Puscifier // The Humbling River

“The Humbling River”

Nature, nurture heaven and home
Sum of all, and by them, driven
To conquer every mountain shown
But I’ve never crossed the river
Braved the forests, braved the stone
Braved the icy winds and fire
Braved and beat them on my own
Yet I’m helpless by the riverAngel, angel, what have I done?
I’ve faced the quakes, the wind, the fire
I’ve conquered country, crown, and throne
Why can’t I cross this river?Angel, angel, what have I done?
I’ve faced the quakes, the wind, the fire
I’ve conquered country, crown, and throne
Why can’t I cross this river? ...more

Dover Island, by Matthew Arnold 1822–1888

The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in. ...more

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind’s eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul ‘of man has come out of the brighter life, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light. ...more

Connecting the Dots

  • A line is a dot that went for a walk (author unknown)
  • Perhaps story is just data with a soul, (Brene Brown)
  • All models are flawed, some are useful (George E.P. Box)
  • We don’t tend to author stories about what we are experiencing, (it is difficult to describe new behavior with old language) rather we try to capture an experience once it begins to fade (Jung/Freud?)
  • Joy is written in the blank pages of history (Jeremy Rifkin)
  • His-story is an idea that takes us on a relationship journey
  • Mythology. Theology, Science, Technology (to be renamed in new language)


Quotable Quotes – some are inspirational, some are funny, and some are just plain bad.


Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child. -Ron WildWe do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. -Talmudic Saying

Friends: People who know you well, but like you anyway.

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.- William Kant

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. -Bertrand Russell

I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate. -Elbert Hubbard

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ...more