Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism.
Thomas Merton (31 january 1915 - 1968) mystic, monk, poet, photographer
northern sky from nick drake's 1970 album bryter layter
Judy Collins sings "Simple Gifts" for the February 1963 TV broadcast of Dinner with the President, the 50th anniversary celebration of B'nai B'rith in Washington, D.C. President Kennedy received a Democratic Legacy Award and spoke during the broadcast. Several years later, Judy recorded "Simple Gifts" for her 1970 Whales and Nightingales album.
Extending a hand to those in trouble, rescuing the dying, and helping the injured is a form of humanitarianism, unrelated to love of country or people. Do not demean the value of life; it commands a broader, more equal dignity.
Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) artist and activist
2013 is the year of the black Snake begins on February 10th shortly after the New moon in Aquarius, the humanitarian of the zodiac. This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.
I am for an art that imitates the human, that is comic, if necessary, or violent, or whatever is necessary. I am for an art that takes its form from the lines of life itself, that twists and extends and accumulates and spits and drips, and is heavy and coarse and blunt and sweet and stupid as life itself.
I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.
You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies.
Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
What year is it in your imagination?
- Forgive anyone I have been at odds with.
- Give more than I take.
- Write a weekly thank-you note.
- Respond with a soft answer.
- Encourage others.
- Conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Keep my word.
- Examine my demands on others.
- Be thankful.
- Defend the defenseless.
- Honor my body. It is the only one I have.
- Treasure the simplicity of everyday moments.
- Be inclusive.
- Listen more fully.
- Be content.
- Sing and dance daily.
- Practice daily random acts of kindness.
- Pray without ceasing.
- Spend more time improving my character than I do improving my appearance.
- Celebrate and communicate my love for others.