“If life is to continue, one cannot linger for ever in a state of oceanic tranquility. […] man’s adaptation to the world is the result, paradoxically, of not being perfectly adjusted to the environment, of not being in a state of psychological equilibrium.”
— Anthony Storr
  • Them: "I keep getting these rashes."
  • Me: "Are you looking at what you eat?"
  • Them: "Okay, hippie."

#newaddition (And quite possibly my greatest flea market find ever).

“I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry. It’s all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenedhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born.”
— ― Jack Kerouac, The Portable Jack Kerouac

Revised Top Ten Films:

1. The Last of The Mohicans
2. Die Hard
3. A Bittersweet Life / Dalkomhan insaeng
4. Network
5. Infernal Affairs / Mou gaan dou
6. Election / Hak se wui
7. Dog Day Afternoon
8. Face (1997 film)
9. Layer Cake
10. Lone Star

So, in my foray into ‘chick lit’ (and I completely understand I’m not the audience, though I’m closer to it than you probably think), all I can say is that if this is how and where young women get their rationalization for their outlook on life, well…universe help us. Twilight can’t be worse than these. Can it?
(Brooklyn Girls, Citizen Girl, The Nanny Diaries)

Sunday Morning, Hazen Road, Mansfield Township, NJ (Pheasant Game Farm in BG)