Every now and then I am reminded of the art of listening in…

… and of just plain paying attention.

The woman gives herself, the man adds to himself by taking her” (Simone de Beauvoir, “The Second Sex”, 658).

“Save the Earth… It’s the only planet with chocolate!”  – in an email delivered to me

“None of us can be in the present and the past at the same time, not even when we try to understand the things that happen to us. Close the door,change the record,clean the house. Stop being who you were, become who you are now.”  ~Undocumented Source

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

“Women are innately self-conscious. This is not a choice; it’s a genderwide condition. On a bad day, I look in the mirror and see my ten-pound-heavier alter ego. Her name is Bertha. On a really bad day, Bertha sees her two-hundred-pound-heavier alter ego. Her name is Brian Dennehy.” -Alyssa Milano

“A dream is not a very safe thing to be near. I know; I had one once. It’s like a loaded pistol with a hair trigger: if it stays alive long enough, somebody is going to be hurt. But if it’s a good dream, it’s worth it.”  -William Faulkner

“I have no notion of loving people by halves; it is not my nature. My attachments are always excessively strong.”  -Jane Austen

“I was drunker than two barrels of cider!”  – My dad

“Writing is 90% good ideas, and 10% Cheese-puffs.  Or maybe it’s more 85/15”  ~ Me, on the necessity of maintaining a good snack cabinet.

“That’s just the way I am when I’m drunk” – Some dude on the street explaining last night’s behavior into his cell phone

“All growth is a leap in the dark; a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.”  Henry Miller

“We must be willing to get rid of the lie we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”  Joseph Campbell

“I’m peeing too!” Said by one very enthusiastic child to another in the gas station bathroom.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” read it on a plate

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.” said by someone really friggin’ smart!

“Artists have another power, no less far-reaching for being unseen and immeasurable — the ability to broaden our sensibility by inviting us to experience life through another’s eyes.” Charles McNulty in his Los Angeles Times article on the Obama’s Broadway attendance

“Love is bravery, not always rewarded, but bravery nonetheless.”  -JB

“Pancakes are like girlfriends;  They seem like a good idea at the time, but after a couple of bites you think ‘yeah, I’ve had pancakes.’ ”  Eric

“You’d make a terrible Jew!”  – someone at work, and I have no idea why…

“Ima come back and haunt you.  But I won’t have chains or nuthin’ – I’ll probl’y have a big ‘ol radio.”  – JB

“This might be one of those times we all think it’s really funny, but later it like, bites us in the ass.” ~ a couple teenagers walking down the street.

“I was just ripping farts in there and he had no idea!”  ~overheard at work.  Yuck.

Chocolate always loves you back.  ~my Dove chocolate wrapper

“But I can’t feel my hair”  a grown man getting off the plane in Tulsa.

“Ah, ah, ah, you know that broccoli is daddy’s”  – Some guy on the street talking into his cell phone.  I can’t imagine a child trying to sneak vegetables.

“For a man to be emotionally available, perhaps that is the true test of manhood.” ~CW

“Character is easier kept than recovered.”  ~The International

Okay, so this one I read, but LOVED it – “Your understanding of character is literary, not visceral.”  Don Nigro

“Ow!  My hands are SO COLD!  Why does God hate me?”  spoken by an 11-yr old at the supermarket.

“The secret is to stop expecting so much.  If you don’t expect anything from a man, you will not be disappointed.”  JLV

At the bank a few days ago, a perfectly suited older-gentleman’s phone went ringing “Sexyback”… it was beautiful.

“Women are not meant to be understood, they are meant to be loved.”  JLV

  1. i love “women are not meant to be understood…they are meant to be loved” oh and who is CW? Can’t be my CW…that is too deep 🙂 he he he…just kidding 🙂

  2. haha, no, a female CW I’m afraid 🙂

  3. One of my drill sgts was chewing us out one day and all of the sudden “let’s get it on” is coming out of his pocket. When training was over we all serenaded him. It was awesome.

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