TIGERS ABOVE, TIGERS BELOW
There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs, and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly.
Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life, it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.
|Teachings by Pema Chödrön
From ILH in San Francisco. “Your roses are beautiful.”
Georgia O’Keeffe Stamp
From PWW in Washington, DC.
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So many people responded to yesterday’s post re: the quote from Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
So WhyGirl chose ONE brilliant comment that summarizes the responses: “Love the quote! I actually had/have 5 mothers—one biological, four of the heart, and three are currently alive on the planet. (Truly five sets of parents adopted over the years with two dads still alive.)
“…a few years ago one of my friends said I am ‘mother to so many’
and yesterday a young man asked me if I had children? I said
“No, but I mother people.” Later he thanked me for taking him
under my wing — (i’m a Robin, i can’t help it!)”
Celebrating LAS TODAS MADRES
Even if you had the most wonderful mother in the world—biologically speaking—you may eventually have more than one.
“You are born to one mother, but if you are lucky, you will have more than one. And among them all you will find most of what you need.”—Clarissa Pinkola Estes
George Merlis, photo
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Portrait of Gertrude Stein by Picasso
The sentence — “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” — written by Gertrude Stein, is probably her most famous quote, often interpreted as meaning “things are what they are.” Stein’s now-famous line was part of the 1913 poem “Sacred Emily.” The first Rose had nothing to with a flower, but everything to do with the name of a person.
“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” by Gertrude Stein
Place in pets.
Night town a glass.
Color mahogany center.
Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
Page ages page ages page ages.
Wiped Wiped wire wire.
Sweeter than peaches
and pears and cream.
Wiped wire wiped wire.
Put measure treasure.
That will do.
A tribute to the life and times of Gertrude Stein—WhyGirl.com
The rose is a magnificent flower—fragrant, beautiful and soft.
Soft to the touch like the velvety softness of the tip of a man’s penis, like the lustrous, sweetness of a woman’s nipple.
The rose is soft of fragrance, soft of coolness—unreadable by a thermometer.
A romantic poet would utter temptingly, “Drink it all in.”
WhyGirl welcomes you to dive into the middle of the Rose’s kaleidoscope of sensory experience—delicious, lush, fulfilling and extraordinarily beautiful. Dive in again…again…and again.