SO awesome – you have no idea

June 5, 2012 at 9:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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“I am awesome beyond all human understanding!!!”

I’m thinking that should be my new personal catch phrase. It’s less offensive than my old favorite (to be said with a cocked head, an Elvis snarl, and hands like cocked guns) “Suck It.”.

Anyone else out there have a favorite catch phrase? For a while I favored the Princess Bride line, “As you wishhh”. But that just seemed so servitude-ish. As it is, whenever I hear someone say the words, “It’s possible”, I can’t help myself….I’m COMPELLED to say “PIG!”. If you’re from my generation and (sadly) can say all the lines in Princess Bride along with the characters, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

The generation before mine was all about Caddyshack (never seen more than commercials for it featuring golfers and a gopher puppet peeking out of the ground) or Animal House (another one I’ve never seen. Now Airplane was a movie chock full of quotable lines….(First person: “What do you make of it?” Second person: “Well, i could make a hat, a pterodactyl, a brooch…”) or the priceless, “Boy, I sure picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.”

Overlapping and following my generation were quoters of Napoleon Dynomite. Seems like there are some other quotable movies like that but I can’t think of them at the moment. Maybe after I’ve reached my prescribed caffeine intake, it will come to me. In the meantime, can you drop me a comment and let me know the movies I’ve missed quoting from?


-Lady Blah Blah


So….Begin. Yes, Again.

October 19, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Posted in quotes | Leave a comment
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Today I’m thinking about how scary endings are. Life is constantly full of blind turns and crests and precipices that you cannot see beyond. A lot of times it looks like the road is dropping off into a chasm just up ahead. But sometimes, when you get to it… just curved a bit so it was actually only out of sight. We worry so much about the future. The dark, scary unknown.

And when it is a true friend that is facing down the giant monster of a great unknown and unseeable future, it is somehow harder. Because you can’t drive their life for them. Only they can be behind the wheel. You can only watch from the sidelines and wave a flag here and there of encouragement, hoping to catch their eye. I even envy their opportunities to begin again, after their world has come crashing down around their ears. Being on the outside looking in, I can mentally skip over the soul crushing heartache that is still ringing in their ears and blocking out everything else. Because all I can focus on is that glittering, shining sunrise about to come up over their horizon…… and it makes me jealous. Just a teeny tiny bit jealous. But still….

But I digress… I was thinking about new beginnings….and I found a few quotes that I felt mirrored my mood of hope at those new beginnings….

And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.”

There is also, of course, the old cliche by Seneca: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Somehow, hearing it in a pop song on the radio every other day seems to nullify the ring of its truth. I hate that.

Here’s another I like:

“All glory comes from daring to begin.” -Eugene Ware

and a few more:

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” —  Carl Bard

“Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.” — Marsha Petrie Sue

“When there is a start to be made, don’t step over! Start where you are.”
— Edgar Cayce

And this one may be my absolute favorite at the moment:

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.

That will be the beginning.” — Louis L’Amour

people who need people….

September 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Posted in quotes | 1 Comment
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I thought this was a really beautiful thought and it sums up nicely the feeling I get when I am lonely. I feel disconnected from friends and family and the world in general. My thoughts turn dark and negative and selfish. (“the one isolating himself will seek his own selfish longing”) Very true. This is a more poetic expression of that same thought:

When we become isolated, we are prone to being damaged;
our minds lose their flexibility and natural kindness;
we become vulnerable to fear and negativity.
The sense of belonging keeps you in balance
amidst the inner and outer immensities.
The ancient and eternal values of human life –
truth, unity, goodness, justice, beauty, and love
are all statements of belonging;
they are also the secret intention
and dream of human longing.
~ John O’Donohue (Eternal Echoes)

Make My Bed?

May 4, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Posted in quotes | 1 Comment
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The first thing I do in the morning is to make my bed and while I am making up my bed I am making up my mind as to what kind of a day I am going to have. -- Robert Frost

I never make my bed. Ever.

Okay, that's not strictly true. When I know that people are for sure coming over and will also likely be coming upstairs, I kinda pull up the comforter up to the headboard and try to make things look sorta presentable. Sheets at least tucked in enough that they aren't hanging out too obviously.But on a regular day, I get out of the bed, stumble around, and kinda bumble through my day.

At night, I think about all the things I should do when I'm not so tired - the next day. Sure, TOMORROW I will clean up that cat puke. I will for sure finish washing ALL the dishes in the sink instead of just the ones we seem to be running out of. Tomorrow I will clean off my desk and find that rubberstamp that I need to start that next art project. Tomorrow, tomorrow.....

If I made my bed, maybe I would accomplish things in my day. Wow, my whole life might change.Is that reason enough to start making my bed? A sane, reasonable person would likely say yes. Yes, sure. Making my bed takes only two minutes. Surely two minutes is a small enough sacrifice for a fulfilled, accomplished life.

But I DON'T make my bed. I WON'T make my bed.Ever.

quote on my mind….

March 24, 2009 at 11:57 am | Posted in quotes | 1 Comment

Even though it seems like I am almost never ever alone…..

You cannot be lonely

if you like the person you're alone with.
 – Wayne Dyer (American Psychotherapist, Author)

Opportunity knocks….and then goes away

February 5, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Posted in quotes | Leave a comment
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Many do with opportunities as children do at the seashore;
they fill their little hands with sand,
and then let the grains fall through, one by one, till all are gone.
— Thomas Jones

As I’m going through piles (and boxes of piles) of old papers, I’m constantly finding papers scribbled with ideas for things I wanted to do or create. In some cases, there are multiple pages stapled together of challenges that I wanted to participate in…..the deadlines long since passed. Every time I pick up a new Somerset magazine, I see wonderful, creative things and recognize the names of artists whom I admire and chat with from time to time….and I get frustrated. They rock, clearly. But in addition to their talent, they also are organized enough to SUBMIT their work to magazines and books for publication.


I need to think clearly enough for long enough to get organized. Then I need to FOLLOW THRU. Sheesh, why is this so hard???


February 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Posted in quotes | 1 Comment

I was just over on the unclutter site. They have the coolest ideas for ways to deal with clutter and areas that seem to get cluttered awfully quickly (including, sometimes, your brain) and they also had some links to support organizations for people who have trouble with clutter or hoarding. Interesting reading. Following the links around I stumbled across some really great quotes:

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

 – George Bernard Shaw

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

— Dr. Suess

My inner critic is bad enough…when i get the negative people backing it up, it's almost too much to handle….

"Think you can't change the world?
Too late, you already have. It was changed for the better the minute you were born. There are more people than you can imagine who will never be the same because they came in contact with you,
if only for a fleeting moment."
— Gail Purcell Elliott


January 18, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Posted in quotes | Leave a comment

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It seems that I am constantly in search of that one friend who will inspire me to try harder, delve deeper, and appreciate what I find therein. Although, to find that person, I really need to work harder at BEING that person.

Which is a tall order, indeed.

Be more daring….

January 13, 2009 at 10:57 am | Posted in quotes | 1 Comment
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To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily.

Not to dare is to lose oneself.

— Soren Kierkegaard

Everytime I sit down to write an article or a blog post or to stare at a blank canvas, I am afraid. Afraid that the ideas may not come, afraid that I will be disappointed in the end result, afraid that I will waste the supplies and wish that I had them to use later….

And yet, if I do not dare….there are no blog posts, no articles written (no $$ !), and bare walls because there are no canvas pieces to fill them….and worse than that, no reflection of who I am inside….the side that no one else will ever see if I do not dare to create. That is truly losing oneself.

(here is a link to the site I write articles for: )


January 13, 2009 at 12:08 am | Posted in quotes | Leave a comment

To attain knowledge, add things every day.

To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

— Lao Tzu

This was certainly solve my clutter problem….

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