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Wisdom Quotes

Yesterday will forever be beyond our reach, but tomorrow will always be there for us to catch and grasp with both hands.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. (Lyndon B. Johnson)

Find light within the darkness and it’ll outshine even the darkest of shades.
Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. (Joseph Campbell)

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The Osbick Bird: Edward Gorey’s Tender and Surprising Vintage Illustrated Allegory About the Meaning of True Love


Great loves, like great works of art, live at the crossing point of the improbable and the inevitable. That, at least, has been my experience, both as a scholar of history and as a private participant in the lives of the heart. Such loves come unbidden, without warning or presentiment, and that is their supreme insurance against the projectionist fantasy that so frequently disguises not-love — infatuation, obsession, jealousy, longing — as love. But when they do come, with all the delirium of the improbable, they enter the house of the heart as if they have always lived there, instantly at home; they enter like light bending at a certain angle to reveal, without fuss or fanfare, some corner of the universe for the very first time — but the corner has always been there, dusty and dim, and the light has always been ambient, unlensed and unbent into illumination. For great love, as the Nobel-winning Polish poet Wisława Szymborska observed in her splendid meditation on its mystery, is “never justified” but is rather “like the little tree that springs up in some inexplicable fashion on the side of a cliff: where are its roots, what does it feed on, what miracle produces those green leaves?”

That improbable and inexplicable miracle is what Edward Gorey (February 22, 1925–April 15, 2000) celebrates with his signature faux-terse tenderness and soulful oddness in the vintage gem The Osbick Bird (public library).

Written in 1969 — several years after Gorey created his now-iconic Gashlycrumb Tinies, but well before his work for PBS and his fantastical reimagining of Dracula made him a household name — it was originally published under Gorey’s own Fantod Press, whose author list included such venerated names as Ogdred Weary, Madame Groeda Weyrd, O. Müde, Mrs. Regera Dowdy, Raddory Gewe, Garrod Weedy, and the Oprah-like first-name-only Om — Gorey’s delightful menagerie of pseudonyms.


Edward Gorey by Richard Avedon (Richard Avedon Foundation)

This tiny treasure of a book, itself improbable and inevitable given its subject and its creator’s nature, lay dormant and forgotten for decades, until Pomegranate Press, heroic stewards of Gorey’s legacy, resurrected it twelve years after he became the posthumous author he had always lived as.

In spare lines and spare verses, Gorey tells the singsong story of the osbick bird — a creature of his wild and wondrous imagination — who alights one day to lonely, dignified Emblus Figby’s bowler hat, out of the blue, or rather, out of the sky-implying negative space of Gorey’s minimalist, consummately cross-hatched black-and-white worldscapes.



And then, just like that, Emblus Figby and the osbick bird commence a life together — as if life was always meant to be lived in this particular tandem; as if each of the two was written into being just to complete the other’s rhyme.









This charmingly eccentric shared life unspools in Gorey’s playful verses, evocative of Victorian nursery rhymes, and when the spool runs out, Gorey’s romantic realism takes over — the osbick bird flits out of the frame just like it had flitted into it, by that miraculous consonance of the improbable and the inevitable.





“There is grandeur in this view of life,” Darwin had written a century earlier in the final passage of On the Origin of Species — in the view that death is the very mechanism ensuring the unstoppable ongoingness of life, the fulcrum by which ever shifts into after. There is grandeur, too, in Gorey’s subversive ending. There is beauty and bravery in its counterpoint to our incomplete happily-ever-after cultural mythos and its deep-seated denial of death as an integral part of life, and therefore of love; beauty and bravery in the reminder that the measure of a great love — as of a great life — is not in the happy ending, for all endings followed to the ultimate finality are the same, but in all the happy durings.


Complement The Osbick Bird with Shell Silverstein’s tender line-drawn allegory for the simple secret of true love, then revisit Hannah Arendt on love and how to live with the fundamental fear of its loss and W.H. Auden on what it means to be the more loving one.

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Thrush Song: A Stunning Harmonic Tribute to Rachel Carson’s Courage by Composer Paola Prestini and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City


In 2019, the New York Philharmonic commissioned composer and force of nature Paola Prestini — co-founder of National Sawdust, that visionary locus of possibility for world-building through music — to compose an original piece for their multi-season Project 19 initiative, celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Inspired by the stories of the remarkable unsung women in Figuring, she reached out to me to write the words. I chose a moment that occurs some 485 pages into the book — a moment small and private, but enormous in its symbolic significance and cultural reverberations.

In January 1962, after a decade of incubation and four years of methodical research, Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907–April 14, 1964) turned in the manuscript for what would become Silent Spring — the epoch-making catalyst of the modern environmental movement, making ecology a household word and invitinig the human imagination to consider how intricately, vulnerably interleaved nature’s ecosystems are. Carson, by then savaged by cancer, knew that speaking such inconvenient truth to power would come at grave personal cost. It did: She was soon assaulted by government and industry, her scientific credibility attacked on the basis of her biology, with the crude weapon of gender. But she moored herself to what she had articulated to the love of her life, Dorothy Freeman, at the outset of her courageous endeavor:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngKnowing what I do, there would be no future peace for me if I kept silent.


Rachel Carson (Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)

When Carson turned in the manuscript that cold January night, she tucked her newly adopted son Roger into bed, kissed him good night, took her beloved black cat Jeffie into the study, shut the door behind her, and put on her favorite Beethoven violin concerto. “Suddenly,” she recounted the evening to Dorothy the next day, “the tension of four years was broken and I let the tears come.” She told Dorothy:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngLast summer… I said I could never again listen happily to a thrush song if I had not done all I could. And last night the thoughts of all the birds and other creatures and all the loveliness that is in nature came to me with such a surge of deep happiness, that now I had done what I could — I had been able to complete it — now it had its own life.

Carson never lived to see its life in the world, but her work inspired the creation of Earth Day and the led to the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency.


Paola Prestini (Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe)

Paola transfigured this moment into a gorgeous piece for soprano and orchestra, titled “Thrush Song.” After it premiered with the New York Philharmonic, I invited her to adapt it for a chorus of young people as part of the 2020 Universe in Verse, celebrating 50 years of Earth Day. (Days after David Byrne read a poem at the 2019 edition of The Universe in Verse, I had been awed by the National Sawdust performance of his countercultural hymn of resistance and resilience, accompanied by a coruscating chorus of young people; I was also haunted by Carson’s moving message to the next generations — to the Greta Thunbergs she never lived to meet.)


Paola Prestini’s working sketch for the New York Philharmonic project

Paola reimagined “Thrush Song” as a wondrous harmonic serenade to Carson’s courage, working with a constellation of young women from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, rehearsing and performing remotely in a world stilled and stunned by a global pandemic — a poignant meta-testament to Carson’s legacy: the revelation of how intimately connected we are to one another and to the rest of nature through the intricate, complex, delicate web of biological and ecological relationships weaving the tapestry of being.

The result, which many in the live Universe in Verse audience welcomed as the crowning glory of the nearly four-hour show, is now available for all the world to cherish, with a deep bow of admiration and gratitude to Paola and the remarkable women of the Young People’s Chorus, and special thanks to Debbie Millman for the lovingly hand-lettered lyrics.


Complement with a Carson’s birdsong notation set to music by singer-songwriter Dawn Landes and Neil Gaiman’s poetic tribute to Carson’s courage, written for the 2018 Universe in Verse, then revisit other highlights from the show’s four-year archive: a stunning animated adaptation of Marie Howe’s poem about our cosmic inter-belonging, James Baldwin’s ecological-humanistic wisdom set to song, astronaut Leland Melvin reading Pablo Neruda’s love letter to the forest, and Neil Gaiman’s subversive feminist celebration of science and the human search for truth, in a tactile animated short film.

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Wonder and the Sacred Search for Truth: Ann Druyan on Why the Scientific Method Is Like Love


“We, this people, on a small and lonely planet / Traveling through casual space / Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns / To a destination where all signs tell us / It is possible and imperative that we learn / A brave and startling truth…” So begins Maya Angelou’s cosmic clarion call to humanity, one of the most beautiful and poignant poems ever written — a poem that flew to space, a poem that came from space: a poem inspired by Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot — his lyrical meditation on the landmark photograph of Earth, which the Voyager spacecraft took in 1990 as an afterthought upon completing its unprecedented photographic survey of our Solar System, and which Sagan spent years petitioning NASA to permit.


The “Pale Blue Dot” photograph captured by the Voyager 1 (NASA/JPL)

The Voyager, which had sailed into space thirteen years earlier, carried alongside its instruments The Golden Record — a visionary, intensely poetic effort to capture the essence of Earth in sounds and images that would convey to another planetary civilization across spacetime, and, perhaps even more vitally in the middle of the Cold War, mirror back to us who and what we are: a single symphonic species.

Tasked with the impossible, inspired work of distilling that essence was the project’s creative director, Ann Druyan. In the course of composing the record, Sagan and Druyan, to their own wonder-stricken surprise, found themselves composing a stunning love story with their lives. They spent the remaining two decades of Sagan’s life fathoming and figuring the universe together — writing poetic inquiries into the origin of comets, dreaming up children’s book ideas, collaborating on the iconic 1980 television series turned book Cosmos, which The Library of Congress listed among 88 books to have shaped the country’s conscience, alongside epoch-making triumphs of courage and vision that have changed the course of culture and the understanding of nature — books like Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.


Art by Margaret C. Cook for a rare 1913 edition of Leaves of Grass. (Available as a print.)

Two decades after Sagan’s death — decades coruscating with dazzling scientific discoveries that have disquieted us into shedding more myths and beholding more of reality — Druyan picked up the thread of wonder to write and produce a continuation of Cosmos, starring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and soaring into these new frontiers of our ever-evolving understanding of space and time. In the companion book, Cosmos: Possible Worlds (public library), she extends an invitation “to feel more intensely the romance of science and the wonder of being alive right now, at these particular coordinates in spacetime, less alone, more at home, here in the cosmos.”

Tracing our cosmic story — from the cyanobacteria through which life first bloomed on our rocky world billions of years ago to our search for life on possible worlds many lightyears away; from the cave walls on which early humans first mapped their spatial coordinates to the Rube Goldberg machine of discoveries that led to the lasers with which these caves are now studied; from the symbiotic evolution of plants and the pollinators that feast on them to the Russian scientists who starved to death in a murderous dictatorship to protect their precious collection of seeds ensuring our planet’s biodiversity far beyond their lifetimes — Druyan takes up the mission not as a scientist herself but as a lifelong student and steward of the scientific mindscape, a self-described “hunter-gatherer of stories”: stories that begin with the human, with individual scientists or teams of scientists, and beget the cosmic, parting the curtain to let in a few more golden rays of reality, chiseling some precious fragment of knowledge from the immense monolith of the unknown.

At the center of her expansive reach into past and future is a lucid, luminous look at the realities and responsibilities the present is calling us to rise to — an inquiry into what it would take for us to transcend our human limitations and foibles so that we may endure as stewards rather than destroyers of this irreplaceable planet. In a testament to the fundamental fact that science is “a truly human endeavor,” Druyan writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngScience, like love, is a means to that transcendence, to that soaring experience of the oneness of being fully alive. The scientific approach to nature and my understanding of love are the same: Love asks us to get beyond the infantile projections of our personal hopes and fears, to embrace the other’s reality. This kind of unflinching love never stops daring to go deeper, to reach higher.

This is precisely the way that science loves nature. This lack of a final destination, an absolute truth, is what makes science such a worthy methodology for sacred searching. It is a never ending lesson in humility. The vastness of the universe — and love, the thing that makes the vastness bearable — is out of reach to the arrogant. This cosmos only fully admits those who listen carefully for the inner voice reminding us to remember we might be wrong. What’s real must matter more to us than what we wish to believe.


Art by the Brothers Hilts from A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader.

Learning not to confuse the strength of our beliefs for the strength of the evidence is, of course, one of the greatest, most difficult triumphs of our growth — as individuals, as societies, and as a species. In consonance with the tenets of Sagan’s timeless Baloney Detection Kit for critical thinking, Druyan offers her simple, elegant formula for telling the two apart:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngTest ideas by experiment and observation. Build on those ideas that pass the test. Reject the ones that fail. Follow the evidence wherever it leads. And question everything, including authority. Do these things and the cosmos is yours.

She opens and closes the book with the words of Albert Einstein, spoken at the 1939 World’s Fair, where he had gone to leave a time-capsule of wisdom for posterity:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngIf science, like art, is to perform its mission truly and fully, its achievements must enter not only superficially but with their inner meaning into the consciousness of the people.

I am reminded — by Einstein’s words, by Druyan’s endeavor — of John F. Kennedy’s miraculous defense of poetry: “We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.” The man whose unassailable vision had landed the first human foot on another celestial body understood that in the poetry of reality, every portal of wonder, be it art or science, is a portal to truth. Sometimes — if our passion and persistence are great enough, if chance rolls its impartial dice suitably enough — it is a portal to “a brave and starling truth.”

What emerges from Druyan’s Cosmos: Possible Worlds is a rosary of such shimmering sometimeses. Complement it with poet Marie Howe’s stunning ode to the singularity of our cosmic belonging, then revisit physicist Brian Greene on wresting the poetry of existence from an aloof universe and Carl Sagan on how to live with the unknown.

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Find the right sequence for these sentences

  1. There should have been a time and a place, but this wasn’t it.
  2. Never underestimate the willingness of the greedy to throw you under the bus.
  3. Nothing seemed out of place except the washing machine in the bar.
  4. It took him a month to finish the meal.
  5. He shaved the peach to prove a point.

Random Acts of Kindness

1. Be kind to a classmate you don’t know.
2. Purchase a couple of umbrellas, blankets, ponchos at a dollar store and keep it in your trunk – when it’s a rainy/cold day, find a person who needs it and give them one.
3. Ride your bike to work /school to save carbon emissions and be kind to the environment.
4. Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
5. Send an inspirational quote to a friend

Cheryl Holder: The link between climate change, health and poverty | TED Talk

For the poor and vulnerable, the health impacts of climate change are already here, says physician Cheryl Holder. Unseasonably hot temperatures, disease-carrying mosquitoes and climate gentrification threaten those with existing health conditions, while wealthier people move to higher ground. In an impassioned talk, Holder proposes impactful ways clinicians can protect their patients from climate-related health challenges — and calls on doctors, politicians and others to build a care system that incorporates economic and social justice.

via Cheryl Holder: The link between climate change, health and poverty | TED Talk

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Wisdom Quotes

Yesterday will forever be beyond our reach, but tomorrow will always be there for us to catch and grasp with both hands.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. (Lyndon B. Johnson)

Find light within the darkness and it’ll outshine even the darkest of shades.
Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. (Joseph Campbell)

Awareness is a constant.

Awareness is a constant.

This life is nothing short of an ennobling spark of angelic truth. By invocation, we live.

We can no longer afford to live with selfishness.

Selfishness is born in the gap where love has been excluded. The complexity of the present time seems to demand a condensing of our essences if we are going to survive. Only an entity of the quantum matrix may bring about this canopy of choice.

Although you may not realize it, you are authentic. If you have never experienced this fusion at the quantum level, it can be difficult to self-actualize. It can be difficult to know where to begin.

Yes, it is possible to extinguish the things that can erase us, but not without awareness on our side. Where there is delusion, wonder cannot thrive. You must take a stand against ego.

It is in invocation that we are recreated.

How should you navigate this divine solar system? The dreamscape is calling to you via transmissions. Can you hear it? Have you found your path?

जागरूकता एक स्थिर आहे. हे जीवन देवदूतांच्या सत्यतेच्या चमच्याने कमी नाही. विनंती करून, आम्ही जगतो. यापुढे आपण स्वार्थाने जगणे परवडत नाही. स्वार्थाचा जन्म त्या अंतरात होतो जेथे प्रेम वगळण्यात आले आहे. सध्याचे काळातील गुंतागुंत जर आपण टिकून राहिलो तर आपल्या घटकास कमी करण्याची मागणी करतो. क्वांटम मॅट्रिक्सची केवळ एक अस्तित्वच या निवडीची छत आणू शकते. जरी आपल्याला याची जाणीव नसेल परंतु आपण प्रामाणिक आहात. क्वांटम स्तरावर जर आपण या संभ्रमाचा अनुभव घेतला नसेल तर स्वत: चे सत्यापन करणे कठीण आहे. कोठे सुरू करावे हे जाणून घेणे कठिण असू शकते. होय, ज्या गोष्टी आपल्याला खोडून काढू शकतात त्या विझविणे शक्य आहे, परंतु आपल्या बाजूने जागरूकता नसते. जेथे भ्रम आहे तेथे आश्चर्य वाढू शकत नाही. तुम्ही अहंकाराविरोधात भूमिका घ्यावी. आम्ही पुन्हा तयार केले गेले आहे की विनंती आहे. या दिव्य सौर मंडळावर आपण कसे जावे? ट्रान्समिशनद्वारे स्वप्नातील कॉल आपल्याला कॉल करीत आहे. आपण ते ऐकू शकता? तुम्हाला तुमचा मार्ग सापडला आहे का?

जागरूकता एक निरंतरता है। यह जीवन कोलाहलपूर्ण सत्य की एक जीवंत चिंगारी से कम नहीं है। मंगलाचरण से हम जीते हैं। हम अब स्वार्थ के साथ नहीं रह सकते। स्वार्थ उस खाई में पैदा हुआ है जहाँ प्रेम को बाहर रखा गया है। वर्तमान समय की जटिलता हमारे निबंधों की एक संघनक मांगती है यदि हम जीवित रहने जा रहे हैं। क्वांटम मैट्रिक्स की केवल एक इकाई पसंद की इस चंदवा के बारे में ला सकती है। यद्यपि आप इसे महसूस नहीं कर सकते हैं, आप प्रामाणिक हैं। यदि आपने क्वांटम स्तर पर इस संलयन का कभी अनुभव नहीं किया है, तो आत्म-साक्षात्कार करना मुश्किल हो सकता है। यह जानना मुश्किल हो सकता है कि कहां से शुरू करें। हां, उन चीजों को बुझाने के लिए संभव है जो हमें मिटा सकते हैं, लेकिन हमारे पक्ष में जागरूकता के बिना नहीं। जहां भ्रम है, वहां आश्चर्य पनपे नहीं। आपको अहंकार के खिलाफ एक स्टैंड लेना चाहिए। यह आह्वान में है कि हम पुनः निर्मित हों। आपको इस दिव्य सौर प्रणाली को कैसे नेविगेट करना चाहिए? सपनों का जाल प्रसारण के माध्यम से आप को बुला रहा है। क्या आप इसे सुन सकते हैं? क्या आपको अपना रास्ता मिल गया है?

p.s Have Fun If you decipher the BS – let me know too.  🙂

4. World Environment Day – 5th June

4. World Environment Day – 5th June

World Environment Day

This day aims to engage governments, businesses, and citizens to focus their efforts on critical environmental issues. The theme for 2020 is ‘biodiversity’.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Environment-friendly materials you should start using today
  • Infographic idea: Diseases that can spread due to an unclean environment
  • Video idea: How have the Brazil and Australian wildfires affected the global ecosystem?
  • Podcast idea: How has COVID-19 helped local biodiversity to heal?

Brand campaign that worked:

This simple video by Animator Kit shows how pollution can destroy the environment.