RIP Ray Bradbury, The Illustrious Man

“The things that you do should be things that you love. And things that you love should be things that you do.”Ray Douglas Bradbury, (1920 – 2012)

RIP Maurice Sendak, The King of all Wild Things

We’ve educated children to think that spontaneity is inappropriate. Children are willing to expose themselves to experiences. We aren’t. Grownups always say they protect their children, but they’re really protecting themselves. Besides, you can’t protect children. They know everything.” – Maurice Sendak


Wandering Hero

“Wherever the hero may wander, whatever he may do, he is ever in the presence of his own essence – for he has the perfected eye to see. There is no separateness.”

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) – The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)


Here’s Looking at You, Kid.

To America! – Finally seeing Casablanca on the bigscreen tonight at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. Play it, Sam.  I’ll wear grey, you wear blue. Here’s looking at you, kid.

It’s Just a Ride

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are.

And the ride goes up and down and round and round.  It has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud.  And it’s fun (for awhile).

Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: ‘Is this real?  Or is this just a ride?’ And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, and they say, ‘Hey, don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because…this is just a ride.’

And WE…

…kill those people:

‘Shut him up. We have a lot invested in this ride, SHUT HIM UP!  Look at my furrows of worry.  Look at my big bank account, and my family.  This just has to be real.’

It’s just a ride.

But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever noticed that?  And let the demons run amok.  But it doesn’t matter, because…

It’s just a ride.  

And we can change it any time we want.  It’s only a choice.  No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money, a choice, right now…between fear and love.

The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off.  The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one.

Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride:

Take all that money we spend on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we can explore space, together…both inner and outer…forever…in peace.”

Bill Hicks (1961 – 1994)