The Psychopomp Garden

Month: December, 2013

Kigore Trout…

—Kurt Vonnegut


can’t help but explore…

Creative people who can’t help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane.

—R. D. Laing


—Kurt Vonnegut


Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.

—R. D. Laing


Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson, born 10 December 1830, died 15 May 1886


“We meet no Stranger, but Ourself”
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”
“Hope is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul.”
“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.”
“Forever is composed of nows.”
“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.”
“I don’t profess to be profound; but I do lay claim to common sense.”
“it is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.”
“A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.”
“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”

Dickinson was an American poet who is acknowledged as one of the most original and influential poets of the 19th Century.

She was an Introvert who almost never left her room, and conducted all her friendships via correspondence.


“Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism.” 

― Thomas Merton

art enables…

art enables...

a life…

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.

—Thomas Merton

finding himself…

In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for ‘finding himself.’ If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.

—Thomas Merton

radiance of their own discovery…

“Preachers err by trying to talk people into belief; better they reveal the radiance of their own discovery.”

—Joseph Campbell