#26 Happiness Prescription

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“When in doubt or danger, run in circles, scream and shout.”
Dr. Lawrence J. Peter

This week’s posting is brief as I work to return to a mid-week update.  Thanks for staying tuned.  Comments appreciated.  I hope you enjoy the video.

Best,
Sandra

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#25 Tomorrow & Why People Are In Our Lives

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Life become real only when we begin to face and solve our own problems.
Until then, we only swim in circles.
-source unknown

Last year, after the hedges proved as wooden and hard to trim as oak, I hired a man who yanked them out like teeth. Determined to have low-maintenance and colorful yards, I dug up the grasses and planted perennial seeds, bulbs and baby plants.

I hesitate to call the re-growth of pre-existing yard flora a Battle of Wills. That implies intent of their part. As I prepare to weed the grasses infiltrating my flower beds, what is clear is that facing and solving problems may end the circles but are likely to create spirals … hopefully upward.

For the time being, I tell myself: Tomorrow will be better.

I wish the same for you.

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Language and The Man & When Dreams Seem a Million Miles Away

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“I absolutely demand of you and everyone I know that they be widely read in every damn field there is;
in every religion and every art form and
don’t tell me you haven’t got time!
There’s plenty of time. You need all of these cross-references. Y
ou never know when your head is going to use this fuel, this food for its purposes.”

–  Ray Bradbury

The following is excerpted from a lecture by John Ruskin on “The Relation of Art to Morals.”

Through this series that revisits 19th century authors, BriteLites invites discussion of topics that remain important to WordSmiths.

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According to Ruskin,

The chief vices of education have arisen from the one great fallacy of supposing that noble language is a communicable trick of grammar and accent, instead of simply the careful expression of right thought. All the virtues of language are, in their roots, moral; it becomes accurate if the speaker desires to be true; clear if he speaks with sympathy and a desire to be intelligible; power, if he has earnestness; pleasant, if he has sense of rhythm and order.  There are no other virtues of language producible by art than these.

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I take from this portion of Ruskin’s essay – presented almost 150 years ago – that heart-led writing will prove most effective.  One of the most memorable statements my agent made to me upon accepting my first novel was that she looked for people who put their hearts into their writing.  From her, I understood that skill and even talent were secondary to writing that had heart.  Interestingly, the etymology of “courage” is heart and innermost feelings.

I’d very much like for readers to post brief samples (100 words max) of writing that has heart.

If you’d like to read the entire Ruskin essay (or any of the others in the series), write me and send the title.

Happiness Secret & CP Windseeker Thrills (video)

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One secret to a happy life is giving back.
Justin Silver
Dogs in The City

According to my solar system poster, Earth zooms forward at 18.5 miles per SECOND.  That means our Earth ship travels at 1,100 miles a MINUTE.  Therefore, each of us sails through space at 66,360 miles per HOUR.  Whew!

Because we’re always heading back to where we were, why not make each round a return to something generous or kind or loving?  Then – perhaps and just maybe – as we blaze our shared trails out and away, we’ll be leaving good things that can both follow and await us.

Ride the sky (1:24 minute video):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9v_gIK9dzU

See Dogs in The City episode (44:02 minutes – charming & uplifting):
http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/tv/Dogs-in-the-City/176127/2255338087/Dogs-In-The-City—You-Can-Teach-Old-Dogs-New-Tricks/videos?cmpid=FCST_hero_showcase4block

Visit Sandra’s WordSmith Blog

This week: Simplicity in Art & Success = T+C (video)

PHOTO CREDITS
Original Image – Candace R Ford
PhotoEditing – Sandra Gould Ford

Simplicity is Art & Success=T+C (video)

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Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.
Mark Twain

The following is excerpted from Responsibilities of The Novelist published in 1903.

Through this series that revisits 19th century authors, BriteLites invites discussion of topics that remain important to WordSmiths.

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Once upon a time I had occasion to buy so uninteresting a thing as a silver soup-ladle. The salesman at the silversmith’s was obliging and for my inspection brought forth quite an array of ladles. But my purse was flaccid, anemic, and I must pick and choose with all the discrimination in the world.

I wanted to make a brave showing of my gift – to get a great deal for my money. I went through a world of soup-ladles – ladles with gilded bowls, with embossed handles, with chased arabesques, but there were none to my taste.

“Or perhaps,: says the salesman, “you would care to look at something like this,” and he brought out a ladle that was as plain and as unadorned as the unclouded sky – and about a beautiful.  Of all the others this was the most to my liking.  But the price! Ah, that anemic purse; and I must put it from me! It was nearly double the cost of any of the rest. And when I asked why, the salesman said:

“You see, in this highly ornamental ware the flaws of the material don’t show, and you can cover up a blowhole or the like by wreaths and beading.  But this plain ware has got to be the very best. Every defect is apparent.”

And there, if you please, is a conclusive comment upon the whole business – a final basis of comparison of all things whether commercial or artistic … .  We painters and poets and writers – artists – must labour with all the wits of us, all the strength of us, and with all that we have of ingenuity and perseverance to attain simplicity.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Library of Congress – National Book Festival – Washington, DC
September 22 & 23rd
http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

WORTH A LOOK = Time + Productivity (6-minute video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk56VxaeqEQ

Visit Sandra’s Blog – Art for Healing & High Achievement

www.SoulSongz.WordPress.com

Less Is More – R W Emerson

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All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud.
You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit.  Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rules of Rhetoric
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Less is More

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The following is excerpted from “Rules of Rhetoric,” part of an incomplete essay by Emerson titled “Art and Criticism.”

Through this series that revisits 19th century authors, BriteLites invites discussion of topics that remain important to WordSmiths today.

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 Rhetoric is compression, the science of omitting, which makes good the old verse of Hesiod, “Fools, they did not know that half was better than the whole.” The French have a neat phrase, that the secret of boring you is that of telling all, –“Le secret d’ennuyer est celui de tout dire”; which we translate short, “Touch and go.”

The silences, pauses, of an orator are as telling as his words. What the poet omits exalts every syllable that he writes. In good hands it will never become sterility. A good writer must convey the feeling of a flamboyant witness, and at the same time of chemic selection – as if in his densest period was no cramp, but room to turn a chariot and horses between his valid words. …

In Hindoo mythology, “Viswaharman” placed the sun on his lathe to grind off some of his effulgence … in archectecture the beauty is increased in the degree in which the material is safely diminished.

Resolute blotting rids you of all those phrases that sound like something and mean nothing.

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In this essay, Emerson reminds WordSmiths to leave spaces where reading can be done between the lines.

In The 47th Samurai, I particularly liked how author Stephen Hunter revealed that an experience in the United States had a pivotal influence on the anti-hero, but left that space for the reader to fill in.

What are some of your favorite examples? Your thoughts are welcomed

WORTH A lOOK

Check the Current

Art for Healing & High Achievement

Why Circles?

Breaking The Illusion of Limitation (video)