Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Optimism Contentment & Karma

Three kinds of souls, three prayers: 
1) I am a bow in your hands, Lord. Draw me, lest I rot. 
2) Do not overdraw me, Lord.  I shall break. 
3) Overdraw me, Lord, and who cares if I break.
— Nikos Kazantzakis, born in  1883

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph 

Artist Foundations Are Now Worth More Than $7 Billion. What’s Driving Them?

According to new research, assets owned by artist-endowed foundations more than doubled in the five-year period between 2011 and 2015, rising 120 percent to $7.66 billion from $3.48 billion. In comparison, the assets of all foundations nationally grew 40 percent during the same period. – Artnet