Archive | September, 2016

Daily Obstruction: Prerequisite

30 Sep

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Prerequisite

 

Is it not necessary for a “peak experience” to emerge from a plain or even a valley?

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Daily Obstruction: Hidden to Oneself

30 Sep

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Hidden to Oneself

 

Buddy Rich couldn’t read music.  Once he asked his friend and my former teacher, Al Miller, to teach him.  Al responded, “I could, but it would only make you a worse drummer, not better.”  Sometimes, especially for an artist of genius, knowing what you do is a hindrance to doing it.

 

Daily Obstruction: A Lonesome Journey

29 Sep

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A Lonesome Journey

 

 

The path through the valley of the shadow of death can only be crossed alone.

Daily Obstruction: Fragile! Don’t Touch!

27 Sep

 

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Fragile! Don’t Touch!

 

 

There’s that which protects the heart

and there’s that which imprisons it.

There’s that which opens the heart

and there’s that which abuses it.

Upon the heart

the most gentle caress can leave a scar.

Though the heart heals itself

It bears its bloody wounds forever.

 

Daily Obstruction: Logos

27 Sep

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Logos

 

Writing completes the work of creation.

 

Daily Obstruction: Out of the Pit

25 Sep

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Out of the Pit

 

The steeper the ascent, the more strenuous the climb.

Daily Obstruction: The Graven Image

24 Sep

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The Graven Image

 

Every writer has a hidden affinity for death.  Authors and monument carvers have overlapping fields of work.