June 28, 2006

"variety gardener"


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A reader forwards a quote encountered in Keith Ferrazzi’s book, “Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets To Success, One Relationship At A Time.” The words are those of author and English historian George Burton Adams:

“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”

Why would a tinsquo enthusiast be sending this to me? Well, beyond its own intrinsic worth, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect description of the philosophic underpinnings to The Thank You Project. Thanks for making the connections out there.

Posted by mark at 06:03 PM

June 25, 2006

"itinerant semblance"


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Some things the eye registers in a fraction of a fraction of a second, while others have remained unseen for the entirety of the human experience, until now.

Posted by mark at 01:09 AM

June 16, 2006



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Yes, yes, yes! Happy Bloomsday. Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the day recounted in James Joyce’s Ulysses.

In celebration of spirited reverie, enjoy this episode of the syndicated radio show “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” It elucidates the pragmatic power of optimism. The program features Rob Brezny prescribing “pronoia” and presents Danny Wallace, a man who has elevated Molly Bloom's soliloquy to a strategy for successful, event-full living: he just says “Yes.”

Posted by mark at 01:14 AM

June 10, 2006

Okapi: Forest Giraffe

Once, a cohort and I set out on an enormous quest - a journey that entailed aspiring to encounter an Okapi in its domain - in wild nature. With little but wits and trust, we pursued a course for the Virunga Mountains straddling Uganda, Rwanda and the former Zaire, rising in the heart of Africa. Nothing was left in reserve.

That was 1993.

In the wilds of the internet today, that quest was realized - and in no small way; the noble creature has returned from apparent extinction to make it so.

Posted by mark at 03:07 AM

June 07, 2006

"tender mutineer"


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Posted by mark at 03:19 PM

June 01, 2006

May's Acrylic Palettes


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