Quote for Today: John Mark Green

Let’s burn our masks at midnight
and as flickering flames ascend,
under the witness of star-clouds,
let us vow to reclaim our true selves.
Done with hiding and weary of lying,
we’ll reconcile without and within.
Then, like naked squint-eyed newborns,
we’ll greet the glorious birth of dawn;
blinking at the blazing, wondrous colors
we somehow failed to notice before.

John Mark Green

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Quote for Today: Richard Wilk

But instead of being frozen in time, I want to show that “local” and “authentic” food are as much creations of modernity as survivors from before it. Authenticity is therefore a problem, not something we can ever depend on as some kind of naturally occurring category. Tradition is crafted, just as much as modernity is manufactured.

Richard Wilk, Home Cooking in the Global Village: Caribbean Food from Buccaneers to Ecotourists

Image by Дарья Яковлева from Pixabay

Quote for Today: Jennifer DeLucy

Even as a creative artist, I used to think enduring struggles and hard days in silence and telling people everything was great meant I was strong. And then I learned it just meant I was scared—scared of people not loving me any other way. Scared of sharing the lessons that pain had to teach. I no longer see perpetual claims of “fineness” as strength.

People desperately need to see the full human experience, especially the dark parts. They need to know that other folks struggle, too, and that it’s all part of a bigger story of triumph. They need permission to keep going, knowing that hardship is normal for everyone. Give them that gift. Have that courage. Tell the whole story.

Jennifer DeLucy

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Quote for Today: Jennifer Pastiloff

Sure, once I published a piece or once I closed my notebook and left the cafe or stopped daydreaming, I was scared again, but while I was writing, while I was telling the truth, I was unafraid. I wanted that again. Fearless-ish. Afraid and not afraid. Scared and doing it anyway. Holding more than one thing. Two things at once.

Jennifer Pastiloff, On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard

 

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Quote for Today: Margery Williams

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“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
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Quote for Today: Steven Pressfield

If you find yourself criticizing other people, you’re probably doing it out of Resistance. When we see others beginning to live their authentic selves, it drives us crazy if we have not lived out our own.

Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement. Watch yourself. Of all the manifestations of Resistance, most only harm ourselves. Criticism and cruelty harm others as well.

Stephen PressfieldThe War of Art

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Synkroniciti Magazine Vol. 1, No. 2: Water is Live

I am so excited to announce that the second issue of Synkroniciti Magazine went live today and it is absolutely beautiful! This contemplation of water, by turns thoughtful, playful, dramatic, quiet and inspiring, is a dialogue between twenty artists and their work, pulled along by synchronicity. Ninety-two pages of poetry, visual and video art, short-story and more! Click here to subscribe or here to purchase an individual issue.