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 Life Without A Filter

by Angela Ragosa

living life without a filter
a filter
for many…
provides a semblance of
self protection

protects them
like a suit of armor

seemingly necessary
in order to breathe easier

a filter
calm one’s fear
life lived
within a silent scream

living life without a filter
leads one to

what lies behind the curtain
when will the
other shoe drop

what lies down
winding roads
dangerous intersections
skewed curves
near misses
turned a blind eye
never traveled

life lived without a filter
confounding psyche
few possess
fewer understand

a state of being
for those
given a choice
to exist

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Hope Quote!

“Time is an equal opportunity employer.

human being
has exactly the
same number of hours and minutes every day.

people can’t
buy more

can’t invent new minutes.

And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.

Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have
an entire

― Denis Waitley

Amazing Commencement Address by Barbara Kingsolver

photo: getty images

The following remarks by Barbara Kingsolver, titled “How to be Hopeful,” were prepared for delivery at Duke’s 2008 commencement ceremony May 11 at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Let me begin that way: with an invocation of your own best hopes, thrown like a handful of rice over this celebration. Congratulations, graduates. Congratulations, parents, on the best Mother’s Day gift ever. Better than all those burnt-toast breakfasts: these, your children grown tall and competent, educated to within an inch of their lives.

What can I say to people who know almost everything? There was a time when I surely knew, because I’d just graduated from college myself, after writing down the sum of all human knowledge on exams and research papers. But that great pedagogical swilling-out must have depleted my reserves, because decades have passed and now I can’t believe how much I don’t know. Looking back, I can discern a kind of gaseous exchange in which I exuded cleverness and gradually absorbed better judgment. Wisdom is like frequent-flyer miles and scar tissue; if it does accumulate, that happens by accident while you’re trying to do something else. And wisdom is what people will start wanting from you, after your last exam. I know it’s true for writers – — when people love a book, whatever they say about it, what they really mean is: it was wise. It helped explain their pickle. My favorites are the canny old codgers: Neruda, Garcia Marquez, Doris Lessing. Honestly, it is harrowing for me to try to teach 20-year-old students, who earnestly want to improve their writing. The best I can think to tell them is: Quit smoking, and observe posted speed limits. This will improve your odds of getting old enough to be wise. Continue reading

Manifesta to Young Women and Girls

photograph Francesca Woodman


Find a man

Seek protection

The world is scary

Don’t go out

You are weak

Don’t care so much

They’re only animals

Don’t be so intense

Don’t cry so much

You can’t trust anyone

Don’t talk to strangers

People will take advantage of you

Close your legs

Girls aren’t good with:

Numbers Facts

Making difficult decisions

Lifting things

Putting things together

International news

Flying planes

Being in charge

If he rapes you, surrender.

You will get killed trying to defend yourself

Don’t travel alone

You are nothing without a man

Don’t make the first move, wait for him to notice you

Don’t be too loud Follow the crowd

Obey the laws

Don’t know too much

Tone it down

Find someone rich

It’s how you look that matters not what you think.


Everyone’s making everything up

There is no one in charge except for those who pretend to be

No one is coming

No one is going to

Rescue you

Mind-read your needs

Know your body better than you

Always fight back

Ask for it

Say you want it

Cherish your solitude

Take trains by yourself to places you have never been

Sleep out alone under the stars

Learn how to drive a stick shift

Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back

Say no when you don’t want to do something

Say yes if your instincts are strong even if everyone around you disagrees

Decide whether you want to be liked or admired

Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here

Believe in kissing

Fight for tenderness

Care as much as you do

Cry as much as you want

Insist the world be theater and love the drama

Take your time

Move as fast as you do as long as it’s your speed

Ask yourself these questions:

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?

Why am I adding a question mark at the end of all my sentences?

Why am I apologizing every time I express my needs?

Why am I hunching over?

Starving myself when I love food?

Pretending it doesn’t mean that much to me?

Hurting myself when I mean to scream?

Why am I waiting



Fitting in?

You know the truth:

Sometimes it does hurt that much

Horses can feel love

Your mother wanted more than that

It’s easier to be mean than smart

But that isn’t who you are.


I Am An Emotional Creature, Eve Ensler

I’ll Have The Truth Please. Something To Think About…


If you are not honest in dealing with the people who care deeply for you in your life; the relationship is then built upon falsities and deceit. Nothing in life is harder to live down, undo, or do damage control for, than when it is born out of a lie. When we choose to lie to people, we are saying to them “I don’t trust you enough with my personal truth, and/or, I don’t trust your character enough to accept me fully, flawed and all. When we choose to lie, we cheat ourselves out of a life we were born to live.

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