Life., Musings


This is our culture:
1. Our school busses don’t have seat belts.
2. Our seeds are genetically modified so much, they’ve lost their nutrients and our bodies reject them.
3. Our foods are full of preservatives and other food-imitating substances that give us diseases, but they taste just as good as the real stuff so the public doesn’t notice the difference.
4. Our every-day health products (shampoos, toothpastes) have chemicals in them that give us cancer.
5. Our modes of transportation pump chemicals into the air that give us diseases.
6. Our lifestyles are sedentary, which leads to diseases.
7. Our schools and public buildings don’t have disaster shelters, leaving people exposed to the fury of severe weather, terror acts, or worse.
8. Our adults carelessly leave harmful substances and weapons in the reach of children, right inside their homes, showing complete lack of pro-activity in mentorship of their young ones; perhaps because they weren’t taught, themselves.
9. Our publications feed us the “American Dream” propaganda, which has isolated us into suburbs, locked us into ladder-climbing jobs, robbed us of the joys of farming our own land for food, or making our own clothes, and has now trapped us into vulnerable position that has left us uneducated about the basics of living life; we are defenseless if ever a true depression or war were to hit home.
10. Our army is sent to other countries because their cultures are supposedly more destructive than ours, to keep them from killing their own people, even though we’re doing the same damn thing, only in a way that is legal: under the banner of free enterprise.



“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 all 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

[read the full feature article on her speech at]



“A woman is beautiful when she’s loved, and only then. ” -Job Skeffington

“Nonsense. A woman is beautiful when she has eight hours’ sleep and goes to the beauty parlor every day. And bone structure has a lot to do with it too.” -Fanny Skeffington

Mr. Skeffington (1944)


love holds faith.

“Oh, how stubbornly does love — or even that cunning semblance of love which flourishes in the imagination, but strikes no depth of root into the heart — how stubbornly does it hold its faith until the moment comes when it is doomed to vanish into thin mist! Giovanni wrapped a handkerchief about his hand and wondered what evil thing had stung him, and soon forgot his pain in a reverie of Beatrice.”

   – Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rappaccini’s Daughter