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Think of the most vulnerable person you know and vote in their best interest.
~unknown    (golden rule rephrased)

thx to:  Rusty’s Electric Dream

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Quoted in The Grove:

If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality and makes him a landlord to a ghost.
~Lloyd Douglas

Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is leaping.
~Thomas Hood

A boat is safe in the harbor. But this is not the purpose of a boat.
~Paulo Coelho

EndQuote:
I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
~Louisa May Alcott

 

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Exercise Prompt for 11/08:   voice

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Fear is the highest fence.
~Dudley Nichols

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
~Jack Canfield

If your energy is expended in avoiding failure or rejection, then that energy is used to stay safe, instead of being available to create the life you envision.
~Lauren Mackler

Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I would like to see you living
In better conditions.
~Hafiz

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Posted from the Grove:

If you turned the fabric of our lives over, I imagined the design on the backside would be woven in the bleak grays of doubt and fear.
~Stephenie Meyer

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
~William Shakespeare

Fear of failure leads to failure.
~Paulo Coelho

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Therefore, when I considered this carefully, the contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view, nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun.
~Nicolaus Copernicus

The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
~John C Maxwell

A man’s life is interesting primarily when he has failed – I well know. For it’s a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
~Georges Clemenceau

You must do the things you think you cannot do.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

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One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.
~Henry Ford

The experience of overcoming fear is extraordinarily delightful.
~Bertrand Russell

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~Max Ehrmann:  Desiderata   (4:46)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaVaF6TkSUU

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~Robert Frost:  The Road Not Taken   (2:30)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrBHd41YqTc

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~Sadhguru: How to Overcome Fear? (1:46)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV_CGpMsEhY

 

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Why haven’t we, with all our cunning [and] experience, resolved this problem of fear completely? Isn’t fear the cause of the ‘me’?
~Jiddu Krishnamurti

Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them.
~Marilyn Ferguson

Psychoanalysis is often about turning our ghosts into ancestors.
~Norman Doidge

My worst fear is that I’ll end up living in some run-down duplex on Wilshire wearing pants hiked up to my nipples and muttering under my breath.
~Richard Dreyfuss

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I am afraid to show you who I really am, because if I show you who I really am, you might not like it – and that’s all I got.
~Sabrina Ward Harrison

Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.
~Shirley MacLaine

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
~William Hazlitt

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We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.
~Abraham Maslow

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
~Marianne Williamson

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VIDEO:

Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual – and the soul of a people.
~Anwar Sadat

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
~Bertrand Russell

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Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth.
~Tacitus

When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.
~George R R Martin

There is not a truth existing which I fear… or would wish unknown to the whole world.
~Thomas Jefferson

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Scruples, temptations, and fears, and cutting perplexities of the heart, are often the lot of the most excellent persons.
~Thomas a Kempis

Some people fear seeing or feeling anything about which there is no general agreement. For others, it is thrilling to be aware of innuendo, shading, complexity.
~Deena Metzger

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.
~Neil Postman

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~Kat Messing:  Shoes – No Creeper   (0:12)   less said, the better
https://vimeo.com/302776656

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~Kat Messing:  Fear   (0:22)   ditto
https://vimeo.com/290012027

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~Olmeto:  Face Your Fears   (15:40)   stoopid is as stoopid does
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNjxcwO9Koc

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~Adrian Martin & Cristina Alvarez Lopez:  Angst/Fear   (3:15) a video essay
https://vimeo.com/69164651

 

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Fear is the mother of foresight
~Henry Taylor

Fear is the mother of morality.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety.
~Henry H Tweedy

Fear and courage are brothers.
~Terri Guillemets

Cruelty and fear are brothers.
~William Hardcastle Browne

Fear is the parent of cruelty.
~James Anthony Froude

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Fear is an insidious and deadly thing. It can warp judgment, freeze reflexes, breed mistakes. Worse, it’s contagious.
~Jimmy Stewart

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
~Billy Graham

Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
~Brendan Francis

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MUSIC:

I am frightened at seeing all the footprints directed towards thy den, and none returning.
~Horace

Our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

The man who has ceased to fear has ceased to care.
~F H Bradley

It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.
It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.
~Bette Midler

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There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.
~Baruch Spinoza

Where no hope is left, is left no fear.
~John Milton

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~Zach Williams:  Fear Is A Liar   (4:32)   …and a thief
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1srs1YoTVzs

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~Lily Allen:  The Fear   (3:46)   tame for being explicit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-wGMlSuX_c

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~Fiona Melady:  The Fear I Fear   (3:22)   disintegration
https://vimeo.com/5596072

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~Blue October:  Fear   (4:54)   …with options
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3b0-i1T8Hk

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~Ólafur Arnalds: WOVEN SONG (3:10) ethereal sound sculpture

 

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Fear has big eyes.
~Proverb

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
~German Proverb

Little fears love to walk on stilts.
~Henry Stanley Haskins

Fear is a slinking cat I find
Beneath the lilacs of my mind.
~Sophie L Tunnell

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A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
~Michel de Montaigne

He who fears something gives it power over him.
~Moorish Proverb

He who shows fear gives courage to his adversary.
~Proverb

A coward’s fear makes a brave man braver.
~English or Scottish

Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.
~Umberto Eco

There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
~Andre Gide

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
~Seneca the Elder

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I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
~Mark Twain

More people have a fear of speaking than a fear of death. So at a funeral, most people would want to be the person in the coffin rather than the person delivering the eulogy!
~Geoffrey Rush

I don’t fear death, but I sure don’t like those three-footers for par.
~Chi Chi Rodriguez

Someone has somewhere commented on the fact that millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
~Susan Ertz

~There is nothing to fear but fear itself. And spiders.
~Darynda Jones

Americans have an abiding belief in their ability to control reality by purely material means… airline insurance replaces the fear of death with the comforting prospect of cash.
Cecil Beaton

I don’t fear death. – I just don’t want to be around when it happens.
~Woody Allen

The idea is to die young as late as possible.
~Ashley Montagu

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Antique Effigy
© David Lorenz Winston

 

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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.
~Corrie Ten Boom

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.
~Glenn Turner

Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.
~Corrie Ten Boom

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You can’t let fear direct your life — because then you don’t really move, you just stand still.
~Nyla Gibson

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
~Rosa Parks

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
~Lady Bird Johnson

Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote.
~Travis Kalanick

To be furious, is to be frighted out of fear.
~William Shakespeare

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
~Anne Frank

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@Writers Platform

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
~Arthur Conan Doyle

The fact is that blank pages inspire me with terror. What will I put on them? Will it be good enough? Will I have to throw it out?
~Margaret Atwood

It seems strange that some artists fear a blank canvas, when it has
been a major contributory factor to great paintings.
~David Luiz

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One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
~Abraham Maslow

Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.
~Steven Pressfield

Beneath fear, a bit of poetry always escapes.
~Terri Guillemets

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.
~Graham Greene

 

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Exercise Prompt:   fear

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There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.
~Aeschylus

Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival.
~Hannah Arendt

Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.
~Hunter S Thompson

It is better to know what to fear than to say “no fear.”
~Tim Fargo

Just as courage imperils life; fear protects it.
~Leonardo da Vinci

Fear is one part prudence.
~Proverb

Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
~Aesop

Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.
~Aesop

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
~George Bernard Shaw

Those who fear life are already three parts dead.
~Bertrand Russell

You are frightened of everything. You call it caution. You call it common sense. You call it practicality. You call it playing the odds, but that’s only because you’re afraid to call it by its real name, and its real name is fear.
~Mick Farren

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.
~Katherine Paterson

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

How It Ends

Lurid Adventure!
Unbridled Passion!
Alone against fear now
The sunset after sunrise
Weigh the gun until dawn
Just like in the book
Love was!

Clear-eyed with reason
At home safe alone
Share the fear with a movie
The sunrise after sunset
Put the pistol away
A book friendly ending
Love was.

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Future History

Picture a pond with rocks thrown and ripples
While thinking of thoughts as sacred as secrets
Every generation of mankind long before history
Neanderthal before sapiens and all prior mystery

Creating culture and law, the product of pupils
With scruples the fruit, late harvest of struggles
Each penning their page in the stars’ book of life
Recorded precisely, unerring, of deeds amid strife

Maturing spirit of science, humanity’s cradle
Created as One, spiritually entangled
Our karma collective, atomized, intermingled
Wisdom absorbed from selfish examples

Consider our being eternal, unable to expire
Never fearing the idea, a literal lake of fire
Yet consequence awaits all of history’s actors
Who experience the sequels of all they enacted

‘Til our stormy sea ripples to merge
Lucid and clear, at peace at last
‘Til our rough storied history turns
Crystalline brilliant as mirrored glass

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5-7-5-7-7

taunts in the schoolyard
haunt the hunted with memories
like wolves in the wild
running, flailing, falling down
the acrobatics of fear

 

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Fear always springs from ignorance.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
~Marie Curie

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A man who says he has never been scared is either lying or else he’s never been any place or done anything.
~Louis L’Amour

We should enjoy and make the most of life, not because we are in constant fear of what might happen to us in a mythical afterlife, but because we have only one opportunity to live.
~Greg Graffin

I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story…
~Cheryl Strayed

In your days – things like this happen to you… You get a tap, a nudge, a gentle shake, and life whispers to you, “I know you’re tired –
but I don’t want you to miss this.”
~Mary Anne Radmacher

Why, I’d like nothing better than to achieve some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
~Aristophane

 

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Quoted in The Grove:   costume

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
~Yiddish proverb

There’s a point… when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
~Ursula K Le Guin

It is a despair at not being able to be noble and beautiful by natural means that we have made up our faces so strangely.
~Charles Baudelaire

EndQuote:
The way you dress is how you greet the sun and other stars.
~Kamand Kojouri

 

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Exercise Prompt for 11/01:   fear

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I love doing costumes. The costume is an actor’s first line, so it’s gotta be right!
~Xavier Dolan

Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth — it really does establish who they are.
~Colleen Atwood

I put the costume on and said ‘It’s not very comfortable, but it looks amazing,’ so it’s all good.
~Chris Hemsworth

Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.
~Mason Cooley

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I just love doing costume dramas; I am very lucky, as I see myself as a part-time time traveler.
~Julia Sawalha

I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be same person every day.
~Stephanie Perkins

…and there I suddenly found my articulate self in a dazzling land of smiling, jostling people wearing and not wearing all sorts of costumes and doing all sorts of clever things. And that’s when I knew! What other life could there be but that of an actor?
~Cary Grant

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Posted from the Grove

It took me a while to warm to the ’20s costumes on ‘Downton.’ I love it when women accentuate their curves, and that era was all about hiding them. The shapes they wore then were in tune with female empowerment. Cutting off their hair and hiding their busts was a way of saying, ‘We’re equal to men!’
~Lily James

Madonna has a far profounder vision of sex than do the feminists. She sees both the animality and the artifice. Changing her costume style and hair color virtually every month, Madonna embodies the eternal values of beauty and pleasure. Feminism says, ‘No more masks.’ Madonna says we are nothing but masks. Through her enormous impact on young women around the world, Madonna is the future of feminism.
~Camille Paglia

I’m always trying to change things – change my character, change my look, change my hair, change my facial hair, change my costumes, or implement different jackets or catchphrases. I try to keep myself fresh.
~Chris Jericho

Society is like a crowd in carnival costumes with everyone fearful that others will see through his disguise.
~Vernon Howard

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~TimeLab:  Switzerland. Geneva & Romandy   (2:19)   the quiet costume of beauty
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/468473333

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~Casson Mann: Hollywood Costume (3:06) a costume museum
https://vimeo.com/81802154

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~Hazbin Hotel:  Halloween makeover   (4:11)   a tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QphrRS1lFSI

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House-bound? Desperately, hopelessly bored? Try these: 25 Weird Websites
https://revealize.com/top-25-weird-websites
(#4 WorldBurpingFederation.com link not active, available on YouTube)

 

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Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.
~Arnold Schwarzenegger

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.
~Zig Ziglar

Take care of your costume and your confidence will take care of itself.
~Amit Kalantr

Self confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it.
~Richa Kanwar

A good style fits like a good costume.
~Amos Bronson Alcott

Celebrate your success and find humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have fun and always show enthusiasm. When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a silly song.
~Sam Walton

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VIDEO:

Costumes are so much better than clothes. They’re like drugs, they change your personality.
~Mary Woronov

The costume affects your posture, affects your walk, how you hold yourself, and how you breathe. The costumes make you deliver.
~Richard Madden

You put on the military outfit, and it definitely tightens everything up and makes you stand up straighter.
~Diego Klattenhoff

Costume is a huge part of getting into character. Your body soaks in what you’re wearing, and you turn into someone else.
~Jane Levy

It reminds me of how grandmother always had the right costume for me to wear. You wear the right outfit and you feel like the person you’re pretending to be.
~John Boyne

I definitely feel, when I’m wearing the costume, that I could scare people and hurt them.
~Joan Severance

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When we leave the play saying how spectacular the sets or costumes were, or how interesting the ideas, it means we had a bad time.
~David Mamet

Costumes and scenery alone will not attract audiences.
~Anna Held

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~Omeleto:  The Critic   (15:00)   award winning actress’ life and…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99vwLjvknN8

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~Omeleto:  Pawns   (12:29)   uniforms, merely costumes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjP9eYCM964

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~Young Vic Short Film:  The Roof    (9:51)   stellar cast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFtxhPMBeqQ

 

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I’ve been trying to make it my own way in an industry full of heels walking around in babyface costumes, and that brought out the worst in me.
~Austin Aries

No matter where they are or who they’re with, dogs are incapable of being anything but themselves. Show me a dog that puts on airs or laughs politely at an unfunny joke and I’ll show you a human in a dog costume, possibly one owned and licensed by the Walt Disney Company.
~Meghan Daum

Debased men, but they all had something in common: They showed a keen regard for virtue, and tried to dress themselves in that costume. Hypocrisy, for all its bad reputation, at least showed a decent respect for goodness.
~Orson Scott Card

 

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When we leave the play saying how spectacular the sets or costumes were, or how interesting the ideas, it means we had a bad time.
~David Mamet

Costumes and scenery alone will not attract audiences.
~Anna Held

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MUSIC:

Fashion offers no greater challenge than finding what works for night without looking like you are wearing a costume.
~Vera Wang

Satan himself can’t save a woman who wears thirty-shilling corsets under a thirty-guinea costume.
~Rudyard Kipling

When I go out and I’m presenting the best side of myself, I want to look different from everyone, but I don’t want it to look like I’m wearing a costume.
~Rachel Roy

My costumes were made for sex appeal not for women.
~Brenda Holloway

I don’t think women should look like costumes. I don’t think they should look like fashion victims.
~Ralph Lauren

I only assumed those dresses were costumes, based on the garish nature of the plumage.
~Kami Garcia

With right fashion, every female would be a flame.
~Amit Kalantri

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~Dodie Stevens:  Pink Shoe Laces   (2:36)   nostalgia #1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGgaZZl_GVg

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~Jerry Lee Lewis:  Chantilly Lace   (2:48)   nostalgia #2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3cMZkvjzNY

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~Mitch Ryder: Devil With A Blue Dress On,  feat. James Williamson   (3:24)   change of pace
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUoxjmJ9FP4&list

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~Beyonce:  Haunted   (5:21)   you want costumes?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4r4lysSgLE

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~Radiohead:  Creep, feat. Brian Justin Crum   (3:28)   needs a moment to recover
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68qc1X1tikg

 

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You can change the look of an outfit so easily by changing the kind of jewelry you wear. If you have a basic outfit on – a black sweater and skirt or a simple black dress – you can go from the office to a cocktail party at night just by changing your jewelry. It helps if you change your shoes as well.
~Iris Apfel

Shoes make an outfit; they’re like rims for a car.
~Omari Hardwick

A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories.
~Oscar de la Renta

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Costume jewelry is not made to give women an aura of wealth, but to make them beautiful.
~Coco Chanel

I never had a fondness for gems or the extravagance of Harry Winston or Van Cleef & Arpels. I’ve always liked the more flamboyant, imaginative things. I lusted after costume jewelry. My husband was a very lucky man.
~Iris Apfel

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We stared at the odd garment and wondered what it was for. ‘What is it?’ asked Larry at length. ‘It’s a bathing costume, of course,’ said Mother. ‘What on earth did you think it was?’ ‘It looks like a badly skinned whale,’ said Larry, peering at it closely.
~Gerald Durrell

You men out there probably think you already know how to dress for success. You know, for example, that you should not wear leisure suits or white plastic belts and shoes, unless you are going to a costume party disguised as a pig farmer vacationing at Disney World.
~Dave Barry

I am out in public and using the phone. I am in a phone booth, got the phone in my hand and a man taps on the glass and says You using the phone? Nope, I’m superman, i am just looking for my costume.
~Bill Engvall

One thing I learned is that it’s never OK to walk through a cemetery dressed as a mummy — even if that was a shortcut on the way to the costume party.
~Demetri Martin

Women: You can’t live with them, and you can’t get them to dress up in a skimpy little Nazi costume and beat you with a warm squash or something.
~Emo Philips

I’m thinking about entering a Marilyn Manson costume contest to see if I lose.
~Marilyn Manson

Have you ever dated a Goth chick for four or five months until you realized she was just an Orthodox Jew? They have the same costumes.
~Dana Gould

Oh, hello,” Dr. M says, shaking Balder’s hand. “Wonderful costume. I’m a bit of a role player myself on the weekends. Tell me, where did you get the helmet?” It was forged in the North, blessed by the hands of Odin, given to me by my mother, Frigg,” Balder answers. Lovely. I got mine on the Internet.
~Libba Bray

Nice costume,” he said. “Ditto. I can tell you put a lot of thought into yours.” Amusement curled his mouth. “If you don’t like it, I can take it off.” I tapped my chin thoughtfully. “That just might be the best proposal I’ve had all night.” “My offers are always the best, Angel.”
~Becca Fitzpatrick

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This is ridiculous! I am going to look like I just hopped out of the hooker version of Alice in Wonderland.
~Jessica Fortunato

For men there are costumes like fireman, policeman and vampire. For women there are costumes like slutty fireman, slutty policeman and slutty vampire.
~Dana Gould

In some ways, Halloween is much easier for women. They can just dress as sluts, and it’s kind of a costume, if they never do any other time.
~Chuck Klosterman

So, did the costume come with a condom, or is that sold separately?
~Rachel Vincent

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© David Lorenz Winston

 

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All of these are names given me by other people, but not names I would have given myself. My name is not mine, it’s theirs. It’s a series of costumes put on my life by other people.
~Robert Fulghum

There is a difference between using a made-up name and using real people as pseudonyms. People are not costumes you can wear. They are flesh and blood.
~Siri Hustvedt

When I first saw a White Dutch person dressed up as Black Pete, I was both sickened and shocked. It’s hard to stand next to someone who views your skin color and hair as a costume.
~Roger Ross Williams

Come election time, black and white politicians put on their costumes of compassion and care, shake black hands, kiss black babies, sing ‘We Shall Overcome’ in black , and pray that we will ignore the reality of everyday suffering and the damage that is being done to our future in exchange for our votes.
~Salim Akil

The threats against democracy today are in general completely normal. They walk around in costume and tie.
~Carl B Hamilton

There are things I cannot do, costumes I cannot wear. When I have taken stands on things, it is because I have thought carefully about them.
~Sylvie Guillem

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Just as people can watch spellbound a circus artist tumbling through the air in a phosphorized costume, so they can listen to a preacher who uses the Word of God to draw attention to himself. But a sensational preacher stimulates the senses and leaves the spirit untouched. Instead of being the way to God, his ‘being different’ gets in the way.
~Henri Nouwen

The only difference is that religion is much better organized and has been around much longer, but it’s the same story with different characters and different costumes.
~James Randi

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@Writers Platform

Courtrooms contain every symbol of authority that a set designer could imagine. Everyone stands up when you come in. You wear a costume identifying you as, if not quite divine, someone special.
~Irving Kaufman

For the Indian, dance is a personal form of prayer. When the Eagle Dancer puts on his costume, when he begins to dance to the music, he doesn’t simply perform it; he actually becomes the eagle itself. The dancer is virtually inseparable from the dance.
~Jamake Highwater

If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.
~Douglas Coupland

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Glass Table:

~Christone:

A Book:  By Charles Kingsley

Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book! – a message to us from the dead – from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away: and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, amuse us, vivify us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers. . . . I say we ought to reverence books, to look at them as useful and mighty things. If they are good and true; whether they are about religion or politics, farming, or trade, or medicine, they are the message of Christ, the maker of all things, the teacher of all truth, which He has put into the hearts of some man to speak, that he may tell us what is good for our spirits, for our bodies for our country. Would to God that all here would make the rule never to look into an evil book!

 

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Costumes are fun. Dress up like a pilot some night and watch as people stare!
~Tim Heidecker

I have friends who wear Star Wars costumes and act like the characters all day. I may not be that deep into it, but there’s something great about loving what you love and not caring if it’s unpopular.
~Kristen Bell

A woman in the depths of despair proves so persuasive that she wrenches the forgiveness lurking deep in the heart of her lover. This is all the more true when that woman is young, pretty, and so décolleté as to emerge from the neck of her gown in the costume of Eve.
~Honore de Balzac

I met [Gilda Radner] on the first night of filming … Hanky Panky that Sidney Poitier was directing. And it’s funny, I was in costume and makeup – my tuxedo and makeup because I’d done a few shots before she arrived, and she told me later that she cried all the way in, in the car, because she knew that she was going to fall in love with me and want to get married.
~Gene Wilder

 

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Exercise Prompt:   costume

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Never let a trend get in the way of creating a great outfit for yourself.
~Stacy London

Strike the right balance between your outfit and makeup. Make a statement with one, not both.
~Madeline Zima

People will remember you better if you always wear the same outfit.
~David Byrne

Wearing the correct dress for any occasion is a matter of good manners.
~Loretta Young

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

Dual Doggerels Dueling

The Politico

Crowns for the clowns
Who rule and rage
Who decorate time
Blank history’s page

Tyrants and despots admiring dictators
Bullies and bullets and human degraders
Ruder than crude and berating debater
Legal escapee and loophole creator

Deny the facts in defiance
Forsaking proven alliances
Despising reason & science
Ignoring legal compliance

Flouting the laws flaunting his cause
Rushing to punish, no process, no pause
Favors Russian the bear baring its claws
Would kill for applause just one of his flaws

Unseemly greed, huge hunger for money
Willing to poison the gold nature of honey
Ringmaster apprentice, circus not funny
Debt-ridden past, cloudy future not sunny

Fake orange in bloom
White plaster buffoon
Patriotic costume
A virtual cartoon

A backstage, low-grade, unqualified actor
Where a ham who can smirk doesn’t actually factor
Or a swindling, chiseling, non-paying contractor
A nut house defector and genius detractor

A nation in tatters
The rich getting fatter
An unbridled satyr
Because only he mattered

Red, white and blue, a harlequin showman
Blinkered and blind, a petulant shaman
Failure to protect not a reason to crow, man
Pleads like, elect me, but voters say no, man

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The Poetaster

Dilettante bard, failed as composer
Second-rate minstrel, unrated poet
Flailing at rhyming, a poser and loser
Confessing, yes, think I don’t know it

Unpardonable sin
Offending the process
Punning for fun
Spewing his nonsense

For abusing the craft
Finally brought to task
Why do it, they asked
But he only laughed

Rather strive and to fail
At work that I love, see
The chores that but pale
Won’t improve me or move me

Don’t waste your time
Simply turn the page
Just understand that I’m
Never saint neither sage

More nude than prude
Bare self on a shelf
As book ends feud
Penning, costumes off

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5-7-5-7-7

uniform costume
173rd, Airborne
outfits the finest
dress greens to jungle fatigues
dressed to kill or die trying

 

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I’m a light bearer dressed in a sleep wear.
~Ana Claudia Antunes

In dreams we are true poets; we create the persons of the drama; we give them appropriate figures, faces, costumes; they are perfect in their organs, attitudes, manners; moreover they speak after their own characters, not ours; and we listen with surprise to what they say.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s hard to tell
if we close our eyes or if night
opens in us other starred eyes,
if it burrows into the wall of our dream
till some other door opens.
But the dream is only the flitting costume of one moment,
is spent in one beat
of the darkness,
and falls at our feet, cast off
as the day stirs and sails away with us.
~Pablo Neruda

In a life where waking hours are draped in the costume of horrid nightmare, where reality has suddenly become questionable, it’s easy to be scared by dreams.
~Scott Sigler

I see myself wrapped in lies, which do not seem to penetrate my soul, as if they are not really a part of me. They are like costumes.
~Anais Nin

Somewhere in the back of my brain there exists this certainty: The body is no more than a costume, and can be changed at will. That the changing of bodies, like costumes, would make me into a different character, a character who might, finally, be alright.
~Marya Hornbacher

If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character, would you slow down? Or speed up?
~Chuck Palahniuk

Get my swan costume ready.
~Anna Pavlova

 

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Quoted in The Grove:  ghost

“We don’t believe in ghosts, Mrs. Phipps.”
“Don’t matter if you believe in them or not. If they’re there, they’re there.”
~Joan Lowery Nixon

Owen Glendower: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
Hotspur: Why, so can I; or so can any man:
But will they come, when you do call for them?
~William Shakespeare

It is wonderful that five thousand years have now elapsed since the creation of the world, and still it is undecided whether or not there has ever been an instance of the spirit of any person appearing after death. All argument is against it; but all belief is for it.
~Samuel Johnson

EndQuote:
The paranormal, you can’t pick and choose. It’s all or nothing.
~Zak Bagans]

 

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Exercise Prompt for 10/25:   costume

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No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.
~Thomas Carlyle

I don’t believe in ghosts and have never seen one. I wish I could see one, and I would like to have seen one because then I could believe in God. If I can see it, feel it and taste it, then I believe in it.
~Otto Penzler

I say I’m an atheist but I wouldn’t mind being visited by a ghost.
~Natalie Dormer

All a skeptic is someone who hasn’t had an experience yet.
~Jason Hawes

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Posted from the Grove

Surely the supreme problem for science to solve if she can, is whether life, as we know it, can exist without protoplasm, or whether we are but the creatures of an idle day; whether the present life is the entrance to an infinite and unseen world beyond, or “the Universe but a soulless interaction of atoms, and life a paltry misery closed in the grave.
~William F Barrett

Death is not the end, it is simply walking out of the physical form and into the spirit realm, which is our true home. It’s going back home…. We unzip the body, so to speak, let it fall to the ground and walk through the next door clothed in our spiritual form, which was always there inside the physical body.
~Anne Puryear

I don’t believe that ghosts are “spirits of the dead” because I don’t believe in death. In the multiverse, once you’re possible, you exist. And once you exist, you exist forever one way or another. Besides, death is the absence of life, and the ghosts I’ve met are very much alive. What we call ghosts are lifeforms just as you and I are.
~Paul F Eno

It is the secret of the world that all things subsist, and do not die, but only retire a little from sight, and return again…. Nothing is dead: men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals and mournful obituaries, and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some new and strange disguise.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.
~Arthur C Clarke

If each dead person became a ghost, there’d be more than 100 billion of them haunting us all. Creepy, but cool.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.
~Brian Aldiss

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VIDEO:

~Elemental’s Markham Heid:  Why the Stressed Brain Falls Back on Old Habits
https://elemental.medium.com/why-the-stressed-brain-falls-back-on-old-habits-a84e3dd049c9

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MADKESHWAR Foundation: Painting Trees  —  (2:28)   mid-air phantoms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA1eIFTBNWU

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~Johnnie Walker Blue:  A Gentleman’s Wager   (6:28)   would that all commercials were as entertaining — starring Jude Law & Giancarlo Giannini
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTUKMhw4hr4

 

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Some places speak distinctly. Certain dark gardens cry aloud for a murder; certain old houses demand to be haunted; certain coasts are set apart for shipwreck.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.
~James Matthew Barrie

The Helicon of too many poets is not a hill crowned with sunshine and visited by the Muses and the Graces, but an old, mouldering house, full of gloom and haunted by ghosts.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.
~Italo Calvino

The worst of a modern stylish mansion is, that it has no place for ghosts.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The spirits of the dead hallow a house, for me.
~Mark Twain

 

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~VICTORIA:  Xibalba   (2:05)   crossing over
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/466494550

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~Omeleto:  The Wonderful   (9:09)   a do-over
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq6eR0p2HPA

 

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To be seen is the ambition of ghosts, and to be remembered is the ambition of the dead.
~Norman O Brown

I think in a lot of cases, ghosts are history demanding to be remembered.
~Jeff Belanger

Ghosts don’t haunt us. That’s not how it works. They’re present among us because we won’t let go of them.
~Sue Grafton

[H]e had a strange sense of being haunted, a feeling that the shades of his imagination were stepping out into the real world, that destiny was acquiring the slow, fatal logic of a dream. ‘Now I know what a ghost is,’ he thought. ‘Unfinished business, that’s what.’
~Salman Rushdie

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MUSIC:

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I long to talk with some old lover’s ghost,
Who died before the god of love was born.
~John Donne

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…Lovers are
Like walking ghosts, they always haunt the spot
Of their misdeeds.
~George H Boker

Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.
~Arthur Conan Doyle

If you listen carefully, you can still hear the beating of his broken heart.
~David Berenbaum

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~Grateful Dead:  Attics of My Life  —  Pepper and Sassafras cover   (4:04)   simple by design
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=almbctWcGLY

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~Juice Newton:  Angel of the Morning   (3:53)   a classic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTzGMEfbnAw&list

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~Spiderbait:  Ghost Riders in the Sky   (4:51)   the outlaw rider
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvBHDRsFAmo

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~Amanda Lago:  Ghost   (3:40)   abandoned, ghosted
https://vimeo.com/230441767

 

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Love, thieves, and fear, make ghosts.
~German Proverb

My ghost? Do you suppose I’m fool enough to go to the expense of keeping one of my own, when there are so many charming ones in my friends’ closets?
~Edith Wharton

This is a true story. There’s not much point in inventing ghost stories — anyone can do it.
~Michael McCabe

The experienced reader knows it was Christmas Eve, without my telling him. It always is Christmas Eve, in a ghost story.
~Jerome K Jerome

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Ye who, passing graves by night,
Glance not to the left nor right,
Lest a spirit should arise,
Cold and white, to freeze your eyes…
~James Russell Lowell

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today,
I wish, I wish he’d go away.

When I came home last night at three,
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall,
I couldn’t see him there at all!
~Hughes Mearns

But then there was that talk about a spectre cat. I ain’t frightened of much that I know of. Put a man before me, or a dog, or a horse, and I’m ready to tackle ’em, one down and other come up, or altogether if they like; but when you come to spectres, I ain’t ashamed to say I’m not up to ’em…. Anything that’s alive I don’t give way to; but when it comes to ghosts and spectres, I take a back seat, and I don’t care who knows it.
~B L Farjeon

We once installed a $1.49 trap in a woman’s toilet and she never had ghost problems again.
~Jason Hawes

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Must be a rule in the ghost handbook — if in danger of evaporating, make sure you’re in the middle of a dire pronouncement.
~Kelley Armstrong

Never walk near the bed; to a ghost your ankle is your most vulnerable part — once in bed, you’re safe; he may lie around under the bed all night, but you’re safe as daylight. If you still have doubts pull the blanket over your head.
~F Scott Fitzgerald

If anyone boos you offstage, that is simply applause from ghosts.
~Sharon Needles

You’re spooky, he said, You knew what I was thinking. That’s not spooky, she said, That’s married.
~Dean Koontz

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O Death, rock me asleep, bring me to quiet rest, let pass my weary guiltless ghost out of my careful breast.
~Anne Boleyn (beheaded)

Even more than dying itself, I’m scared of the horror-movie changes that happen to the human body as it ages. I think of it as a sort of haunted-house effect, living inside a crumbling, creaking structure that is full of ghosts and will, some day, fall down.
~Kate Christensen

We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.
~Charles Darwin

I give the fight up: let there be an end,
A privacy, an obscure nook for me.
I want to be forgotten even by God
~Robert Browning

If the dead can’t rest in peace, how on Earth can the living?
~Cheri Revai

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Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world.
~William Shakespeare

It’s a big spooky place when you’re in it alone. It’s like you can hear all the whispers of all the voices of all the actors who ever played here. Kind of creepy. Like a church can be creepy when it’s empty. You ever been in a church after hours?
~Benjamin R Smith

One of the things people don’t know about exorcism, is that you can’t really use exorcism on things that are older than Christianity.
~Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

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@Writers Platform

Nature is a Haunted House – but Art – a House that tries to be haunted.
~Emily Dickinson

There is something ghostly in all great art.
~Lafcadio Hearn

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Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind
Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,
Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,
Above, beneath, betwixt, between.
~Neil Gaiman

Shadows mutter, mist replies;
darkness purrs as midnight sighs.
~Rusty Fischer

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I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost – it’s there and then it’s gone.
~Maggie Smith

It’s not a field, I think, for people who need to have success every day: if you can’t live with a nightly sort of disaster, you should get out. I wouldn’t describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that the ghosts you chase you never catch.
~John Malkovich

 

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Exercise Prompt:  ghost

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When not deeply engaged in creative activities, or numbed by the TV, I felt empty and hungry. My heart hurt… I often felt hollow or as if I were some kind of wispy ghost, barely existing.
~Judith Wright

I don’t see the point of having 80 million people online if all they are doing in the end is talking to ghosts in the suburbs.
~Umberto Eco

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To put away one’s own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.
~Barbara Tuchman

The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
~Francis Bacon

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

Autobiography

Worthy warlocks, authors’ due
Bled black ink, dead poets hue
Libros, ego’s Church of Worship
Uninhibited books extolling selves
Books like ghosts inhabit shelves
Undaunted ids dead yet flaunting
Haunted, unblunted storied lives

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Oh $#!+  F**K

Theatres open
Showings random
Audiences haunted
Storied fandom
Ghosts from the past
Mirrored phantoms
Shedding actors
Tearfully canned ’em

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Wish

I want to be awake at the end
Vigilant
To cross that bridge from life
To be aware as a ghost
Or evaporate
To dissipate as energy
Like an echo
Or a lightning bolt

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The Deal

There grows a mind overseeing the net
Overlooking, overriding, overall and yet
There’s a ghost above all that owes us a debt
Wisdom from sins we committed and abet
Consequence, not the answers we hoped to get

 

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I was such a sullen, angry, sad kid. I’m sure there are writers who have had happy childhoods, but what are you going to write about? No ghosts, no fear. I’m very happy that I had an unhappy and uncomfortable childhood.
~Isabel Allende

It is, alas, chiefly the evil emotions that are able to leave their photographs on surrounding scenes and objects and whoever heard of a place haunted by a noble deed, or of beautiful and lovely ghosts revisiting the glimpses of the moon?
~Algernon Blackwood

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
~George Carlin

I love having my ghosts, and I love having my memories.
~Debbie Reynolds

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Our feet are planted in the real world, but we dance with angels and ghosts.
~John Cameron Mitchell

If you knew that your life was merely a phase or short, short segment of your entire existence, how would you live? Knowing nothing ‘real’ was at risk, what would you do? You’d live a gigantic, bold, fun, dazzling life. You know you would. That’s what the ghosts want us to do – all the exciting things they no longer can.
~Chuck Palahniuk

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