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    “Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch...

    “Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be, like the reality of yesterday, an illusion tomorrow.”

    ― Luigi Pirandello
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    “There is in every one of us, even those who seem...

    “There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.”

    ― Plato, The Republic
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    Needs a thumb in the rear for someone like...

    Needs a thumb in the rear for someone like Pismire...

    Heh...
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    “THE FATHER: But don't you see that the whole...

    “THE FATHER: But don't you see that the whole trouble lies here? In words, words. Each one of us has within him a whole world of things, each man of us his own special world. And how can we ever come...
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    555... Women's Weekly... Can't wait that long,...

    555...
    Women's Weekly...
    Can't wait that long, in between...
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    the piercing chill I feel my dead wife's comb,...

    the piercing chill I feel
    my dead wife's comb, in our bedroom
    under my heel

    - Taniguchi Buson
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    Heh...What kinda salt?...And it might be...

    Heh...What kinda salt?...And it might be expensive to deliver to Canada...

    Roads are bad, now, too...

    But from near -30 C to a balmy -17 C I ain't complaining...
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    “. . .and every native has a story of winter –...

    “. . .and every native has a story of winter – stories that usually begin, You call this a storm? And grow in the telling like battle tales shared by graying war veterans. It’s a peculiar character...
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    If we can somewhat accept what we've heard, it...

    If we can somewhat accept what we've heard, it sure didn't take her long to get upset...It all looked fine 'til she got the ring...

    How long have they been married?...A week, now?...

    Heh...
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    555...A Thai version of that would be...

    555...A Thai version of that would be impossible...

    Wonder what they think of British culture, etcetera, when they see stuff like this?...
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    “Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures...

    “Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o'clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample...
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    Heh...

    Heh...
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    “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until...

    “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

    ― Plato
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    “It is lucky that it is not windy today. Strange,...

    “It is lucky that it is not windy today. Strange, how in some way one always has the impression of being fortunate, how some chance happening perhaps infinitesimal, stops us crossing the threshold...
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    Hope there's not another accident in a tunnel...

    Hope there's not another accident in a tunnel...
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    “They were both at such an age that they stood on...

    “They were both at such an age that they stood on a cusp. They could think in one part of their minds that their whole lives stretched out before them without boundary or limit. At the same time...
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    “The first peace, which is the most important, is...

    “The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they...
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    “When two people meet and fall in love, there's a...

    “When two people meet and fall in love, there's a sudden rush of magic. Magic is just naturally present then. We tend to feed on that gratuitous magic without striving to make any more. One day we...
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    “By the time it came to the edge of the Forest,...

    “By the time it came to the edge of the Forest, the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was...
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    “Perhaps we were looking strained in our manner,...

    “Perhaps we were looking strained in our manner, because I noticed we had attracted the attention of a little man who sat on a sofa not far off. I tried to outstare him and that was easy. He had a...
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    “I am quite a wise old bird, but I am no desert...

    “I am quite a wise old bird, but I am no desert hermit who can only prophesy when his guts are knotted with hunger. I am deep in the old man’s puzzle, trying to link the wisdom of the body with the...
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    “The man who makes everything that leads to...

    “The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly...
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    What to do in that room, one might wonder...

    What to do in that room, one might wonder...
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    “The hardest thing in the world is to assume the...

    “The hardest thing in the world is to assume the mood of a warrior,” he said. “It is of no use to be sad and complain and feel justified in doing so, believing that someone is always doing...
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    Happy New Year to all... It was a brilliant...

    Happy New Year to all...

    It was a brilliant sunny day here in the Republic of Western Canada...
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