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Excerpt | A Love Letter

"I just don't know how to write a love letter. what can you say to a girl that shows you really like her?"
"How about, enclosed please find a cookie?"

Schulz, C. M. (2005) The Complete Peanuts, vol. 3: 1955-1956

Fundamentals | Tie A Knot

When you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.

Theodore Roosevelt

Excerpt | Shining Stars

"it was a star," mrs. whatsit said sadly.
"a star giving up its life in battle with the thing. it won, oh, yes, my children, it won. but it lost its life in the winning."

"itt iss eevill..."
"what is going to happen?"
"wee wwill cconnttinnue tto ffightt!"...
"and we're not alone, you know, children," came mrs. whatsit, the comforter. "...some of the best fighters have come from your own planet..."
"who have our fighters been?" calvin asked.
"oh, you must know them, dear," mrs. whatsit said. mrs. who's spectacles shone out at them triumphantly.
"and the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

suddenly there was a great burst of light through the darkness. the light spread out and where it touched the darkness the darkness disappeared. the light spread until the patch of dark thing had vanished, and there was only a gentle shining, and through the shining came the stars, clear and pure.

l'engle, m. (1962) a wrinkle in time

Excerpt | AS I AM.

as i am. all or not at all. 

joyce, j. (1922) ulysses

Excerpt | If The Others

heard me talking out loud they would think that i am crazy. but since i am not, i do not care.


hemingway, e. (1996) the old man and the sea.

Excerpt | History of Irish Linen Part VII

in 1913 a list of the largest firms in the irish linen industry, published in a trade directory by john warral ltd, showed the york street flax spinning co ltd, the company founded by the mulhollands, as the largest spinning and weaving concern with 63,000 spindles and a thousand looms. j. & t.m.greeves was the largest spinning company with 70,000 spindles. milfort weavers with factories in belfast and dunmurry were the largest weaving concerns in ulster with 1000 looms. the industry generally remained prosperous, up to the first world war. as a result of that war, production reached a new peak with the need for materials for uniforms and coverings for aircraft wings and fuselages.

however, after the war, in common with cotton, linen manufacture entered a slow process of decline. 

... to be cont.

colins, p. (1994) history of irish linen.

Excerpt | History of Irish Linen Part IV

while the lagan valley became the main area of linen production, purpose built mill villages were important in other areas. the earliest of these was barbour's plantation built near lisburn in 1784. others included f.w.hayes' mill and village at seapatrick near banbridge; upperlands, mossley, muckamore, shrigley, drumaness, milford, and edenderry. dunbarton at gilford was built in the 1820s by dunbar mcmaster and company. donaghcloney was the home of william liddell and co. in all of these, with the exception of gilford, there had been some spinning or weaving in existence. they were little self-contained industrial communities, in many respects resembling the american company town. the employers planned the villages with well-designed housing, schools, libraries, community centres and plenty of recreational activities, especially cricket. this contrasted favourably with the lot of many industrial workers in the larger urban centres. 

... to be cont.

colins, p. (1994) history of irish linen.

Excerpt | History of Irish Linen Part III

cotton, the principal textile in the british isles, was supplanted in ulster by linen, early in the last century, as a result of inventions which allowed wet spinning of fine linen yarns and powerloom weaving. 
a catalyst to the introduction of these new processes was the accidental burning down of the mulholland brothers cotton weaving factory in belfast in the 1820s. 
In rebuilding, they decided to make the switch to linen and such was their success tha tmany other manufacturers followed suit. this led to the growth of a huge number of linen spinning mills in and around belfast.
the temporary unavailability of cotton, during the american civil war, led to a big demand for linen in the 1850s and 1860s, which was to persist. the number of mills in belfast grew from one in 1831 to thirty two in 1861. this was mirrored in other towns such as lisburn, banbridge and lurgan, and mill villages such as waringstown, bessbrook and sion mills.

... to be cont.

colins, p. (1994) history of irish linen


one day, brackett and i were called in to see lubitsch. he told us he was thinking vaguely about doing an adaptation of a french play about a millionaire - a very straightforward law-abiding guy, who would never have an affair with a woman unless he was married to her. so he married seven times!

that would be gary cooper. claudette colbert was to be the woman who was in love with him, who’d insist "i will marry you, but only to be the final wife.” as the meeting was being adjourned, i said, i have a meet-cute for your story (a “meet-cute” was a staple of romantic comedies back then, where boy meets girl in a particular way, and sparks fly) let’s say your millionaire is an american who is very stingy. he goes to a department store in nice on the french riviera where he wants to buy a pajama top, but just the top, because he never wears the pants. she has come to the same counter to buy pajamas for her father, who as it happens only wears the pants. that broke the ice, and we were put to work on that picture, which became bluebeard's eighth wife.

lubitsch, of course, would always find a way to make something better. he put another twist on that meeting. brackett and i were at lubitsch's house working, when during a break he emerged from the bathroom and said, what if when gary cooper comes in to the store to buy the pajama top, the salesman gets the floor manager, and cooper again explains he only wants to buy the top. the floor manager says, absolutely not, but when he sees cooper will not be stopped, the floor manager says, maybe i could talk to the store manager. the store manager says, that's unheard of! but ends up calling the department store's owner, whom he disturbs in bed. we see the owner in a close shot go to get the phone. he says, it's an outrage! and as the owner goes back to his bed you see that he doesn't wear pajama pants either.


linville, j. (1996) "billy wilder, the art of screenwriting no.1", the paris review, no.138, spring

Excerpt | Who Are Your Friends

think of all the people with whom you interact during the course of a day, week, month and year... and then ask yourself who among them are your friends, your true friends. recent research indicates that only about half of perceived friendships are mutual. that is, someone you think is your friend might not be so keen on you.

..."friendship is difficult to describe," said alexander nehamas, a professor of philosophy at princeton, "it's easier to say what friendship is not, and foremost, it is not instrumental." it is not a means to obtain higher status, wangle an invitation to someone's vacation home or simply escape your own boredom. rather, mr nehamas said, friendship is more like beauty or art, which kindles something deep within us and is "appreciated for its own sake."

"treating friends like investments or commodities is anathema to the whole idea of friendship," said ronal sharp, a professor of english at vassar college, who teaches a course on the literature of friendship. "it's not about what someone can do for you, it's who and what the two of you become in each other's presence."

“the notion of doing nothing but spending time in each other’s company has, in a way, become a lost art,” replaced by volleys of texts and tweets, mr. sharp said. “people are so eager to maximize efficiency of relationships that they have lost touch with what it is to be a friend.”
by his definition, friends are people you take the time to understand and allow to understand you.

such boasting implies they have soul mates to spare in a culture where we are taught that leaning on someone is a sign of weakness and power is not letting others affect you. but friendship requires the vulnerability of caring as well as revealing things about yourself that don’t match the polished image in your facebook profile or instagram feed, said mr. nehamas at princeton. trusting that your bond will continue, and might even be strengthened, despite your shortcomings and inevitable misfortunes, he said, is a risk many aren’t willing to take. according to medical experts, playing it safe by engaging in shallow, unfulfilling or nonreciprocal relationships has physical repercussions. 

so it's worth identifying who among the many people you encounter in your life are truly friends. who makes time for you? whose company enlivens, enriches and maybe even humbles you? whom would you miss? who would miss you? while there is no easy or agreed upon definition, what friendships have in common is that they shape us and create other dimensions through which to see the world. this can be for better or worse depending on whom we choose as friends. as the saying goes, "show me your friends and i will show you who you are."


murphy, k. (2016), nytimes, do your friends actually like you?

full article 

Excerpt | Into The Mystic

we were born before the wind
also younger than the sun
ere the bonnie boat was won
as we sailed into the mystic

hark, now hear the sailors cry
smell the sea and feel the sky
let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

and when that fog horn blows
i will be coming home
and when that fog horn blows
i wanna hear it, i don't have to fear it

and i wanna rock your gypsy soul
just like way back in the days of old
then magnificently we will float into the mystic

when that fog horn blows
you know i will be coming home
and when that fog horn whistle blows
i gotta hear it, i don't have to fear it

and i wanna rock your gypsy soul
just like way back in the days of old
and together we will float into the mystic

van morrison. 1970

Excerpt | Sewers

among the different urban infrastructures, sewers are the most enigmatic. nobody exactly knows their layout and appearance, and people ignore how they function, even if modern sewers have been in use since the second half of the nineteenth century. sewers are perceived as something inaccessible, chaotic, a dangerous tool for waste management. this perception is due to the fact that people don't see the flow of the water anymore; they only imagine the foul and dangerous materials flowing through these artificial veins.

maria chiara pastore

Excerpt | The Day The Universe Change

man, with his new geometrical tool, was the measure of all things. the world was now available to standardisation. everything could be related to the same scale and described in terms of mathematical function instead of merely its philosophical quality...

if man were the measure of all things, then all things must surely be related to the measure of mean: his experiences, his observations, his points of view.

james burke

Excerpt | Advice From Dionysus

dig yourself a ditch, six
feet deep, and bury everything that you've ever
said, everything that you've never
meant, and everything that has
burned you and left you with nothing
but what's

moon, s. (2013) the anatomy of being.

Excerpt | The Thing About December

a few girls acting like they were disgusted with the cool lads but you could tell they weren't, really,
and a couple of nervous-looking spastics standing to the side,
like bits of auld watery broccoli beside a plate of steak and chips

ryan, d. (2013) the thing about december.

Excerpt | A Sermon

The Seven Social Sins are:

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.

A sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.

Excerpt | Rodney Dangerfield

I came from a real tough neighbourhood.
Once a guy pulled a knife on me. I knew he wasn't a professional, the knife had butter on it.

Fundamentals | Aristotle

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Excerpt | Socrates

I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.

Excerpt | Darkness

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.

Mary Oliver