Archive for February, 2021

Quoted in The Grove:     surprise

One mind can think only of its own questions; it rarely surprises itself.
~Orson Scott Card

The thing that surprises me most is, you cannot change who you are.
~Jeff Probst

If you are ready for the bad surprises, then you are ready to reach the unreachable places!

Life is made up of marble and mud.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne



Exercise Prompt for 02/28:   science



All this was new to me. Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move towards the unknown – even when we don’t want to and we think we don’t need to.
~Paulo Coelho

Be unprepared, that’s my motto. Let life surprise you.
~Marty Rubin

Do not know yourself. I want to continue to surprise me.
~Arielle Dombasle

The exciting part of acting, I don’t know how else to explain it, are those moments when you surprise yourself.
~Tom Cruise

Most people want to be circled by safety, not by the unexpected. The unexpected can take you out. But the unexpected can also take you over and change your life. Put a heart in your body where a stone used to be.
~Ron Hall


I think there’s a part in each one of us that wants the impossible to happen, and that’s what surprises are.
~Gina Carano

Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.
~Bill Watterson



Posted from the Grove

There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.
~Josh Billings

The wiser you become, the lesser you will be surprised!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life.
~Marcus Aurelius

I try not to be surprised. Surprise is the public face of a mind that has been closed.
~Bernard Beckett

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
~Jane Austen


A lot interests me – but nothing surprises me particularly.
~Edward Albee

Nothing surprises me. One thing I don’t ever have in my world is surprise.
~Nancy Pelosi

A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.
~Maya Angelou

The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
~Francois de la Rochefoucauld

I’m just not built for fairytale surprises.
~Karen Tayleur



~Etisalat:  Moonwalk   (1:09)   surprise in the guise of accidents with commercial value


~Every Noise At Once: Every music style imaginable, available
Is it a toy or research tool?

Thx Rusty



Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.
~John Harvey-Jones

Unless you are prepared to expect the unexpected, be prepared to expect the unexpected defeat.
~Anirudh Sethi

To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.
~James P Carse


There can never be surprises in logic.
~Ludwig Wittgenstein

High IQ individuals don’t like surprises and are pessimistic, because it’s logical.
~Walter O’Brien

I’m not making any plans. I’m just going to let the universe surprise me.
~John Cusack




Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible.
~Stonewall Jackson

Surprise is the mother of panic.
~Nick Murray

Whoever can surprise well must conquer.
~John Paul Jones

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
~Carl von Clausewitz

Only way to eliminate the element of surprise is to know yourself and know your adversary.
~Georges St-Pierre

To the issues of friendship, love, business and war, “surprise” is the optimistic solution.
~Amit Kalantri


Though times have changed, it’s a nice surprise to see that youthful feeling of anti-war sentiment returning once more to the cobbled main streets of Europe.
~Cat Stevens

Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.
~Rebecca Solnit

That soldiers do terrible things during wartime should not surprise us.
~Nick Flynn


When people make the mistake of underestimating me, that’s when they are really in for their biggest surprise.
~Donald Trump

Disaster can take a nation by surprise, slowly, and then all at once.
~David Remnick

Given what the media have put the country through this past decade, it must come as a surprise to most Americans that the press has a code of ethics.
~Roger Mudd

Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.
~Irwin Shaw



~Omeleto:   The Beach House   (9:58)   mixed signals


~Melnitsa Animation:  The God & The Fly   (4:17)   distractions



It’s most presumptuous to believe we already know all the answers and will never get any more big surprises.
~Stanley Schmidt

Oh, that is the surprise. It’s so lovely, I pity you because you don’t know it…
~Louisa May Alcott

Surprises are everywhere in life. And they usually come from misjudging people for being less than they appear.
~Brownell Landrum

I certainly agree that putting everything into little genres is counterproductive. You’re not going to get too many surprises if you only focus on the stuff that fits inside the box that you know.
~David Byrne

Continue to surprise those who would put you in a neat demographic. Be insistently curious.
~Gordon Gee




I think music naturally wants to be played with more than one person. There’s a surprise element, and you don’t know what it will be, and it’s up to that other person’s energy to help create this third thing. ~Bat for Lashes

People tend to play in their comfort zone, so the best things are achieved in a state of surprise, actually.
~Brian Eno

Every moment of my life has a soundtrack, so I never know when some song is going to jump me by surprise and bring the memory alive.
~Rob Sheffield

Unrequited affection is very painful for the lover, but it can have unexpected, creative consequences.
~Damon Galgut


The thing about love was that it caught you unawares, turned up in the most unexpected places, even when you weren’t looking for it.
~Sarra Manning

You never fall in love by yourself, love captures you. Love comes to you when you don’t need it really, and it comes to an end when you need it the most.
~Farah Mustafa

Love was destined and would strike as true as unexpected lightning on a clear day or never come at all.
~Dean Francis Alfar

The process of love sometimes means unexpected detours.
~Elizabeth Alraune

Love can be found in unexpected places. Sometimes we go out searching for what we think we want and we end up with what we’re supposed to have.
~Kate McGahan



~Radiohead with PMJ:  No Surprises, feat. Chloe Feoranzo   (4:02)   angsty, gently


~Lulu & The Luvvers:  Surprise   (2:17)   testing tolerance for nostalgia


~Bruce Springsteen:  Surprise Surprise   (3:24)   playful


~Dinah Washington:  Surprise Party   (2:39)   double cross


~Celine Dion:  Surprise, Surprise   (1:47)   confessional



The fear of burglars in not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.
~Crowds and Power

There are two kinds of people in crisis situations – those who fight and those who freeze. I’m a freezer, and that’s just going by the couple of surprise birthday parties I’ve had thrown for me.
~Cobie Smulders

You might ask yourself why you want to surprise your readers in the first place. A surprise ending is sort of like a surprise party. Probably some people, somewhere, enjoy having friends and trusted colleagues lunge at them in the sudden blinding light of their own living room, but I don’t think most of us do.
~Jincy Willett

Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.
~Jimmy Buffett





I love the silver of your gold
I love the gentle of your day
I love the unexpected tender of your way
I even love the sudden winters of your May
~Cilla Black

The calendar was a mathematical progression with arbitrary surprises.
~Paul Scott

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
~Wallace Stevens


God put us here, on this carnival ride. We close our eyes never knowing where it’ll take us next.
~Carrie Underwood

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.
~Boris Pasternak

Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.
~Tierney Gearon





All things remarkable are surprisingly simple; albeit difficult to find.
~Criss Jami

Sometimes people surprise us. People we believe we know.
~Joyce Carol Oates

There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than he hopes for.
~Charles Baudelaire



estate by moonlight
garden warden
surprise by night
dayscare nightmare
sudden fright
forbidden fruit
in shadows hidden
rape in progress
scream of rage
then the light’s on
and I’ve attacked
a marble nude



Occasionally, people will pleasantly surprise me and I’ll fall in love with them, so go figure.
~Mark Oliver Everett

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder.
~Charles Morgan


Sometimes, lovely surprises come out of things going wrong.
~Deborah Meaden

Sometimes when you lose your way in the fog, you end up in a beautiful place! Don’t be afraid of getting lost!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan


Life is like the dice that, falling, still show a different face. So life, though it remains the same, is always presenting different aspects.
~Alexis Sanchez

No matter who you think you are; there is always another version waiting to show up.
~Bindu Madhav Tata


Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
~George S Patton

I guess that’s just the life of an inventor: what people do with your ideas takes you totally by surprise.
~Stephanie Kwolek


Nature is full for us of seeming inconsistencies and glad surprises.
~Margaret E Barber

I love surprises and coincidences. I love them even more when I don’t pass them off as luck, but rather recognize them as a sign that my life’s course is right on track.
~Jason Mraz


My love can’t be purchased… Best gifts have been well-thought-out surprises.
~Nina Dobrev

And it is very sexy as well: somebody says I’m taking you on a surprise date, you don’t know where you are going and you can’t see and then you put your hand out and there is a tiger. Amazing.
~Emily Watson


What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
~Ellen Burstyn

Sometimes you surprise yourself with what you can handle, and if you come out the other end with some wisdom, then it’s not such a bad thing.
~Boy George


Maybe I don’t like people as much as the rest of the world seems to…But occasionally, people will pleasantly surprise me and I’ll fall in love with them, so go figure.
~Mark Oliver Everett

Why is it a surprise to find that people other than ourselves are able to tell lies?
~Alice Munro

If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it – often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.
~Agatha Christie


The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn’t write them again, and wouldn’t want to.
~Jean Rostand

I do reread, kind of obsessively, partly for the surprise of how the same book reads at a different point in life, and partly to have the sense of returning to an old friend.
~Elizabeth Strout



@Writers Platform

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
~Robert Frost

Surprise is key in all art.
~Oscar Niemeyer

A nice blend of prediction and surprise seem to be at the heart of the best art.
~Wendy Carlos


Every time I write something, I think, this is the most offensive thing I will ever write. But no. I always surprise myself.
~Chuck Palahniuk

Real literature, like travel, is always a surprise.
~Alison Lurie

Whatever extra there is in me at any given moment isn’t fully formed. I am hardly aware of it; it awaits the next book. It will – with luck – come to me during the actual writing, and it will take me by surprise.
~V S Naipaul


The real artist’s work is a surprise to himself.
~Robert Henri

What we write should surprise us, the way life surprises us.
~Marty Rubin

Fiction demands structures and recognizable shapes. Big surprises only draw attention to the writer’s hand.
~Steven Amsterdam

A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
~Wilson Mizner



Exercise Prompt:   surprise



Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.
~Lawrence Block

An unexpected gift, at an unexpected time, that keeps the lawyers away. And it’s easy to take forever for granted, with tin cans tied to your car. And I know she tells you that she’ll always be there, but I’m telling you if you’re smart, You’ll love her like she’s leaving, like it’s all gonna end, if you don’t.
~Brad Paisley

I love surprises and coincidences. I love them even more when I don’t pass them off as luck, but rather recognize them as a sign that my life’s course is right on track.
~Jason Mraz


To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s, and I wouldn’t wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
~Lionel Blue

If we are strong, and have faith in life and its richness of surprises, and hold the rudder steadily in our hands. I am sure we will sail into quiet and pleasant waters for our old age.
~Freya Stark



The Exercise:


dual doggerels dueling #21


too soon old age
the surprise of one’s life
now maintenance work
at best
slim-waisted youth
wasted on the young


by the #s

aged wisdom praised
a mere synonym for:
2 old, 2 tired, 2 slow 2 sin
worth the price 4
the weight and press of flesh
what the wait was 4
surprise! with relish
I 8 her


end of a romance

of a sudden, silence
a surprise
a peace before the violence
the quiet before defiance
paralyzed by threats and lies
the day a dream begins to die
disenfranchise, vote’s demise
love on display at Valentines

another bullet to their ballot
to brotherhood, all men equal
for love of Lady Liberty Bell
admired beauty to market vamp
stripped of shame and shining lamp
stars and stripes gone oddly limp
pushed aside outside her shrine



My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.
~W Somerset Maugham

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.
~Alan Turing

I always liked to put on a tie. The more you look like an executive, the better treated you are. It catches people by surprise.
~Don Wright

I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream.
~Heywood Broun

Scratch an artist and you surprise a child.
~James Huneker

Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you’d think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.
~Lewis Thomas

The most important American addition to the World Experience was the simple surprising fact of America. We have helped prepare mankind for all its later surprises.
~Daniel J Boorstin

[A] pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.
~Rex Stout

I don’t like the clean-shaven boy with the necktie and the good job. I like desperate men, men with broken teeth and broken minds and broken ways. They interest me. They are full of surprises and explosions.
~Charles Bukowski

Behold this midnight glory; worlds on worlds!
Amazing pomp! redouble this amaze
Ten thousand add; and twice ten thousand more
Then weigh the whole: one soul outweighs them all.
~Horatio Hastings Weld

Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life.
~Billy Graham

What astonishes astonishes once, but what is admirable is more and more admired.
~Joseph Joubert

Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.
~Mae West


We are often too late with our brilliance. We are on time delay. The only instant gratification comes in the form of potato chips. The rest will find us by surprise somewhere down the road maybe as we sleep and dream of other things.
~Richard Schiff

Would you like to know your future? If your answer is yes, think again. Not knowing is the greatest life motivator. So enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence, a surprise.
~Vera Nazarian

Where will I be five years from now? I delight in not knowing. That’s one of the greatest things about life, its wonderful surprises.
~Marlo Thomas

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
~Ashley Montagu

What puts me in a vulnerable state? Beauty, wonder, surprise, mystery. Stuff like that.
~Damian Kulash

Most of their lives, people are just waiting to be ambushed.
~Brandon Hull


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Quoted in The Grove:    heart

In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.
~Christopher Morley

There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.
~Charles Dickens

In love, somehow, a man’s heart is always either exceeding the speed limit, or getting parked in the wrong place.
~Helen Rowland

I followed my heart without breaking any rules.



Exercise Prompt for 02/21:   surprise



There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.
~Author Unknown

Yes, I will go. I would rather grieve over your absence than over you.
~Antonio Porchia

I thought when love for you died, I should die.
It’s dead. Alone, most strangely, I live on.
~Rupert Brooke

Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don’t.
~Stephen King

It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses.

Funny how a broken heart keeps right on beating, isn’t it?
~Cid Ricketts Sumner

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
~Kenji Miyazawa

A final comfort that is small, but not cold: The heart is the only broken instrument that works.
~T E Kalem



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The corporate world can be harsh and heartless and I’m trying to find my own soulful place within it. I’m learning a lot along the way.
~Connie Wallace, in an email

Luck always favours the brave. And you must remember that brave are the people who follow their heart; brave are the people who take chances in life. Which also means you have to say no sometimes. I believe the power of no is greater than yes.
~Preity Zinta

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
~Eleanor Roosevelt


The best work is done with the heart breaking, or overflowing.
~Mignon McLaughlin

If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders.
~Andrew Harvey

It is better for the heart to break, than not to break.
~Mary Oliver

Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.


Brains are like hearts – they go where they are appreciated.
~Robert McNamara



~Martin Hogan:  A Heart to Heart With Kids   (5:16)   delightfully unscripted


The following list is ubiquitous and various, and is always available elsewhere. It is given here simply as a gift to those few who will see this just at the moment they are ready for a cozy movie moment. For you, then, please enjoy.

~MentalFloss.com:  Twenty Best Romantic Comedies – warm to zany and bittersweet; primo for watching alone



Heartbreak could be lived with if it weren’t accompanied by regret.
~Laura Kasischke

Nothing remains but the bare, gray ashes from the once bright fires of love.
~James Lendall Basford

The flame of love is now just a cold loneliness.
~Terri Guillemets

Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around.
~Buddy Buie & J R Cobb

Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.
~Author Unknown

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.
~Antoine Rivarol

When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
~Sufi Epigram


Sometimes, on our way through the world, we meet someone who touches our heart in a way others don’t.
~Philip Reeve

My debt to you, Belovèd,
Is one I cannot pay
In any coin of any realm
On any reckoning day.
~Jessie B Rittenhouse

Who, being loved, is poor?
~Oscar Wilde

Two lovers in the rain have no need of an umbrella.
~Japanese Proverb




I want a soul mate who can sit me down, shut me up, tell me ten things I don’t already know, and make me laugh. I don’t care what you look like, just turn me on. And if you can do that, I will follow you on bloody stumps through the snow. I will nibble your mukluks with my own teeth. I will do your windows. I will care about your feelings. Just have something in there.
~Henry Rollins


You who have given me everything, you whose soul is so marvelously twin with mine…
~Octave Mirbeau

If I know what love is, it is because of you.
~Hermann Hesse

I do not know how to employ either my body or my soul, away from you. I only come to life again in your presence. I need your kisses upon my lips, your love in my soul.
~Juliette Drouet, letter to Victor Hugo, 1835

My soul is so knit to yours that it is but a divided life I live without you.
~George Eliot

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.
~Leo Tolstoy

When I am with you, the only place I want to be is closer.
~Author Unknown

…Let the world know, if there was ever love:
Mine for you…
~Peter Winstanley


Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow
As seek to quench the fire of love with words.
~William Shakespeare



~Omeleto:  One Day Home   (12:32)   almost too late


~Omeleto:  Heart Issues   (8:32)   rascally rascals,  subtitled


~Omeleto:  Follow Your Heart   (7:20)   animated, cute dawg



Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…. You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.
~Neil Gaiman

To live is to hurt others, and through others, to hurt oneself. Cruel earth! How can we manage not to touch anything? To find what ultimate exile?
~Carol A Dingle

I prithee send me back my heart,
Since I cannot have thine;
For if from yours you will not part,
Why, then, shouldst thou have mine?
~John Suckling

I never knew until that moment how bad it could hurt to lose something you never really had.
~from The Wonder Years




Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
~Pablo Casals

The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.
~Pablo Casals

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
~Ludwig van Beethoven

I’m so sorry for you; your lives have been so easy. You can’t play great music unless your heart’s been broken.
~Benjamin Zander


All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
~Johann von Goethe

I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.
~Martin Luther


To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.
~Theophile Gautier

A man leads with his mind while a woman leads with her heart.
~Myles Munroe

A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.
~Gloria Stuart

I have the one right every woman in the world possesses — to give herself, body and soul, to the man she loves!
~E Phillips Oppenheim,

Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.



~Bonnie Tyler:  It’s A Heartache, with Pishcoth   (3:17)  curious delivery


~Jon Pardi:  Heartache on The Dance Floor   (3:54)   country passing thru town


~C C Catch:  Nothing But a Heartache   (2:56)   bubblegum heartache


~Engelbert Humperdinck & Janet Devlin:  Can’t Help Falling in Love   (3:06)   beauty and the beastly talented


~Heart:  Alone   (4:03)   song and stars beautifully seasoned


~Mynxii White:  Psycho Heart   (3:29)   overdressed soft core


~James Blunt:  Heart to Heart   (3:33)   lyrics in a leading role



When you are unsure about the future, keep doing what is in front of you with all your heart and with love, and what is meant for you will find you.
~Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – The Main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
~John Steinbeck


Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
~Edna St Vincent Millay

Love lingers…
Sweet scent in an empty bottle.
~Barbara F Craigie


Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
~M Kathleen Casey

I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with Eternity.
~Paulo Coelho






There is a wisdom of the head, and… a wisdom of the heart.
~Charles Dickens

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
~Charles Dickens,

Turn your wounds into wisdom.
~Oprah Winfrey


But, oh, how much a heart can hold.
~Coventry Patmore

Nobody has ever measured, even the poets, how much a heart can hold.
~Zelda Fitzgerald


I but know that I love thee, whatever thou art.
~Thomas Moore

Come live in my heart and pay no rent.
~Samuel Lover





Every breath, every heartbeat, was one less until maybe things stopped hurting this much.
~Jenny Downham

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
~Albert Camus

Don’t be reckless with other peoples hearts. And don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours.
~Kurt Vonnegut

He already ruined your mascara, don’t let him ruin your life.
~Author Unknown

If someone you love hurts you, cry a river, build a bridge and get over it.
~Author Unknown





The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.
~Charles Henry Parkhurst

The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things.
~Blaise Pascal

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

You can’t reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.
~Mark Twain


Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen carefully.
~Littlefoot’s mother

When your heart speaks, take good notes.
~Judith Campbell


Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The heart is forever making the head its fool.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

My brain has no heart, and my heart has no brain. That’s why when I speak my mind I appear heartless, and when I do what’s in my heart I seem thoughtless.
~Anthony Bautista

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.
~Jules Renard

The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.
~Mignon McLaughlin


It’s easy to fool the eye but it’s hard to fool the heart.
~Al Pacino

Listen to the compass of your heart. All you need lies within you.
~Mary Anne Radmacher

Go with your heart, buddy. Our brains only screw things up.
~Chris Fedak & Allison Adler

Everybody said, “Follow your heart”. I did, it got broken.
~Agatha Christie

More bad decisions are made from the heart because reasons need words, and words don’t factor in the heart.
~author unknown

If your head tells you one thing, and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, you should first decide whether you have a better head or a better heart.
~Marilyn vos Savant

The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by tenderness of the best hearts.
~Henry Fielding



@Writers Platform

Other men it is said have seen angels but I have seen thee and thou art enough. A light, a beauty, a grace — how often I have used these words. Divine vision, if not divine to all men divine at least to me…
~George Moore

[Y]ou are my poem; you are all my poems, and far the most beautiful of all.
~Octave Mirbeau

Romance is the literature of hope.
~Damon Suede


I wish I had the gift of making rhymes, for methinks there is poetry in my head and heart since I have been in love with you.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.
~James Earl Jones

I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
~Amy Lowell

Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words.
~Margaret Mitchell

Though critics may bow to art, and I am its own true lover,
It is not art, but heart, which wins the wide world over.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox


In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
~John Bunyan

Storytelling is how we survive, when there’s no feed, the story feeds something, it feeds the spirit, the imagination. I can’t imagine life without stories, stories from my parents, my culture. Stories from other people’s parents, their culture. That’s how we learn from each other, it’s the best way. That’s why literature is so important, it connects us heart to heart.
~Alice Walker

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
~Gilbert Highet

There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream — whatever that dream might be.
~Pearl S Buck

“The horror of that moment,” the King went on, “I shall never, never forget!” “You will, though,” the Queen said, “if you don’t make a memorandum of it.”
~Lewis Carroll


A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
~Louis Nizer



Exercise Prompt:   heart



Those who are heartless, once cared too much.
~Frank Ocean

They call you heartless; but you have a heart and I love you for being ashamed to show it.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

I’m not heartless. I’ve just learned how to use my heart less.
~Kanye West

Being cruel to be kind is just ordinary cruelty with an excuse made for it…And it is right that it should be more resented, as it is.
~Ivy-Compton Burnett

You think this cruel? take it for a rule,
No creature smarts so little as a fool.
~Alexander Pope


There’s been an accident,’ they said
‘Your servant’s cut in half; he’s dead.’
‘Indeed,’ said Mr. Jones, ‘And please,
Send me the half that’s got my keys.’
~Harry Graham

If you have given up your heart … you have already lost. A heartless creature is a loveless creature, and a loveless creature is a beast.
~Stephen King

The experiences of the heartless are so limited. It is hate that is blind. Love may miss a flaw here and there, but hate misses beauty everywhere.
~Helen McCloy

Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless, to understand only when nothing can be undone.
~Khaled Hosseini



The Exercise:



words, pieces of poetry
shards of a broken mirror
parts of a broken heart
one choice between them


changing horses midstream

in matters of the heart
what matters to the heart
battered and shattered
exploded world * in parts
sundered selves apart
(sound of a door slam)

the wonder of alone
but not lonely
to wander the world
bound to curiosity


comfort worn

soft cotton texture
heart felt
not felt fibers
standard T-shirt, not
hair shirt survivors

love’s familiar companion
or self-ish
contest of wills


a moment  #14

anonymous music
dogs in the distance
sound of women laughing

the sun
day’s work done
celebrates with a sunset
heart-stopping goodbye



itinerant monk
hair shirt for a sinning heart
alms for words and songs
inhabit poet’s orbit
Solomon, Babel and Psalms



transplant ill-advised
heart replant, last chance, first choice
please bring it with you

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You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.
~Johnny Depp

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.

Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart, don’t know how to laugh either.
~Golda Meir

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
~Charles Dickens


I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.
~Leo Tolstoy


All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.
~Andre Breton

All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart!
~Carlos Castaneda

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.


Things could change so entirely, in a heartbeat; the world could be made entirely anew, because someone was kind.
~Jo Baker

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
~Dalai Lama

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

Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned…
~William Butler Yeats

Only one book is worth reading: the heart.
~Ajahn Chah

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Quoted in The Grove:

A woman can laugh and cry in three seconds and it’s not weird. But if a man does it, it’s very disturbing. The way I’d describe it is like this: I have been allowed inside the house of womanhood, but I feel that they wouldn’t let me in any of the interesting rooms.
~Rob Schneider

There are eight girls in the house in which I am living, and practically all of them are good looking. You can realize that I am kept busy.
~Franz Schubert

For my writing, and because I love talking to young women about life, I often asked them which would they rather have – a father in the house with them while growing up or a big butt? I tell you 86 percent of the time, girls say a big butt because it gets them further.
~Jill Scott

The world may be known
Without leaving the house.


Exercise Prompt for 02/14:   heart


He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

Any home can be a castle when the king and the queen are in love.
~Author Unknown

I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.
~George Washington


Very sorry can’t come. Lie follows by post.
~Charles Beresford, telegram reply to a dinner invitation

When I turned 40, I invited Johnny Cash to my party, even though I knew there was gonna be 200 people roasting a pig and wild as can be. He didn’t come, but the next day, I got a bowl of chili he’d made and a note that said, ‘John, I’d love to come to your party, but that would mean I would have to leave my house.’
~John Prine

My house is a place I have spent many years improving to the point where I have no desire to leave it.
~Paul Theroux

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
~Jane Austen

It’s not the traveling that takes courage Tally. I’ve done much longer trips on my own. It’s leaving home.
~Scott Westerfeld


Posted from the Grove

This mess is a place!
~Author Unknown

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.
~Author Unknown

When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I mean why.
~Katharine Whitehorn

Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean.
~Laurence J Peter

Law of Window Cleaning: It’s on the other side.
~Author Unknown


Houses are full of things that gather dust
~Jack Kerouac

DUST Mud with the juice squeezed out.
~Charles Wayland Towne

I dusted once. It came back. I’m not falling for that again.
~Internet meme

Dust is just a country accent.
~Author Unknown

This house is protected by killer dust bunnies.
~Author Unknown

Please don’t feed the dust bunnies.
~Author unknown


You sometimes see a woman who would have made a Joan of Arc in another century and climate, threshing herself to pieces over all the mean worry of housekeeping.
~Rudyard Kipling

Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn’t done it.
~Evan Esar

There is no daily chore so trivial that it cannot be made important by skipping it two days running.
~Robert Brault

I think housework is the reason most women go to the office.
~Heloise Cruse


Always keep your home presentable, assuming you keep a home for purposes of presentation.
~Robert Brault

Dull women have immaculate homes.
~Author Unknown

A clean house is the sign of a boring person.
~Author Unknown

We labor to make a house a home, then every time we’re expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house.
~Robert Brault


~CINZA:  KOREA   (4:55)   in the house of another country


~Collector’s Weekly:  Bottled Up: Scenes and Fantasies Bottled in Glass


Sometimes, you have to leave home. And you’ve been there for so long, you don’t know who or what you’ll be outside of it.
~Edward Kitsis

We cannot nurture our lost self unless we leave home.
~John Bradshaw

Leaving home in a sense involves a kind of second birth in which we give birth to ourselves.
~Robert Neelly Bellah

Husbands often leave home. Pets never do. There must be a reason.
~Richard Morris

A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
~Oliver Goldsmith

Adventure must start with running away from home.
~William Bolitho

Leaving home’s a cinch. It’s the staying, once you’ve found it, that takes courage.
~Catherine Watson

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
~Twyla Tharp


Knowing how to enjoy going solo outside the home is just as important as living well inside of it.
~Eric Klinenberg

If you love your son, make him leave home.
~Japanese Proverb

This is what happens when you leave home. You meet… people.
~Jules Verne


I want a big house with a moat and dragons and a fort to keep people out.
~Victoria Beckham

Haughtiness lives under the same roof with solitude.

Exile is more than a geographical concept. You can be an exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room.
~Mahmoud Darwish

A lonely person is at home everywhere.
~Shashikant Nishant Sharma

A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house.
~Beth Ditto

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.
~Cesar Chavez



You could start an argument in an empty house.
~Jill Shalvis

To dispute with a drunkard is to debate with an empty house.
~Publilius Syrus

The whole house seemed to exhale a melancholy breath of emptiness
~Michael Chabon

I don’t like being in houses alone.
~Martin Scorsese

Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.
~Gustav Mahler


‘Oh, this coming back to an empty house,’ Rupert thought, when he had seen her safely up to her door. ‘People – though perhaps it was only women – seemed to make so much of it. As if life itself were not as empty as the house one was coming back to.’
~Barbara Pym

There’s no beauty without poignancy and there’s no poignancy without the feeling that it’s going, men, names, books, houses – bound for dust – mortal
~F Scott Fitzgerald


Sometimes people think that because you have money and position you are immune from the human experience. But I can feel as lonesome and lost as the next man when I turn the key in the door and go into an empty house that is usually full of kids and dogs.
~Robert Kennedy

The rooms of his apartment were full with the dog home again, convalescing. He was satisfied to know, even when she was out of sight, that somewhere in the apartment she was sleeping or eating or sitting watchfully. It was family, he guessed, more or less. Did most people want a house of living things at night, to know that in the dark around them other warm bodies slept? Such a house could even be the whole world.
~Lydia Millet

One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.
~Pam Brown


~Dust:  Tree House Time Machine   (12:41)   kids on a quest


~Omeleto: Baldwin Beauty (11:14) beauty home delivered, good-natured


[N]o man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he can call his own. However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property.
~Charles Dudley Warner

House, n. A hollow edifice erected for the habitation of man, rat, mouse, beetle, cockroach, fly, mosquito, flea, bacillus, and microbe.
~Ambrose Bierce

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Old houses mended,
Cost little less than new before they’re ended.
~Colley Cibber

The most expensive hobby a rich man could have is a boat, and the second most expensive hobby he could have is a very old house.
~Barbara Corcoran

Other than the fact that I like a country house, I can’t think of anything I’d want to spend my money on.
~Guy Ritchie

The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.
~Frank McKinney Hubbard


A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
~James Dent

There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house.
~Joe Ryan


People are living longer than ever before, a phenomenon undoubtedly made necessary by the 30-year mortgage.
~Doug Larson

The universe is merely a fleeting idea in God’s mind – a pretty uncomfortable thought, particularly if you’ve just made a down payment on a house.
~Woody Allen

It’s really the cat’s house – we just pay the mortgage.
~Author Unknown


No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.
~Frank Lloyd Wright

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not. The work is a private matter for the artist. The house is not.
~Adolf Loos

The ultimate goal of the architect…is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture… should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.
~Alvar Aalto

The rules of navigation never navigated a ship. The rules of architecture never built a house.
~Thomas Reid

There are elements of intrinsic beauty in the simplification of a house built on the log cabin idea.
~Gustav Stickley

My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.
~Luis Barragan

A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless.
~May Sarton



People are far more sincere and good-humored at speeding their parting guests than on meeting them.
~Anton Chekhov

Visits always give pleasure — if not the arrival, the departure.
~Portuguese Proverb

Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
~George Bernard Shaw

Fish and visitors stink after three days.
~Benjamin Franklin

Santa Claus has the right idea: Visit people once a year.
~Victor Borge

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.
~Author Unknown


Keeping one’s guests supplied with liquor is the first law of hospitality.
~Margaret Way

When hospitality becomes an art, it loses its very soul.
~Max Beerbohm


~C/S/N/Y: Choir! — Our House   (3:20)   a feast of faces


~Madness:  Our House   (3:46)   the other one, energetic


~Flo Rida:  My House   (3:16)   sybaritic


~P!nk:  Funhouse   (3:06)   clown infested


~Athens Creek:  House of the Rising Home/Amazing Grace   (7:54)   interwoven, fused


More is not better. Better is better. You don’t need a bigger house; you need a different floor plan. You don’t need more stuff; you need stuff you’ll actually use.
~Alex Steffen

We always want more. Whether it is better clothes, a bigger house, faster cars, or the latest gadgets, satisfaction in these days of consumerism is difficult to find.
~Tulsi Tanti

Love is always a stranger in the house of avarice.
~Andreas Capellanus

We dream of the perfect wave, the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect love, and when we get there, we dream of something else, and the journey goes on.
~Rob Machado


You, Beloved, who are all the gardens I have ever gazed at, longing. An open window in a country house, and you almost stepped out, pensive, to meet me. Streets that I chanced upon, – you had just walked down them and vanished. And sometimes, in a shop, the mirrors were still dizzy with your presence and, startled, gave back my too-sudden image. Who knows? Perhaps the same bird echoed through both of us yesterday, separate, in the evening.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

I believe in love at first sight for houses – but not for people.
~Danielle Steel

Love is like a brick. You can build a house, or you can sink a dead body.
~Lady Gaga

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

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.

I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home…. I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
~Nancie J Carmody



My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
~Erma Bombeck

My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?
~Erma Bombeck

The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.
~Quentin Crisp

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
~Erma Bombeck

Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I.
~Anne Gibbons

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
~Phyllis Diller

Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy.
~Author Unknown


In my house I’m the boss, my wife is just the decision maker.
~Woody Allen

I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, ‘Get the hell off my property.’
~Joan Rivers

My mother-in-law has come round to our house at Christmas seven years running. This year we’re having a change. We’re going to let her in.
~Les Dawson

Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who’ll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you’re in the wrong house, that’s what it means.
~Henny Youngman

We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox


I put tape on the mirrors in my house so I don’t accidentally walk through into another dimension.
~Steven Wright

Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.
~Steven Wright

Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house.
~Rod Stewart

Here. All of you. And you, doorkeeper. No one is to be let out of the house today. And anyone I catch talking about this young lady will be first beaten to death and then burned alive and after that be kept on bread and water for six weeks. There.
~C S Lewis

A good laugh is sunshine in the house.
~William Makepeace Thackeray


Photographer unknown


A new political-entertainment class has moved into the noisy void once occupied by the sage pontiffs of yore, a class just as polarized as our partisan divide: one side holding up a fun-house mirror to folly, the other side reveling in its own warped reflection.
~James Wolcott

As citizens of this great nation, it is kindness, love, and compassion for each other that will bring us together – and keep us together. These are the values Donald and I will bring to the White House. ~Melania Trump

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
~H L Mencken

Maggie, we’re through with lies and liars in this house. Lock the door.
~Tennessee Williams


At the White House, everybody works for the same person. They’re all part of the same company. But on Capitol Hill, they’re all independent contractors. They all work for themselves. That’s a formula for getting news.
~Bob Schieffer

Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on. The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House.
~Donald Rumsfeld

Once a president gets to the White House, the only audience that is left that really matters is history.
~Doris Kearns Goodwin

We will win an election when all the seats in the House and Senate and the chair behind the desk in the Oval Office and the whole bench of the Supreme Court are filled with people who wish they weren’t there.
~P J O’Rourke


After having dispatched a meal, I went ashore, and found no habitation save a single house, and that without an occupant; we had no doubt that the people had fled in terror at our approach, as the house was completely furnished.
~Christopher Columbus

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.
~Jon Stewart

Albanians are right in knowing that far worse than to kill the criminal or the enemy is to burn his house.
~Rose Wilder Lane

Israel, the Israelis, and the rest of the world have been brainwashed. They don’t think of pre-1948, they have no idea Palestinians were in Israel, who we were before ’48. As if we were born in 1948 according to them. They have no notion that we had a country, houses, rebelled against the Ottomans and the British. They think history in that region started in that moment.
~Elia Suleiman

We could all take a lesson from crayons: some are sharp, some are beautiful, some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they still learn to live in the same box.
~Unknown author

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@Writers Platform

The secret of poetry is never explained — is always new. …’Tis like this gravity, which holds the Universe together, and none knows what it is.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve been writing on my own. It’s like Roger Miller used to say, every now and then, like a dog having puppies, you have to crawl under the house and do it yourself.
~Travis Tritt


The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.
~Agatha Christie

The trouble with living alone is that it’s always your turn to do the dishes.
~Author Unknown

The poet is at the disposal of the night. His role is humble, he must clean house and await its due visitation.
~Jean Cocteau

When all else fails, cleaning house is the perfect antidote to most of life’s ills.
~Sue Grafton


Where is it written that houses must be beige? Any dun colored house would look better if painted pineapple, cream, ochre, or even a smart sage.
~Frances Mayes

Try to forget what objects you have before you – a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, ‘Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,’ and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you.
~Claude Monet

What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.
~Edward Hopper


A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.
~Horace Mann

My working-class Italian-American parents didn’t go to school, there were no books in the house.
~Martin Scorsese

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
~Henry Ward Beecher

What kind of life can you have in a house without books?
~Sherman Alexie


Books, lighthouses erected in the great sea of time…
~Edwin P Whipple

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.
~Anne Lamott

Inside my empty bottle
I was constructing a lighthouse
While all the others
Were making ships.
~Charles Simic

When I did ‘Bumble-ardy,’ I was so intensely aware of death. Eugene, my friend and partner, was dying here in the house when I did ‘Bumble-ardy’. I did ‘Bumble-ardy’ to save myself. I did not want to die with him. I wanted to live, as any human being does.
~Maurice Sendak

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
~Benjamin Franklin

At the foot of the lighthouse it is dark.
~Japanese proverb



This week’s edition contains several quotes called out of retirement and reused, a number somewhat larger than usual. The editor does not apologize for this. Good quotes, like words, are versatile. Perfectly encapsulated thoughts, they slot comfortably into different surroundings much as would any good, multifaceted word.


The wise man and the tortoise travel but never leave their home.
~Chinese Proverb

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
~Matsuo Basho


When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.
~Thornton Wilder

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
~George Moore

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest.
~Henry W Longfellow

It’s just as hard to go back to a place you once left, as it is to leave it again.
~Charlotte Eriksson


It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches.
~Lemony Snicket

We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.
~Author Unknown

If it were not for guests all houses would be graves.
~Khalil Gibran

May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends.
~Author Unknown


Exercise Prompt:   house


We’re always thinking of eternity as an idea that cannot be understood, something immense. But why must it be? What if, instead of all this, you suddenly find just a little room there, something like a village bath-house, grimy, and spiders in every corner, and that’s all eternity is. Sometimes, you know, I can’t help feeling that that’s what it is.
~Fyodor Dostoevsky

Whoever you are, go out into the evening, leaving your room, of which you know every bit; your house is the last before the infinite, whoever you are.
~Rainer Maria Rilke


There’s such a gulf between yourself and who you were then, but people speak to that other person and it answers; it’s like having a stranger as a house guest in your skin.
~Barbara Kingsolver

He turns his back to the far shore and rows toward it. He can in this way travel away from, yet still see, his house….he feels he is riding a floating skeleton…Some birds in the almost-dark are flying as close to their reflections as possible.
~Michael Ondaatje


The Exercise:



windows, doors and rooms
and space
with room for me
roots for me
house or hovel
home for me
alone for me
mates would vouch
and all agree…
yeah, it’s better that way


full Disclosure

a Nation in Tatters and Shards
from Boondoggle to Industry town
the Great white House of Cards

new King, new Queen, new Underlings
old Joker removed, Ruled out Discard pile
new Deck new Choir new Chance new Ring

Competence and Honor stamped Overdue
Arrive for Installation, full Integration
The creed we confess with the things we do


dual doggerels dueling  #7

early 2021

bitch and moan,
complain and grouse
bless this mess
this untidy house
party hardy
getting soused
wet t-shirt contest
unbuttoned blouse

lonely forlorn
porn’s a bust
same ol’ stale old
their house afire
mine foul cursed
corroding time
pernicious dust
damned by age
to wilt and rust


early 2021  #2

election fever
covid grieving
nearly over
when options open
free to browse
vaccine lots
to tequila shots
this house advice:
throw up a prayer
game’s not over
not worth the risk
be safe, beware


5s & 7s

written in the genes
scrolled in the house of ages

honor the promise
surrender the gift of life
full world, unhoused host
grey ones go invisible
gen house, next invincible

with self-effacing
self-erasing suicide
trade my house for sleep


A house is a machine for living in.
~Le Corbusier

Imagine yourself as a living house.
~C S Lewis

Your house is your larger body.
~Khalil Gibran

If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.
~Gaston Bachelard

I cannot sleep for dreaming; I cannot dream but I wake and walk about the house as though I’d find you coming through some door.
~Arthur Miller


Home is not where you live but where they understand you.
~Christian Morgenstern

Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other.
~Frederick W Robertson

Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. Home is where the heart’s tears can dry at their own pace.
~Vernon Baker

Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserve; it is life’s undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room.
~Harriet Beecher Stowe

They say that ‘home is where the heart is.’ I think it is where the house is, and the adjacent buildings.
~Emily Dickinson

It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
~Author Unknown

Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.
~Helen Rowland


Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
~Charles Dickens

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.
~John Ed Pearce

Everything is restless until it comes home.
~John Bate

Home is where the wifi connects automatically.
~Internet meme

Welcome home my dear, you are arrived.
~Elton John


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