May 31, 2009

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes, "Awww!"
Jack Kerouac, "On the Road"

May 29, 2009

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."
Mark Twain

May 28, 2009

"Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible."

May 27, 2009

"Stay hungry. Stay foolish."
Steve Jobs

May 26, 2009

"For anybody who's on the downside of advantage and relying purely on courage, it's possible."
Russell Crowe, Oscar Speech for "Gladiator"

May 25, 2009

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal

and not betray your own soul.

If you can be faithless

and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty

even when it is not pretty
every day.

And if you can source your own life

from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure

yours and mine

and still stand on the edge of the lake

and shout to the silver of the full moon,


It doesn’t interest me

to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up

after a night of grief and despair

weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know

or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you
from the inside

when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone

with yourself

and if you truly like the company you keep

in the empty moments.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer, "The Invitation"

May 24, 2009

"Live more than your neighbor. Unleash yourself upon the world and go places. Go now. Giggle, no, laugh. And bark at the moon like the wild dog that you are. Understand that this in not a dress rehearsal. This is it. Your life. Face your fears and live your dreams. Take it all in. Yes, every chance you get. Come close. And by all means, whatever you do, get it on film."
Jon Blais, ALS Warrior Poet

May 22, 2009

"Art is whatever it is that makes you feel less alone."
Meg Ryan, "Time Magazine"

May 21, 2009

"You cannot look at yourself from someone else's point of view."
Penelope Cruz


I feel much the same way about words as the narrator of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” does.

"Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, how vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?"
I’ve been collecting words in the form of columns, lyrics and quotes - among other things - for as long as I can remember. Rather than keep them in a notebook or in a box under my bed, I’ve decided to store my collection here for all to enjoy and, hopefully, be inspired by. I realize that inspiration comes in many forms, so I’ll throw in a video or photograph once in a while, too. I also understand that there are countless other inspirational articles, blog posts, essays, speeches, et cetera that I’ve yet to stumble upon. If you’re a keeper of something enlightening that you don’t see on the site, please share it by clicking “Lay A Brick” in the menu on the right side of this page.

Umm, what else? Oh right, the weird name.

The phrase “I do not have to build a perfect wall today. I just have to lay a perfect brick.” is from a “Reader’s Digest” interview with actor Will Smith. Immediately after reading the interview I adopted the quote as one of my favorites. You can read part of the interview for yourself below.

That's all for now. Thanks for visiting. Let's lay some bricks.


"When my father got out of the Air Force, he started his own refrigeration business. I might have been twelve and my brother nine when one day he decided he wanted a new front wall at his shop. He tore the old one down, it was probably sixteen feet high and forty feet long, and he told us that this was going to be our gig over the summer. We were standing there thinking, ‘There will never, ever, be a wall here again.’ We went brick by brick for the entire summer and into winter and then back into spring. One day there was a wall there again. I know my dad had been planning this for a long time. He said, “Now, don't you all ever tell me there's something you can't do.” And he walked into the shop. The thing I connect to is, I do not have to build a perfect wall today. I just have to lay a perfect brick. Just one brick..."

Will Smith, "Reader's Digest"

Lay A Brick

Do you have a favorite blog, essay, lyric, photograph, play, poem, quote, speech or video that you'd like to share?

Fill out the form below and your submission could be posted on

Please note that all submissions are screened prior to posting.


Email Address

Your Brick