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Quoted in The Grove:   promise

My tongue swore, but my mind’s unsworn.

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

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

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



Exercise Prompt for 11/29:   spice

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Posted from the Grove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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


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



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

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

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

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




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

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


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

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

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

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



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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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




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

Eggs and oaths are easily broken.
~Danish Proverb

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

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

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

Some promises aren’t worth keeping.
~Holly Black

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


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

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

Love is a promise delivered already broken.
~Steve Martin

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

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

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



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


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


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


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


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


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



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

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

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

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


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

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




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

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


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

Liars make the best promises.
~Pierce Brown

A liar is always lavish of oaths.
~Pierre Corneille


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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

Magnificent promises are always to be suspected.
~Theodore Parker

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

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

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


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

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


Promise little and do much.
~Hebrew Proverb

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


Glass Table:   Contest Entry

Last Day of Staycation

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

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

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

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

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


a break in the rain

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



Exercise Prompt:   promise



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

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

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



The Exercise:


Matters Most

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

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

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

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

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


Mere Words

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


Dual Doggerels Dueling #23

Round One: Knockout

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

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

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

Round Two: Rematch

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

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

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



the promise of love
vital preliminary
to saying goodbye


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


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


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


He loses his thanks who promises and delays.


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


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


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


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


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


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


A vow is a snare for sin.
~Samuel Johnson


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Quoted in The Grove:   avatar

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

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

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

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


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Exercise Prompt for 11/22:   promise

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Posted from the Grove

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

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


Virtual Reality:  the online home for avatars

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

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

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

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

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

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




Blue Coat with Man
© Greg Thweatt



The Hindi perspective

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

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

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

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



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Quoted in The Grove:   voice

There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.
~Michael A Singer

It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear.
~Italo Calvino

Stop a minute, right where you are. Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that imperious voice in your head to be still.
~Barbara Kingsolver

What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then?’ The one who sees that.
~Eckhart Tolle


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Exercise Prompt for 11/22:   avatar

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“Do the other kids make fun of you? For how you talk?’
‘So why don’t you do something about it? You could learn to talk differently, you know.’
‘But this is my voice. How would you be able to tell when I was talking?”
~Lauren Oliver

In the early years, I found a voice that was my voice and also partly my father’s voice. But isn’t that what you always do? Why do kids at 5 years old go into the closet and put their daddy’s shoes on? Hey, my kids do it.
~Bruce Springsteen

Everyone finds their voice at different times in their life.
~Lilly Singh

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Posted from the Grove

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.
~Isaac Asimov

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
~Winston Churchill

The voice of the people is the voice of humbug.
~William Tecumseh Sherman

Those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.

The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right.
~Alexander Hamilton

The People’s voice is odd;
It is, and it is not,
the voice of God.
~Alexander Pope



~Theater Osnabrueck:  Voice Over   (2:13)   choreographed


~Fiction Clemens:  Voice   (2:28)   video poem



We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
~Mitt Romney

The educated ones leave, the ones with the potential to right the wrongs. They leave the weak behind. The tyrants continue to reign because the weak cannot resist. Do you not see that it is a cycle? Who will break that cycle?
~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.
~Karl Menninger

The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history.
~Czeslaw Milosz

The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
~Sigmund Freud

Even the blind and meek and voiceless have gods.
~Terry Pratchett




I drink booze, I smoke, and I’m hooked on caffeine. I actually have been known to swear at times and belch and even raise my voice when provoked. And I’m not physically repressed!
~Helena Bonham Carter

Even to me the issue of “stay small, sweet, quiet, and modest” sounds like an outdated problem, but the truth is that women still run into those demands whenever we find and use our voices.
~Brené Brown

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.
~Abigail Adams

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
~Madeleine Albright



~Mary Elizabeth Winstead:  So It Goes   (12:25)   when the voice ignites  


~Omeleto:  The Lion   (8:45)   voiceover gone overboard


~Patrick Cavanaugh:  One Voice   (7:13)   goofy fun



We all listen to two voices. One voice leads us to our vices. The other voice leads us to our virtues. One voice brings evil. One voice brings good. If you add a D to the beginning of the word evil you realize where vices come from. If you take away an O from the word good you realize where virtues come from. We all struggle with life at times. The key is to listen to the right voice.
~Tom Krause

Honesty is the voice that is acceptable in every matter.
~Steve Aylett


Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions are the voice of the body
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
~Mohandas Gandhi

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.
~H L Mencken




The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren’t worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice.
~Lucinda Williams

The human voice is the first and most natural musical instrument, also the most emotional.
~Klaus Schulze

The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.
~Richard Strauss


How wonderful is the human voice! It is indeed the organ of the soul. The intellect of man is enthroned visibly on his forehead and in his eye, and the heart of man is written on his countenance, but the soul, the soul reveals itself in the voice only.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
~Maya Angelou

The tongue can paint what the eyes can’t see.
~Chinese Proverb

The voice is a human sound which nothing inanimate can perfectly imitate. It has an authority and an insinuating property which writing lacks. It is not merely so much air, but air modulated and impregnated with life.
~Joseph Joubert

Forget your voice, sing!
Forget your feet, dance!
Forget your life, live!
Forget yourself and be!
~Kamand Kojouri



~DNC Kids Choir:  Our National Anthem   (2:32)


Paul Simon’s — American Tune

~Simon & Garfunkel:  American Tune   (4:26)   the original


~Kurt Elling:  American Tune   (6:12)   passionate, patriotic


~The Knights NYC:   J S Bach:  The Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 / Paul Simon:  American Tune — featuring Christina Courtin   (15:28)   the Concerto, the Tune, the Concerto to finish — inspired performances


~Norah Jones:  American Anthem   (4:58)   Veterans Day montage



Man, you don’t know how I felt that afternoon when I heard that voice and it was my own voice.
~Muddy Waters

First of all, you have to understand that I’m like anybody else. When I hear my voice on a record I absolutely loathe my voice. I cannot stand my voice.
~Roger Daltrey

I got more used to my own voice, but still it’s hard for me to listen to my own voice, or hear the recordings.
~Meg White

Everything about filmmaking is incredibly weird, and there’s nothing natural about watching yourself on the big screen or hearing your voice. It’s that same thing that you feel when you watch yourself on a video camera and you hate the sound of your voice, it’s that times 800.
~Eddie Redmayne


Body language and tone of voice – not words – are our most powerful assessment tools.
~Christopher Voss

We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
~Friedrich Nietzsche





Somebody once said I had a face for radio and a voice for newspapers.
~Jerry Springer

May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.
~Frank Sinatra


On Undecided Voters: To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. ‘Can I interest you in the chicken??’ she asks. ‘Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?’ To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.
~David Sedaris

We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice.
~Woody Allen

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
~Wendell Berry

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?
~Robert Orben

Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.
~Joseph Stalin

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.
~Charles Bukowski

It’s election time, and once again you have to remember, isn’t it amazing how many wide open spaces there are, entirely surrounded by teeth?
~Henny Youngman

You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn’t that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.
~Jon Stewart

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half have never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half.
~Gore Vidal

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
~James Bovard

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.
~James Freeman Clarke

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
~T S Eliot

Your voice dries up if you don’t use it.
~Patti Page



       Halloween’s blue moon arriving for work dressed in pumpkin orange



The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say ‘I love you.’ And yet many people have the experience that when they speak, people don’t listen to them.
~Julian Treasure

It’s easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.
~Laurie Halse Anderson

There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.
~Arundhati Roy

When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
~Laurie Halse Anderson

I’m grateful that, after an early life of being silenced, sometimes violently, I grew up to have a voice, circumstances that will always bind me to the rights of the voiceless.
~Rebecca Solnit

It’s very often the artist who gives a voice to the voiceless by speaking up when no one else will.
~Barbra Streisand

The mere fact of an American being present could help save the lives of innocent people. That’s why I believe in the importance of bearing witness, to become a voice for the voiceless.
~Bianca Jagger

Albert Camus, a great humanist and existentialist voice, pointed out that to commit to a just cause with no hope of success is absurd. But then, he also noted that not committing to a just cause is equally absurd. But only one choice offers the possibility for dignity. And dignity matters. Dignity matters.
~David Simon


To experience yourself as “voiceless” is a definition of depression, subjugation, and being counted out.
~Mary Rose O’Reilley

If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.
~Zora Neale Hurston

I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.
~Nadezhda Mandelstam

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@Writers Platform

When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.
~John Berger

There are probably all kinds of literary sins that prevent a piece of writing from having a voice, but there seems to be no guaranteed technique for creating one. Grammatical correctness doesn’t insure it. Calculated incorrectness doesn’t, either. Ingenuity, wit, sarcasm, euphony, frequent outbreaks of the first-person singular — any of these can enliven prose without giving it a voice.
~Louis Menand

Voice is usually the key element in effective writing. It is what attracts the reader and communicates to the reader. It is that element that gives the illusion of speech. Voice carries the writer’s intensity and glues together the information that the reader needs to know. It is the music in writing that makes the meaning clear.
~Donald Murray

Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.
~Meg Rosoff


I long for the raised voice, the howl of rage or love.
~Leslie Fiedler

He who hides his madman, dies voiceless.
~Henri Michaux



Glass Table:

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
~Martin Luther King, Jr

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
~Vincent Van Gogh

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.               ~Nancy Lopez

If you have some idea you believe in, don’t listen to the croaking chorus. Listen only to what your own inner voice tells you.
~Dale Carnegie

The decision is your own voice, an opinion is the echo of someone else’s voice.
~Amit Kalantri


~Christone:  My Books

My Books Are my friends, my companions, my place to go for company, for entertainment, for counsel, for encouragement, for inspiration, for motivation

These are my friends, silently waiting for my arrival, standing strong and tall and ready to give me guidance and instruction, answers, advice and information obtained from nowhere else closer to me than the shelves that surround me.

Yes, these are my friends, lining the walls of my library from ceiling to floor: Shakespeare, Plato, Homer, Gibran, Marshall, Steiner-Rice and a hundred other poets, philosophers and artists, so many great works of Literature, begging to be read. It is a comfort to my home, filling it with warmth like the fireplace flickering light upon the names of titles and authors, shelf upon shelf, row upon row, each occupying its own place in the world.

These are my friends, these writers of history, literature, mysteries and science-fiction. Writers like Agatha Christie, Louisa May Alcott, Isaac Asimov, Ellery Queen, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Jane Eyre, to name a few. They take me to another time, another place far removed from the sorrow and perplexity of this present life.

These are my friends that temporarily carry me away from the scene of moral degradation and watching the words of the Biblical prophets being fulfilled. Away from the reality of man’s inhumanity to man, (caused by spiritual wickedness in high places of leadership,) and a temporary escape from a bewildered society oppressed into economic slavery.

These are my friends, my companions — the writers of famous quotations, speeches and sermons. The writers of concordances, dictionaries, almanacs, and of maps and charts. Writers of the history of mankind, science and medicine, and all war, and economics and politics, and grand stories of citizenship and patriotism.

These are my companions, candles of hope, shining brightly through this present darkness, in a ‘state of affairs’ little understood by any, hard to be believed, yet true, our national heritage and our economy on the edge of a precipice, held in place only by the unseen hand of God. All we can do is pray for revival and restoration, and perhaps, the LORD will turn things around and give us a little more time before the Great Tribulation, coming upon the nations and the world, is fulfilled as it is written.

These are my friends, the novels, and biographies, and works written by our Founding Fathers. The stories of their hopes, dreams, visions, desires, trials, and struggles to survive in a hostile world. brought on by the curse of God through Adam’s fall. Pilgrims and strangers here, long gone, but hopefully, that I will meet and greet one day in Glory beyond time and place, where there is only love and peace forevermore.

These are my friends, too many to get to know, even casually, but companions just the same. I drink in the essence of their presence. The greatest minds and souls God ever created. Artists and craftsmen, slaves and laborers, statesmen and diplomats, presidents and royalty, all with their own significant place in the kingdom. I will never be alone, nor lack for friends and loved ones as long as I have breath within me, for the words live in my heart and soul.

These are my friends as God is my Creator, my Helper, my Keeper, my Beloved Companion, my own. He has given me everything my heart desires, all that a soul could ever hope for. A mind with the capacity to absorb all the books I could ever find time to read. More than even memory can contain. All that’s left from the reading is the lesson, the parable, the essence, a feeling perhaps, yet it is enough.

These are my friends, my companions, more valuable to me than mere wealth; far more than gold or silver or diamonds. For what can wealth give me? The mere comforts of the flesh- but these, my friends, give me a wealth that I cannot measure. The wisdom of the ages, the knowledge of their personal lives and histories, dreams and fantasies.

The understanding of the ancients and the Glorious Love that comes from the Creator alone and fills all the world, through the hearts and minds of His creatures, with His Mind and His Presence. These are my friends, my companions, all the theology and reference books, along with the writings of the church fathers, the saints and martyrs, too many to name and the books about the religions of the world. I love them all but, If I could have only one book, it would be my Holy Bible, the Living Word of God (John 1:1-5) He is my Best Friend, and my beloved companion for eternity, my King and my LORD.

Yes, these books are my friends, and for eternity I will feel their embrace and know the unending love and devotion to the Spirit of the Word that has made me become one with them all. It is said the world could not hold all the books that could be written about Jesus himself; and I go about in wonder thinking about all the books that have ever been written. As an immortal soul, I will be able to enter Heaven’s grand library and have an eternity to read to my heart’s desire.  (John 21:25)


Gaze into the fire, into the clouds, and as soon as the inner voices begin to speak… surrender to them. Don’t ask first whether it’s permitted, or would please your teachers or father or some god. You will ruin yourself if you do that.
~Hermann Hesse

…everything’s really quiet and you meditate and you got the candles, you got the incense and you’ve been chanting, and all of a sudden you hear this voice: Write this down. It is just an inner voice, and you trust it. That voice will never take you to the desert.
~Carlos Santana

Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it.
~Duane Michals

Don’t die with your music (stories/talents) still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul.
~Wayne Dyer



Exercise Prompt:   voice


The Exercise:



Brand Opera

Despondent, despairing soprano
Singing, decrying, her aria sung solo
Enter stage left the baritone hero
Opera’s tears and tragedy, orchestra too
Voices uniting to die before taking their bow


Dual Doggerels Dueling  #8b

Wish Granted

You want people to wear masks?
Threaten to take them away
Bravo bravado, yield your shields
Test your word, your wish for risks

Do they believe their own lies
Will they burn their last bridge
Drink their own poison
Will they take their own lives

Paralyzed silence stifles the voice
But analyzed science offers a choice
Playing it right or paying the price
Pay Up In Full stamped on the Invoice


Election Predation

Denying the science
Promoting division
Multiplying the lies
Add simpering derision

Bad apples, seedy actors
Where only greed factors
Law breakers, malefactors
All honest disasters

Dividing by race
Subtracting love’s vision
Going low and not high
Another failed decision

Protections of election
Aberration’s apparition
Heeding hatred’s ghost or
Vote the voice of reason



cold thin midnight air
the voice sudden, sharp, a shout
stop! you must turn about
face, nothing more than a skull
fate smirks, mimes a lie and smiles


5-7-5 x 3

cooing and crying
cradles and cribs, each fresh voice
new reason for hope


solo voice, alone
last cricket of the season
lived too long he cried


one’s nuance of voice
the grand choir of history
to vote is to sing


The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.
~Jean De La Bruyere

The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain.
~F Scott Fitzgerald


What’s agitating about solitude is the inner voice telling you that you should be mated to somebody, that solitude is a mistake. The inner voice doesn’t care about who you find. It just keeps pestering you, tormenting you—if you happen to be me—with homecoming queens first, then girls next door, and finally anybody who might be pleased to see you now and then at the dinner table and in bed on occasion. You look up from reading the newspaper and realize that no one loves you, and no one burns for you.
~Charles Bax

…he heard the strange impersonal voice which he recognised as his own, insisting on the soul’s incurable loneliness. We cannot give ourselves, it said: we are our own.
~James Joyce

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


It’s not harder to hear the inner voice when you’re in a relationship, but it’s more of a challenge to follow it.
~Echo Bodine

We are conjured voiceless out of nothing and must return to an unknowing state. What happens in between is an uncontrolled dance, and what we ask for in love is no more than a momentary chance to get the steps right, to move in harmony until the music stops.
~Louise Erdrich

You need to get really clear about whether this is your inner voice or just a desire that you have.
~Echo Bodine


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