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2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate BOATS. HE is  up in the North of Queensland. Were SHE there SHE would be looking fr BOATS but HE is inland looking for MUSIC. HER friends were in COOLANGATTA today – down from AIRLIE BEACH. They Know about boats and so do Deb and John. They have a yacht and will be sailing away in a couple of months. SHE once sailed on a ketch called the UTIEKAH III . Its a long time ago. Her DOS had boats. SHE has only been on little boats for a long time  and SHE has never smuggled drugs from COLOMBIA and does not intend to. She likes RATTY from WIND IN THE WILLOWS. He says there is nothing better than mucking about in boats. URUNGA is a fine place for Boats. HE can sail the wee boats for the disabled. HE has a licence. For BOATS. On the Tweed, there are trawlers and tinnies. Each day the GOLDEN SWAN goes from Tweed Heads down to Murwillumbah and stops for lunch at TUMBULGUM.  SHE lived there for a time and long ago – her great grandparents lived there and owned land on Condong Creek. BOATS.

   “Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit”.


Don’t build a new ship out of old wood.



Dear God…

Be good to me…

The sea is so wide…

and my boat so small.


The moon’s low, a crow caws,
The landscape’s laced with frost.
Under the riverside maples,
Lit by fishing lamps,
My sadness keeps me from sleep.
Beyond old Suzhou town,
Down to the traveler’s boats,
Han Shan’s Temple bell
Rings clear –
Right at midnight.

–   Zhang Ji, circa 780 CE
    “Night Mooring at Maple Bridge”
    Rephrased by Michael P. Garofalo





The Golden Boat

Who is this, steering close to the shore
Singing? I feel that she is someone I know.
The sails are filled wide, she gazes ahead,
Waves break helplessly against the boat each side.
I watch and feel I have seen her face before.

Oh to what foreign land do you sail?
Come to the bank and moor your boat for a while.
Go where you want to, give where you care to,
But come to the bank a moment, show your smile –
Take away my golden paddy when you sail.


A Lake And A Fairy Boat by Thomas Hood
A lake and a fairy boat
To sail in the moonlight clear, –
And merrily we would float
From the dragons that watch us here!

Thy gown should be snow-white silk
And strings of oriental pearls,
Like gossamers dipped in milk,
Should twine with thy raven curls!

Red rubies should deck thy hands,
And diamonds should be thy dower –
But fairies have broke their wands,
And wishing has lost its power!

Quotes from Movies: Julia
Old paint on canvas – as it ages – sometimes becomes transparent. When that happens, it is possible, in some pictures, to see the original lines: a tree will show through a woman’s dress, a child makes way for a dog, a large boat is no longer on open sea. That is called pentimento because the painter ‘repented,’ changed his mind. Perhaps it would be as well to say that the old conception, replaced by a later choice, is a way of seeing and then seeing again.





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


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









2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate sitting doing nothing much. Lois said of Bill Wilson something to the effect that – Bill never ran when he could walk. Never walked when he could sit and never sat when he could lie.

Did some of his best work when he was lying down so he did or sitting at a wee table. So Mebbe we will SIT awhile. There’s a lot in SITTING.

Izzy and John Sebastian say – I’M JUST SITTIN’ HERE LOVIN’ YOU.



But I say unto you,
Take this staff just as a staff;
Movement is movement;
Sitting is sitting,
but don’t wobble
under any circumstances!
My staff has turned into a dragon
and swallowed up the whole world.
Where are the poor mountains and rivers and great earth now?

– Yun-men Wen-yen, (Ummon), 864-949
Translated by R. H. Blyth
Found in Zen and Zen Classics: Selections, p. 252
Edited by Frederick Franck

Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you’re just sitting still?
Henry George

Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.
Michel de Montaigne

I was thrown out of university for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.

Just sitting quiety, doing nothing,
Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.
– Zenrin poem

I’d rather be riding my motorcycle thinking about God than sitting in church thinking about my motorcycle.
– Anonymous

Rudyard Kipling:

Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing: — “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade.

Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.”~Hunkesni (Sitting Bull), Hunkpapa Sioux

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