Reference Points

Reference Points

The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence. ~Roy T. Bennett At my age, my past is deeper than my future is promising. We never know if tomorrow will awaken still, on average, my past is twice the duration of my expected future. There are 57 years of reference points behind […]

A Crown Made of Words

A Crown Made of Words

Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river. ~Lisa See I have read 530 books since Jan 2012. Yes, I count and track and rate every book in the Goodreads app. In the decades prior, more than I can count…mostly forgotten, abandoned friends…so my total must be well over 2000 maybe […]

I Needed To Be An Asshole to Grow Up

I Needed To Be An Asshole to Grow Up

Beyond myself somewhere, I wait for my arrival. ~Octavio Paz Somewhere, in my future, exists the ideal me, the ideal David. I am hoping to live long enough to making my acquaintance. This does not mean to imply I am not the ideal me in the now. I am the ideal I needed to be […]

Crushing Barriers to Happiness

Crushing Barriers to Happiness

You shall create beauty not to excite the senses but to give sustenance to the soul. ~Gabriela Mistral I jumped on the artist bandwagon partly because I wanted to create beauty, create pieces to dazzle an audience of devoted followers, legions proclaiming me the Messiah like I used to deify the musician Peter Gabriel. “All […]

Three Lifetimes

Three Lifetimes

People tend to become wary of individuals like him because their brilliance reminds them of their own mediocrity. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón There are times when reading I come across a phrase so beautifully composed, so elegant in structure and choice of words, I lose my breath and feel moistness in the corner of my blues. […]

Linear Prisons

Linear Prisons

He as not drunk enough to stop thinking consecutively. ~Julio Cortazar I am flawed. My thought process is stuck in linear thinking, linear writing, creating pictures replicating reality. I am mired in the sequential, the outlaying of events in consecutive, time ordered progressions. 1, 2, 3,…n-1, n, n+1. This is not a flaw in an […]

The Dance of Words

The Dance of Words

Don’t put words down because the patterns that people make with words are just like the patterns of ferns or of the marks on sea shells. They are a dance, and they are just as much a legitimate form of life as flowers. ~Alan Watts Depending upon their arrangement, words have the power to carve […]

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