"Everyone is aware that the most popular approaches to this undertaking are inspirational ones–Wayne Dyer, Eckhardt Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, John Bradshaw to name a few. In these approaches, the recipient listens to a colorful speech or reads a book and feels his or her outlook on life has really changed. Now I am sure that these speakers help people and say many true and profound things. But largely this is just a transference cure through identification with someone who acts out the image of ‘having it really together.’ And the image of having it really together is put across with a flow of truisms.”
“Raisins may be the best part of a cake; but a bag of raisins is not better than a cake; and someone who is in a position to give us a bag full of raisins still can’t bake a cake with them, let alone do something better. A cake — that isn’t as it were: thinned-out raisins.”—Wittgenstein
"We were standing in his garden one summer morning, where he was showing me his prize winning hollyhocks and sweet peas, when – apropos of what I do not know – he said, "It all goes by so fast."
Something like that anyway, about how you think you have all this time, and then it all runs out. In his case, at this moment, he was right. He had retired from the mines about a year earlier and would die of a heart attack within another year or two – meaning that in his adult life not much more than a couple of years were spent continuously above ground, in the wind and the possibility of sunlight.
He was dying right in front of me, in other words a once strong and vital man, left old and baffled but within the transient carnival of flowers, and only the hills, gray and ruined by Butte’s smelters, would keep on going as they were.”
On foot I had to walk through the solar systems until I found the first thread of my red dress. Already, I sense myself. Somewhere in space hangs my heart, sparks fly from it, shaking the air, to other reckless hearts.