Song: Bro Hymn – Pennywise
Song 2: Garden Grove – Sublime
Quote: “Every once in a while — often when we least expect it — we encounter someone more courageous, someone who chose to strive for that which (to us) seemed unrealistically unattainable, even elusive. And we marvel. We swoon. We gape. Often, we are in awe. I think we look at these people as lucky, when in fact, luck has nothing to do with it. It is really about the strength of their imagination; it is about how they constructed the possibilities for their Life. In short, unlike me, they didn’t determine what was impossible before it was even possible.” ~ Debbie Millman, taken from literary jukebox
The Book Thief: This book has had a hundred re-reads. Feeds my soul.
“It’s a small story really, about, among other things:
“She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Leisel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips. He tasted dusty and sweet. He tasted like regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist’s suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, she touched his mouth with her fingers…She did not say goodbye. She was incapable, and after a few more minutes at his side, she was able to tear herself from the ground. It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on…”
“His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do – the best ones. The ones who rise up and say “I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come.” Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. More of them have already found their way to other places.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
I carried [Rudy] softly through the broken street…with him I tried a little harder [at comforting]. I watched the contents of his soul for a moment and saw a black-painted boy calling the name Jesse Owens as he ran through an imaginary tape. I saw him hip-deep in some icy water, chasing a book, and I saw a boy lying in bed, imagining how a kiss would taste from his glorious next-door neighbor. He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
“Of course, I’m being rude. I’m spoiling the ending, not only of the entire book, but of this particular piece of it. I have given you two events in advance, because I don’t have much interest in building mystery. Mystery bores me. It chores me. I know what happens and so do you. It’s the machinations that wheel us there that aggravate, perplex, interest, and astound me. There are many things to think of. There is much story.”
Book: Story People: Selected Stories & Drawings of Brain Andreas
Quotes: All from the book. Too many to pick. Went with lucky numba 4. Not a creep. I swear. Just enchanted.
“I was waiting for the longest time, she said. I thought you forgot. It is hard to forget, I said, when there is such an empty space when you are gone.” – Brian Andreas
“She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went. It’s easier to feel the sunlight without them, she said. – Brian Andreas
“Don’t you hear it? She asked & I shook my head no & then she started to dance & suddenly there was music everywhere & it went on for a very long time & when I finally found words all I could say was thank you. ” – Brian Andreas
“Why do you want to take my photo?”
“You have a great face.”
“I look like God. Don’t I?”
Humans are amazing.
Song bouncing around my head today: Release Me by the Vitamin String Quartet. Also, One by Metallica. Typical.
If we can remember to inspire our own children, even just once a day, then perhaps we can help shape their lust for life to help them forge ahead into this gorgeous world of ours. – Shonna reflective musing. Not sure where this nugget came from but I’m a fan. Selfie hi-five.
Book: The Giving Tree – By Shel Silverstein
Quote: “Watch with glittering eyes.” – Roald Dahl
Article: Mother lets 4 y/o daughter finish her drawings. Delightful. These works of art are incredible. Humans are the best.
Song: Soul Kitchen – The Doors
Song Deux: I got better things to do – Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings