I don’t know whether to laugh or cry I don’t know, who, when, what or why Spent my days in endless frustration A victim of a worthless education Now I’m at school on the other side All the things I learned being applied And frustrated kids look up with empty eyes I don’t know whether to laugh or cry
The people who get on in theis world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw
Today I’m grateful for: Being able to share my abundant fruits with other people. The papaya is delicious but I can’t eat six of them! The best thing about today was: A quick ride along back roads and tracks to Bruno’s reminded me of times riding my motorbike in Dorset as a teenager. The green overhanging fauna down dirty muddy tracks and lanes. The smell of fresh oxygen mixed with distant smoky garden fires. I was transported, if only for a moment.
Passionfruit flowers Precede overabundance Jam jars are ready
Ripened or not so Papayas can be eaten Until sick of it
The rambutans red Are all infested with ants Inedible now
Avocado trees Why do you never give fruit? I want to smash you
My chillies just came It was a surprise to all Conditions perfect
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Today I’m grateful for: The cookie I ate at House with my lunchtime coffee. It wasn’t particularly tasty or big but somehow it staved off any afternoon hunger so I ended up only needing yoghurt for dinner. The best thing about today was: Being able to talk to different students on a more personal level about more serious topics such as behaviour and respect. Even with the difficulties we have in communicating I feel as if I have their confidence in some ways.
A Russian writer in a Dublin bar Took a metaphor way too far The idiot brother spent the day Conjuring up their words at play Newspeak made them more afraid And on the farm, a price was paid Conch holders soon made no sound As Alexandria’s library burned to the ground A plague, a joke, the man outside Tall tales of prejudice and pride Repeated and replaced with robots, I Struggle with two suns in the sky
Isn’t it conceivable a person wants to be a decent human being because that way he feels better.
I don’t want to go outside The rain spits knives at my blinking eyes Don’t want to be outside Angry ghosts stare at me in surprise I don’t want to see outside Evil awaits with sharpened knives Don’t take me to the outside Amongst the dead and zombied lives I don’t want to go outside The flashing neon against dull grey skies Don’t want to be outside To smell the carcass covered in flies I don’t want to see outside The monsters can’t get me in my bed Don’t take me to the outside Where the rats of paranoia invade my head
The day a child realises all adults are imperfect, he becomes and adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; and the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
Alden Nowlan, Selected Poems
Today I’m grateful for: Pushing myself to walk to Utopia in the morning and recognising the extra energy that gave me throughout the day. I got a lot done. The best thing about today was: Reading more Gormenghast. I’m loving the language and imagery and being introduced to all these weird and quirky characters. I’m enjoying it more than the first book in the series so far. There were lots of other good things today too mostly because I was in a good mood because of my morning walk and the sun being out again.
*Luxury requires the gathering Of many miseries and anxieties* Yet our well-being is right before us Living well has many varieties Using the gifts of nature Counts amongst the greatest things Once given up the chase Feel the contentment that it brings
We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers.
Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion
Today I’m grateful for: My old friend Jenny from Sydney contacting me and saying she will try and come and visit in October. I really appreciate the fact that she might consider doing that. The best thing about today was: A lazy late afternoon nap as a dull dark day of threatening clouds forced my tired eyes to rest.
It’s a very Japanese Day today Ohayo gozaimasu we learned to say Girls and boys dressed in cosplay Pretending their favourite anime
The greater part of the population is not very intelligent, dreads responsibility and desires nothing better than to be told what to do.
Today I’m grateful for: Spending a lot of time running around chatting and playing with students for the Japanese Day event. The best thing about today was: All the students having fun talking about boys, girls, boyfriends and girlfriends. They made me laugh a lot with their hopes, passion, shyness and insecurities. I try to teach the girls to be strong and the boys to be respectful.
Too many bananas, papayas and lychees I got passionfruits stacked up to my knees Chillies and pumpkin grown from spat-out seeds On every speck of dirt, even amongst the weeds Mulberries hang over the neighbour’s fences I pick his mangoes to save on expenses The land of plenty, these abundant times We can’t even eat all the goddamn limes
…our age cries out for the redeemer personality, the one who can emancipate himself from the grip of the collective ‘psychosis’ and save at least his own soul.
Carl Jung, Development of Personality
Today I’m grateful for: Making it through the day without too much stress despite feeling tired and dizzy. The best thing about today was: Was briefly talking and joking with Nong Cake. She is still a smart kid. She was preparing Thai and Japanese flags for Japan day tomorrow and I made a joke that the Thai flag was for Italy and she immediately understood and said that the Japanese flag was for Indonesia.
Eating belly jeans, listening to a bad salad Considering the plaster man My prubarb rye was wise prinning As only my bunch luffet can I was pit-nicking and nucking futs Going over to the sark died Sod rest her goal, it reamed so seal Now those birty dirds have flied
Humans have an infinite capacity for denying the truth.
Judge Death, 2000AD
Today I’m grateful for: Finding this app and to see if it is useful for me. I’ve been writing my gratitude journal on paper for 18 months or so and want to try a mobile app again.
We’re losing time at every turn Flowers fading, friendships burn Ten years gone away decayed Misremembered memories made These stretched-out days are gone No more excitements come along Familiarity, habits and tradition Time warped by their repetition
Knowledge is a dialogue and your idea and mine can refine each other towards the truth.