Monday, March 26, 2012

"There is tremendous power in unearthing, in recognizing distracted, scattered mind, the mind which would rather be anywhere but here, and spending some time there, with that mind. Rather than being an anonymous voice from the dark bossing you around, scattered mind is someone you can sit down and hang out with."

Jusan Ed Brown
via Crashingly Beautiful

Friday, March 16, 2012

"Tending Two Shops" - Rumi

Don't run around this world
looking for a hole to hide in.

There are wild beasts in every cave!
If you live with mice,
the cat claws will find you.

The only real rest comes
when you're alone with God.

Live in the nowhere that you came from,
even though you have an address here.

That's why you see things in two ways.
Sometimes you look at a person
and see a cynical snake.

Someone else sees a joyful lover,
and you're both right!

Everyone is half and half,
like the black and white ox.

Joseph looked ugly to his brothers,
and most handsome to his fother.

You have eyes that see from that nowhere,
and eyes that judge distances,
how high and how low.

You own two shops,
and you run back and forth.

Try to close the one that's a fearful trap,
getting always smaller. Checkmate,
this way. Checkmate that.

Keep open the shop
where you're not selling fishhooks anymore.
You are the free-swimming fish.

~ from The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

"Check Yes Juliet", We The Kings

"Witness To Your Life", Lori McKenna

Because. Just...because.

Witness To Your Life (Album Version)

Run For Your Lives

So, thanks to author @SteveNiles, I've just heard about this event, "Run For Your Lives", a "zombie infested 5K obstacle course race." This is...utter brilliance. It's taking place in several states (including mine!!) From their website:

Escape from the running dead.

Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts awesome.

Runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer!

Pretty cool, right? Of course, all of this assumes that you can just run...resisting the urge to fight back! I mean, there *is* that whole adrenaline thing. :) Now, here's one of their videos for you to enjoy:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Gardenia Bonsai?!

Maybe this isn't news to the rest of you out there, but did you know that among the flowering varieties of Bonsai are Gardenia? I'm totally in love with Gardenia, one of the best, happiest, most vibrant scents in the world. (At least, to me.) Here, have a look: