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Quoted in The Grove:

Being the best is great, I’m number one. But being unique is greater, I’m the only one.
~Unknown

If you are wasting time and energy trying to be as much like everyone else as you can, you are throwing away something precious: your individuality. When you embrace your difference, your DNA, your look or heritage or religion or your unusual name, that’s when you start to shine.
~Bethenny Frankel

Each creature has a universally unique name, a sacred identity. If you know and call them by that name, they will definitely reply.
~Toba Beta

EndQuote:
As you awaken, may your dreams greet you by name, and may you answer, “Yes!”
~Mary Anne Radmacher

 

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Exercise Prompt for 02.07.21:   house

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The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.
~Confucius

If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name.
~Kendrick Lamar

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Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.
~J K Rowling

You have but to know an object by its proper name for it to lose its dangerous magic.
~Elias Canetti

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Posted from the Grove

I hate American simplicity. I glory in the piling up of complications of every sort. If I could pronounce the name James in any different or more elaborate way I should be in favor of doing it.
~Henry James

I don’t like your miserable lonely single front name. It is so limited, so meager; it has no versatility; it is weighted down with the sense of responsibility; it is worn threadbare with much use; it is as bad as having only one jacket and one hat; it is like having only one relation, one blood relation, in the world. Never set a child afloat on the flat sea of life with only one sail to catch the wind.
~D H Lawrence

In the black culture, certain kids are given nicknames that they roll with forever; the nicknames outweigh their real names. I’m one of those scenarios.
~Snoop Dogg

Does a name stick because it suits a man or does the man, unconsciously, evolve into his name?
~Robert Harris

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Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you?
~Orson Welles

I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts.
~Oliver Goldsmith

I have fallen in love with American names, the sharp, gaunt names that never get fat.
~Stephen Vincent Benet

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~Karen Nimmo:  No Costume, 7 Clues to Who You Are
https://medium.com/on-the-couch/these-7-tiny-clues-reveal-who-you-are-487ef907b18b

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~Roman De Giuli:  Satellike   (2:56)   flowing dreamscape, an escape
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/504369243

 

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Women have had the power of naming stolen from us.
~Mary Daly

A wife should no more take her husband’s name than he should hers. My name is my identity and must not be lost.
~Lucy Stone

When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always.
~Rita Rudner

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I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men.
~Nikola Tesla

If you leave without a fight, you will get the name of a coward.
~Rajinikanth

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VIDEO:

Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive.
~Thomas C Haliburton

I love nicknames. It makes me feel loved. It makes me feel less alone in this world.
~Ellen Page

Nicknames are fond names. We do not give them to people we dislike.
~Edna Ferber

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People’s fates are simplified by their names.
~Elias Canetti

His name tasted of fire and wings, of curling smoke, of subtlety and strength and the rasping whisper of scales.
~Naomi Novik

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Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names.
~Japanese proverb

In honest truth, a name given to a man is no better than a skin given to him; what is not natively his own falls off and comes to nothing.
~Walter Savage Landor

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Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title.
~Thomas Paine

If you can’t answer a man’s arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
~Elbert Hubbard

No orator can top the one who can give good nicknames.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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When I go out with the ladies, I don’t force them to pronounce my name. I tell them I like to go by the nickname of Kitten.
~Joaquin Phoenix

You’re not allowed to give yourself a nickname. This holds true in life as well as in poker.
~Richard Roeper

A nickname may be the best record of a success. That’s what I call putting the face of a joke upon the body of a truth.

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~Dust:  This Time Away   (13:23)   Max
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIKaRigsL44

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~Nora Kirkpatrick:  Best Seller   (14:06)   zany
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/504642018

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~Karishma Dev Dube:  Bittu   (16:56)   unexpected
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/505266010

 

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Words have meaning and names have power.
~Author unknown

Once you label me you negate me.
~Soren Kierkegaard

Nicknames are potent ways of cutting people down to size.
~Doris Lessing

This is an age of strange names…
~W J & G A Audsley

A nickname is the hardest stone that the devil can throw at a man.
~William Hazlitt

The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.
~Marshall McLuhan

I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there. I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment.’
~Andy Warhol

Name is a fence and within it you are nameless.
~Samuli Paronen

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MUSIC:

Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.
~Jose Saramago

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.
~Margaret Atwood

Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!
~Arthur Miller

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We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
~Joseph Roux

It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things.
~Oscar Wilde

Whisper to the flashing water your real name, write your signature in the sand, and shout your identity to the sky until it answers to you in thunder.
~Christopher John Farley

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~Michael Fragstein:  My Name,  w/Marie Louise   (3:40)   pretty song without airs
https://vimeo.com/49077836

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~Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha:  In The Name of Love   (3:25)   glitzy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnBT9uUYb1w

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~Abba:  Name Of The Game   (4:56)   shitz ‘n giggles ‘n board games
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ90ZqH0PWI

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~The Weeknd:  Call Out My Name   (3:58)   journey of a song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4ZoCHID9GI

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~U2 and Africa:  Where The Streets Have No Name   (6:42)   people of a place
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mvaO2BcTKY

 

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To name oneself is the first act of both the poet and the revolutionary.
~Erica Jong

A poet’s work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
~Salman Rushdie

I have little shame, no dignity – all in the name of a better cause.
~A J Jacobs

We do what we must, and call it by the best names.
~Ralph Waldo

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
~John F Kennedy

Names are changed more readily than doctrines, and doctrines more readily than ceremonies.
~Thomas Love Peacock

History is not another name for the past, as many people imply. It is the name for stories about the past.
~A J P Taylor

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I’m very influenced by landscapes, not so much the way places look as the way the names sound. In this country we’ve got so many cultures, and the place names – the Spanish names and the Indian names, which are so incredibly musical.
~Emmylou Harris

Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.
~Leonard Bernstein

Names are the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
~Dale Carnegie

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My mind is vacant on names, but I know him as well as anything. When I need names they drop out of my head; when I don’t need them they drop back.
~Imogen Cunningham

I am a quick study – I can memorize a script in an hour – but I can’t remember a name three seconds. I’ve even forgotten my wife’s name on occasion.
~Don Adams

I don’t remember anybody’s name. How do you think the “dahling” thing got started?
~Zsa Zsa Gabor

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Till I was 13, I thought my name was ‘Shut Up.’
~Joe Namath

The sole purpose of a child’s middle name, is so he can tell when he is really in trouble.
~Author unknown

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.
~Bill Cosby

I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
~Benjamin Franklin

It is to be observed that ‘angling’ is the name given to fishing by people who can’t fish.
~Stephen Leacock

Someone once asked, ‘What’s your best pickup line?’ I said, ‘My best pickup line is, ‘Hi, my name is Hugh Hefner.’
~Hugh Hefner

It’s not how big your pencil is; it’s how you write your name.
~Dave Mustaine

After all these years I had the privilege of naming my private part, ’cause we have nicknames. So I named my private part, pride… it’s not much but at least I have my pride.
~Jay London

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Palm Springs – Winter
© Greg Thweatt

 

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Brand is much more than a name or a logo. Brand is everything and everything is brand
~Dan Pallotta

In terms of an identity, an identity reflects an individuality, by definition. And, if there is a quality present, it is recognizable and it can be named. If you can’t name it, it means you don’t recognize it.
~Robert Fripp

Integrity: A name is the blueprint of the thing we call character. You ask, What’s in a name? I answer, Just about everything you do.
~Morris Mandel

My name became a brand, and I’d love to say that was the plan from the start. But the only plan was to keep writing books. And I’ve stuck to that ever since.
~John Grisham

Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless.
~Hannah Arendt

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Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.
~James Cameron

Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.
~John Updike

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@Writers Platform

…though it is a sneaking piece of cowardice for Authors to put feigned names to their works, as if like Bastards of their Brain they were afraid to own them.
~Desiderius Erasmus

An anonymous pen is a coward’s weapon, which stabs in the dark.
~James Lendall Basford

I mean, this is a guy who changes his name to climb out of his family tree.
~Kelly Wheeler

I have not… concealed my real name beneath a fiction.
~James G Percival

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Pen names are masks that allow us to unmask ourselves.
~Terri Guillemets

Pseudonym: writing under a false name so that one may write more truly.
~Terri Guillemets

 

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Exercise Prompt:   name

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I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this.
~Madonna Ciccone

Fame is a series of misunderstandings surrounding a name.
~Joni Mitchell

Name, and not fame is the exact yardstick because fame is transitory, and in our times, fame is vulgar because it can actually be bought.
~Sandeep Balakrishna

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What a heavy burden is a name that has too soon become famous.
~Voltaire

If I’m such a legend, why am I so lonely?
~Judy Garland

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

existential itch

vague emptiness
a toothless hunger
palpable uneasiness
a sense of something
missing
nameless
a living vacancy
life as lacuna
the gnawing
before knowing

then suddenly you
three words later
I loved you
and all the fissures
filled in

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Questions Before Sleep

The space between she-might-be-the-one
and the-next-one-maybe
What’s the name for that

The time between finally deciding
and finding out it’s too late
What’s that called

The yearning for touch and connection
and fending off offers of love
What’s the word for that insanity

The interval between bad news arriving
and the worse news that follows
What’s the prognosis, Doc

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Same Difference

The difference between
What’s this thing called love?
and
What’s this thing called, Love?

Same-same different name

A big red pen is good!
and
A big red penis, good!

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image

a branding game
to fix the name
sand down the snags
buff polish varnish
posture to a shine
soft lights
hide the lines
carved and etched
the very signs
of seasoned beauty
can only be earned
just lately arrived
a full life lived
photo brushed

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5s & 7s

mistake in the game
needs a name, someone to blame
no skin off his nose
raised a hand, said it’s my fault
sighs of collective relief

search for the perp ends
others, absolved of their guilt
return to the game

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stained, publicly shamed
again forgot someone’s name
five social points lost

 

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Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable.
~W H Auden

Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr

Vickie Lynn Hogan is my birth certificate’s name.
~Anna Nicole Smith

Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what’s in a name?
~Helen Hunt Jackson

 

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Quoted in The Grove:

He was like some wild, untamed creature that you could keep and feed for a time, but in the end you knew you’d have to let it go for its own sake as well as yours.
~Sherrilyn Kenyon

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

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

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

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Guest Quotes:   Hans Stroo

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

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

 

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Exercise Prompt for 01.31:   name

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted from the Grove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VIDEO:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MUSIC:

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

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

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

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

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

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

A wild thing may say wild things.
~Abigail Williams

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

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

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~Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side

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

-or-

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

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

-or-

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This forest eats itself and lives forever.
~Barbara Kingsolver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Redwoods

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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@Writers Platform

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

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

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

Reading is where the wild things are.
~Jeanette Winterson

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Exercise Prompt:   wild

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

graduation

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

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party poll

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

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

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Saloon Town

Gone from mild to wild
Exuberance emerging
Party down in party town
Bust loose to celebrate
Surrendering to urges

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Of Thee I Sing

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

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

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

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5-7-5

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Quoted in The Grove:    shirt

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

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

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

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

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Exercise Prompt for 01/24:   wild

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted from the Grove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VIDEO:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MUSIC:   not much on shirt music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Seeing the Light
© photographer unknown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Winter Scene
© photographer unknown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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@Writers Platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Author’s Mea Culpa, with Apology

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

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

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

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

Dan Jack, author

https://wordgrove.com

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

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

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

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

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Exercise Prompt:   shirt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

T for Tribute

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

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

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identities

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

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

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

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The Souvenir
a doggerel

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

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

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

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

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5-7-5-7-7

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

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5-7-5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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