Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.
"… the sight of Richthofen as I walked closer gave me a start. He appeared so small to me, so delicate. He looked so friendly. Blond, silk-soft hair, like that of a child, fell from the broad, high forehead. His face, particularly peaceful, had an expression of gentleness and goodness, of refinement. Suddenly I felt miserable, desperately unhappy, as if I had committed an injustice. With a feeling of shame, a kind of anger against myself moved in my thoughts, that I had forced him to lay there. And in my heart I cursed the force that is devoted to death. I gnashed my teeth, I cursed the war. If I could I would gladly have brought him back to life, but that is somewhat different than shooting a gun. I could no longer look him in the face. I went away. I did not feel like a victor. There was a lump in my throat. If he had been my dearest friend, I could not have felt greater sorrow." - Arthur Roy Brown.
The 96th anniversary of Manfred von Richthofen’s death,
This is Jesse, the roughest toughest cowboy in the whole West. She loves critters, but none more than her best pal, Bullseye. This is Rex, the meanest most terrifying dinosaur who ever lived! The Potato Heads, Mr. and Mrs. You gotta keep ‘em together ‘cause they’re madly in love. Now Slinky here is as loyal as any dog you could want. And Hamm, he’ll keep your money safe, but he’s also one of the dastardly villians of all time, evil Dr. Pork Chop! These little dudes are from a strange alien world: Pizza Planet! And this is Buzz Lightyear, the coolest toy ever! He can fly and shoot lasers! Sworn to protect the galaxy from the evil Emperor Zurg. Now Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave like a cowboy should be. And kind. And smart. But the thing that makes Woody special is that he’ll never give up on you. Ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what. You gotta promise to take good care of these guys. They mean a lot to me.
September, 1985. “3. Evening view looking southwest, with Hubert H. Humphrey Federal Building at right – Bartholdi Fountain, Independence Avenue & C Street Southwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC.” Louise T. Taft, photographer. Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey, Library of Congress.