Friday, October 30, 2009

Can't Find the Words

"There have been moments in your life when you had an experience that you know you will have to carry with you to your grave because your are quite unable to find words with which to communicate that experience to anyone. As a matter of fact there simply are no words in any human language to communicate the exactly what you experienced...

You may try to communicate the experience in music or poetry or painting. But in your heart you know that no one will ever comprehend exactly what it was you saw and sensed. This is something you are quite powerless to express, much less teach, to another human being."

- Anthony De Mello. The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of." pg 94.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Story Produces Visuals

"Well, language can call upon all the resources of the body’s own ability . . . Story can bypass the eye to produce visual effects."

- Joseph Gold. Read For Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: Markham, 1990. pg 258

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Friend for Life

“I hope you’ll be my friend for life. There’s not too many people who touch my heart, and you have.”

- Jodeyne Higgins to her partner Ken Daneyko on last night’s Battle of Blades

Monday, October 26, 2009

Do For Others

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is this: What are you doing for others."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

We Have Access to an Enormous Store of Helping Info

"All literature grows out of human experience, the writer’s experience and observation. It is rendered into story form for our benefit, a contribution to the general store of wisdom. Once we see that our reading can be related to our own lives, we have access to an enormous store of helping information."

- Joseph Gold. Read For Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: Markham, 1990. pg 233

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Eat My Brain

"My droopy-eyed Madonna
a triple fire alarm
all the other rogues and darlings
get sent to the farm

I don't need to deceive you
'cause I feel no pain
maybe I should let you
come on and eat my brain.

There's an art to perception
so see it as you will
can you adjust my reception?
just give me the latest pill.

I don't need to deceive you
cause I feel no pain
maybe I should let you
come on and eat my brain.

I know you tried to forget me
well today is remembrance day
so if you're willing then let me
it's time to make your play

I don't need to deceive you
cause I feel no pain
maybe I should let you
come on and eat my brain."

- Odds "Eat My Brain" from quite possibly the best album ever released "Good Weird Feeling."

I can listen to this album over and over again and I never tire of it. As I got ready this morning, I started singing a song off of this album to myself with seemingly no provocation. I'm taking the album in the car now so I can listen to it on my way to work. In the meantime, you can enjoy this song.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

You're It. You're My One.

This is an awesome scene from the last episode of Everwood. (Spoiler Alert)

Amy finally figures out that she wants to be with Ephram and she goes to all the effort of moving the Ferris Wheel to the front of his apartment to let him know. It's a picture perfect ending to the best series ever. Enjoy!

Amy: "Don't say anything yet. I want to go first. Since I brought the ferris wheel, I figured you'd let me. Okay, um... four years ago, you came to my little town, and you changed my life. I never thought one person could do that to another, but you did. From the moment that I met you and each moment after that, somehow everything that happened to me kept coming back to you. I don't know if the ferris wheel reminds you of anything.

Ephram: "Are you kidding me? How could I forget our first thawfest? That's when you first told me your nickname was Grover."

Amy: "I can't believe you remember that."

Ephram: "I remember everything about us, Amy."

Amy: "Me, too. See, that's the thing. Every time I try to forget the feelings I have for you, they keep coming back, and now they're back. I don't want to push them down anymore. I don't want to run away from us, 'cause I never want to lose you again. I just want to be with you, next to you, wherever you are. I'm sorry that it took me so long to figure it out, because I hate all of the time that we lost. And I know it's my fault, and I just really hope that you can forgive me because I love you, Ephram. I love you.

Ephram: "Is it my turn yet? Good. 'Cause I love you, too. I knew it then. I know it now. I'll know it always. You're it, Amy. You're my one."

Amy: "I am?"

Ephram: "You always have been."

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Seed of Growth and Liberation

"Think of some of the painful events in your life. For how many of them are you grateful today, because thanks to them you changed and grew? Here is a simple truth of life that most people never discover. Happy events make life delightful but they do not lead to self-discovery and growth and freedom. That privilege is reserved to the things and persons and situations that cause us pain.

Every painful event contains in itself a seed of growth and liberation."

- Anothony De Mello. The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of... Image Books, 1995. pg 157

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I love The Headstones and with Hugh Dillon releasing a solo album this week, I thought it only proper to spin one of my old favourites from him and his band. Enjoy!

"I smiled cause I know I tried
firing up the circuits
Can’t see myself jumping Double Dutch
Cause I know I’d smell the plastic burning
Last night was a pessimistic skydive
In foolish narcotic shell
Beat the boredom that frames the lightning
Beat the path of the ritual

Gonna become gonna become gonna become gonna become

Bottom lip quivers
rage is so apparent
Don’t know whether to kill or cry
Don’t know whether to rebuild or to burn it
You don’t know how just to say goodbye
I’ll tell you what, what’s to tell
It’s the world not a call I can screen out
Keep it down see if it digests
Your batteries are shot
So are the instruments

Gonna become gonna become gonna become gonna become

You better run, don’t want to become yourself

Flies in and out of focus
Next best thing to a rage
I don’t like the way that it coaxes me to explain
If you don’t realize it’s crazy
If you can’t understand the source
Don’t reach too fast for the answers cause it gets worse

Turn your face to the day that’s striking
Bend the barrel when the chambers full
I’d give you more but you know that there’s nothing
Hardly get any sleep at all
I’ll tell you what, what’s to tell
It’s the world not a call I can screen out
Don’t kill your partner before the dancing’s started
Kill the path of the ritual.

Gonna become gonna become gonna become gonna become

-The Headstones "Unsound"

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My So-Called Life (autograph)

I always share with you quotes from this excellent television show. This week I wanted to share with you the most prized autograph in my collection.

I wrote Claire Danes a fan letter after watching the second episode of her amazing show "My So-Called Life."

Something about her left me awestruck. I had to write that letter. I became an immediate fan and looked forward to Thursday nights at 8:00 to watch her on that excellent series.

I was almost floored when I received this postcard in the mail a few months later. When I scanned it into the computer, I overlapped her message from the back of the card so you can see it beside her picture.
I love how she wrote "Best of Everything" and signed it with a heart. I always read it as "love Claire Danes."

I have had this postcard framed and in my room for years now. It is my most-prized autograph in my entire collection and I'm glad that I can share it with you here on Tube Tuesdays - bringing you quotes that I have pulled from television or movies.

Believe it or not, I still have quotes to share with you from this awesome show. Please stay tuned.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I don't often choose to share just an image with you on this online commonplace book, but this image pretty much says everything that I want to say. I'm not sure who to credit it to though. I found it by doing an image search on "thanksgiving" on Google and I landed on this page but the image was no longer on that particular page.

It's a great image, and I hope it reminds us all that we have a lot to be thankful for.

Every year I compile a list of the things that I am thankful for. You can read the lists on my main blog, Silent Cacophony.

Here is this year's list.

And last year's list.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Don't Know What We've Been Missing

"It's true we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives."

- Unknown Author

I really liked this quote that Eseniya posted on her Twitter page on Monday but her account has been deleted already so I can't ask her where she got it from. I haven't been able to find it accredited to any one author on the Internet either. So if you know who wrote this, please leave a comment below. Thanks!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Writing Helps You See the Big Picture

"Writing fiction is a way for him to step far enough back from reality to grasp its totality, the music of all the elements combined. The farther away you are, the clearer everything becomes."

- Monique Proulx. The Heart is an Involuntary Muscle. translated by David Homel and Fred A. Reed. Douglas & McIntyre Ltd, 2003. pg 261

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Our Song

"I was riding shotgun with my hair undone in the front seat of his car
He's got a one-hand feel on the steering wheel
The other on my heart
I look around, turn the radio down
He says, "Baby is something wrong?"
I say, "Nothing I was just thinking how we don't have a song."
And he says...

"Our song is the slamming screen door,
sneaking out late, tapping on your window
When we're on the phone and you talk real slow
Cause it's late and your mama don't know
Our song is the way you laugh
The first date 'man, I didn't kiss her, and I should have'
And when I got home ... before I said amen
Asking God if He could play it again"

I was walking up the front porch steps after everything that day
had gone all wrong and been trampled on
and lost and thrown away
Got to the hallway, well on my way to my loving bed
I almost didn't notice all the roses
And the note that said...

Our song is the slamming screen door,
Sneaking out late, tapping on your window
When we're on the phone and you talk real slow
Cause it's late and your mama don't know
Our song is the way you laugh
The first date 'man, I didn't kiss her, and I should have'
And when I got home ... before I said amen
Asking God if He could play it again

I've heard every album, listened to the radio
Waited for something to come along
That was as good as our song...

Cause our song is the slamming screen door
Sneaking out late, tapping on his window
When we're on the phone and he talks real slow
Cause it's late and his mama don't know
Our song is the way he laughs
The first date "man, I didn't kiss him, and I should have"
And when I got home, before I said amen
Asking God if He could play it again

I was riding shotgun with my hair undone
In the front seat of his car
I grabbed a pen and an old napkin
And I... wrote down our song."

- Taylor Swift "Our Song" from the her self-titled album

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

All Fights Are The Same

"Conflict. It's everywhere you look. It touches everything we do, every relationship we have.

Isn't it funny how at their core all fights are the same - two people yelling, or accusing, or running away. Two people dong anything to avoid telling each other what they really feel.

Just talk when you want to run, reveal when you want to attack. It's so simple, so obvious, and at the same time, so incredibly hard."

- Being Erica. Season 2 Episode 3 "Battle Royale"

I really like this show. If you haven't been watching it, where have you been? Fortunately though, you can watch the episodes for free online to catch up for tonight's episode. Just go to

Monday, October 5, 2009

Do Something Kind

"Every now and then, without anyone knowing about it, do something kind for someone who needs it and doesn't expect it. Things like that circulate the earth in invisible ways and make this planet a better place."

- Brett Butler as collected by Deb Austen Brown in Growing Character: 99 Successful Strategies for the Elementary Classroom.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Story Captures the Underlying Truth

"Tolkien absolutely refused the notion that he had sat down and consciously written a book about magic rings to express his opinions concerning totalitarianism, absolute power, and the bomb. He insisted that his works were “true,” not “invented”; that they captures “a sudden glimpse of the underlying reality or truth.”

- D. Stephenson Bond, Living Myth: Personal Meaning as a Way of Life. Shambala, 1993 pg 140

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Adequate Analogies

"Our thinking is suffused with metaphors and analogies. There is an important in which we use the world to think with. We can use the telephone exchange as a tool with which to think about the brain. The analogy is hidden in the theory, but it has provided the means whereby we can get some conceptual grasp on it. We need, however, to be constantly concerned that our analogies are adequate."

- Kieran Egan. Teaching as Story Telling. The Althouse Press: London, 1986 pg 32