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My answers

to serenejournal's survey follow. I was feeling inarticulate when I answered this, so I answered with selections from my quote file.

1. Tell about a really important piece of advice you received in the past.
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and (will) be lost....It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions....You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. --Martha Graham

2. Given all the money, happiness, and time you need, what would your typical day look like?
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. --Lin Yutang

3. Tell about a book that you keep returning to. What is so special about it?
But in reality he was a strange and complicated man who wrote a strange and sad book, whose complex of meanings we will likely never determine. -- Andrew O'Hehir on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in Salon

4. If you could have a conversation with one person tomorrow, and convince that one person of one thing, who/what would it be?
"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." -- Douglas Adams
(Guess who)

5. Is there a spot on your body that's not normally considered an erogenous zone, but it drives you crazy? What is it?
They try to say what you are, spiritual or sexual?
They wonder about Solomon and all his wives.
        In the body of the world, they say,  there is a soul
        and you are that.
But we have ways within each other
that will never be said by anyone. 
-- Rumi, tr. Coleman Barks


6. _______________ was the best $5.00 I ever spent. (Or, if you're not in the US, use an amount that's equivalent-ish -- there's a currency converter at http://www.xe.com/ucc/ )
Q: I understand you've raised money to support the Comic Legal Defense Fund. Why do you feel so strongly about the issues that it represents?
A: [...] The current total of countries in the world with First Amendments is one. You have guaranteed freedom of speech. [...] Coming from a country without this thing, I know what an amazing, miraculous, cool, brilliant thing it is. And I also know that it is something that can easily be eroded if it is not safeguarded, or patrolled.
-- Claire E. White and Neil Gaiman, in WRITERS WRITE
(http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/mar99/gaiman.htm)

7. Imagine you have to go to work every day, in an office, with people you like. What work are you likely to be doing? (I'm looking to avoid answers like "Staying home with my family," or "Finishing my novel while I websurf," etc.)
(1) The larger the box that they bring in... the smaller the bird. (Ever see a bushtit in a packing crate?)
(2) The converse is also true. (How about a heron in a shoe box?)
(3) A "baby red-tailed hawk" is ALWAYS a kestral. (Ok... nothing is ever always... once in awhile it is a robin.)
(4) "It has a broken wing and can't fly." (Next stop if you open that box...the skylights of the entry hall.)
(5) The more inappropriate the diet for that animal, the more likely that it has been fed that for the past four days.
(6) Every single human being who walks through our door with a broken, bleeding, orphaned, terrified, and often mis-identified wild creature has come there out of love.
-- "Rules For Interpreting Animal ID's by Laypeople," Julie Burkhart, California Wildlife Rehabilitator

8. Name a fictional character whose life seems like one you'd love. What is it about that life that attracts you?
The cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which men cannot see. He is the soul of antique Aegyptus, and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in Meroe and Ophir. He is the kin of the jungle's lords, and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks her language; but he is more ancient than the Sphinx, and remembers that which she hath forgotten. --H. P. Lovecraft

9. Name three things that help pull you out of a funk.
That's one of the things about film. You show people, there it is. You want a giant bug? There's your giant bug. You don't have to *explain* your giant bug. -- John Landis

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion, it is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning, it is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. -- Adam Haberlach

"Along the lines of getting a massage, taking a hot bubble bath, and swimming in a pool of warm, melted chocolate, can you give me some innovative ways that you pamper yourself?"
"Spend three hours flaming stupid people on the Net." -- Aahz

10. Name four people who have seen you at your worst and still stuck by you. (If you don't feel like naming names, don't. Use pseudonyms or, hell, skip it if you want. :-)
And sometimes [being polyamorous] just means you have an overloaded Palm Pilot, a staggering latex bill, and a sleep debt that won't be repaid for several lifetimes. -- kyubi

"If we go back into the classroom, are you going to recite or are you going to continue to be sullen and stubborn?"
"I'm going to be sullen and stubborn, I think, Mother."
"Why, Sarah?"
"I don't know, Mother, but I just bet that's what I'll do."
-- Cartoon at Bread & Ink Cafe, Portland, Oregon

The father came back from the funeral rites....the boy asked him, "Where is mother?" "In heaven," answered his father, pointing to the sky. The boy raised his eyes to the sky and long gazed in silence. His bewildered mind sent abroad into the night the question "Where is heaven?" No answer came, and the stars seemed like burning tears of that ignorant darkness. -- Tagore

I guess I mostly see Life [tm] as a process of closing doors that you might want to go through. -- The OH

Comments

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wordweaverlynn
Dec. 2nd, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
What a wonderful way to answer this meme.
firecat
Dec. 2nd, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
pyrzqxgl
Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
That's really cool!

I just got email about a Rumi event Friday, which I will append below not because I think you are likely to go there but just because I think you might like hearing that such things are going on. Also, I heard that Coleman Barks will be back in a couple months.
Fri Dec 3
Rumicello (Rumi poetry recital) & Dis Moi (acappella trio)
Tix on sale now! Two shows, 7 and 9 pm, $15

Cellist Elaine Kreston accompanies Eric Schneider as he heartfully and joyously recites the sacred poems of the mystics Rumi and Hafiz. Eric has memorized over a hundred of these sacred poems that spring to life through his beautiful spirit, voice and warm presence. Elaine Kreston is an inspired concert cellist who performs classical and improvisational cello. A cappella trio Dis Moi completes each show with exquisite and soulful vocal harmonies. Dis Moi will perform original songs from their recently released CD, Between Us (engineered and co-produced by our very own Pete Coates). Two Shows, 7 and 9 pm. $15 www.elainekreston.com/rumicello.htm and www.dismoi.org

For more info for these and other events, directions and for renting the Cayuga Vault, please visit www.cayugavault.com or call 421-9471.

firecat
Dec. 2nd, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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firecat
Dec. 2nd, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're happy!
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