He’s so confused
he don’t now whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt.
~ Truvy (Steel Magnolias move)
New Year’s resolutions, one-word centering devices, themes, dreams and/or ideals may work for the stick to it sort lurking among us, but for the confused and discombobulated, like me, laundry wins — as it should, lest my people would be dirty or neked or neked and dirty. Dogs whine to be let out and scratch to be let in, the kid needs fed again and again, and I just do the next thing that needs doing…
leaving my resolutions and focal points to writhe about in the daily, diggety-dog dust.
Whilst such nefarious intents flip-flop, I tend to my chores and duties. But all is not lost to the everyday mundane – no sir, no ma’am. I break up the ho-hum, humdrum with words (reading, writing, speaking, teaching). And as a collector of such, really, as someone who chews the sounds (nouns or verbs, it matters not) and ponders slow the in-context meaning, and how they rock outta the box, I keep a tidy side stash of those that tickle my fancy.
Here are some of my favorites from articles, blog posts, poems, videos and movies. I’ve strung them together in a sorta word candy ladder. You’re welcome.
My view of the Circle Inn was from under round barstools and tabletops.
On tiptoe I could peer into the jukebox
and loved to watch vinyl discs roll, plop, and spin.
She sings off-key at the top of her lungs,
unabashed that she might not be what she ought to be, and I love her
for reminding me every day that life is in the living, not in the planning for it.
~ Kelly Sauer (blog post)
I’m not defined by who I am now,
I’m a small component of a million different pieces.
~ Jasmine Star (3. Jasmine Star video)
Joy sits, cross-legged at the end of the path,
twirling a piece of grass.
~ David Rupert (blog post)
The chains of bondage have been broken,
and they walk in the freedom of forgiven sin.
I have choices –
I can stay the course or I can change direction.
~ Jasmine Star (2. Love Your Story video)
You can either nurture and grow that potential,
or passively ignore it.
It’s a light snow
a hint of things to come.
~ Susan (blog post)
An ounce of pretentious
is worth a pound of manure.
~ Shelby (@ 22 minutes – Steel Magnolias movie)
I want to be famous to shuffling men
who smile while crossing streets,
sticky children in grocery lines,
famous as the one who smiled back.
I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,
but because it never forgot what it could do.
* These 2014 quotes weren’t all born last year… that’s just when I happened upon them, like a fork in the road. Or a spoon, maybe.