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“To the ruler, the people are heaven; to the people, food is heaven.”
~ancient Chinese proverb

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. “
~George Washinton Carver

“Her body language is eloquent enough: “I am aware that men are in the habit of looking at whatever women happen to be nearby, in hopes of deriving enjoyment from their physical beauty, their hair, makeup, fragrance, and clothing. I will ignore this politely and patiently, until you get over it.”
-from Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon

‘Peace hath higher tests of manhood
Than battle ever knew.’
– John Greenleaf Whittier

When you make an enemy of the earth, you make an enemy of your own body.
-Mayan Proverb

“For this wolf, however,” Wendell said, “I have no medal.”
People gasped. Virginia felt herself grow cold. Wolf looked furious.
“Huff-puff, that’s typical,” he muttered.
“Instead,” King Wendell said, “I have a Royal Pardon for all the wolves everywhere throughout my kingdom. From now on, wolves will be known as heroes. For it was a noble Wolf who saved the Nine Kingdoms.”
Wolf beamed and waved at the crowd.
“That’s wolves for you,” he said. “Good guys.”
-from The 10th Kingdom
by Kathryn Wesley

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
– Plato

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their carvings.”  — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’
– Albert Einstein

Essiac Tea Recipe (herbal cleanser)

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but…to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
-Dorothy Nevill

“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life, saying, “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil-he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”
They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked, “Which wolf will win?”
The Elder simply replied, “The one you feed.”

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him….
Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted!

‘The future is shorter, the past is longer, but the present is about the same size it’s always been.’
-W.C. Maxwell

“There is more than one path to the mountaintop.”  — Neal Donald Walsch, “Home With God”

If you try to please everybody, you might end up pleasing nobody.

‘Diligently train your ideals UPWARD and STILL UPWARD toward a summit where you will find your chiefest pleasure in conduct which, while contenting you, will be sure to confer benefits upon your neighbor and the community.’
– from Mark Twain’s “What Is Man?”

What to do with funky junk:
Turn da funk inta function
leave da junk at da junction.
Swami Beyondananda

According to the eminent mythologist, Joseph Campbell, a myth isn’t something that never happened; it’s something that is always happening.

Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it.
-George Saintsbury

Temple bells die out.
The fragrant blossoms remain.
A perfect evening!

‘The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping’.
– Claudius Claudianus

Don’t worry what people think about you, because they aren’t thinking about you.
– anon

Stand up to bullies

Who would give
a law to lovers?
Love is unto itself a higher law.
~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524

‘I find television to be very educational. Whenever someone turns on the set, I go to the other room and read a book.’
-Groucho Marx

Charm: a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question

He who throws mud loses ground.

“We gaze up at the same stars, the sky covers us all, the same universe encompasses us. What does it matter what practical system we adopt in our search for the truth? Not by one avenue only can we arrive at so tremendous a secret.”
– Symmachus 384, C.E.

‘Love, enjoyed by the ignorant, becomes bondage. The very same love, tasted by one with understanding, brings liberation.’

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.’
-Robert Fulghum

“If you follow your Bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you. And the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are, if you follow your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time. “
-Joseph Campbell

“Sojourn” by Elli
In the dark realm of night he came to me
“Fair one” he asks,
“Come with me on a sojourn
to the spirit of the sapphire sea”
The amber moon shines down upon us
and we will be free.
The peaceful warmth, the gentle breeze
will guide us to our longing past.
“Yes , my love”, a sojourn to the sea,
beneath the never ending
glistening beacons of light
across a painted sky of dreams
Heart mind and body in rhythm as one
Filled with emotion as the crystal waves flow
And time stands still

The endless spirit of the sea onward forever
The brightness of hope and emerald promise
To prepare us for the momentous
love beyond all expectations.

Foating on each memory
never to part
Reflections across the water
replentish my soul, a miracle to the
Spirit of life and heart on a sojourn
to the sapphire sea.

Film Favs…
Dreamkeeper – Myths and Legends of Native Americans, state of the art digital effects, and told from their perspective. “Not a bunch of cute little characters who get on their horses so John Wayne can shoot ’em down.” An incredibly moving film.
A Life Aquatic – Dazzling cinematography, Bill Murray and cast are both funny and endearing.
The Village – Story of a group of people isolated from the outside world by strange creatures in the woods.
Catwoman – Halle Berry delivers feline fun!
Spirited Away – dreamy animae, the scenery is every bit as good as the action scenes.
Amile – lots of fun from beginning to end. Try to get the dvd for the special features.
Red Headed Stranger – Willie Nelson stars as a preacher on a bit of an oddessy in the west of 1901. Listen for the howl toward the very end, an especially nice touch.

Beauty without expression is boring.

Little Red Riding Hood is skipping down the road when she sees the Big Bad Wolf crouched down behind a log. “My what big eyes you have, Mr. Wolf,” says Little Red Riding Hood. The surprised wolf jumps up and runs away. Further down the road Little Red Riding Hood sees the wolf again, this time he is crouched behind a tree stump. “My what big ears you have Mr. Wolf,” says Little Red Riding Hood. Again the foiled wolf jumps up and runs away. About 2 miles down the road, Little Red Riding Hood sees the wolf again,this time crouched down behind a road sign. “My what big teeth you have Mr. Wolf,” taunts Little Red Riding Hood. With that the Big Bad Wolf jumps up and screams, “Will you get lost?! I’m trying to take a dump!”

Whenever you find that you are a member of the majority,it’s time to reform.
~Mark Twain

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace, abolishing strife.
-Kahlil Gibran

‘When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.’ -George Washington Carver

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers
to be silly. ~Rose Franken

“I’ve done records where it seemed like no one listened to them. You write poetry book that maybe, you know, 50 people read. And you just keep doing your work because you have to, because it’s your calling … What matters is to know what you want and pursue it. And understand that it’s gonna be hard. Because life is really difficult. You’re gonna lose people you love, you’re gonna suffer heartbreak, sometimes you’ll be sick, sometimes you’ll have a really bad toothache.

But on the other end, you’ll have the most beautiful experiences. Sometimes just the sky. Sometimes, you know, a piece of work that you do that feels so wonderful, or you find somebody to love, or your children. There’s beautiful things in life. So when you’re suffering … it’s part of the package.

I say, stay strong, try to have fun but stay clean, stay healthy, because you have a lot of challenges ahead, and be happy.”
~Patti Smith

You Know You’re at a BAD Ren Faire when …….
-Ye Olde Glassblower makes nothing but crack pipes.
-Festival activities include ‘Ye Olde Wet T-Shirt Contest.’
-The Guillotine exhibit is closed due to pending litigation.
-Friar Tuck’s pager keeps going off.
-The Meade is served in a coconut shell with a Fizzy straw.
-You get charged 5 bucks to take a leak behind Ye Olde Hedge.
-Merlin the Magician’s only trick is ‘Got your nose!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

“May we all live to the day when we may embrace the greater Whole of which we are all but a small part and be able to see the face of the Divine in everybody else’s face, no matter what their nationality, religion, culture, or color.”

~Diane Brandon

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense. ~Mark Overby

“Enoch approved, so far. Some pugnacity in the lad would be useful. Talent was not rare, the ability to survive having it was.”
~ from Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver

“Any resemblance between the above views and those of my employer, my terminal, or the view out my window are purely coincidental. Any resemblance between the above and my own views is non-deterministic. The question of the existence of views in the absence of anyone to hold them is left as an exercise of the reader. The question of the existence of the reader is left as an exercise for the second god coeffiecent. (A discussion of non-orthogonal, non-internal polythesim is beyond the scope of this article.)”
~Julie Karasik

Top 100 Signs That You “May” Be A Rennie!

1. You have the urge to build a campfire in your back yard and sing bawdy songs.
2. You have a list of Renaissance insults and use them at work.
3. You save chicken bones, tie them to a string and give them to someone as a toy.
4. You’re proud of the fact that you were involved in a privy packingthat included a very large Viking, 3 women with huge horned hats, and15 other assorted characters all in ONE privy when the temperatureoutside is 90 degrees.
5. You sell privies as luxury condos.
6. You play “Chinese fire drill” in the privies.
7. You actually enjoy sweating.
8. You go to see “Braveheart” in full costume, and shout, “FREEDOM!” at the end.
9. You can find costume accessories in a hardware store.
10. You have more costume pieces in your closet than “regular” clothing.
11. You bring your leather mug to your local pub.
12. You use candles and lanterns inside your house instead of electric lights.
13. Your husband is more turned on by unlacing your bodice than by sexy black lingerie.
14. Your wear knee-high boots year round.
15. You’re shopping and you ask, “How many pence is this, good sir?”.
16. You don’t mind going several days without a shower.
17. You feel uncomfortable out of a chemise, corset, bodice and two skirts.
18. You get mugged and tell the mugger his cheap dagger is going to rust.
19. You only know your best friend by their Festival name.
20. You wonder what clan your new plaid tablecloth belongs to.
21. You wonder what every girl you meet would look like in a bodice.
22. You can point out all the costume mistakes in Henry the VIII.
23. You feel rich because you have a pewter mug instead of a wooden one.
24. Your boots are worth more than your car.
25. You critique all Shakespeare movies based on accent.
26. You think of bagpipes as dance music.
27. You can spot a “costumed patron” on sight.
28. You correct your history teacher.
29. You greet a policeman by saying, “Good den, my good constable.”
30. You’ve had more faire husbands/wives than real ones.
31. A friend asks if you know where to sign up for a self defense class and you send them to the fencing booth.
32. The first thing you do when you get home is shower…the second thing you do is get undressed.
33. You correct “William Shakespeare” when he’s quoting himself.
34. You’ve gotten to the point where you *like* the taste of burlap.
35. Rock and Roll starts to sound like noise.
36. You have more cloaks than Batman.
37.Someone accuses Shakespeare of being a ghost writer and you jump upoutrages yelling, “He wrote those himself…I was there.”
38. You talk about paying for stuff in “pounds” – and you aren’t in England.
39. You know more about your Faire “Family” than your own.
40. You find a dead bug in your food and keep eating.
41. Your parents don’t recognize you OUT of costume.
42. You’re in the privy and you don’t notice the stench.
43. You call your Festival parents Mom and Dad and your real parents by their given names.
44. You can use the word “verily” in a sentence.
45. You cough up enough dust to fill a sandbox.
46. You can discuss the pros and cons of nylon vs. cotton lycra leggings and you’re a guy.
47. You bring bells, sticks, and hankies to aerobics. (Morris Dancers)
48. You look at a new vest and wonder where the sleeve ties are.
49. You can name the sheep your shirt came from.
50. You can’t wait till the end of summer so Festival can start.
51. It’s snowing and all you can think is, “At least the weather is period.”
52. You describe your religion as “bodice worshiper”.
53. You bring a wooden bowl with you . . . to work.
54. You’re surprised when somebody *isn’t* pagan.
55. You have more leather working tools than wood working tools . . . and you’re a carpenter.
56. You miss having sex in a tent.
57. You name your tent.
58. You bow to your boss.
59. You name your hamster “Percival the Avenger”.
60. Someone says they make computers and you ask, “What kind of pewter is that?”
61. You see a cute girl in the street and have to fight off the urge to say, “Good morrow, my lady.”
62. You’d rather wear a bodice than a bra.
63. You can put a broad sword down your bodice.
64. You like haggis, and you’re not Scottish.
65. You start to show the bus driver your gate pass.
66. You dream in your festival accent . . . and it doesn’t seem odd.
67. You’re standing in a furniture store thinking, “Gee, that fabric would make a terrific doublet . . . “
68. You have tan lines that match your bodice neckline, NOT your swimsuit.
69. You see someone wearing a purple polo shirt on the street and think, “Uh-oh, only royalty is supposed to wear that color.”
70. You take out your house keys . . . as you walk to your tent.
71. You always carry a dagger . . . just in case.
72. You KNOW what’s worn under a Scotsman’s kilt.
73. You have your Festival name printed on your business cards.
74. You need to photocopy something and you ask where you can find a scribe.
75. Someone outside of Festival introduces you and you wait for them to give your title.
76. You’ve won an argument with the Costume Director because your sources are better than theirs.
77. You actually know how to fence with a sword and mug.
78. You sign your festival name on your personal checks.
79. You see someone with a knife and all you can think is, “Why isn’t that peace-tied?”
80. You think of sheep as a *common* household pet.
81. If you date a man that shows more leg than you.
82. If your idea of a fun evening at home is laughing at the costumes on “Xena, Warrior Princess”.
83. If you consider bread and water lunch rather than torture.
84. If you think dust is one of the 4 basic food groups.
85. If your morning routine involves oiling or polishing something.
86. If someone asks you to lace them up, and it’s not their shoes.
87. If you’re a woman and most of your male friends have longer and prettier hair than you.
88. If you can spell Renaissance without looking it up.
89. If you feel undressed without at least 2 layers of clothing, yet run stark naked in the campground!
90. If you try to flip the “IN USE” sign on your bathroom at home.
91. If you consider a Rice Krispie treat, All Sport drink, Vivarin and a bottle of Pepto Bismol . . .breakfast.
92. If you consider the Maypole dance as “wrap music”.
93. If the concept of “sleeping in on the weekend” meets your definition of nostalgia.
94. If you and your significant other are sorting laundry and one of you has to ask, “Are these your tights or mine?”
95. If your idea of a perfect gift is a professional insult.
96. If you yell “HUZZAH!” when your team scores.
97. If a big hairy man insults your mother and you applaud.
98. If in August you try to flush the privy and by October you forget to flush anywhere.
99. If you can tie your shoes with Celtic knots.

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