Impromptu Manifesto

words and more words.

killing time before time gets around to killing me.

wallace stegner

Writing is making sense of life.

Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Laureate (died 14 July 2014.  RIP)


Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five percent water.
And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes
you cannot even breathe deeply, and
the night sky is no home, and
you have cried yourself to sleep enough times
that you are down to your last two percent, but

nothing is infinite,
not even loss.

You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day
you are going to find yourself again.  

(via hoytemprano)

A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, thus heightening its meaning.
The city is like poetry.

E.B. White (on what makes a great city, in Here is New York)

(via the-beauty-of-words-blog)


Multitasking isn’t so cool.

This week in coolness: Want to look slimmer? Don’t wear neon.

The biggest challenges for universities: a prof's view - ›

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

How to Turn Dreams into Reality ›

1. Tell someone else what your hopes and dreams are - and what you plan on doing to get you there. Speaking out our plans and goals helps us commit to persevering.
2. Put it on your calendar and carve out some time to invest in your dreams – every day, if possible.
3. Start with something small so you don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s also motivating to see yourself succeed (and that becomes more likely if you start with baby steps.)
4. Leave reminders everywhere to motivate you to “keep going”.
5. When you feel like giving up – just stop and focus on “right now”. Doing that will stop you thinking up a whole book of excuses!

Find out who you are, and do it on purpose.

Dolly Parton