Have you ever come across Chuck? I highly recommend you check him out – in a word, he is brilliant. You can find more information about him and other brilliant writers here.
Rod McKuen was an interesting poet – part Carl Sandburg, part ee cummings, part Bob Dylan. I always found such comfort in his poetry – especially as a angst-ridden teen.
If you haven’t read him, I’d recommend you try him out. You can learn more about him here.
thought for the weekend – or really whenever you feel like thinking….
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
~ Ray Bradbury
To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.
You must write every single day of your life.
You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.
You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.
I wish for you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime.
I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you.
May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories–science fiction or otherwise.
Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.
“It doesn’t matter how smart you are unless you stop and think.”
Dr. Thomas Sowell
A friend sent me this in an email, and though I’d read it before it hit home more this time around. It’s a poem by the timeless beauty, Audrey Hepburn. I really like how that lady thought. WC
“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.”