both sides, now

Tears and fears and feeling proud to say "I love you" right out loud, dreams and schemes and circus crowds: I've looked at life that way. Oh, but now old friends are acting strange, they shake their heads, they say I've changed. Well, something's lost but something's gained in living every day.
I've looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose, and still somehow it's life's illusions I recall: I really don't know life at all.


so long

"They say you die twice.
 Once when you stop breathing, 
and a second time, a bit later on, 
when somebody says your name 
for the last time"



As you set out for Ithaca,
hope the journey is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonnians and Cyclops,
and angry Poseidon - don't be afraid of them,
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonyans and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon - you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the journey is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time.
May you stop at Phoenician trading stations,
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind,
as many sensual perfumes as you can.
And may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaca always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way, 
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.

Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what there Ithaca meant.

Constantive P. Cavafy


Before Sunrise (1995)

"I believe that if there's any kind of God, it wouldn't be any of us. Not you, or me, but just this little space in between. If the'res any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know, it's almost impossible to succeed, but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt"



Hello 2013

I do not have superior intelligence or faultless looks.
I do not captivate a room or run a mile in under six minutes.
I only succeeded because I was still working 
after everyone else went to bed.
Greg Evans