It only counts what YOU think. That is personal strength and personal integrity. Anything less is mob mentality. Please value your personal integrity. We left the adolescent worry about what others think when we pulled up our grownup undies. Or did we? I still think that's a crucial weigh-station for taking our individual inventory...even when we think the other guy is an ass. Be you. Try not to be him. That's how you truly win. The rest is shallow and tastes that way when you are once again alone with yourself and nobody is still clapping you on the back.
It is difficult... we live in a society where being liked is so important... to not be part of the crowd, to not be "in" for so many is downright devistating.
We grow up hearing from our parents, "What would other people think of me?" if you do something wrong.
It is so hard to escape that mentality... worrying about how others view us and judge us based on our behaviors and attitudes... the words we say... the clothes we wear... the job we do... the car we drive... the way we style our hair...
...so hard to put that away and just live as ourselves, for ourselves...
That it is difficult is a sign that it's the good fight worth fighting.
Once again, your bang on Joli.
For some, it's not so difficult to live for yourself. Yes, our parents feed us that 'mob mentality' by the truck loads from the cradle, but at the end of the day, you are the one you will always go to sleep with; you're the one who has to look in the mirror and say, "Yea, I've done these things, I look this way, and I approve.." with a smile on your face of self-accomplishment. It's said that we are our own worst critic, shouldn't that be the only review we need to pay attention to?
***** Just goes to show ya, J , you're not the only one who thinks the way you do ;-)*****
You're a gem, pixie chick!
I'm putting together the final edits on the Center's cookbook today. Birra and I had YIM open:
Joli: editing recipes...feh
birra: sounds like a blast
birra: don't mix up the tsps and tbls.
Joli: that's already done
birra: ...eliminating all meat from the recipes?
By the way...we'll have them in November if you're looking for Christmas ideas!!!
...so... the meats stay in?
It would take such a simple script...
Hurray! Thank you!
Tell you what...I need to talk to Cancer about advertising first. Let's hold off until I know more...but be thinking about the possibility, ok? I'm excited about them.
Sevenn, have I told you lately how wise you are? Sometimes you blow me away.
I like to think that written poetry is designed for the reader/listener to feel superior... even for them to feel gifted for being exposed to it, or possibly having inspired it :) Sure, some poets do have ego as well.
I also can appreciate other forms of art that are not my cup of tea. I can see the effort put into expression.
Thanks for the input, Images. I know you write poetry that I love to read. You've blown me away more than once.
Nah poetry is over rated...it communicates that the person had gas and needs to vent it out for others to sniff and think "wow, that almost smells like a rose"...lol. I jest of course, but I dunno. I like what you told me once about it, it seems to fit with my mindset. Just let it out and see what it looks like. Like cat vomit mostly, I do and then look at it and think "Hmmm, that almost looks good". Does it make me superior to others? Hell no, it is just something that I use more for therapy than anything else. I think that a reader who gets inspired or the person that creates it getting a sense of satisfaction, is in itself the reward of poetry. It is not for everyone though.
Now other forms of art, I am retarded about. I can see the beauty of one painting and then the next looks like fish humping a marshmallow, but every else thinks is the best thing since the sun.
So in conclusion. Art is subjective to both the viewer and the creator. It may reflect a sentiment, cultural value, mood, point or something I cannot think of right now.
Wow, you really took the words right out of my mouth.
And twisted them. I suppose if this is how I feel - instead of not enjoying most poetry but finding some works of words astounding... I'd better do something about this.
I was asking a few questions. But it sure does suck when it feels that way. I sympathize with you and I'm glad to know that you find some words to be wonderful. I agree with you there.
I think the written word suffers in comparisson to other forms of "art" due to how we are introduced to it.
Art class in school was alway a fun time, time to be creative (even with my limited talent) and explore new things.
Literature and poetry, however were mandatory classes and you had to read the works that were assigned and, frankly, many of them were too deep or sophisticated to be fully appreciated at the age they were taught.
I think that is why people "dis" poetry. They had it forced on them and still hold some resentment to that.
Myself...I don't like ALL poetry, but I can appreciate the work and "art" that can be seen in most. I have been told by teachers and professors that I write well...But it is an arduous process for me that I don't particularly enjoy...So I rarely write anything remotly resembling poetry or prose.
That's a really good point, KCRC.
KC, I can assure you, you write wonderfully. When we used to have the Challenge the Muse thread in the house, your entries were incredible on so many levels.
I think BlackTea up there said, writing is theraputic. I totally agree. I have a lot weighing on me right now in life - mashing my keyboard and seeing what comes from it only helps a little... screaming helps a bit...
...but when put in a situation like a 4 hour plane ride when there is unlimited alcohol available to me, I tend to sit and think about things a lot. Writing "This sucks" or "This rocks" over and over just doesn't do it for me. I need to challenge myself; to express what I'm thinking, feeling and experiencing in a way that can truly convey it.
Writing... the way many of the classics are written is beyond me. But I enjoy it, and I challenge myself, and the drivel I subject all of you with is the result.
But hopefully from that, those who read it get a better sense of who I am...
I wish you'd stop calling your writing drivel and crap, birra. You know that I don't just smear compliments onto people...I think that point has actually been more than clarified, but I look forward to your work because it's almost always going to come at me sideways and have its own unique voice that makes me see the pictures you paint and to feel the emotions you express. You are one of my favorite writers on this site. I mean that...and you know I do :)
I have always been envious of those who have complexity of verse. The written word for me has been something to strive for, which I often fail at. To say that I’m green would be an understatement, as my vocabulary has never been great and my ability to rhyme leaves much wanting.
Still like the opera you mention, art is a craft. It is one we practise and hone. While I know there is a long way for me to go, I also know that I am “training myself” with something rather specific in mind. Sadly I will never be a Robert Frost, Shakespeare or an Ernest Hemmingway. The intensity of Sylvia Path and Dorothy Parker’s wit are things I greatly admire while knowing that neither specific form I will ever perfect.
Our words are completely individual, and in being so, is an extension of us completely bare for others to absorb. We need to remember while therapeutic for some, that does not mean the individual cannot work beyond “selfish” writing to that which is directed at the audience. Because in truth there will always be someone who our words touch, as song may evoke extreme emotion. This is why some will say their words lack, they do not hold themselves in high enough esteem, or it could be that they simply know they could do better.
For me poetry/writing is exactly what we put into it, should we get past our own attachments to what we wish to say.
There is nothing more you can do than just that...
You can always light their car on fire with a flaming bag of horse hoohah, spell out "dunce" in their grass with salt, paint a big male part on the side of their house, call their boss and ask about previous employment cause they wanna work for you cause they said their boss sucks goose eggs....need I go on? I have lots of these things, some more unpleasant than others.
Yesterday was Stabb's birthday. He's FAR too old and mean for me to share his age. (Plus, he knows where I live and work!)
I thought this was cute and verry Stabby: He went off to cook the salmon for his family and I began teasing him about having to cook on his own birthday. He assured me that the reason was, "I am the best cook in this house. In fact, I'm the best cook I know." Nobody else was getting their hands on that fish!
I hope it was a good one for him :)
By the look of the Asti bottle he polished off, I'm guessing it was a damn fine time :)
Oh, and I LET HIM WIN at Scrabble (no matter what he says to the contrary)!
That's how it is... I always cook my birthday dinner too.
Happy Birthday from one grumpy old man to another!
Hope it was a good one!
Happy belated Birthday, Stabb. Years may eventually wrinkle the skin, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
May your spirit remain forever young.
Happy late birthday. I would 'second' the whole good lookin' thing but you might hit me so I won't :)
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday Dear Staaaaaaaab
Happy Birthday to you
Remember...my eyes are open. Neurons still firing and no "bridge out" signs on the ol' synapses. No denial here. No worries, ok?
Good night, VR. It was an interesting day, both here and at work. Lines up for me as a good day. I'm going to go read and get some rest. My best to you all. Sleep well/Good Morning, depending where you dig in your toes on the spinny ball we call home.
Morri, this is our theme song, baby. mrrrrowwwrrrr
Your strength is quite apparent. :)
OMG no way are you smart enough.
Come here and eat out of my hand.
I've been thinking of ousting Pai for some time now. He's got it WAY too easy. He gets to eat out of your hand, a free snuggy bed with good company (not that I'm bi!) He gets taken for walks, and has his own personal publicist. It's sounding pretty damn good!
AND he gets to model. :P
You are so bi.
"You can talk, but say something and I will rip your tongue out"
Very well said *nods*
Jo you have integrity and I appreciate that. Some here would not 'continue to like him' once he became unpopular. That is probably why they think you should change sides or be seen as defending him.
It sometimes goes like this IMO: If all the spice you have for soup was dirt, then you would have some pretty icky soup. If, however, the soup of life is made up of many differing spices and you can taste as many as you wish, so much the better.
Beast seems pretty cool from what I've seen of him, even if he is an accursed Nikon owner, rather than one of Canon's faithful ;)
I should write some more in my journal one of these days. I haven't had anyone whining about my cruel, cruel profile or butthurt over my very existence in a while, and I kind of miss those sweet tears of intertube nerdrage.
Bahh.. Beastt is a jewel. I can say that because I know.
Have you checked out the LHC webcams yet?
Really cool live cameras. You can watch and see them working on the collider! Every now and again a scientist waves at you :)
Lies! They're playing a mean joke...black holes are going to kill us all! lmao
Some things in science should be left alone .... but since we're still here I guess we got away with it .. this time!
hahah awesome! Looks like fun! ;p
Cool! I guess I'm off work tomorrow!! :)
This really puts into simple terms the answer to the question that may be troubling you about the LHC.
Has the Large Hadron Collider Destroyed the World Yet?
I walked back out toward the lake. The surge had become whitecaps. This time, I was armed with MY camera and a tripod. These are taken a block and a half from the lakefront. The water was above my knees.
I have fingers crossed for you today.
Excellent photo journalism though...
Be well and be safe my friend. And that guy...his name is Du Mas...0.o Heh.
I'm looking at these shots with mouth open....
If only things like this didn't really really suck for neighborhoods and people, it would be fun to go swimming around.
I know that's stupid... I just like swimming..
Well Morri, people ae definitely our there in it. As I watch FOX News- where the journalists are reporting, there are tons of people behind them wandering around in the oddity.
Holy fuck... though I have to say, those are excellent pictures. But fuck...
You already know we are thinking about you and praying for the safty of everyone there.
Ever see hurricane surge coming in? All I had at hand was a little Canon point and shoot camera. The quality is awful, but it will give you an idea of what I'm seeing. I walked two blocks to get these shots. If you look close, you can see white caps on the lake.
holy crap.. stay safe..
i second that BE SAFE motion !!
That's a lot of water...
...be safe, and please, if you need something we can help you with do not hesitate to ask.
Yep, we've got the flooding here in Slidell, too. Ike is Texas bound, but that's just how big this storm is... that its bands knock us around on its way there.
Thinking of all concerned.
That's incredible ...
Guess I asked you the wrong question in my last message.Sure hope you stay safe.
I have received a number of requests about surge. As it stands now, the Center is 3 blocks from the lake and flooding is only along Lakeshore Drive and the first block. Barricades have been placed by the police department up to the fourth block. I made the decision about 7:30 this morning to close the Center. I have contacted all volunteers and we are fine at present.
I'm at the Center now and I'm keeping an eye on things to see if it looks like we'll get flooded. If the second block starts taking water, I'll pick up the electronics and head home.
Don't worry about this. We're hunkered down and we'll do fine. Send your prayers to Texas.
Wow, that man is incredible.......
Incredible and then some. He's not only bringing life to cancer victims but returning to breathe life back into the Tour de France. My enthusiasm is already returning.
I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. This is fantastic!
(Armstrong - 209 TdF!)
Everyone in America likes a winner and we like to be the ones who can say "I told ya so". This will hopefully be one of those moment s as well. When a man who left on such a high note can return and win again a little older. It is like the Randy Couture thing, great for the respective sports.
That man needs to get a proper job :P
Morri, I was going to SHELL some peas for dinner. No pineapple, though...and you know how I like my pineapple.
Knowing how you love my randomness, I've made a puzzle for you. You have to figure out what they are and then put them in order and solve the puzzle!
Message me when you get it!
Still don't have my pudding, grandma.
"Why don't you just kill me?!"
Yeah, not even close! :P
I got it, but I'm not saying it here!!
What a beautiful photo......
A whore for history too.
The arrogance was you guys nicknamed it ‘the Manhattan of the desert’. It is also on the 'World Heritage' list. Sana, the capital is also very beautiful.
Yeah, I left out "Manhattan of the Desert" because it seemed so insulting to me. I don't really see the irony. Perhaps we should call New York "Shibam in North America." That would make more sense.
I love our VR poetry reading nights, it is nice to hear Ockham crawling under his desk to whimper for mercy. So good to have you back:)
I LOVE it when we stir Ockham up to righteous indignation.
The internet is slowly robbing me of the ability to get truly outraged, actually. Once you've seen morons putting bicycle wheels on couches and riding them down hills, or talking about how they have fifty distinct children on the astral plane, or how they've just received their twenty-third cat... it starts to break you.
Ahh, poor Ockham. What you don't understand is that there is ALWAYS a bigger retard just around the corner ready to give you an aneurism;)
What about when they breastfeed their kittens, and not even on the astral plane?! I am still scarred from that one.
Every time I come to terms with the internet's stupidity, God invents a better retard and arms it with an AOL connection. :(
Just think of the orchid, a flower with as yet unplumbed depths of fuckwaddery. We should do science to it - with chainsaws:D
Have I told you today that I love you, Irony?
Only about 250,000 times, you are slacking mister!
If you write a poem
Please give it thought
Emotion you try to show 'em
Yet succeed you do not.
getting worse with the keeping.