overseeing the net
Overlooking, overriding, overall and yet
There’s a ghost above all that owes us a debt
Wisdom from sins we committed and abet
Consequence, not the answers we hoped to get

 

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I was such a sullen, angry, sad kid. I’m sure there are writers who have had happy childhoods, but what are you going to write about? No ghosts, no fear. I’m very happy that I had an unhappy and uncomfortable childhood.
~Isabel Allende

It is, alas, chiefly the evil emotions that are able to leave their photographs on surrounding scenes and objects and whoever heard of a place haunted by a noble deed, or of beautiful and lovely ghosts revisiting the glimpses of the moon?
~Algernon Blackwood

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
~George Carlin

I love having my ghosts, and I love having my memories.
~Debbie Reynolds

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Our feet are planted in the real world, but we dance with angels and ghosts.
~John Cameron Mitchell

If you knew that your life was merely a phase or short, short segment of your entire existence, how would you live? Knowing nothing ‘real’ was at risk, what would you do? You’d live a gigantic, bold, fun, dazzling life. You know you would. That’s what the ghosts want us to do – all the exciting things they no longer can.
~Chuck Palahniuk

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Quoted in The Grove:   law

Justice? You get justice in the next world; in this world you have the law.
~William Gaddis

This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr

Justice is incidental to law and order.
~John Edgar Hoover

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It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
~Earl Warren

 

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Exercise Prompt for 10/18:   ghost

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Life under a good government is rarely dramatic; life under a bad government is always so.
~Oscar Wilde

Anarchy raised its seductive head. He could do anything; there was nothing that was not allowed.
~Paul Russell

Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
~Louis Brandeis

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
~Edward Abbey

You want me to respect the law? Then make the law respectable.
~Pan Macmillan

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Posted from the Grove

Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour … If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?
~Charlotte Bronte

There are laws. There are rules. And when you break them, there are consequences. Laws of nature and laws of life. Laws of love and laws of death.
~Amy Harmon

Laws are not masters, but servants, and he rules them, who obeys them.
~Ward Becker

The law is hard, but it is the law.
~Cassandra Clare

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~Jay Nordlinger:  Right Words — On how to write, and what to read
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/10/right-words-how-to-write-what-to-read/

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~Laura Vanderkam @The Forge:  The Work Day, Then Done
https://forge.medium.com/the-new-way-to-know-when-youre-done-with-work-84c4745fec03

— also —

~Natasha Frost @The Forge:  The Workweek: Not 5 Days, but 7 Ways
https://forge.medium.com/7-ways-to-do-a-workweek-9925ebf7d050

 

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Hunger makes a thief of any man.
~Pearl S Buck

Poverty is the mother of crime.
~Marcus Aurelius

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
~Anatole France

Justice is open to everyone in the same way as the Ritz Hotel.
~Judge Sturgess

The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for error; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes.
~Marguerite Gardiner

The greatest crimes are caused by surfeit, not by want.
~Aristotle

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A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
~Howard Scott

It’s strange that men should take up crime when there are so many legal ways to be dishonest.
~Author unknown

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VIDEO:

Somebody recently figured out that we have 35 million laws to enforce the ten commandments.
~Bert Masterson/Earl Wilson

The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known.
~Charles Evans Hughes

The more laws the more offenders.
~Thomas Fuller

The more laws, the less justice.
~German proverb

Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers.
~Erik Pepke

Law never made men a whit more just.
~Henry David Thoreau

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~Connection (starring Jude Law):  (10:11)   stranger than fiction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87B1tz3KdOg

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~Dust:  Final Offer   (11:23)   small-time lawyer, cosmic stakes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv8kOzRZK8g

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~Boris Johnson X The Clash:  I Fought the Law   (0:54)   English humour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0pTpwqkB48

 

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Law without reason is criminal.
~Criss Jami

A law is something which must have a moral basis, so that there is an inner compelling force for every citizen to obey.
~Chaim Weizmann

A rule that cannot be bent will certainly be broken.
~Robert Brault

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
~Robert A Heinlein

Surely we will not dare say that these laws are unjust, or rather, that they are not laws at all. For it seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all.
~Augustine of Hippo

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MUSIC:

I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police.
~Keith Richards

Anarchy is the only slight glimmer of hope.
~Mick Jagger

I was the only guy with any bit of anarchy left.
~Sid Vicious

The mischiefs of anarchy have been equaled by the mischiefs of government.
~Henry Ward Beecher

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.
~Henry Ward Beecher

Anarchy doesn’t mean out of control; it means out of their control.
~Jim Dodge

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The Jive Aces Skiffle Combo:  Mama Don’t Allow   (4:33)   Mama’s law
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tHj1Q39oFQ

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~All Star Garage Band:  I Fought the Law   (2:40)  a constellation of stars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk8uCsI0FdM

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~Eddie Van Halen:  Eruption Guitar Solo   (13:05)   genius and the guitar
wait for it, watch his face for it, the joy of melody and full-on anarchy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9r-NxuYszg

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~Law:  Elissa   (3:09)   triangles come in Arabic, too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ambi1Ssohk

 

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Legislative acts murder more men than the assassin.
~James Lendall Basford

The sun is but a little swinging ball;
The hills are tiny, and the seas are small;
The sky is not so lofty, after all.
But see! This man we’re hanging — in him lies,
No matter what the guilt for which he dies,
A living soul, and who can guess its size?
~Mary Carolyn Davies

It is well-nigh obvious that those who are in favor of the death penalty have more affinities with murderers than those who oppose it.
~Remy de Gourmont

Capital punishment turns the state into a murderer. But imprisonment turns the state into a gay dungeon-master.
~Jesse Jackson

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We don’t give our criminals much punishment, but we sure give ’em plenty of publicity.
~Will Rogers

When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.
~Norm Crosby

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
~Robert Frost

I broke a mirror in my house and was supposed to get seven years bad luck but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.
~Steven Wright

We don’t seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?
~Will Rogers

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© Travel Inspirations

 

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If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
~Charles Dickens

Good lawyers know the law; great lawyers know the judge.
~Author Unknown

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
~H L Mencken

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An appeal… is when you ask one court to show its contempt for another court.
~Finley Peter Dunne

Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say: My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way; but the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time become the dominant view. So that’s the dissenter’s hope, that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.
~Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justices continue to think and can change. I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.
~Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Law: the only game where the best players get to sit on the bench.
~Author Unknown

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@Writers Platform

Litigant: A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones.
~Ambrose Bierce

Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.
~Ambrose Bierce

A lawyer is a gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it for himself.
~Lord Brougham

The houses of lawyers are roofed with the skins of litigants.
~Welsh Proverb

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbor to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
~Abraham Lincoln

 

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Exercise Prompt:   law

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Many things have been introduced into the common law which are contrary to logical reason, for the sake of the common welfare.
~Latin saying

Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm living public opinion.
~Wendell Phillips

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

Lawless

Lawless in a land that endless lies
‘Neath an open vault of wilderness skies
Anarchy of the wild-born unbranded id
The loveless, friendless Outlaw Kid

Knifed my brother, shot my father
Raped my sister, then my mother
Tracked them, found them, killed them
Left unburied, let the wild dogs eat them

Untamed country, unnamed county
Uncaged hunter, unbadged duty
Wanted poster, free-ranging maverick
On the run, escape-their-noose trick

Unmatched beauty, ranch hand’s daughter
Eyes far bluer than deep lake water
Hopeless, roped me, refused their bounty
Hid me, loved me, then let me go free

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Unite The Divide

We were the United States
Not the Divided States
One time as One
Now done and gone

Fractious brothers and quarreling sisters
Burning each other, painfully blistering
Born one family, the same mother land
Same household rules, fair father’s hand

One land, one law, wed together as parents
Myriad expressions of ten million talents
Encompass the breadth, the width and length
Cemented as one for tensile strength

A strong constitution, source of family health
Repaying with kindness for our spiritual wealth
We are the United States, not the divided states
Debating and growing, knowing and crowing…

Our country, one family  never less than great

5-7-5-7-7   5-7-5

in awe of the law
black ink, fluid with wisdom
words etched on vellum
soft walls tall against chaos
gift of order nurtures art

yet love has no rules
mutiny and anarchy
the borderless heart

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5-7-5

law of the land
fame, carved-in-stone gaming rules
can be bought for cash

 

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No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed.
~Emma Goldman

Laws are not invented. They grow out of circumstances.
~Azarias

Judicial judgment must take deep account … of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.
~Justice Felix Frankfurter

Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time.
~Henry Ward Beecher

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Quoted in The Grove:

The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze.
~Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

‘Twas not my lips you kissed
But my soul
~Judy Garland

The windows of my soul
Always stare at you.
Knowing
That you have the perfect heart
To make a home.
~clairel estevez

EndQuote:
To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.
~Stephen R Covey

 

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Exercise Prompt for 10/11:   law

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I strained to remember where I was or even what I was wearing, touching my green corduroy jeans and staring at the exposed-brick wall. As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.
~Maureen Dowd

One of the most beautiful words is touch; it exquisitely represents our need to prove ourselves that we are not in a dream!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

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Sometimes all you can do is hug a friend tightly and wish that their pain could be transferred by touch to your own emotional hard drive.
~Richelle E Goodrich

One day someone is going to hug you so tight that all of your broken pieces will stick together.
~unknown

There is a primal reassurance in being touched, in knowing that someone else, someone close to you, wants to be touching you. There is a bone-deep security that goes with the brush of a human hand, a silent, reflex-level affirmation that someone is near, that someone cares.
~Jim Butcher

It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.
~Marilyn Monroe

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Posted from the Grove

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.
~David Bowie

I like to step into areas where I am afraid. Fear is a sign I am going in the right direction.
~April Greiman

Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that’s why we decide we’re done. It’s getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out.
~Natalie Goldberg

And he that strives to touch the stars,
Oft stumbles at a straw.
~Edmund Spenser

Hug the shore; let others try the deep.
~Virgil

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The truth is at the beginning of anything and its end are alike touching.
~Yoshida Kenko

A man does not show his greatness by being at one extremity, but rather by touching both at once.
~Blaise Pascal

In overstepping our limitations, in touching the extreme boundaries of man’s world, we have come to know something of its true splendor.
~Maurice Herzog

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~Dictionary.com:  Breaking Thru Writers Block
https://www.dictionary.com/e/how-to-overcome-writers-block/?utm_source

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~Kenzo World:   (3:48)   the commercial touch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoMqvniiEkk

 

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Her kisses left something to be desired … the rest of her.
~Author Unknown

A kiss is the upper persuasion for a lower invasion.
~Author Unknown

The best thing you can do for someone is make them a beautiful plate of food. How else can you invade someone’s body without actually touching them?
~Padma Lakshmi

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Then I did the simplest thing in the world. I leaned down… and kissed him. And the world cracked open.
~Agnes de Mille

The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial one in any love story.
~Emil Ludwig

How delicious is the winning
of a kiss at love’s beginning.
~Thomas Campbell

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

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VIDEO:

Hugging has no unpleasant side effects and is all natural. There are no batteries to replace, it’s inflation-proof and non-fattening with no monthly payments. It’s non-taxable, non-polluting, and is, of course, fully refundable.
~Author Unknown

Laughing together is as close as you can get to a hug without touching.
~Gina Barreca

A hug is a great gift — one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange.
~Author Unknown

A hug is like a boomerang — you get it back right away.
~Bil Keane

I have a present for you, but I need to borrow your arms for wrapping paper.
~Author Unknown

A hug is the shortest distance between friends.
~Author Unknown

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I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can’t tell fast enough, the ears that aren’t big enough, the eyes that can’t take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.
~Jonathan Safran Foer

And I see that not touching for so long was a drive to the beach with the windows rolled up so the waves feel that much colder.
~Amy Hempel

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The Future of Dating — learning to touch   (2/3 reruns)

~Dust:  Future Boyfriend   (10:25)   age reconsidered
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_1YHHhry0w&t=90s

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~Dust:  A Date in 2025   (12:51)   when isolation is the rule
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ8G3e3Cgl4

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~Dust:  Multiverse Dating for Beginners   (12:23)   rehearsing in the multiverse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0GaJ1WXCMY

 

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Kisses are like tears, the only real ones are the ones you can’t hold back.
~Author Unknown

Lips that taste of tears, they say,
Are the best for kissing.
~Dorothy Parker

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All other caresses are valueless without a kiss; for is not a kiss the very autograph of Love?
~Henry Theophilus Finck

A man’s kiss is his signature.
~Mae West

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MUSIC:

Kisses are like tears, the only real ones are the ones you can’t hold back.
~Author Unknown

Lips that taste of tears, they say,
Are the best for kissing.
~Dorothy Parker

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All other caresses are valueless without a kiss; for is not a kiss the very autograph of Love?
~Henry Theophilus Finck

A man’s kiss is his signature.
~Mae West

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~Diana Ross:  Touch Me In The Morning — Charles Busch cover (  4:17)
because he inhabits the song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIzCmnuBHGY

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~Cut:  Out of Touch   (4:01)   success, and the disconnect
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glEQdzjdwFE

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~Little Mix:  Touch   (3:49)   dedicated to NHS and workers of the pandemic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfqhDtDQPeE

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~Zhu:  In The Morning   (5:09)   problematic, requires deciphering
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f26tOVZ3j4Y

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~Omarion:  Touch   (3:22)   street moves
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z_5lpErdyM

 

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They say that love is more important than money, have you ever tried paying your bills with a hug?
~Nishan Panwar

Gold thou mayest safely touch, but if it stick Unto thy hands, it woundeth to the quick.
~George Herbert

No matter how hard you hug your money, it never hugs back.
~Quoted in P.S. I Love You

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since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you…
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers.
~e e cummings

A kiss without a hug is like a flower without the fragrance.
~Proverb

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.
~George MacDonald

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People who throw kisses are mighty hopelessly lazy.
~Bob Hope

I ran up the door, opened the stairs, said my pajamas and put on my prayers — turned off my bed, tumbled into my light, and all because he kissed me good-night!
~Author Unknown

In the fifties I had dreams about touching a naked woman and she would turn to bronze or the dream about hot dogs chasing donuts through the Lincoln Tunnel.
~Robert Klein

After ten years in therapy, my psychologist told me something very touching, he said, “no hablo ingles.”
~Dennis Wolfberg

With any kind of physical test, I don’t know what it is, I always seem to get competitive. Remember when you were in school and they’d do those hearing tests? And you’d really be listening hard, you know? I wanted to do unbelievable on the hearing test. I wanted them to come over to me after and go, ‘We think you may have something close to super-hearing. What you heard was a cotton ball touching a piece of felt. We’re sending the results to Washington, we’d like you to meet the President.
~Jerry Seinfeld

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fence in the forest
© Michael D Davis

 

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When you are hugging a child, always be the last one to let go. You never know how long they need it.
~Author Unknown

Always kiss your children goodnight — even if they’re already asleep.
~H Jackson Brown, Jr

It is through our hands that we speak to the child. That we communicate. Touch is the child’s first language, understanding comes long after feeling.
~Frederick Leboyer

Praise is warming and desirable. But it is an earned thing. It has to be deserved, like a hug from a child.
~Phyllis McGinley

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@Writers Platform

So close to touching freedom, then I hear the guards call my name
~Tori Amos

We heard recently the touching story of a young flier who was killed in action. Before he died, he had time to scrawl only a few words as a brief final message to his parents back home. The note read: “Dear Mom and Pop; I had time to say my prayers. Jack.”
~James Keller

It wasn’t really touching to be young; it was touching not to be young, because you had less of life left. Touching to be thirty; more touching to be forty; tragic to be fifty; and heartbreaking to be sixty. As to seventy, as to eighty, one would feel as one did during the last dance of a ball, tired but fey in the paling dawn, desperately making the most of each bar of music before one went home to bed.
~Rose Macaulay

 

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Exercise Prompt:   touch

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A kiss, when all is said, what is it? … ‘Tis a secret told to the mouth instead of to the ear.
~Edmond Rostand

A kiss that speaks volumes is seldom a first edition.
~Clare Whiting

“May I print a kiss on your lips?” I said,
And she nodded her full permission:
So we went to press and I rather guess
We printed a full edition.
~Joseph Lilientha

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Poetry demands a man with a special gift for it, or else one with a touch of madness in him.
~Aristotle

It is absurd to think that the only way to tell if a poem is lasting is to wait and see if it lasts. The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound — that he will never get over it.
~Robert Frost

It’s the closest I’ve come to touching immortality, by reading the words of dead people.
~Sarah Strohmeyer

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:
Seafaring Tail

Behold the ghoul in 4 dimensions
The heartless, soulless socialite
Lives to hear her fashion’s mention
Profess to love that she barely likes

Paint-on smiles thin application
Trap of marriage, stale affairs
Bed the chauffeur, her seduction
Abuse the staff who dare to care

I’m a merman warned of humans
Charmed by dangers and pirate life
Breathing air in lieu of ocean
Felt the touch of castrati knife

Defying lust and lover’s potion
Returned to love’s true mermaid wife

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touch and go

one last wish when i lay dying
spare me grief, no selfish crying
i would pass in peace, grant me silence
as i lived life, let me die alone
bid farewell, a touch, then go

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5-7-5-7-7 x 2/3

savory fare, love
salt to spice the humdrum life
touch viper pepper
burning lips to churning hips
sampled first at fingertip

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obvious madness
outbound train, sigh of gladness
no sign of sadness
rid at last touch of crudeness
wave goodbye to cruel coldness

breathing easy when
November comes ends the reign
return of kindness
nation’s wealth its people, not
knee-jerk greed, social blindness

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5-7-5

this paean of praise
mine eyes have seen the glory
they have touched on you

 

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And the softness of my body will be guarded from embrace.
By each button, hook, and lace.
~Amy Lowell

Sometimes I think you want me to touch you. How can I when you when you build a great wall around you?
~Tori Amos

By touching you may kill, by keeping away you may possess.
~Rabindranath Tagore

Plato clearly regards any actual physical contact as corrupt and ignoble because he thinks the true goal of Eros is beauty. Is there no beauty in sex? Not according to Plato. He is after ‘more sublime pursuits’. But if you ask me, I think Plato’s problem, like those of many others, was that he never got splendidly laid.
~Elif Safak

Touch. It is touch that is the deadliest enemy of chastity, loyalty, monogamy, gentility with its codes and conventions and restraints. By touch we are betrayed and betray others … an accidental brushing of shoulders or touching of hands … When one flesh is waiting, there is electricity in the merest contact.
~Wallace Stegner

If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches.
~Carolyn Kenmore

your hand. touching mine. this is how. galaxies. collide.
~Sanober Khan

 

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Video Harvest:  https://youtube.com

 

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