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  11. <title>Better Than Dead</title>
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  21. <title>Style</title>
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  24. <pubDate>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:02:40 +0000</pubDate>
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  32. <description><![CDATA[Random quote of the day: “Style results more from what a person is than from what he knows.” —E. B. White, The Paris Review, Issue 48, Fall 1969 Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Laurel and Hardy, Ariana [&#8230;]]]></description>
  33. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Random quote of the day:</strong></p>
  34. <p>“Style results more from what a person is than from what he knows.”</p>
  35. <p>—E. B. White, <em>The Paris Review, </em>Issue 48, Fall 1969</p>
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  43. <title>Hell</title>
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  46. <pubDate>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:41:41 +0000</pubDate>
  47. <dc:creator><![CDATA[PJ]]></dc:creator>
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  53. <description><![CDATA[Random quote of the day: “Each of us bears his own Hell.” —Virgil, Aeneid, Book VI, Line 743 Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Laurel and Hardy, Ariana Grande, or the Salvation Army Band. They do, however, sometimes [&#8230;]]]></description>
  54. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Random quote of the day:</strong></p>
  55. <p>“Each of us bears his own Hell.”</p>
  56. <p>—Virgil, <em>Aeneid, </em>Book VI, Line 743</p>
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  64. <title>Armistice</title>
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  67. <pubDate>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 22:55:29 +0000</pubDate>
  68. <dc:creator><![CDATA[PJ]]></dc:creator>
  69. <category><![CDATA[birthdays]]></category>
  70. <category><![CDATA[poetry]]></category>
  71. <category><![CDATA[remembrance]]></category>
  72. <category><![CDATA[war]]></category>
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  75. <description><![CDATA[Some of ya&#8217;ll have seen these before, but today is the day for it. &#160; Pixilated Round and round like a crystal spinning, my father&#8217;s stories stirred the magic behind my eyes. Pixilated—fairy-led—that&#8217;s what I was, entranced by his wit, a slave to my ears, learning the proper way to tell a proper story. Dad [&#8230;]]]></description>
  76. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Some of ya&#8217;ll have seen these before, but today is the day for it.</p>
  77. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  78. <p><strong>Pixilated</strong></p>
  79. <p>Round and round like a crystal spinning,<br />
  80. my father&#8217;s stories stirred<br />
  81. the magic behind my eyes.<br />
  82. Pixilated—fairy-led—that&#8217;s what I was,<br />
  83. entranced by his wit,<br />
  84. a slave to my ears, learning<br />
  85. the proper way to tell a proper story.</p>
  86. <p>Dad told many stories.<br />
  87. Some of them were even true.</p>
  88. <p>At seventeen, he lied about his age,<br />
  89. enlisted in the Army to fight the Kaiser:<br />
  90. World War I, the Big Show, the adventure,<br />
  91. to show the Evil Hun<br />
  92. Yankee what-for over there.</p>
  93. <p>“Saw action at Saint Mihel<br />
  94. and at the Ardogne Forest.”</p>
  95. <p>That&#8217;s the only story I have<br />
  96. of the charnel house he fought through—<br />
  97. from his discharge papers of 1919,<br />
  98. fresh from the convalescent hospital,<br />
  99. recovering from the poison gas he&#8217;d tasted.</p>
  100. <p>If I can hardly comprehend<br />
  101. that flesh of my flesh lived through<br />
  102. that ancient, distant conflict,<br />
  103. looking at me, I imagine,<br />
  104. he couldn&#8217;t quite fathom himself<br />
  105. that more than forty years on from that time,<br />
  106. he&#8217;d been given new life.</p>
  107. <p>Dad told many stories.<br />
  108. Some of them were even true.</p>
  109. <p>But he never spoke of that horror,<br />
  110. and when I queried of glorious battles,<br />
  111. as children like so much to do,<br />
  112. loquacious Dad broke into silence.<br />
  113. Shifting his eyes to the floor,<br />
  114. he’d mutter, “Enough, now.<br />
  115. You don&#8217;t want to hear about that.”</p>
  116. <p>He’d turn the stories neatly<br />
  117. to French m&#8217;amselles, especially one<br />
  118. whose father had a cafe in Paris;<br />
  119. to the time he was a cook<br />
  120. on a fishing boat out of Juneau<br />
  121. and the walls of water inside a gale<br />
  122. nearly sent them to the bottom;<br />
  123. or to the lightning strike which took out the boy<br />
  124. sitting next to him on a fence watching baseball . . .</p>
  125. <p>Years after he died I learned the truth<br />
  126. of 1918, that horrible year of mud and carnage<br />
  127. I’ll never truly understand,<br />
  128. though I’ve heard other men&#8217;s stories<br />
  129. of sacrificed youth at a bloody altar,<br />
  130. seen grainy black and white photos and films,<br />
  131. peering anxiously at each young Yank,<br />
  132. hoping to see, hoping not to see<br />
  133. the child who would become my father.</p>
  134. <p>Round and round swirled liquid in amber,<br />
  135. the whisky spinning in my father&#8217;s bottle,<br />
  136. hot on his lips, straight, no glass, burning<br />
  137. through to that space of not remembering.<br />
  138. Pixilated—demon-led—that&#8217;s what he was,<br />
  139. wandering a dark and lonely forest, mute,<br />
  140. trapped by his Celtic blood and all the blood<br />
  141. he&#8217;d seen, slave to memories which had no story.</p>
  142. <p>PJ Thompson</p>
  143. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  144. <p>And happy birthday, Auntie Maxine.</p>
  145. <p><strong>Maxine</strong></p>
  146. <p>Spring went screaming through the hills—<br />
  147. orange yellow green white purple—<br />
  148. dying to be noticed, all along the road<br />
  149. as we drove away from your sickbed.</p>
  150. <p>“Life gives us clichés,” I said.<br />
  151. But the harsh comfort of spring remained.</p>
  152. <p>The dark sky broke apart, the sun<br />
  153. muscled through, burning on the hills,<br />
  154. forcing on us the heartbreak of blue sky.</p>
  155. <p>I want to believe you are in that sky.<br />
  156. I do believe you are in that sky,<br />
  157. or laughing in the hills you loved,<br />
  158. bare toes trailing clouds of wildflowers.</p>
  159. <p>PJ Thompson</p>
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  165. <title>Booth to booth</title>
  166. <link>http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/?p=5075</link>
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  168. <pubDate>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:03:30 +0000</pubDate>
  169. <dc:creator><![CDATA[PJ]]></dc:creator>
  170. <category><![CDATA[heroes]]></category>
  171. <category><![CDATA[quote of the day]]></category>
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  174. <description><![CDATA[Random quote of the day: “The trouble with super heroes is what to do between phone booths.” —Ken Kesey, quoted by Wavy Gravy, The Telegraph, 6 November 2001 Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Laurel and Hardy, Ariana [&#8230;]]]></description>
  175. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Random quote of the day:</strong></p>
  176. <p>“The trouble with super heroes is what to do between phone booths.”</p>
  177. <p>—Ken Kesey, quoted by Wavy Gravy, <em>The Telegraph, </em>6 November 2001</p>
  178. <p><center><a href="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/booth4WP.jpeg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5076" src="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/booth4WP.jpeg" alt="" width="543" height="370" srcset="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/booth4WP.jpeg 543w, http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/booth4WP-300x204.jpeg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 543px) 100vw, 543px" /></a></center></p>
  179. <p><span style="color: #808080;">Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Laurel and Hardy, Ariana Grande, or the Salvation Army Band. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.</span></p>
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  185. <title>Liberation and liberty</title>
  186. <link>http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/?p=5073</link>
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  188. <pubDate>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 20:25:49 +0000</pubDate>
  189. <dc:creator><![CDATA[PJ]]></dc:creator>
  190. <category><![CDATA[liberty]]></category>
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  192. <category><![CDATA[the self]]></category>
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  195. <description><![CDATA[Random quote of the day: “It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.” —Jean Baudrillard, America Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Laurel and Hardy, Ariana Grande, or the [&#8230;]]]></description>
  196. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Random quote of the day:</strong></p>
  197. <p>“It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.”</p>
  198. <p>—Jean Baudrillard, <em>America</em></p>
  199. <p><center><a href="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@.jpeg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5074" src="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@.jpeg" alt="" width="542" height="369" srcset="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@.jpeg 542w, http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@-300x204.jpeg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 542px) 100vw, 542px" /></a></center></p>
  200. <p><span style="color: #808080;">Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Laurel and Hardy, Ariana Grande, or the Salvation Army Band. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.</span></p>
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  206. <title>The human heart</title>
  207. <link>http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/?p=5070</link>
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  209. <pubDate>Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:46:21 +0000</pubDate>
  210. <dc:creator><![CDATA[PJ]]></dc:creator>
  211. <category><![CDATA[hearts]]></category>
  212. <category><![CDATA[novels]]></category>
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  214. <category><![CDATA[writing]]></category>
  215.  
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  217. <description><![CDATA[Random quote of the day: “A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart.” —Julia Alvarez, interview, The Writer, Aug. 4, 2016 Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Laurel [&#8230;]]]></description>
  218. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Random quote of the day:</strong></p>
  219. <p>“A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart.”</p>
  220. <p>—Julia Alvarez, interview, <em>The Writer, </em>Aug. 4, 2016</p>
  221. <p><center><a href="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@.jpeg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5071" src="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@.jpeg" alt="" width="453" height="451" srcset="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@.jpeg 453w, http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@-150x150.jpeg 150w, http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@-300x300.jpeg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 453px) 100vw, 453px" /></a></center></p>
  222. <p><span style="color: #808080;">Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Laurel and Hardy, Ariana Grande, or the Salvation Army Band. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.</span></p>
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  228. <title>Escape</title>
  229. <link>http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/?p=5068</link>
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  231. <pubDate>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 18:06:01 +0000</pubDate>
  232. <dc:creator><![CDATA[PJ]]></dc:creator>
  233. <category><![CDATA[criticism]]></category>
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  236.  
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  238. <description><![CDATA[Random quote of the day: “To escape criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” —Elbert Hubbard (writing as Fra Elbertus), The Motto Book Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Laurel and Hardy, Ariana Grande, or the Salvation Army [&#8230;]]]></description>
  239. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Random quote of the day:</strong></p>
  240. <p>“To escape criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”</p>
  241. <p>—Elbert Hubbard (writing as Fra Elbertus), <em>The Motto Book</em></p>
  242. <p><center><a href="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@.jpeg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5069" src="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@.jpeg" alt="" width="555" height="376" srcset="http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@.jpeg 555w, http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/[email protected]@@-300x203.jpeg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 555px) 100vw, 555px" /></a></center></p>
  243. <p><span style="color: #808080;">Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Laurel and Hardy, Ariana Grande, or the Salvation Army Band. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.</span></p>
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  249. <title>All the time in the world</title>
  250. <link>http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/?p=5067</link>
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  252. <pubDate>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 22:45:40 +0000</pubDate>
  253. <dc:creator><![CDATA[PJ]]></dc:creator>
  254. <category><![CDATA[creativity]]></category>
  255. <category><![CDATA[growth]]></category>
  256. <category><![CDATA[process]]></category>
  257. <category><![CDATA[rebirth]]></category>
  258. <category><![CDATA[time]]></category>
  259. <category><![CDATA[what the living do]]></category>
  260.  
  261. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://www.pj-thompson.com/blog/?p=5067</guid>
  262. <description><![CDATA[It’s a funny thing about having all the time in the world: there still aren’t enough hours in the day. As of October 1, I am no longer a working woman. But after a lifetime of holding down a job it’s been surprisingly difficult to turn off the internal dictator who berates me regularly with [&#8230;]]]></description>
  263. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>It’s a funny thing about having all the time in the world: there still aren’t enough hours in the day.</p>
  264. <p>As of October 1, I am no longer a working woman. But after a lifetime of holding down a job it’s been surprisingly difficult to turn off the internal dictator who berates me regularly with what I should be doing with my time. She doesn’t listen when I tell her that I’m allowed to do whatever I want. Her shoulds revolve around both working on the house and creative work and it’s a never-ending cycle of guilt.</p>
  265. <p>As a friend pointed out, it’s only been a month. I need time to depressurize from what was frankly a difficult few years of forcing myself to get up and go to work when I felt lousy. I was so completely drained of energy that my Saturdays were usually a full body collapse and Sundays the only day of the week when I could accomplish anything. Now I have a whole week of weekends. At first, I did the full body collapse and it was difficult to get over the feeling that I was on a prolonged vacation and would have to return to the unbearable slog eventually. I’m just now <em>beginning</em> to get over that feeling, but I’m still not completely there yet.</p>
  266. <p>I’ve utterly reset my body clock to my natural state of being up until the wee small hours and sleeping in late and I’m finally to the point of not needing 11-12 hours of sleep a night. I’m getting by on a mere 9 hours now and hope to get back to a conventional 8. Curiously, the dictator has never berated me about that (well, hardly ever). Even she recognized that I desperately needed the rest.</p>
  267. <p>But as soon as I am out of bed, she starts with the shoulds. Clean this, write that, pick up this, finish that craft project, on and on and on.</p>
  268. <p>What she doesn’t realize, and what I’ve only recently realized on a conscious level myself, was that I needed to completely dismantle the old structure of my life. What worked then is not going to work now. Once that is thoroughly dismantled, I can start building it back up again from the ground floor. Structure and schedules are necessary things for any kind of productivity. But I have to rebuild them to match my new reality.</p>
  269. <p>Oh reality, you’re such a tricky bastard.</p>
  270. <p>Another friend of mine retired July 1 and we’ve had many discussions about this. Like me, when she first retired she berated herself on a regular basis for not using the luxury of time in a better fashion. Like me, she’d been longing for years to get back to a place where she had enough energy to do her creative work. Because she didn’t <em>immediately </em>jump into the fray and start doing, she sent herself many hate messages. I’m happy to report her creative life has come back online—but it took a while of not doing anything, of stripping herself down and rebuilding herself to get that going.</p>
  271. <p>The thing about having all the time in the world is that it takes time to be able to use it well. It’s a <em>process</em> like anything else. Artists are supposed to understand about process, but sometimes we fool ourselves, or forget, or get locked into a way of doing things that no longer works for us. What nobody tells you (because it’s not a conspiracy of silence but something you have to discover on your own) is that every artist who wants to keep doing art will periodically have to reinvent themselves. And it’s not as if I didn’t know this! I’ve had to reinvent my reason for writing and doing art a couple of times in my life, and I had conveniently forgotten that birthing a new process is painful. (One does tend to gloss over the icky bits.)</p>
  272. <p>As my friend said, “There&#8217;s most likely growth going on subliminally that will manifest down the road.”</p>
  273. <p>Ah yes, the growth thing. It’s <em>so hard, </em>I whine.</p>
  274. <p>Being is becoming, as many a philosopher has pointed out. We are in a constant state of being until we be no more. That’s what the living do, taking it day by day, trying to build a productive life on the ash heap of illusion and ticking time. I don’t know why I thought having all the time in the world would make that any easier. Because, really, we don’t have all the time in the world. That is the biggest illusion of all. The trick is, I think, not to fear time running out so much that it freezes us in place or makes us set up panicky structures that don’t work for us.</p>
  275. <p>Being is becoming. Becoming is taking the time to find that golden thread that pulls us along our true path.</p>
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  281. <title>The Unknowable</title>
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  284. <pubDate>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:39:46 +0000</pubDate>
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  292. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Random quote of the day:</strong></p>
  293. <p>“Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nevertheless, calmly licking its chops.”</p>
  294. <p>—H. L. Mencken, <em>Minority Report</em></p>
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  302. <title>Hostility</title>
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  305. <pubDate>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 19:33:01 +0000</pubDate>
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  312. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Random quote of the day:</strong></p>
  313. <p>“Abatement of the hostility of one’s enemies must never be thought to signify they have been won over. It only means that one has ceased to constitute a threat.”</p>
  314. <p>—Quentin Crisp, <em>The Naked Civil Servant</em></p>
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