Saturday, October 24, 2009

Are You Tending to the
Weeds or the Flowers?

'Gloom we have always with us, a rank and sturdy weed, but joy requires tending.'
--Author and writer Barbara Holland. You can learn more about her at her website. Given the long conversation touched off by our previous post, we couldn't help noticing that she says she "started out in poetry...but converted to prose when faced with a living to earn." Anyway, please don't hesitate to send us your stories about gloom or joy. Who knows? Maybe some stray comment from another reader will inject you with an unexpected dose of the latter.

4 Comments:

At 10:55 PM, Anonymous Mike Q said...

On the other hand, you could be National Review columnist John Derbyshire, who laments that conservatives lost their traditional pessissism, allowing too many to be seduced by promises of hope and change, and Barack Obama to win the White House. He was on C-Span's Book TV schedule this weekend. Thankfully, I missed that one.

 
At 11:23 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Right, Derbyshire. Obama got elected because conservatives were seduced by Obama, not because your idiot president Bush nearly ruined the country and even the world over his two terms. These deluded clowns don't really deserve to be treated like adults. Just pat them on the head and tell them to go out and play while the adults stay inside to talk.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

Or from a more Zen direction:

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered." —Ralph Waldo Emerson



"In Zen they say:

If something is boring after two
minutes,
try it
for four.
If
still boring,
try
it for eight,

sixteen,


thirty-two,


and so on.



Eventually one discovers that it’s not
boring at all
but very interesting."

—John Cage, Indeterminacy

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Nice.

 

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