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  1. NikolaiI's Avatar
    Your tastes are impeccable
    Blake is quite dear, and right up there with Goethe and Shelley in measure of brilliant poets
  2. farnoosh's Avatar
    "The ends of the earth"
    are open to you;
    a shimmering vision,
    it all becomes true.... I loved this part
  3. PeterL's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Muse
    While it is true there are some people (maybe a lot of people) who get tattoos just because they think it looks cool, or because they think it makes them look tough, or whatever.

    But all the reasons I stated above are the reasons why several people who I personally know have tattoos. Their tattoos are both deeply personal, and spiritual to them, as well as representing and symbolize experiences they have had within their own lives.

    And I know this is the case for many other people as well.
    Yes, people get tattoos for many different reasons.

    I myself am considering getting a tattoo for these same reasons. I have actually been intrigued by the idea of having a tattoo for a very long time, since I was in high school I have thought about it. But I wasn't going to be the kind of person who got a tattoo just to get one, and I never really found the right thing that felt "right" that I would want permanently upon my body. I could think of lots of things that would look cool but nothing that really seemed significant enough.

    And I finally have found that "right" thing which I would like to carry with me upon my flesh as an outward reflection of what is within my heart and soul.

    Also for the record it will not be a stock image, but a deigned I created myself.
    I understand. I used to think about getting a tattoo, but what would I want to wear forever, or until I was inclined to have dermabrasion or simply slice off some skin. If I ever think of something appropriate, then I may have it done, or maybe not.
  4. Dark Muse's Avatar
    While it is true there are some people (maybe a lot of people) who get tattoos just because they think it looks cool, or because they think it makes them look tough, or whatever.

    But all the reasons I stated above are the reasons why several people who I personally know have tattoos. Their tattoos are both deeply personal, and spiritual to them, as well as representing and symbolize experiences they have had within their own lives.

    And I know this is the case for many other people as well.

    I myself am considering getting a tattoo for these same reasons. I have actually been intrigued by the idea of having a tattoo for a very long time, since I was in high school I have thought about it. But I wasn't going to be the kind of person who got a tattoo just to get one, and I never really found the right thing that felt "right" that I would want permanently upon my body. I could think of lots of things that would look cool but nothing that really seemed significant enough.

    And I finally have found that "right" thing which I would like to carry with me upon my flesh as an outward reflection of what is within my heart and soul.

    Also for the record it will not be a stock image, but a deigned I created myself.
  5. PeterL's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Muse
    Everyone has their own reasons for getting tattoos and piercings. I do not think it is necessiarly always either to enhance or distract from ones appearance.
    Yes, they may not be done for the purpose of enhancing or detracting from one's personal appearance, but tattoos and piercings do either improve someone's personal appearance or detract from it.

    Tattoos and piercings are a way for a person to express themselves, and a part of who they are as a person. And tattoos in particular can have very deep personal meanings to the people who get them. They can tell a persons life story, they can be reminders of things that happened, inspirations, they can commemorate something positive, give encouragement and strength to the person wearing them.
    If someone struggled with something in their life and get a tattoos representing that struggle, when they see it can help give them strength to overcome future struggles.

    They can, but more often they are stock images, but some people's lives are pretty much stock.

    It can also be an honor of old tribal traditions if one comes from an ancestry in which tattooing was a part of that culture.
    That is possible, but relatively rare.

    It can be a way of immortalizing something upon your skin that is a very important and significant part of you and who you are.
    But usually they are stock images.
  6. Virgil's Avatar
    Oh gosh. That's horrible. I know that feeling of hopelessness when one panics and doesn't know what to do. Other than what napoleon told you to do, there wasn't much you could have done. Whether pricking the wallpaper open was a bad thing, I don't know. It would have had to happen at some point, and you might as well know the extent of the problem. So don't be down on yourself for that. Hope it gets repaired soon.
  7. Dark Muse's Avatar
    Everyone has their own reasons for getting tattoos and piercings. I do not think it is necessiarly always either to enhance or distract from ones appearance.

    Tattoos and piercings are a way for a person to express themselves, and a part of who they are as a person. And tattoos in particular can have very deep personal meanings to the people who get them. They can tell a persons life story, they can be reminders of things that happened, inspirations, they can commemorate something positive, give encouragement and strength to the person wearing them.

    If someone struggled with something in their life and get a tattoos representing that struggle, when they see it can help give them strength to overcome future struggles.

    It can also be an honor of old tribal traditions if one comes from an ancestry in which tattooing was a part of that culture.

    It can be a way of immortalizing something upon your skin that is a very important and significant part of you and who you are.
  8. PeterL's Avatar
    I have noticed that the variety of images is very wide.
  9. Iain Sparrow's Avatar
    I have a tattoo on my chest of the Gryphon from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It's curled up and sleeping peacefully. You can actually have something literate and meaningful on your body.
  10. PeterL's Avatar
    It may be nice to be nice, but it is more intellectually and philosophically satisfying to be true to one's ideals, even if that does mean pointing out, rather obliquely, that someone is a moron.

    This isn't my best, but it's worthwhile.

    BTW, hundreds or even thousands read my blog, and I hope that some more will find the compilations in print or on Kindle are also worthwhile.
  11. AuntShecky's Avatar
    I think this is a good post, but who am I to judge?

    Seriously though, you make some good points. Most of us Americans have been raised on the principle of "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." Normally, that's a good rule to live by, but as you say, we can take our reluctance to "judge" to the extreme.

    Wouldn't you love it though if you could tell somebody he's a moron w/o getting punched in the nose?

    PS I hope I'm not the only NitLetter reading your blogs. They're too good to be ignored.
  12. Bluebiird's Avatar
    I've actually set aside a notebook just for that, but it takes a while to write it in detail. So far I'm only half way through my birth........
  13. Virgil's Avatar
    Why thank you Qimi. Well, grandfather you cannot be (well I guess you could with some surgery...lol) but you can certainly be a doting grandmother. Not sure if you're one already but perhaps your children will bless you someday.
  14. qimissung's Avatar
    Rosie is adorable! And Matthew is adorable with her. Everyone should get to be around small children and puppies and kittens on a regular basis. I always feel like the grandfather on "Everybody Loves Raymond," inhaling the scent of their innocence and beauty and life.
  15. Virgil's Avatar
    Oh I'm so glad to hear you don't have any health issues. GREAT!

    You should never let water drip into your house. It can only lead to bad things. I've got a drip around the back door, but only on a windy rain when it comes from a certain direction. No matter how much I caulk everywhere I still get that darn drip.

    What a family saga you have. Have you ever thought about writing a crazy family novel? You have a lot of material there.

    If my son ever gets to be lazy, I'll remember your advice.

    Rosie is a great name for a dog!
  16. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calidore
    Labs are great dogs; we had one also. Two things to be aware of: They are very energetic and active pretty much their whole lives, and they are intelligent enough to get bored.
    Yes, thank you. This is our second Lab. If you go a few blog posts back here on my Lit Net blog you can see the post on where our previous dog was too ill and had to be put down. We had her as a pup too, and before Brandi we had a Golden Retriever, also raised from a pup, and they are as active as Labs.
  17. Virgil's Avatar
    Oops, apparently the second link was the same as the first in the post above. A little bird gave me a heads up. It's all fixed now. The second link takes you to the post with pictures of the litter.
  18. Calidore's Avatar
    Labs are great dogs; we had one also. Two things to be aware of: They are very energetic and active pretty much their whole lives, and they are intelligent enough to get bored.
  19. farnoosh's Avatar
    She's so precious! I agree, every family needs a dog although we're more a cat lover family plus my mom doesn't like dogs that much. But just looking at this cute little one makes me want one too Great pics Virgil, thank you!
  20. Bluebiird's Avatar
    Didn't want to do two blogs so putting the rest in here.

    Recent news for me.

    My ultrasound was fine. There seem to be no abnormalities and the thing that happened that set me down this course hasn't happened again, yet, so maybe it was just something to do with my hormones or diet or environment or stress or something like that. If it happens again I'll go back to the doctor.
    Napoleon's back from Canada. Haven't seen him yet but had to call him regarding the next item.
    My the ceiling in my bedroom leaks. Well, technically the vent. The other day I went up to bed. It was raining heavily. Suddenly I see drips of water running down the wall. I have posters and nice pictures on that wall. I recently put up a nice picture of some irises. The water trickled in one trail from the vent, some way above the picture, was absorbed by the picture and came out the bottom of it in 4-6 separate trails Right next to my bed, so I can't reach down there easily (there's a ton of stuff under my bed. I'm not kidding it's a mess). I wondered if the irises were cursed but I don't think so, they absorbed at least a little bit of the water.
    What worries me most is that I have an extension cable down there and water and electrics don't mix.
    I mopped up the water and that, combined with the rain letting up seemed to stop it. I checked around that are and found a little blister where water had gotten under the wall paper. Not wanting to let it rot in there I stabbed the blister and drained out the little bit of water. Now I have to keep an eye on it when it's raining heavily, like now for example. So I'm finally ending here.

    Bluebiird out
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