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Quoted in The Grove:    design

There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.
~Milton Glaser

Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of immortals.
~David Ogilvy

If no one hates it, no one really loves it.
~Jessica Walsh

Make it simple, but significant.
~Don Draper

 

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Exercise Prompt for 10/04:   touch

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Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.
~Edward Tufte

Information is only useful when it can be understood.
~Muriel Cooper

Design is the intermediary between information and understanding.
~Hans Hoffman

Design is where science and art break even.
~Robin Mathews

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Posted from the Grove

This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.
~Isaac Newton

Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.
~Michele Bachmann

I personally cannot discern a shred of evidence for ‘[intelligent] design.’ If 97% of all creatures have gone extinct, some plan isn’t working very well!
~Irven DeVore

When we say there is a GOD, we mean that there is an intelligent designing cause of what we see in the world around us, and a being who was himself uncaused.
~Joseph Priestley

God is an assumption, not a conclusion. And it is an assumption that explains nothing.
~Chapman Cohen

Give us detailed, testable, mechanistic accounts for the origin of life, the origin of the genetic code, the origin of ubiquitous bio macromolecules and assemblages like the ribosome, and the origin of molecular machines like the bacterial flagellum, and intelligent design will die a quick and painless death.
~William A Dembski

You cannot have it both ways. Either ID belongs in the science classroom, in which case it must submit to the discipline required of a scientific hypothesis. Or it does not, in which case, get it out of the science classroom and send it back to church, where it belongs.
~Richard Dawkins

The fundamental claim of intelligent design is straightforward and easily intelligible: namely, there are natural systems that cannot be adequately explained in terms of undirected natural forces and that exhibit features which in any other circumstance we would attribute to intelligence.
~William A Dembski

No matter how much proponents of ‘intelligent design’ try to clothe their views in the apparel of science, it is what it is: religion.
~Cynthia Tucker

First understand infinity then you will understand God and how evolution is intelligent design.
~E Lee Spence

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~Art Heroes:  The Principles of Design   (2:05)   8 principles defined, depicted
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK86XQ1iFVs

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~5-Minute Crafts:  18 Wall Painting Hacks & Design Ideas   (9:16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf1XGpg7PWo

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~Moth:  BLUE   (1:35)   the color blue
https://vimeo.com/187040716

 

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The concept of God is generated by a brain designed by evolution to find design in nature.
~Michael Shermer

Intelligent design makes it impossible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.
~William A Dembski

The more statistically improbable a thing is, the less we can believe that it just happened by blind chance. Superficially, the obvious alternative to chance is an intelligent Designer.
~Richard Dawkins

I want to believe in intelligent design, and hence I am suspicious of anything that seems to confirm my desire to believe.
~James Lileks

Design in nature is but a concatenation of accidents, culled by natural selection until the result is so beautiful or effective as to seem a miracle of purpose.
~Michael Pollan

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VIDEO:

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.
~Jeffrey Zeldman

Design adds value faster than it adds costs.
~Joel Spolsky

A small change at the beginning of the design process defines an entirely different product at the end.
~Jonathan Ive

The critical thing about the design process is to identify your scarcest resource. Despite what you may think, that very often is not money. For example, in a NASA moon shot, money is abundant but lightness is scarce; every ounce of weight requires tons of material below. On the design of a beach vacation home, the limitation may be your ocean-front footage. You have to make sure your whole team understands what scarce resource you’re optimizing.
~Fred Brooks

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~Omeleto:  Lila   (9:14)   tour of a gentle dreamer’s designing day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrsFz7ysqoo

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~Designing Women:  Out of my house   (3:08)   Southern proud
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQnpEHcrO2A

 

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The key to great ideas is not having them, it is executing them. And great ideas come from problems.
~Kate Moross

If you can properly define the problem, then you’ve already defined the solution as well.
~Chip Kidd

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We try to solve the problem by rushing through the design process so that enough time is left at the end of the project to uncover the errors that were made because we rushed through the design process
~Glenford Myers

Once you eliminate quality as a requirement, the entire design process becomes a whole lot easier.
~Jared Spool

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
~Poul Anderson

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MUSIC as design:

Design is not a single object or dimension. Design is messy and complex.
~Natasha Jen

Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.
~Steve Jobs

A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
~Steve Jobs

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A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.
~George Gilder

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~kai:  A little too much   (3:44)   B & W design,  amplifier
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/458472240

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~Ray Taylor:  Designer Girl   (2:37)   cowboy with designs on…
https://vimeo.com/15438938

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Dusty Springfield’s Wishin’ and Hopin’

~My Best Friends Wedding remake:  Wishing and Hoping   (3:15)   saccharine by design
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa1lyeKyTiQ

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~Glee:  Wishin’ and Hopin’   (1:59)   sapphic, seraphic design
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvTYDZu8XsQ

 

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If design isn’t profitable, then it’s art.
~Henrik Fisker

Art is the only place you can do what you like. That’s freedom.
~Paula Rego

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.
~David Hockney

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Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does.
~David Carson

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I don’t know whether the universe contains any evidence of intelligent design, but I can assure you that thousands of everyday products do not.
~Gary Hamel

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
~Douglas Adams

I’ve always felt that the placement of a man’s testicles is an eloquent argument against intelligent design.
~Mark Lawrence

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When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
~R Buckminster Fuller

Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren’t there.
~Gordon Bell

Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.
~Jon Franklin

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@Writers Platform

The alternative to good design is always bad design. There is no such thing as no design.
~Adam Judge

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.
~Robert L Peters

The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design.
~Massimo Vignelli

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Glass Table:

~Greenie:
A Dream You Dream

Into my thoughts you move
Silently as you go
Tickling and teasing softly
Moving me so
Finding secrets hidden there
Even I did not see
Bringing out wings that spread
Showing mine to me
Soaring with me oh so high
Joys written on my face
Am I just a dream you dream
Pixels that dance in space

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~Greenie: @I Like the Rain

Morning Meet

Tiny wings flutter
soft winds brush my cheek
twinkling sounds ring
from the twittering beak

Brave little mister
dew drops on demand
ruby throat flashes
as he nears my hand

Fingertip offered
a half moon of sweet
golden sunbeams bright
morning meet complete

 

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Exercise Prompt:  design

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Color does not add a pleasant quality to design — it reinforces it.
~Pierre Bonnard

The more uninteresting the letter, the more useful it is to the typographer.
~Piet Zwart

Design is as much an act of spacing as an act of marking.
~Ellen Lupton

Every great design begins with an even better story.
~Lorinda Mamo

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:
problem

why de sign above de doorway
not de same is on de mat
one say Enter! You Are Welcome
one say Stop! Do Not Come Back
her heart plays a broken record
diamond needle in de wrong track
song she play a pure heart-breaker
she de lay I be wantin’ ‘n what I lack

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Cautionary Tale

He had his longing eye upon her
She had designs including him
Both intentions were romantic
Filled with pure ecstatic awe

Yet their stars somehow failed them
Faithless fate turned against them
His eye caught a minor scarring
Her design declined his flaw

The lesson here’s not hard to find
Rigid standards carved in stone
Yes, ’tis better that love is blind
Both sit at home, sad-lonely and alone

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Indictment

Once benign, refined designs become resigned
maligned by history
Rhine wine, a time so fine, cultured rhymes
of Germany
Asks an unrepentant, unreconstructed, peaceful
old-time hippie
How one man’s stand on racial bans fanned
the war of his destruction
Do we repeat his deceit, his defeat at the seat
of wartime judgement
Or standing tall refuse to fall fomenting all
our children’s ailments

 

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If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
~Jim Rohn

It takes a great deal of courage and independence to decide to design your own image instead of the one that society rewards, but it gets easier as you go along.
~Germaine Greer

People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.
~Carrie-Anne Moss

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Quoted in The Grove:   fire

What good did it do to light the world on fire if she had to watch the glow alone?
~Kristin Hannah

Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.
~Laura Esquivel

Fire is the most tolerable third party.
~Henry David Thoreau

EndQuote:
It takes two flints to make a fire.
~Louisa May Alcott

 

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Exercise Prompt for 09/27:   design

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Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?
~Stephen Hawking

The Godhead is never an object of its own knowledge. Just as a knife doesn’t cut itself, fire doesn’t burn itself, light doesn’t illuminate itself. It’s always an endless mystery to itself.
~Alan Watts

The most tangible of all visible mysteries – fire.
~Leigh Hunt

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Posted from the Grove

All men are created equal, then a few become firemen.
~Author unknown

When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.
~Edward F Croker

Firefighters – your worst nightmare is just another day at the office.
~Author Unknown

Courage can’t see around corners, but goes around them anyway.
~Mignon McLaughlin

Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved.
~Susan Diane Murphree

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
~John 15:13   (The Bible)

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.
~William Feather

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~William Arthur Ward

Hug a firefighter and feel warm all over.
~Author unknown

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People on Fire:

~Robert Kiyosaki 2019:  The Entrepreneur   (10:26)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azq0S0DKS50

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~Denzel Washington:  Life Advice   (10:17)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FB9i7P9Zs4

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~Father Gregory Boyle:  Taking inspiration from gangsters   (6:03)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk–XN4ozr8

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~Neil Gaiman:  Master Class, Writing Advice   (5:48)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg0_FinB6EE

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~New York Times:  The Almeda Fire — home town ablaze https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000007341513/oregon-fires-path.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

 

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What fire does not destroy, it hardens.
~Oscar Wilde

The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.
~Richard M Nixon

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
~Martha Graham

The deepest lessons come out of the deepest waters and the hottest fires.
~Elisabeth Elliot

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Our birth is nothing but our death begun; As tapers waste, that instant they take fire.
~Edward Young

My dear, dear girl [. . .] we can’t turn back the days that have gone. We can’t turn life back to the hours when our lungs were sound, our blood hot, our bodies young. We are a flash of fire–a brain, a heart, a spirit. And we are three-cents-worth of lime and iron–which we cannot get back.
~Thomas Wolfe

Time is the fire in which we burn.
~Delmore Schwartz

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VIDEO:

He knew that his wings could ignite at any moment, but the closer he came to touching the fire, the more he sensed that he was fulfilling his destiny. As he put it in his journal that night: If I mean to save my life, then I have to come within an inch of destroying it.
~Paul Auster

One fire burns out another’s burning, One pain is lessen’d by another’s anguish.
~William Shakespeare

Suicide is man’s way of telling God, ‘You can’t fire me – I quit.’
~Bill Maher

When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.
~Dylan Thomas

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~Omeleto:  Exit Strategy   (15:09)   vying against fate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68f27rqP_NY

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~The Office:  Fire Drill   (4:56)   pandemonium (not pandemic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO8N3L_aERg

 

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The fire which seems extinguished often slumbers beneath the ashes.
~Pierre Corneille

This is how the fire starts. This is how we burn.
~Libba Bray

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Talent is a flame, but genius is a fire.
~Honore de Balzac

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
~Henry Van Dyke

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.
~John Foster

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.
~Joan Miro

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MUSIC:

Affection is a coal that must be cooled; else, suffered, it will set the heart on fire.
~William Shakespeare

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
~William Shakespeare

Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.
~Mark Twain

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I’m sick and tired of life with no desire.
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire.
~Matthew West

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
~Frederick Douglass

Man needs color to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water.
~Fernand Leger

The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.
~Pamela Hansford Johnson

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~Sam Smith:  Fire On Fire   (2:00)   dancing:  Michael Dameski & Maddie Ziegler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZsAgpBC5lI

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~Katy Perry:  Firework   (3:53)   Beauty and The Best
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw

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~Adele:  Set Fire To The Rain   (3:58)   Cupid, non-traditional arsonist
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9bB8csLSug

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The Roop:  On Fire   (3:01)   Euro showcasing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EAUxuuu1w8

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~Bruce Springsteen:  I’m On Fire  (3:30)   Bruce sprucing up an auto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrpXArn3hII

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~Ed Sheeran:  I See Fire  (4:54)   Frodo adventuring
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fngvQS_PmQ

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~Kiss:  Heaven’s On Fire   (3:12)   kissing without makeup
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZjevnnkA20

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~Beth Ditto:  Fire   (3:20)   rubenesque cowboyin’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPbiklLnDQo

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~James Taylor:  Fire and Rain – Sarah Class cover   (4:03)  in memory of… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZX9H9clzxs

 

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It’s easier to throw sticks on the campfire than to try to restart it when it goes out.
~Cynthia Lewis

Remember, a good marriage is like a campfire. Both grow cold if left unattended.
~H Jackson Brown, Jr

If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home.
~Yvonne Prinz

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While I was looking the other way your fire went out
Left me with cinders to kick into dust
What a waste of the wonder you were
In my living fire I will keep your scorn and mine
In my living fire I will keep your heartache and mine
At the disgrace of a waste of a life.
~Kristin Cashore

A good relationship is like fireworks: loud, explosive, and liable to maim you if you hold on too long.
~Jeph Jacques

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
~Joan Crawford

Fire is a natural symbol of life and passion, though it is the one element in which nothing can actually live.
~Susanne Katherina Langer

Fires all go out eventually.
~Author Unknown

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If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror, because I bet that’s what really throws you into a panic.
~Jack Handey

Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.
~Terry Pratchett

My mom started smoking when she was 11. She went to the hill next door to try her first cigarette. She set the entire hill on fire, but it didn’t deter her.
~Loni Anderson

Don’t fling your butt beside the trail and we won’t fling your butt in jail.
~Author Unknown

Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.
~Tommy Cooper

I’m glad I don’t have to explain to a man from Mars why each day I set fire to dozens of little pieces of paper, and then put them in my mouth.
~Mignon McLaughlin

Free speech means the right to shout ‘theatre’ in a crowded fire.
~Abbie Hoffman

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Fire, water, and government know nothing of mercy.
~Proverb

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
~George Washington

In most communities it is illegal to cry ‘fire’ in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?
~Dwight D Eisenhower

To those who do not know that the world is on fire, I have nothing to say.
~Bertolt Brecht

Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.
~e e cummings

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
~George Washington

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@Writers Platform

Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney and then go on their way.
~Vincent Van Gogh

You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there.
~Maria Callas

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~Albert Schweitzer

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.
~Rumi

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Go back, go back to sleep. Yes, you are allowed. You who have no Love in your heart, you can go back to sleep. The power of Love is exclusive to us, you can go back to sleep. I have been burnt by the fire of Love. You who have no such yearning in your heart, go back to sleep. The path of Love, has seventy-two folds and countless facets. Your love and religion is all about deceit, control and hypocrisy, go back to sleep. I have torn to pieces my robe of speech, and have let go of the desire to converse. You who are not naked yet, you can go back to sleep.
~Rumi

 

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Exercise Prompt:   fire

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The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
~Plutarch

To learn to read is to light a fire.
~Victor Hugo

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
~Emily Dickinson

I have a need to be all on fire, for I have mountains of ice about me to melt.
~William Lloyd Garrison

Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.
~Samuel Johnson

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

The Becoming

Love, innocent as a match
A baby flame crawling to its kindling
A campfire blossoming into conflagration
New found, friend sun begun a stranger
Crossing the interstitial to interstellar
Versing the curve, the void what apart meant
Yearning, another star joins the love-of-night sky
Junior gods of the galaxy, a host of angels
Celestial cities of uncurtained apartments

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Book of Life

Some know for a certainty forgetting their history
Forgetting their bibles’ auguries and mysteries
Forgetting they’re liable, unimpeachable memory
Where: To whip is to feel the lash of that whip
Where: To spit is to wear the drip of that spit
Where: Becoming One means to be integrated
Where: Love means together and not separated

Challenged by injunction to love amid strife
Golden Rule bends to karma, the measure of life
The sentencing fair, the wound self-inflicted
Consequences are mirrored, self-directed, reflected
Enduring the outcomes their deeds once inspired
Injured jury empaneled, the evidence required
In the pooled memory of men a hot lake of fire

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The Job of Being Job

Hired at birth to work at stress and strife
Earn someone’s love and bed a wife
Schooled and trained to seek love’s relief
Follow with hurtful words that end in grief
There’s worse to come when unworthy of
Their priceless time, their precious love
Is to fail the charge assigned at birth
Not retired but fired and not be worth
No love, no hope, no mourning friend
A failed, forgotten, and biblical end
When cashing out and leaving earth

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5-7-5-7-7 x 2

wood shavings like words
gathered sticks for a sentence
logs framed for a home
gave us the law, schools and books
fuel for fire and history

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fired up politics
honesty or loyalty
fired for decency
laughable integrity
Vote For Lies over country

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5-7-5-7-7   5-7-5

outlived usefulness
the document that mattered
used for a doormat
Constitution a hindrance
divide and conquer the rule

yet evil will die
living fires of history
will burn off the lies

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Quoted in The Grove:   simple

For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn’t give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.
~Alan Perlis

Simplicity and complexity need each other.
~John Maeda

EndQuote:
The beauty of simplicity is the complexity it attracts.
~Tom Robbins

 

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Exercise Prompt for 09/20:   fire

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If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.
~Albert Einstein

The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.
~Robert Breault

Wise is the one who learns to dumb it down.
~Curtis Tyrone Jones

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
~Jack Kerouac

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Posted from the Grove

Life is as simple as these three questions: What do I want? Why do I want it? And, how will I achieve it?
~Shannon L Alder

I have three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
~Lao Tzu

These possessions of a simpleton being the three I choose and cherish: to care, to be fair, to be humble.
~Lao Tzu

Escape from complicated life! Take refuge in simple life! You will find three treasures there: Healthy body, a peaceful mind and a life away from ambitious fools!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

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~Psych2go:  The 4 Types of Introvert   (4:51)   not as simple as imagined
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNKQYjsxgPU

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~Joanna Castle Miller:  I Am Liesl Von Trapp and I Owe the Resistance an Apology  a short imagined monologue
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/i-am-liesl-von-trapp-and-i-owe-the-resistance-an-apology

 

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Complexity serves nothing but our ego. Be able to say what you do in a way that people can understand.
~Chris Brogan

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
~Aristotle

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.
~John Maeda

To say more while saying less is the secret of being simple.
~Dejan Stojanovic

Seek simplicity but distrust it.
~Alfred North Whitehead

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There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind.
~F Scott Fitzgerald

Any simpleton can speak with confidence. Sometimes the greatest fools have the most bravado.
~Brandon Mull

A coxcomb is one whom simpletons believe to be a man of merit.
~Jean de la Bruyere

The reasoning man who scorns the prejudices of simpletons necessarily becomes the enemy of simpletons; he must expect as much, and laugh at the inevitable.
~Marquis de Sade

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VIDEO:

Simplicity, the art of maximizing the amount of work not done, is essential.
~Principles Behind The Agile Manifesto

Simplicity is the soul of efficiency.
~Austin Freeman

Complexity is the enemy of execution.
~Tony Robbins

Complexity is the main enemy of security.
~Niels Ferguson

Complexity is not a cause of confusion. It is a result of it.
~Jeff Hawkins

Complexity is the enemy of clarity.
~Andy Stanley

Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
~Edsger W Dijkstra

Complexity creates a maze between you and success. Simplicity ensures a clear line of sight.
~Lee J Colan

Simplicity is the shortest path to a solution.
~Ward Cunningham

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Simplicity takes time, patience & practice. Complexity offers too many excuses for failure.
~Dean Cavanagh

There is a point of complexity beyond which a business is no longer manageable.
~Peter Drucker

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.
~Alan Perlis

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~Even/Odd:  The Slows   (22:08)   the simple life reconsidered
https://vimeo.com/396730547

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~Omeleto:  Our kind of love   (15:48)   simple tradition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H6w–lVHlQ

 

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Insecure managers create complexity. Frightened, nervous managers use thick convoluted planning books and busy slides filled with everything they’ve known since childhood…. They worry that if they’re simple, people will think they’re simple minded. In reality, of course, it’s just the reverse. Clear, tough minded people are the most simple.
~Jack Welch

It’s really a trade-off: you’re always having to decide whether you’re going to say the more ambitious thing, and lose a little clarity – or are you going to say something really clearly, and sacrifice a little nuance? Get too obscure, and you sound like a pretentious asshole; go overboard with the clarity, and you sound like you’re talking down to your audience, or like you yourself are a reductive simpleton.
~Elif Batuman

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MUSIC:

A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. “Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire!” The universe turns differently when fire loves water.
~Elif Safak

Marriage is not a simple love affair, it’s an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one.
~Joseph Campbell

An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word “love” — is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.
It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.
It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity.
It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.
~Adrienne Rich

The complexity of human relationships is never simple to follow; it is like intricate lacework, but lacework made of steel.
~Mignon G Eberhart

Unfortunately, little darlings, there is no such thing as a simple love story. The most transitory puppy crush is complex to the extent of lying beyond the far reaches of the brain’s understanding.
~Tom Robbins

But the answer is simple. Love is a mix tape.
~Rob Sheffield

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~Lynyrd Skynyrd cover — Shinedown:  Simple Man   (6:45)   working hard for his money
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKiXmBbVN8Y

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~Robert Palmer:  Simply Irresistible   (4:18)   movie mashup instead of the sexy-in-sync video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2juxzBczBhY

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~Iyeoka:  Simply Falling   (3:57)   surprise win for love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pes54J8PVw

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~Simply Red:  Holding Back the Years   (4:20)   shillelagh nostalgia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG07WSu7Q9w

 

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Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
~William Morris

One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.
~Francis Jourdain

Sometimes simplicity and elegance are indistinguishable from each other.
~Amit Kalantri

…complexity is often a device for claiming sophistication, or for evading simple truths.
~John Kenneth Galbraith

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
~Hans Hofmann

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed — it is a process of elimination.
~Elbert Hubbard

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Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
~Albert Schweitzer

I’m a simple man without a lot of complicated twists and turns. Look down my throat and you can see out my ass.
~Liu Cixin

Life’s so much simpler when you’re dead!
~Stewart Stafford

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I go about looking at horses and cattle. They eat grass, make love, work when they have to, bear their young. I am sick with envy of them.
~Sherwood Anderson

Everything that truly makes us happy is quite simple – love, sex and food!
~Meryl Streep

She was wild and free with a dab of logic in between, chasing her dreams and following her heartbeat.
~Nikki Rowe

Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.
~Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Sun Patch
© David Lorenz Winston

 

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Truth is always stranger than fiction. We craft fiction to match our sense of how things ought to be, but truth cannot be crafted. Truth is, and truth has a way of astonishing us to our knees. Reminding us, that the universe does not exist to fulfill our expectations. Because we are imperfect beings who are self-blinded to the truth of the world’s stunning complexity, we shave reality to paper thin theories and ideologies that we can easily grasp – and we call them truths. But the truth of a sea in all it’s immensity cannot be embodied in one tide-washed pebble.
~Dean Koontz

Religion leaves no room for human complexity.
~Daniel Radcliffe

There is a new science of complexity which says that the link between cause and effect is increasingly difficult to trace; that change (planned or otherwise) unfolds in non-linear ways; that paradoxes and contradictions abound; and that creative solutions arise out of diversity, uncertainty and chaos.
~Andy Hargreaves

We live in a rainbow of chaos.
~Paul Cezanne

Don’t let complexity stop you.
~Bill Gates

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@Writers Platform

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
~Oscar Wilde

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
~Bertrand Russell

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.
~Alice Roosevelt Longworth

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
~Cary Grant

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Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
~Albert Einstein

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
~Dr Seuss

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
~Dalai Lama

When the solution is simple, God is answering.
~Albert Einstein

 

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Exercise Prompt:  simple

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The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
~Scott Turow

I despise simplicity. It is the negation of all that is beautiful.
~Norman Hartnell

Without complexity, there’s no intensity.
~Alexandra Adornetto

A taste for simplicity cannot last for long.
~Eugene Delacroix

The more complex the network is, the more complex its pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be.
~Fritjof Capra

If there is anything the artist or a true work of art teaches us, it is that variety and complexity really increase the unity, and that to achieve unity within a great variety of complexity is a greater achievement and more satisfying piece of art than to achieve unity with just a few elements, which is relatively easily achieved.
~David Steindl-Rast

What is the alternative to understanding the complexity of the world?
~Atul Gawande

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

Request

The sewage and sludge of politics complexity
The sameness and drudge of mundane simplicity

The lying and fudging of strayed love’s duplicity
The dredging for scandals caught naughtily, nastily
Happily judging another while engaged in complicity
I don’t ask for much, no lodging, no money, no pity
But a hedged in garden far away from the city

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Dear God Amazon

Dear god, Amazon
Answer please a simple supplicant’s prayer
Sideline Baal’s archangel Algo Rithm the player
Grant passage past hindrance, your Tower of Babel
Past the incessant babble of a towering Bezos
Confined by confusion and a confounding unfitness
Saddened by ineptness your followers must witness
Consigned by condign muddling to drown in distress

In your mainframe mire, your Slough of Despondency
Your computerized legions of digitized demons
May your blind metal monster of mechanized minds
Founder in your Oceans of Acid Based Incompetency

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Cycle

Sweet dimpled cheeks to catch the eye of a new love
Simple heavy sighing, signature sign of a true love
Skipped irregular beats mark the heart of a first love
First token tears the start of a burst and a broken love
Married for years in a confusing and abused love
Failing love fraying, a defused and unused love

 

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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
~Lin Yutang

The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.
~Orison Marden

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
~Socrates

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It is desirable that a man live in all respects so simply and preparedly that if an enemy take the town, he can walk out the gate empty-handed and without anxiety.
~Henry David Thoreau

What a unique treasure are the things we have learned to live without, for no thief can take them from us.
~Robert Brault

We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.
~Donald Horban

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.
~Edwin Way Teale

Simplicity is not the opposite of wealth. It is the door to the riches you already own.
~Alan Cohen

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
~Charles Warner

When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.
~Benjamin Hoff

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