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Quoted in The Grove:    spice

The rich plankton of pop heroes and pop villains on which we Americans are accustomed to feed, the daily media soup of sports figures, ax murderers, politicians, and rock singers, the ever-running river of celebs, heavies, and oddballs that we use to spice up our own relatively humdrum lives has of late become a very watery gruel. Where have all the good guys and bad guys gone? Why does everyone out there look so gray?
~Shana Alexander

It seems mutants have something in their lives called gravy. They know truth, but it is buried under thickening and spices of convenience, materialism, insecurity, and fear. They also have something called frosting. It seems to represent how they spend almost all the seconds of their existence in doing superficial, artificial, temporary, pleasant-tasting, nice appearing projects and spend very few actual seconds of their lives developing their eternal beingness.
~Marlo Morgan

It took me some time to learn that although every one secretly cherishes the ambition to be ‘put in a book,’ no one is ever satisfied with anything save incense, butter, and honey, unrelieved by salt or spice.
~Gertrude Atherton

Whenever I go out with other married couples, I like to bring along a single crackhead. Just to spice things up.
~Chris Rock



Exercise Prompt for 12/06:  key



Women … have long been discouraged from the awareness and forthright expression of anger. Sugar and spice are the ingredients from which we are made. We are the nurturers, the soothers, the peacemakers, and the steadiers of rocked boats.
~Harriet Lerner

Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.
~Bethany Hamilton

A widow is a fascinating being with the flavor of maturity, the spice of experience, the piquancy of novelty, the tang of practiced coquetry, and the halo of one man’s approval.
~Helen Rowland

You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these. So I’ve brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me.



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They have hot peppers in Louisiana. Little red devils with fire in their skin and hell in their seeds.
~James Street

There were green infernos and green terrors, yellow jackets and yellow furies, red torrids and red frenzies.
~James Street

This is the kind of plant that endears itself to a teenage boy. These weren’t vegetables, they were weapons! And it was legal to grow them.
~James Gorman

Hot? Those things? They are for children. For nursing children. And furies are for growing boys. They’ll wake you up all right, and put fire in your blood. But listen, my friend, I’m a hot-pepper man. And when I say hot-pepper man, I mean hot-pepper man.
~James Street

Spicy food lovers are pyro-gourmaniacs.
~Author unknown

Life isn’t like a box of chocolates. It’s more like a jar of jalapeños. What you do today might burn your butt tomorrow.
~Larry the Cable Guy

I’m sorry, was this chicken seasoned with molten lava?
~Steve Franks & Anupam Nigam



~Great Big Story:  What Pizza Is Like Around the World   (16:29)   7 very different pizzas


~Spice Tree:  Kerala   (2:40)   travelogue escape, silent but for music


~Polyfjord:  Pendulum Lights   (3:05)   hypnotic



Every job in the world has some built-in boredom. No man can stay excited about something every minute he is doing it. Routine is as necessary to life as water is to beer; it is the base that holds the flavors and spices together.
~E L Konigsburg

I think I would just get bored to be honest. Ask any human being if they want to stay in exactly the same job for thirty years they say “No!” The ultimate cliché, ‘Variety is the spice of life’, is sadly true.
~Doc Brown

Dullness is the spice of life. Which is why we must always use other spices.
~David Levithan

I believe history and tradition is something solid and something we can rest on. I am not crazy about putting new spices in chocolate.
~Jacques Torres

The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it.
~Daniel Gilbert

Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy
~Phyllis McGinley




Stress is the spice of life.
~Hans Selye

Flirting with death is the spice of life.
~Margaret M Lock

Danger is the spice of life and you’ve got to take a risk now and then … that’s what makes life worthwhile.
~Anthony Hopkins

Travel is a joy, full of surprises. Perhaps some of the most enjoyable times are those where one comes close to disaster: the risks add spice, and make for great stories when you are safely back home again.
~Jane Wilson-Howarth

I wouldn’t give a tinker’s damn for a man who isn’t sometimes afraid. Fear’s the spice that makes it interesting to go ahead.
~Daniel Boone

Stress is not the spice of life any more than arsenic is. And without it, you won’t feel bored.
~Andrew Bernstein



Three-Spice Cure for Bland
~Omeleto:  Double Vision   (14:43)   eye of the beholder


~Omeleto:  Time Out   (10:08)   roundabout to an answer


~Omeleto:  It’s Your Call   (16:57)    realizing


~BBC: The Vampiric Council – a murder trial   (8:44)   camp



Jealousy is like a hot pepper. Use it mildly, and you add spice to the relationship. Use too much of it and it can burn.
~Ayala Malakh-Pines

Lovers may be and indeed generally are enemies, but they never can be friends, because there must always be a spice of jealousy and a something of Self in all their speculations.
~Lord Byron

A modicum of discord is the very spice of courtship.
~Nicolas Chamfort

On their sofas of spice and feathers, the concubines also slept fretfully. In those days the Earth was still flat, and people dreamed often of falling over edges.
~Tom Robbins

“I mean she’s Cleopatra… shouldn’t she and Antony have known better? They were so different…”
“Variety is the spice of life”
“And from a thousand miles apart?”
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder”
~Ally Carter

Infatuation was a good thing. It gave spice to life, and added to its enjoyment… But it was different from love. Love was worth everything, and couldn’t be exchanged for anything.
~Paulo Coelho

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I look at making records like you make a dish. A culinary experience. The way you throw in a tambourine, it’s like spices or herbs. The main part of the song is the stock.
~Devendra Banhart

I feel like my kind of music is a big pot of different spices. It’s a soup with all kinds of ingredients in it.
~Abigail Washburn

I feel like a hit will come whenever it does, but I don’t want to sit in a studio trying to figure out the magic formula and mixing spices and trying to come up with the perfect song.
~Jacob Whitesides


We got married in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout…
~Billy Edd Wheeler & Jerry Leiber

A little blue-eyed blonde in a red hot sweater,
wants to spice my chili, I think I’ll let her.
~Toby Keith

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. For me, that counts tenfold in the world of music!
~Jason Graves



~Barry Gonen:  Scarborough Fair   (3:33)   portrait gallery


~Spice Girls:  Too Much   (3:50)   more eyes, fewer curves, less juvenile


~Spice Girls:  Denying   (4:40)   all grown up


~Spice Diana:  Yo love    (3:38)   the world over


Cinnamon Girl: Three takes on the same title, different spice

~Lana Del Rey:  Cinnamon Girl   (5:00)   then the story kicks in


~Prince:  Cinnamon Girl   (4:06)   not salt, not pepper


~Neil Young & Crazy Horse:  Cinnamon Girl   (4:43)   the audience this time



I’m bemused by the whole Robbie Williams aspect of British pop. Posh Spice? It all looks like cruise ship entertainment to me.
~David Bowie

Every time I see the Spice Girls, it makes me want to try to fly by
climbing my roof and strapping bricks to my shoes.
~Eddie Vedder

The Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has just published the story of her life. I confess that it is not in my reading table.
~Mick Jagger

But let me ask you this though, first and foremost: who’s your favorite Spice Girl? Mine is Sporty Spice and I’ll tell you why. You know what? She might not be as aesthetically pleasant as the rest but she’ll do a backflip and steal your heart.
~Janeane Garofalo

More than anyone, I am aware of the preconceptions. I was a Spice Girl. I’m married to a footballer.
~Victoria Beckham

People I respect complimenting me on my work in fashion is more exciting to me than anything I ever achieved as a Spice Girl.
~Victoria Beckham

I’m one of five girls in the whole entire world that can honestly say I’m a Spice Girl. I’m still proud of that.
~Melanie Brown

We were the Spice Boys.
~George Harrison



Dark Side of the Horse



The other day I got a text from a boy, but it wasn’t hot. I mean, if you’re going to text me every day, you haven’t seen me for months and you’re trying to seduce me, you’d better spice up that text and make it more exciting than ‘How was your day? I hope you’re having a beautiful one.’ Sadly, I haven’t been doing a lot of kissing lately.
~Chloe Sevigny

If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam.
~Johnny Carson

We have something called naked Sundays … You have to keep marriage alive, spice it up … We don’t need to go anywhere, we’re just with each other. We do everything naked. We cook naked.
~Christina Aguilera

The source of sexual power is curiosity, passion. You are watching its little flame die of asphyxiation. Sex does not thrive on monotony. Without feeling, inventions, moods, no surprises in bed. Sex must be mixed with tears, laughter, words, promises, scenes, jealousy, envy, all of the spices of fear, foreign travel, new faces, novels, stories, dreams, fantasies, music, dancing, opium, wine.
~Anais Nin

Variety is the spice of love.
~Helen Rowland

An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring… I ought to know.
~Bette Davis

The plural of spouse is spice.
~Christopher Morley

Nothing spices up one’s sex life like having a partner.
~Jacob M Appel


Sandwich outdoors isn’t a sandwich anymore. Tastes different than indoors, notice? Got more spice. Tastes like mint and pinesap. Does wonders for the appetite.
~Ray Bradbury

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.
~Jim Davis

Pumpkin spice lattes are eggnog for morning people.
~John Oliver

Spice a dish with love and it pleases every palate.



Painter unknown



Except thou desire to hasten thine end, take this for a general rule, that thou never add any artificial heat to thy body by wine or spice.
~Walter Raleigh

The biggest problem with Bill’s food is his timidity with herbs and spices and some bizarre primeval fear of salt.
~Marian Burros

Why would these English explorers search for these spices, yet never use them in their food?
~Jon Stewart

The food in such places is so tasteless because the members associate spices and garlic with just the sort of people they’re trying to keep out.
~Calvin Trillin

A nutritionist has told me to have very little butter and very little spices, but I can’t live like that.
~Jill Scott


Omari: Hey, Dad, you’ve got to taste what we just did. It’s actually good.
Devyn: That is good. What did you two do?
Omari: No idea. We just added spices until it didn’t suck anymore.
~Sherrilyn Kenyon

[My father] was generous with his affection, given to great, awkward, engulfing hugs, and I can remember so clearly the smell of his hugs, all starched shirt, tobacco, Old Spice, and Cutty Sark. Sometimes I think I’ve never been properly hugged since.
~Linda Ellerbee

Anything is possible when your man smells like Old Spice and not a lady. I’m on a horse.
~Isaiah Mustafa

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@Writers Platform

Go, little book, and wish to all
Flowers in the garden, meat in the hall,
A bin of wine, a spice of wit,
A house with lawns enclosing it,
A living river by the door,
A nightingale in the sycamore!
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh.
~Judah ben Saul ibn Tibbon

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang.
~George R R Martin

Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land? I loved to smell them when I was a boy. Lord, there were a lot of lovely books once, before we let them go.
~Ray Bradbury



Glass Table:

~Mary_Helen:  The Land

She was beautiful and sweet
and as bare ass as can be
with a gleam in her eye
she knew what she wanted it to be.

With lots of hard work
she sweated and slaved
she went every day
she couldn’t stay away.

With a few items here
and a few items there
she could see in her eye
it was starting to appear.

The hope in her heart
the look on her face
she could see the future
of her own special place.

With a well to flow water
and a sewer for guess what
the trees were put in
and the buildings popped up.

With chickens and ducks
then came goats, pigs, and cows
the real work started
with a garden to plow.

There were slaughters and parties
family gatherings galore
it was never a dull moment
with someone at the door.

But as days go bye
and the years roll on
before we know it
we’re faded and gone.

So lays a desolate place
with no one around
just maybe a few ghost
will wonder and roam.

Being all burned down
with nothing to see
the trees fighting for life
producing their seeds.

But she’ beautiful and sweet
and bare ass as can be
with a gleam in my eye
I can make her what I want it to be…



Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
~Walter Benjamin

It is crazy even to ask what creativity is. It would be just as useful to interview a caraway plant in your garden and ask: “How did you decide to be a spice?”
~Eeva Kilpi



Exercise Prompt:  spice



If by any chance a playwright wishes to express a political opinion or a moral opinion or a philosophy, he must be a good enough craftsman to do it with so much spice of entertainment in it that the public get the message without being aware of it.
~Noel Coward

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
~George Bernard Shaw

Words are like spices. Too many is worse than too few.
~Joan Aiken

Quotes are like cayenne pepper or some other strong spice: a little goes a long way, and too much is a disaster.
~Ben Yagoda


The Exercise:



thanks giving

smokey blue of the far mountains
green sprawl of the farmed valley
voluptuous shapes
grey white shades of spirit
people the skies, move like herds
clouds driven, whipped by the wind

sharp barks, dogs in the distance
birds fly by, screech and cry
two sing nearby
bulls full of bellow empty themselves
mothers and heifers move closer
mooing and lowing in concert

a cackle of hens, barnyard politics
a rooster with something to say
nearby a radio plays
the voice of humans and someone laughs
a taste of life, the spice of one day
a portrait, a heart breaks at the beauty

call it gratitude
call it thanks giving


bit by the sea

colorful language spiced by the sea
salty old sailor peppering me
tales warning of sirens’ and trickery
stories not squaring with history
yet these the reasons
my love for the sea



foreign lands, exotic new spices
flattering tastes, blandishing rices
saffron gold, exorbitant prices
pirated treasure, brandishing vices
shortage on shelves, marketing crisis
much in demand defining what nice is



my spice is your sin
my door’s open, you closed in
one life each, begin
rust colored sunset
reds make it splendiferous
orange peel for spice
strife, the spice of life
fixed and fated slice of life
rife with facts of life



Willie said normal was boring and that I should be grateful that I had a touch of spice. She said no one cared about boring people, and when they died, they were forgotten, like something that slips behind the dresser.
~Ruta Sepetys

Being weird adds spice to life. Having weird friends just deepens the flavor.
~Jayelle Cochran

I’m afraid I couldn’t like him without a spice of human naughtiness.
~Louisa May Alcott

The world loves a spice of wickedness.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness.
~Seneca the Younger

It is the weakness in the character of a great man which may make him less admirable but certainly more interesting.
~W Somerset Maugham

Life is extraordinarily suave and sweet with certain natural, witty, affectionate people who have unusual distinction and are capable of every vice, but who make a display of none in public and about whom no one can affirm they have a single one. There is something supple and secret about them. Besides, their perversity gives spice to their most innocent occupations, such as taking a walk in the garden at night.
~Marcel Proust

His voice was cloves and nightingales, it took us to spice markets in the Celebs, we drifted with him on a houseboat beyond the Coral Sea. We were like cobras following a reed flute.
~Janet Fitch

Painters used red like spice.
~Derek Jarman

When you think about it in the big scheme of things our time together is like a dash of spice in a big cosmic soup – important for richness of flavor but still not quite the main ingredient. The past is over. It can’t and shouldn’t be reclaimed. All we ever have is now anyway.
~Alyson Noel


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Quoted in The Grove:   promise

My tongue swore, but my mind’s unsworn.

Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth.
~Mohandas Gandhi

Promises were a lot like impressions. The second one didn’t count for much.
~Kristin Hannah

When a man takes an oath… he’s holding his own self in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then — he needn’t hope to find himself again.
~Robert Bolt



Exercise Prompt for 11/29:   spice

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Vows are made in storms and forgotten in calm weather.
~Thomas Fuller

A man who has been in danger,
When he comes out of it forgets his fears,
And sometimes he forgets his promises.


The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
~Niccolò Machiavelli

I know it is a bad thing to break a promise, but I think now that it is a worse thing to let a promise break you.
~Jennifer Donnelly

Better break your word than do worse in keeping it.
~Thomas Fuller

As a human being, the best eulogy I can reasonably hope for is “He made his promises sincerely and broke them regretfully.”
~Robert Brault

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If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.
~H L Mencken

What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those?
~Gilbert Highet

I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won’t deceive you except in matters of this sort.
~Spiro T Agnew

When a man you like switches from what he said a year ago, or 4 years ago, he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough to change his mind with changing conditions. When a man you don’t like does it, he is a liar who has broken his promises.
~Franklin P Adams

A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
~Niccolò Machiavelli

But as the arms-control scholar Thomas Schelling once noted, two things are very expensive in international life: promises when they succeed and threats when they fail.
~Fareed Zakaria

The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.
~Carl Jung


The people ask much, often more than any government can give. We must resist the temptation to promise solutions to all problems.
~Jane Byrne

The promises of yesterday are the taxes of today.
~William Lyon MacKenzie

This is the first convention of the space age — where a candidate can promise the moon and mean it.
~Author Unknown

There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program – your tax dollar will go further.
~Wernher von Braun



~Tanya Davis/Andrea Dorfman:  *How To Be At Home   (4:56)   picture poem


~Donato Sansone:  BAVURE (Brush stroke)   (4:42)   visual adventure



America is not just a power, it is a promise. It is not enough for our country to be extraordinary in might; it must be exemplary in meaning.
~Nelson Rockefeller

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.
~Will Rogers

In executing the duties of my present important station, I can promise nothing but purity of intentions, and, in carrying these into effect, fidelity and diligence.
~George Washington

The safety of the people shall be the highest law.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero




People with good intentions make promises, but people with good character keep them.
~Joubert Botha

Keep every promise you make and only make promises you can keep.
~Anthony Hitt


Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.
~Peter F Drucker

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
~Abraham Lincoln

What we needed were not words and promises but a steady accumulation of small realities.
~Haruki Murakami

It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.
~Harold Geneen



~Omeleto:  1500 Words   (8:45)   promise and thankful are three words


~highcottonfilms:  Salt – A Thanksgiving Story   (2:58)   sweet



We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.
~François de la Rochefoucault

An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.
~Mae West

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.
~William Dean Howells

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.
~Arabian Proverb

I believe that it is better to light one candle than promise a million light bulbs.
~Stephen Harper

Each morning I gaze at the eastern horizon, and if the sun keeps its promise, I keep mine.
~Robert Brault

It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.


Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.
~Simone Weil

With a contained environment, there is the promise of friction. And that is where the drama comes from.
~Bruce Greenwood

Somewhere in between all the mind games, lies and seduction…I fell for you. Somewhere in between all the broken promises, manipulation and heartaches…I got over you. But, I guess I fibbed a few times too. Remember all those times I swore I needed you? Well consider them lies because baby, here I am without you, and I survived.
~Lil Wayne

Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie’s man’s only promise.
~Leo Buscaglia




Oaths are but words, and words but wind.
~Samuel Butler

Eggs and oaths are easily broken.
~Danish Proverb

Half the promises people say were never kept, were never made.
~Edgar Watson Howe

Be able to keep a secret or promise when you know in your heart that it is the right thing to do.
~Marilyn vos Savant

There are certain promises you make that are more sacred than anything that happens in a court of law, I don’t care how many Bibles you put your hand on.
~Paul Castellano

Some promises aren’t worth keeping.
~Holly Black

Some things you don’t have to promise. You just do.
~Rick Yancey


Love is free; to promise forever to love the same woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed; such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he is in love, drunk, or running for office.
~Shirley MacLaine

Love is a promise delivered already broken.
~Steve Martin

There are no guarantees. From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough. From the viewpoint of love, none are necessary.
~Emmanuel Teney

Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.
~William Makepeace Thackeray

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said. “Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”
~John Green



~Radiohead:  I Promise   (4:02)   no more running


~Chris Cornell:  The Promise   (5:00)   we/US/our reason to be thankful


~Cock Robin:  The Promise You Made   (3:58)   lively street, ghostly studio sets


~Eric Clapton:  Promises   (2:54)   jet set setting


~Sami Yusuf:  Forgotten Promises   (5:25)   feed the need


~Badflower:  Promise Me   (5:51)   love of life for life



Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree — they bear no fruit.
~Francis Marion

I feel keeping a promise to yourself is a direct reflection of the love you have for yourself. I used to make promises to myself and find them easy to break. Today, I love myself enough to not only make a promise to myself, but I love myself enough to keep that promise.
~Steve Maraboli

I begin to understand the promises of this world are for the most part, vain phantoms; and that to confide in one’s self and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.

People will let you down in this life, promises will be broken, you should expect less of others and trust more in yourself.
~Leon Brown


Curiosity takes courage. The most important promises are the ones you make to yourself.
~Mary Anne Radmacher

I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.
~Nhat Hanh




Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.
~Norman Vincent Peale

Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day.
~German Proverb


Everyone’s a millionaire where promises are concerned.
~Author Unknown

Liars make the best promises.
~Pierce Brown

A liar is always lavish of oaths.
~Pierre Corneille


You always pay too much. Particularly for promises. There ain’t no such thing as a bargain promise.
~Cormac McCarthy

Promises make debt, and debt makes promises.
~Dutch Proverb

For every promise, there is price to pay.
~Jim Rohn





I am tired of talk that comes to nothing.
~Chief Joseph

It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken promises.
~Chief Joseph

As to the Indians, the guiding principle was, promise them anything just so long as they get out of the way.
~Stephen Ambrose

It does not require many words to speak the truth.
~Chief Joseph

Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government.
~Buffalo Bill

This world is full of broken things: broken hearts, broken promises, broken people.
~John Connolly

Time, bring back
The rapturous ignorance of long ago,
The peace, before the dreadful daylight starts,
Of unkept promises and broken hearts.
~John Betjeman


Between today and tomorrow are graves, and between promising and fulfilling are chasms.
~Author Unknown

If you break little promises, you’ll break big ones.
~Cormac McCarthy

Every man of courage is a man of his word.
~Pierre Corneille



@Writers Platform

One promises much, to avoid giving little.
~Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Magnificent promises are always to be suspected.
~Theodore Parker

Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
~Edmund Burke

When a man repeats a promise again and again, he means to fail you.

I thought he was a young man of promise; but it appears he was a young man of promises.
~Author Unknown


Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught.
~Sydney J Harris

We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.
~Abraham Lincoln


Promise little and do much.
~Hebrew Proverb

Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise. ~Author Unknown


Glass Table:   Contest Entry

Last Day of Staycation

One final “home project” for this last day of our staycation week: weeding the driveway. It’s pretty hard-packed pebbles, good for absorbing the winter rains, but over the years plenty of tiny weeds, clumps of grass, etc have taken root. It’s warm but not hot today, so I put on a sunhat, start the poetry podcast playlist on my iPod, grab a bucket, sit down on a short stool, and start picking.

Every few minutes, having pulled every weed in reach, I shift the stool a couple of feet and continue. It becomes a rhythm, practically a meditation.

Some oregano from the herb garden in the corner by the sidewalk has started to put out new sprouts into the driveway. I decide to leave them alone, and let it continue to spread where it can — I’ve noticed a pleasant Mediterranean crushed-herb scent lately whenever I get out of the car, which seems like a good thing. The white and purple clovers as well, I leave alone. The bees like them, and I use the green strips as a target in the rear view mirror when backing into the driveway. One final “home project” for this last day of our staycation week: weeding the driveway. It’s pretty hard-packed pebbles, good for absorbing the winter rains, but over the years plenty of tiny weeds, clumps of grass, etc have taken root. It’s warm but not hot today, so I put on a sunhat, start the poetry podcast playlist on my iPod, grab a bucket, sit down on a short stool, and start picking.

Every few minutes, having pulled every weed in reach, I shift the stool a couple of feet and continue. It becomes a rhythm, practically a meditation.

Some oregano from the herb garden in the corner by the sidewalk has started to put out new sprouts into the driveway. I decide to leave them alone, and let it continue to spread where it can — I’ve noticed a pleasant Mediterranean crushed-herb scent lately whenever I get out of the car, which seems like a good thing. The white and purple clovers as well, I leave alone. The bees like them, and I use the green strips as a target in the rear view mirror when backing into the driveway.


a break in the rain

raking the fallen (deep crimson) maple leaves
during a break in the rain,
the (bright green) rain-swollen moss
is as happy to see the sun again
as I am



God’s promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine.
~David Nicholas

No pillow so soft as God’s promise.
~Author Unknown

God never made a promise that was too good to be true.
~Dwight L Moody

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
~Martin Luther

To have a faith, therefore, or a trust in anything, where God hath not promised, is plain idolatry, and a worshipping of thine own imagination instead of God.
~William Tyndale


Show business offers more solid promises than Catholicism.
~John Guare

It is a curious thing that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
~Evelyn Waugh

I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.
~David Bowie



Exercise Prompt:   promise



Works of serious purpose and grand promises often have a purple patch or two stitched on, to shine far and wide.

Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.
~Samuel Johnson

Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.
~Thornton Wilder



The Exercise:


Matters Most

Wasn’t love promised
Nor kinship
Not even friendship
But ears that listened
Caring eyes to witness

Not ready love so easily offered
But hands that helped
Empathetic arms to lift and hold
Wed to legs and a willing back
Cheerful will and strength to carry

Good food to feed one
Taste treats to tempt one
Fine wines to warm one
Puddings to thrill one
Feasted instead just being near you

Wasn’t words that healed you
Not vows that helped you
Nor laws to protect you
Or favor select you
But need connects you

Torn down walls
Bricks for bridges
Acts of kindness
Not words of love
That matter most
Who watch above


Mere Words

Promise, like a door to a gift to be opened
A bank for the future in times of ill-fortune
Or a promise like eggs meant to be broken
Like words without legs never reaching a goal
Word-keeper, life master, lighthouse in disaster
Words dead on the ground, mimed lies of a clown


Dual Doggerels Dueling #23

Round One: Knockout

Old time promise, gifts of rosy dawning
Now daylight breaks on a dying world
Peaked palettes of bleak greet the morning

Fierce fiery threat of a terminal sunset
No hope for the planet, no rally, no bet
No time for a eulogy, no pause, moving on

Nightmares awake, shattering quakes
Temperatures rising, fevers of plague
Broken world rends, surrenders and ends

Round Two: Rematch

Let the healing begin with humanity’s passing
Old world returning, renewed from its grave
New world’s advance demands a new world’s chance

Scrubbed clean of man’s pride and greedy malignance
Augmented by ignorance, laws of karma and consequence
Universe City College, Studies in: Sins Born Innocent

Immortal lessons, gifts of mortality and immoral vision
Class of Good, Classless Evil and the Wisdom of One
Rebirth of Earth, returned avatars home from the stars



the promise of love
vital preliminary
to saying goodbye


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Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich-something for nothing.
~George Bernard Shaw


In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone’s letter.
~Chinese Proverb


Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future…
~Hannah Arendt


He loses his thanks who promises and delays.


Life didn’t promise to be wonderful.
~Teddy Pendergrass


Illness is the most heeded of doctors: to goodness and wisdom we only make promises; pain we obey.
~Marcel Proust


Impartial: unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.
~Ambrose Bierce


To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.
~Mark Twain


The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it.
~Napoleon Bonaparte


Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.
~William Hazlitt


A vow is a snare for sin.
~Samuel Johnson


When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?
~Chuck Palahniuk


Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.  ~Henry Ward Beecher


Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~A A Milne


The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
~Robert Frost


April is a promise that May is bound to keep.
~Hal Borland


Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
~Wayne Dyer

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Quoted in The Grove:   avatar

Early on, many years ago when we started ‘Avatar,’ the executive that we were working with said to make the sad scenes sadder, the funny scenes funnier, the scary scenes scarier. That was kind of permission to do what we felt comfortable with.
~Bryan Konietzko

You need virtual reality to understand high level science or high level math. It’s very helpful to explain third and fourth dimensional things that people are constantly addressing in quantum physics. But, as soon as you’re creating an avatar, and you can live and you can start to feel sensations on VR, that has gone too far.
~Jaden Smith

How many artists subscribe to the notion that creative success depends on input from the fickle muse or her modern avatar, mental illness? Probably very few.
~Kathryn Harrison

I see myself as an avatar of curiosity and doubt.
~Adam Conover


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Exercise Prompt for 11/22:   promise

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Posted from the Grove

The week stepped in early by pointing out how few good quotes there are on avatars, and maybe a better word could be found for Thanksgiving week. This last minute effort, much abbreviated (and flawed by the rush), at least gives the opportunity to remind that it’s a long, strenuous winter of isolation crouching to pounce out there, and it’s a long wait ’til spring.

This week the avatar, BarTalk, in the virtual world of There.com is hosting the annual Cultural Arts Week. It’s a free 3 day visit to pop in (have couple avatar-style names in mind), and we can walk about and  talk, let you  wander, or take a guided tour … or just talk. Email me, BarTalk or Dan, [email protected], to arrange a time in the evening for getting together. I’d like to meet some of the people who follow this blog.


Virtual Reality:  the online home for avatars

The telephone is virtual reality in that you can meet with someone as if you are together, at least for the auditory sense.
~Ray Kurzweil

We experience virtual reality on most nights while we are asleep, through our dreams.

Some people prefer to see the game in the television than to go to the stadium. With virtual reality this will go to be worse, but at the end the ‘real’ reality will win, because a virtual meal is not the same thing as a real one!
~Rodolfo Llinas

The thing that’s remarkably beautiful to me about virtual reality is that you can make up reality in virtual reality and share it with other people. It’s like having a collaborative lucid dream.
~Jaron Lanier

Virtual reality is the ‘ultimate empathy machine.’ These experiences are more than documentaries. They’re opportunities to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.
~Chris Milk

Virtual reality is a self-created form of chosen reality. Therefore it exists.
~Joan Lowery Nixon




Blue Coat with Man
© Greg Thweatt



The Hindi perspective

Hinduism is wholly free from the strange obsession of some faiths that the acceptance of a particular religious metaphysics is necessary for salvation, and non-acceptance thereof is a heinous sin meriting eternal punishment in hell.
~Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Hinduism is not just a faith… Evil and error are not ultimate. There is no Hell, for that means there is a place where God is not, and there are sins which exceed his love.
~Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

The essence of Hinduism is that the path may be different, but the goal is the same.
~Manmohan Singh

You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become.
~Bhagavad Gita



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