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IN THE SUMMER OF ’09

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Foto. They contemplate ambling through the Summertime of ’09. Lizzy’s nose is burned and peeling and her eyes stare white balled from a black face. In Centro at Tweed –  they asked her – So you like sarongs eh ? We have sarongs – and buckles for $2. Mad O’Brian was much affected by the attention to his mother.  Lizzy will include some images of the Mad O’Brians at some stage. In the Meantime – lets Gif Off.

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MAD O’BRIAN – XMAS 2008

“Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle”

Soren Kierkegaard (Danish Philosopher and Theologian, 1813-1855)

 

 

A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.
Aesop
620-560 BC, Greek Fabulist

 

A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.
Chinese Proverb

A mere friend will agree with you, but a real friend will argue.
Russian Proverb

 

What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace. — Ellen Goodman

 

Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
1749-1832, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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TRAVELLING DOWN THE HIGHWAY

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate Travelling down the Highways.  They’re not going tonight. Tonight they’re home on Full Moon but THEY plan to travel next week in the StarWagon – down the Pacific Highway to Kalang and then up the WATERFALL WAY to Armidale.

A traveler to distant places should make no enemies.
Nigerian Proverb

 

 

FROM GARDEN DIGEST

I never saw a discontented tree.   They grip the ground as though
they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as
we do.  They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the
sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven
knows how fast and far!
John Muir

A great traveller is a kind of introspective who, as she covers the ground outwardly, so she advances inwardly.Lawrence Durrell (1912 – 1990)
British novelist and poet.Referring to travel writer Freya Stark.

Extensive traveling includes a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.

Paul Theroux (1941 – )
U.S. writer.
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Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.René Descartes (1596 – 1650)
French philosopher and mathematician.
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Penetrate the source and travel the pathways,
embrace the territory and treasure the roads.
You would do well to respect this;
do not neglect it.

    We used to travel to places near and far. Now we get sore butts from riding in the car.

FEET

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate FEET. Feet made for all manner of things. Feet and shoes and walking.

 

 The hills tell each other, and the listening
Valleys hear; all our longing eyes are turned
Up to thy bright pavilions: issue forth,
And let thy holy feet visit our clime.

“The birds are gone, The ground is white,
The winds are wild, They chill and bite;  
The ground is thick with slush and sleet,
 
And I barely feel my feet.

   One never tests the depth of the river with two feet, only one. – Rachel Bouffard

  Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death but at the right time God awakened us, and here we are to comfort you.  ~Edward Payson Rod

 

Never have a path for walking on less than three feet wide.
–   Martin Hoyles

 

 

 

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes,
flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.
Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes,
certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
–  Robert Louis Stevenson

    I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
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“These people aren’t your friends, they’re paid to kiss your feet.”
Radiohead

 

DISTANCE BETWEEN

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate the DISTANCE between. HE is travelling North with the PASPALUM Band and SHE is at home in The Cottage on The Hill. Separation is a strange thing. One goes away for one reason and something else happens. Lets see what it is.

 The love of horses knows not it’s own depth till the hour of separation.

And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. –Kahlil Gibran

MILAREPA

All worldly pursuits have but one unavoidable and inevitable end, which is sorrow; acquisitions end in dispersion; buildings in destruction; meetings in separation; births in death. Knowing this, one should, from the very first, renounce acquisitions and storing-up, and building, and meeting; and, faithful to the commands of an eminent Guru, set about realizing the Truth. That alone is the best of religious observances.

“Love is born with the pleasure of looking at each other, it is fed with the necessity of seeing each other, it is concluded with the impossibility of separation.”

 

 

 

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time
and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something
separated from the rest–a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This
delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection
for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by
widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole
nature in its beauty.
–   Albert Einstein

 

 

There are sacred moments in life when we experience in rational and
very direct ways that separation, the boundary between ourselves 
and other people and between ourselves and Nature, is illusion.
Oneness is reality.  We can experience that stasis is illusory and
that reality is continual flux and change on very subtle and also
on gross levels of perception.
–   Charlene Spretnak

 

The art of the sword consists of never being concerned with victory or defeat, with strength or weakness, of not moving one step forward, nor one step backward, or the enemy not seeing me and my not seeing the enemy. Penetrating to that which is fundamental before the separation of heaven and earth where even yin and yang cannot reach, one instantly attains proficiency in the art.
– Takuan

 

There is a void in your soul,
      ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
You feel the separation
      from the Beloved.
Invite Him to fill you up,
      embrace the fire.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 – 1273)
 There is a Candle in Your Heart, trans. Sharam Shiva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WALKING THE PADDOCKS

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate WALKING. They are considering walking the perimeter of the property despite the brown snake threat and the steepness of the terrain. The paddock is newly slashed and the ground is not too muddy and walking is a possibility.

“The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and
the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage
through a series of thoughts. The creates an odd consonance between
internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is
also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it.
A new thought often seems like a feature of the landscape that was
there all along, as though thinking were traveling rather than making.”
– Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy
of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the
fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort
which life implies.
– Eric Fromme

When temptations comes, I don’t say, “Yes,” and I don’t say, “No,” I say, “Later.” I just keep walking the Red Road–down the middle. When you’re in the middle, you don’t go to either extreme. You allow both sides to exist.” ~Dr. A. C. Ross~Lakota

Walking With Grandpa
~Author Unknown

I like to walk with Grandpa
His steps are short like mine
He doesn’t say “Now Hurry Up!”
He always takes his time.
Most people have to hurry
They do not stop and see.
I’m Glad that God made Grandpa
“Unrushed” and young like me.

Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone

“Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking”

John Wain

It is wonderful when one is out with these animals, how attached they become. There are times when I would walk up to my horse, that he would nicker in a low tone and ruh his nose against me in a very knowing manner.
~HS Young

Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

LEAVING

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate leaving Brisbane and the changes that any Leaving brings.
Tomorrow they leave Brisbane and today He leaves AustLit. LEAVING.

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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art
of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the
elimination of non-essentials.
– Lin Yutang
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Who knows how to seek them out?
White clouds, layer upon layer;
Red sun, clear and bright.
Looking to the left, there are no flaws;
Looking to the right, already old.
Have you not seen the man of Cold Mountain?
He traveled so swiftly;
Ten years he couldn’t return,
And forgot the road by which he came.

– Hsueh-tou (980-1052), Roaring Stream

THAT’S ANOTHER GREAT QUOTE FROM ZEN FROG

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This one I don’t think quite says what George said before he killed himself.

” Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored.” George Sanders

but I shall find the exact words sometime.
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Au Revoir, Adios, Arrive Dercii, Auf Wiedersehen
Cherio, goodbye, ta-ra wack
If you really, really must leave
Please return, reappear, resurface, come back

Jon Bratton c 2004

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Happiness is something that comes into our lives through a door we don’t remember leaving open.


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Above all, a horse should never be chastised out of foul mood or anger, but always with complete dispassion.
~Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere

Neither should, for the same reason, the lessons be for too long a period; they fatigue and bore a horse,
and it should be returned to the stable with the same good spirits it had upon leaving it.
~Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere

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You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful.  What you’ll discover is yourself.  ~Alan Alda

MARCHING

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life. They contemplate the trudging of the Road to happy Destiny . March on Travellers.


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And out o’ the tawny sunset, before the rise o’ the moon,
When the road was a gipsy’s ribbon, looping the purple moor,
A red-coat troop came marching-
Marching – marching-
King George’s men came marching, up to the old inn-door.

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Beyond barbed wire
Beyond, beyond, far beyond–
Cows marching Over.

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She had a ticklish feeling on her ankle and her knee
Upon investigation she found a chigger and a flea
and they went marching on Georgie.
“Hoorah, Hoorey” said the chigger to the flea
“Hoorah, Hoorey, we’ll have a jubilllee.
You’ll bite her on the ankle and I’ll bite her on the knee
And we’ll go marching on Georgie.”
JUNE CARTER CASH
  Life is a series of experience, each of which makes us bigger even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character,

and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs

which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Henry Ford

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
by Julia Ward Howe
(1819-1910)


Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fatal lightning of his terrible swift sword:
His Truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps.
His Day is marching on.

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“Well, the big elephant in the whole system

is the baby boomer generation that marches

through like a herd of elephants.

And we begin to retire in 2008.”

Lindsey Graham

 

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