“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
–Hans Hofman
Zen to Go Compiled and Edited by Jon Winokur

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Love this photo, and the idea of disappearing “in the softness of stones.”

Haiku out of Africa

when I disappear ~ in the softness of the stones ~ harmonies unfold — © Lize Bard @ Haiku out of Africa

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If Plan A…

“If Plan A fails, remember you have 25 letters left.” — Anonymous

“Just keep going till you get there.” — Cristina White

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Let’s get physical

This is a terrific post from 50Forte, an affirmation and exhortation to be yourself in all circumstances and situations, and not to be cowed by others telling you what you/your body “should be.”

50 is the new forte

How many of you remember Allison Roe? Though her reign as a leading female distance runner in the early 1980s was brief, it was impressive. She won the Boston and NYC and Seoul marathons in 1981, and broke Mary Decker Slaney’s course record in the iconic Atlanta Peachtree (10K) road race the same year.

This despite the fact that Arthur Lydiard, a legendary distance runner and coach (Lydiard and Roe are both from New Zealand), didn’t believe Roe could be a good marathoner, because she was too big.

Here’s a picture of Allison Roe in 1981. Huge, isn’t she?

No. She looks incredibly fit and strong. In 1981, as a college freshman, I wanted her deltoids (still do). I also wanted her speed, and seeing an elite female distance runner with a slightly mesomorphic frame – which is the direction I always leaned when I was training – gave me…

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Never Doubt

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

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Massive Success

“The best revenge is massive success.”
— Frank Sinatra

How to defeat the Orange Knave?
Let’s have a massive success,
and the happiness
of a big blue tsunami wave.

Vote, vote, vote
for the Democrats
this Tuesday,
November 6th.

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Aim High

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir the blood…Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work.

— Daniel H. Burnham, American Architect and Urban Designer

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There, In Eternity

Pleased to tell you all that my poem There, In Eternity has been published for the first time in the Fall 2018 Issue 4 of the Willawaw Journal. The editor invited writers to address an author or character that had stayed with us. You can find this poem on page 6 under my full name, Cristina Luisa White, at

There, In Eternity

In the great beyond, that other world
where we must all begin
another life
I hope to meet George Simenon
and also Oscar Wilde.

It would be odd to see them both
in the same place, at the same time,
these men, so different
in manner and attire.

Georges, with his pipe,
like his Inspector Maigret,
in suit and tie, or open collar,
always honest, and direct.
And Oscar, ever-elegant,
the ready wit,
the cigarette
perfectly held, his wrist bent.

Gentlemen, I will say, welcome,
welcome to my table. Please, take a chair.
There’s bread and cheese,
there’s fruit and cake,
and refreshment
I thought you each might like.

For you, Monsieur Simenon, some calvados
and, of course, champagne for Mister Wilde.
As for me, I’ll light this slender joint,
the best maui zowie green,
and in this crystal glass I’ll mix
calvados and champagne.

What grace, this pleasure,
to while away the hours
with Simenon and Wilde, you,
who filled me to the brim,
my mind and heart and soul;
you left me awed and always glad
to have known you in your work.

Let’s drink to writers,
to women, men,
to love and life,
then let us hear that chime once more
and drink to language, music,
poets, poetry
and this poem
that brought you, and you, and me
together, here
in this circle of infinity.

To see this and other poems in the new issue of the Willawaw Journal, please follow this link:

Fine art and many fine writers to be found there. Enjoy!

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The Intuitive Mind

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
–Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein in 1921

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Maybe it’s because Labor Day is over. Maybe it’s because we’re heading into the weekend. Whatever the reason, here are some thoughts on work:

“I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”
— Jerome K. Jerome

“Every morning I wake up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.”
— Robert Orben

“Hard work pays off. I am so annoyed at my father for being right about that.”
— Lena Dunham

Charles Lamb, on being criticized for being late to work, replied, “But have you noticed I always leave early?”

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