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07 September 2008 @ 09:28 pm
The scorn of our formidable neighbor who does not know us is Our America’s greatest danger. And since the day of the visit is near, it is imperative that our neighbor know us, and soon, so that it will not scorn us. Through ignorance it might even come to lay hands on us. Once it does know us, it will remove its hands out of respect. One must have faith in the best of men and distrust the worst.
- Jose Marti (January 10, 1891)
 
 
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11 June 2008 @ 01:21 pm
    "I believe in questioning authority, and respecting all elders. I believe serenity can exist in the midst of absolute chaos. I believe that shopping malls were invented by the pharmaceutical companies that make anti-depressants. I believe that fruit is life's best dessert, and that apples really do keep the doctor away. I believe that every wish is heard, and every dream is possible.
   I believe I can make a difference if only I could sit down, ask them to listen, tell them the truth. I would allow the whole world to lay their head onto my shoulders and cry. I would need 127,459 boxes of tissue for all the planet's tears. The crying will last two days, and oceans of tears will cover the earth. But on the third day, the sun will shine so bright that the water in each ones eye will dry and a smile will shatter the somber look on their faces. Their despair and sadness will be gone forever; now that they know the truth, they are finally free. They can go, run, live; now they truly understand what happiness is all about; why life matters. I believe all life matters.
    I believe that it is an inevitable law of physics that you will wait at the doctors, and that it will always hurt when they say it won't. I believe that there is no flu shot available that can compare to a soft bed, warm soup, and hot tea. I believe that the gingerbread man cookies come alive at night and rearrange my spice rack. I believe that dreams are short films of the future." - Lindsey Von Kleist "I Believe"
 
 
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24 February 2008 @ 11:28 pm

“For, although the Queen had ordered a little equipage of all things necessary for me while I was in her service, yet my ideas were wholly taken up with what I saw on every side of me, and I winked at my own littleness, as people do at their own faults.” 

Gulliver’s Travels
 
 
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11 December 2007 @ 01:40 pm
poem  
Al Young
For Poets

Stay beautiful
but don't stay down underground too long
Dont turn into a mole
or a worm
or a root
or a stone
Come on out into the sunlight
Breathe in trees
Knock out mountains
Commune with snakes
& be the very hero of birds
Don't forget to poke your head up
& blink
think
Walk all around
Swim upstream

Dont forget to fly
 
 
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27 November 2007 @ 08:38 pm
Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.
Otto von Bismarck
German Prussian politician (1815 - 1898)
 
 
 
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02 October 2007 @ 09:48 pm
50's  
Last month was Jack Keroauc month; his 50th anniversary celebrated one of his best works On The Road
devoted to his literary works and there were scheduled readings in major cities across the U.S., including one at the Vesuvio bar, in San Francisco. 

This month, however,

(source: citylights.com)

 October 3 marks the 50th anniversary of the vindication of Allen Ginsberg's HOWL and the dismissal of obscenity charges against Ferlinghetti. We and scholars at the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C. hoped to have the poem read over Pacifica Radio stations to celebrate this victory over censorship.

FCC rules now forbid the broadcasting of a single indecent word before10:00 pm.  The fines for so doing range from $5,000,000 to $25,000,000. Pacifica Radio said they could not air the poem before that hour for fear they would be cited and driven off the air. So there will be instead a Pacifica internet broadcast in conjunction with a panel discussion about the issue (Albert Bendich, the counsel for the ACLU at the trial, and Ferlinghetti will take part). We are hoping to generate publicity about these insane laws.

For information about broadcast times, check your local Pacifica station. For the inside story on the publication and defense of HOWL, take a look at our recent book HOWL ON TRIAL.

Here's a audio copy of the actual poem it's a link to a search engine site that has it. Though, I highly suggest to purchase/download/borrow a copy. It changed my life after reading it, and I'm sure it did the same for others as well.