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Hello I am Cat. These are things I want to show you. Some of them I drew. If I did I will say so.

March 10, 2014 at 4:34pm
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e.e. is a smart dude. 

e.e. is a smart dude. 

February 27, 2014 at 6:40pm
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Personally, I always dreamed about going into the woods and fighting the dragon, not selling the guy a sword.

— Skip The Hedge Fund: We Need Young People To Take Risks And Build Inspiring Things | Co.Exist | ideas impact

February 21, 2014 at 9:50pm
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Reblogged from jaegerjaques

I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.

— Toni Morrison (via jaegerjaques)

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Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.


Ernest Hemmingway (via story-dj)

This is how I became a vegetarian for five years. 

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January 24, 2014 at 5:28pm
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Reblogged from myownholybook

Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an an enormous reward. You will have created something.


- Kurt Vonnegut, Letters (via myownholybook)

Just a good sentiment. 

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You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. If it seems to you that I move in a world of certitudes, you, par contre, must benefit from the great privilege of youth, which is that you move in a world of mysteries.


The Dairy of Anaïs Nin (via myownholybook)

This can be tough for me. I am good at intake, and I’m good at overflow in private: blogging, diaries, painting. I even send much of my overflow out into the world. My difficulty is with interpersonal sharing. I have been working on not being a miser about sharing my thoughts and feelings directly with others. 

January 17, 2014 at 5:37pm
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I have new tumblrs

Follow them! — inspiration and good words for makers, artists, and independents. — Posting lots of cat gifs. Needs a good name :) — Where I collect all my pug pictures. Also needs a good name, but every good one I’ve tried is taken. 

January 7, 2014 at 1:21pm
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Reblogged from thelettersofernesthemingway

From “Hemingway on Writing.”


From “Hemingway on Writing.”

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November 21, 2013 at 3:33am
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Reblogged from myownholybook

Stop cursing the darkness and light a candle.


-I dunno I heard Rick Santorum say it on The Colbert Report but maybe he got the idea from Ben Franklin (via myownholybook)

I would not have thought something Rick Santorum would make it into my holy book. 

October 28, 2013 at 4:17pm
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"Three things are in your head: First, everything you have experienced from the day of your birth until right now. Every single second, every single hour, every single day. Then, how you reacted to those events in the minute of their happening, whether they were disastrous or joyful. Those are two things you have in your mind to give you material. Then, separate from the living experiences are all the art experiences you’ve had, the things you’ve learned from other writers, artists, poets, film directors, and composers. So all of this is in your mind as a fabulous mulch and you have to bring it out. How do you do that? I did it by making lists of nouns and then asking, What does each noun mean? You can go and make up your own list right now and it would be different than mine. The night. The crickets. The train whistle. The basement. The attic. The tennis shoes. The fireworks. All these things are very personal. Then, when you get the list down, you begin to word-associate around it. You ask, Why did I put this word down? What does it mean to me? Why did I put this noun down and not some other word? Do this and you’re on your way to being a good writer. You can’t write for other people. You can’t write for the left or the right, this religion or that religion, or this belief or that belief. You have to write the way you see things. I tell people, Make a list of ten things you hate and tear them down in a short story or poem. Make a list of ten things you love and celebrate them. When I wrote Fahrenheit 451 I hated book burners and I loved libraries. So there you are.

These lists were the provocations, finally, that caused my better stuff to surface. I was feeling my way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of my skull.

The lists ran something like this:


— Ray Bradbury on List Making

October 21, 2013 at 11:31pm
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Reblogged from takemetomountains

This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.


Walt Whitman (via takemetomountains)

Yes I will try to do these things. 

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October 18, 2013 at 11:53am
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Reblogged from stxxz

Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.

— Rainer Maria Rilke (via wethinkwedream)

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October 2, 2013 at 1:59pm
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Don’t get too close to anybody: their achievements and good fortune might hurt you.


John Tottenham (via nevver)

Appropriate to today’s thoughts.

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September 7, 2013 at 12:10am
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Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.

— John Singer Sargent 

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To sit for one’s portrait is like being present at one’s own creation.

— Alexander Smith