Don’t Hide The Madness

Allen Ginsberg Quotes

“The weight of the world is love.
Under the burden of solitude,
under the burden of dissatisfaction,
the weight we carry is love.”

“I saw the best minds of my generation who threw their watches off the roof to cast their ballot for Eternity outside of Time, and alarm clocks fell on their heads every day for the next decade.”

“I have no other possessions of value but my soul.”

“Every American wants MORE MORE of the world and why not, you only live once. But the mistake made in America is persons accumulate more more dead matter, machinery, possessions & rugs & fact information at the expense of what really counts as more: feeling, good feeling, sex feeling, tenderness feeling, mutual feeling. You own twice as much rug if you’re twice as aware of the rug.”

“Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.”

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world.”

“What if someone gave a war and Nobody came?”

“I have been wrathful all my life, angry against my father and all others. My wrath must end. All my images now are of heaven.”

“Our heads are round so thought can change direction”

“We’re all golden sunflowers inside.”

“Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don’t care who’s listening.”

All quotes & poems by Allen Ginsberg


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Leonardo Drew is Amazing

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Number 69S, 2019 by Leonardo Drew

There was a video I wanted to share with you. But I wasn’t able to embed it in the blog. You’ll have to CLICK HERE to watch it. It’s so good! You’re gonna love it. Leonardo Drew’s work will blow you away. You’ve got to see him in his art studio, explaining his process.


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Love’s Strange Emancipating Power

“There are two ways to simplify your life.

One way is eliminating the things from your life that don’t really matter, until you are left with what you need.

This is the rational way to proceed, and it works. Experts and practitioners speak of it with authority. There are steps to take and things to accomplish and ideas to exchange. You can really get somewhere this way.

The other way is the art of filling your life with what you love most in the world. Love has a strange emancipating power that lets everything else fall away.

Your heart allows you to sense this mysterious force. In some way, Love has the power to displace many things.”

Text & photography from RowdyKittens

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Critique By Creating


“The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.”

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

“What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?”

“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”

“How wrong are those simpletons, of whom the world is full, who look more at color than at the figures which show spirit and movement.”

“What do you despise? By this you are truly known.”

“Ancora Imparo.” (Yet I am learning.)

“Patience is eternal genius.”

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”

“I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.”

“If I am more alive because love burns and chars me,
as a fire, given wood or wind, feels new elation,
it’s that he who lays me low is my salvation,
and invigorates the more, the more he scars me.”

“I live and love in God’s peculiar light.”

“My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness.”

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”

“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.”

“Critique by creating.”

All quotes and poems by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Portrait of Michelangelo by Baccio Bandinelli 1522

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To Honor and Protect

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The Language of Empire 2010

Seeds of Our Ancestors 2014

Land Rights and Climate Change 2019

Water and Food Justice 2020

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Thoughts on Thanksgiving


I’ve shared my feelings about Thanksgiving many times over the years.
Here are several examples; 2012, 2014 and 2016.

I am all for giving thanks! Always. But Thanksgiving is a holiday I do not support.

My reasons are pretty simple.

46 million turkeys will be killed unnecessarily, for ONE day of indulgence, in celebration of Thanksgiving. That’s just for the holiday. That doesn’t include the 245 million turkeys killed every year. In my opinion, that’s reason enough to not participate.

Also, from a Native American perspective, the holiday is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Please read this post from the Native Hope website. It’s an important read.

In addition to that, animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, deforestation (look at the Amazon forest! disappearing for beef production), air pollution, habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, and more. Anyone that is concerned about climate change and the environmental crisis we all face, needs to seriously look at their diet. The U.S. population can’t continue to eat like this. The exploitation of animals is literally killing us (and the world as we know it).


This is NOT to say; don’t give thanks, don’t celebrate abundance, don’t honor friends and family.

It’s to say, YES! Do all of those things.

All of that is wonderful and important — but please don’t do it at the expense of other living beings and the planet. Let’s find new ways to celebrate. Let’s be creative!

Sponsor a rescued turkey:
Farm Sanctuary
Woodstock Sanctuary
Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary

Donate to Native Americans:
Indigenous Environmental Network
Warrior Women
First Nations covid-19 response fund
Red Hawk Council
Native American Rights Fund

Eat compassionate “meat”:
Impossible Foods
Beyond Meat
Field Roast

Every day is an opportunity for us to be more aware; more compassionate, more loving, more responsible. It’s an ongoing practice.

Wishing everyone a fabulous Giving Thanks holiday!

I love you. I’m grateful for you!

Thanks for letting me say what’s on my heart.



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The Art of Living

S N Goenka vipassana meditation

“The only conversion involved in Vipassana is from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation.”

“The first step toward emerging from suffering is to accept the reality of it, not as a philosophical concept or an article of faith, but as a fact of existence which affects each one of us in our lives.”

“Real wisdom is recognizing and accepting that every experience is impermanent. With this insight you will not be overwhelmed by ups and downs. And when you are able to maintain an inner balance, you can choose to act in ways that will create happiness for you and for others. Living each moment happily with an equanimous mind, you will surely progress toward the ultimate goal of liberation from all suffering.”

“Rather than converting people from one organized religion to another organized religion, we should try to convert people from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation, and from cruelty to compassion.”

“Remaining in ignorance is harmful for everyone; developing wisdom is good for everyone… One must become a good human being; otherwise one can never be a good Christian, a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Hindu, a good Buddhist. How to become a good human being —- that is most important.”

“To be truly religious we must develop the religious attitude: purity of heart, love and compassion for all. But our attachment to the external forms of religion leads us to give more importance to the letter of it than the spirit. We miss the essence of religion and therefore remain miserable.”

“Vipassana is the art of living. Not the art of escaping.”

“Learn to observe objectively whatever is happening. If someone is angry and tries to hide his anger, to swallow it, then it’s suppression. But by observing the anger, you will find that automatically it passes away. You become free from the anger if you learn how to observe it objectively.”

“When a problem arises in daily life, take a few moments to observe your sensations with a balanced mind. When the mind is calm and balanced, whatever decision you make will be a good one. When the mind is unbalanced, any decision you make will be a reaction. You must learn to change the pattern of life from negative reaction to positive action.”

“You must not allow people to do wrong to you. Whenever someone does something wrong, he harms others and at the same time he harms himself. If you allow him to do wrong, you are encouraging him to do wrong. You must use all your strength to stop him, but with only good will, compassion, and sympathy for that person. But you cannot have good will for such a person unless your mind is calm and peaceful.”

“If there is no peace in the minds of individuals, how can there be peace in the world? Make peace in your own mind first.”

“The whole point of Vipassana is to decondition the mind so that one can live a happy life. A life full of love, compassion and good will for all.”

All quotes by S. N. Goenka

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All I can say is…


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