life: acoustic & amplified

poetry, quotes & thoughts about life

I may have truly found the secret

Hail Caesar!

Days so full of garlicky goodness!

church consists of two

speaking of things that matter eternally

laughter and silver patterns

Living beautifully matters much

I want a love with padding on it

Conversation concerning 71 years

of lusciously padded love stories

brings me loads of hope

talking about love and family,

about what matters most,

about how it’s good to be so lucky,

how everything has brought us right, right, here!

life here is special

Days are blessed

(Even tho the food is not always understandable,

we still enjoy every bite!

Maybe THAT’S the real, true, secret of life!!)

The water is a living personality with moods galore

we watch the colors change

tonights whitecaps are cold and complex

it’s been a beautiful, calm and restful day for the most part

She walks in beauty

even though it’s a strange

and sometimes confusing mix

of real and nonsensical

the cat sits on my head

the softest, most casual, of headgear I’ve ever worn

my feet are buried in white fur

the dogwood of the same color dances outside

life is full

we are full

sun sets bringing new colors to the blooming trees

night routines await right around the bend

luxurious yawns meets in the middle

Mixing with the warmth of the fireplace

all is calm

all is bright

shadows gathering in corners

the day falls soft at our patient feet

we slip gracefully into the fine night


Amy Lloyd

(Photo by Charles Cooper)

I don’t know if I’ve learned anything yet! I did learn how to have a happy home, but I consider myself fortunate in that regard because I could’ve rolled right by it. Everybody has a superficial side and a deep side, but this culture doesn’t place much value on depth — we don’t have shamans or soothsayers, and depth isn’t encouraged or understood. Surrounded by this shallow, glossy society we develop a shallow side, too, and we become attracted to fluff. That’s reflected in the fact that this culture sets up an addiction to romance based on insecurity — the uncertainty of whether or not you’re truly united with the object of your obsession is the rush people get hooked on. I’ve seen this pattern so much in myself and my friends and some people never get off that line.

But along with developing my superficial side, I always nurtured a deeper longing, so even when I was falling into the trap of that other kind of love, I was hip to what I was doing. I recently read an article in Esquire magazine called ‘The End of Sex,’ that said something that struck me as very true. It said: “If you want endless repetition, see a lot of different people. If you want infinite variety, stay with one.” What happens when you date is you run all your best moves and tell all your best stories — and in a way, that routine is a method for falling in love with yourself over and over.

You can’t do that with a longtime mate because he knows all that old material. With a long relationship, things die then are rekindled, and that shared process of rebirth deepens the love. It’s hard work, though, and a lot of people run at the first sign of trouble. You’re with this person, and suddenly you look like an asshole to them or they look like an asshole to you — it’s unpleasant, but if you can get through it you get closer and you learn a way of loving that’s different from the neurotic love enshrined in movies. It’s warmer and has more padding to it.

– Joni Mitchell

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