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May 1, 2014

me, my soul, and i

Was shaken by the following quote, this morning:

“After a while the middle-aged person who lives in her head 
begins to talk to her soul, the kid.” 
— Anne Lamott

And so, inspired by Lamott’s words, I talked to my soul:

“Hey kid… stop trying so hard. Relax.
I LOVE YOU. Now let’s go out and PLAY.”
— Mudd Lavoie

P.S.: That’s me in the picture with Kitty, my first dog.
In 1954. I was 4.

Want to play with me?

August 7, 2013

Happy Jack Kerouac

A short but oh so very happy excerpt from The Dharma Bums — sure hope I get to meet and hang out with Jack Kerouac once I’m on “the other side.”

Jack Kerouac

“Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running—that’s the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach by the sigh of the sea out there, with the Ma-Wink fallopian virgin warm stars reflecting on the outer channel fluid belly waters. And if your cans are redhot and you can’t hold them in your hands, just use good old railroad gloves, that’s all. I let the food cool a little to enjoy more wine and my thoughts. I sat crosslegged in the sand and contemplated my life. Well, there, and what difference did it make?”

— Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

April 24, 2013

roll the dice… and go all the way!

For me, these days, it’s all about letting it roll

Monday, I posted a quote by Franz Kafka where he mentions being quiet and still and solitary… and having the world roll in ecstasy at your feet. Here now is Charles Bukowski’s take on life and how it rolls.

“Roll The Dice”
—Charles Bukowski

if you’re going to try, go all the
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,

isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, it’s
the only good fight
there is.

I do LOVE and miss good ol’ crazy Buk…

April 22, 2013

it will roll in ecstasy at your feet

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“You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

—Franz Kafka (from Senses)

 FEET drawing by MUDD LAVOIE