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Jan. 15th, 2006

11:13 am - The Zen of waterfalls.

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In another instance of the sort of timely coincidences that routinely spice up my life, I came across this this morning:





It got me thinking.

There's something of a koan in there.

I think we all feel like the bear in this sooner or later, but I want to assert that, even though the bird words it like shit (for comedic value), he's essentially right in what he does and says. He could have stayed. And it would have done no good at all to anyone.

There's a moral to that story, but perhaps it's not what you might think at first. The moral is, you should NOT, ever, say, imply or think 'forever' when you're sitting on a raft.

The Zen of it is that sitting on rafts is what's more commonly referred to as 'life'. Which is okay. It makes the singing sweeter, in a way.

I made the mistake of thinking in terms of forever and now find it hard to rejoice for what I truly had, in the face of what I won't have anymore. It's my mistake, and mine to live with.


Otherwise, I went to wander into the forest for a while this afternoon. It felt nice. I'm not doing too bad; just a bit cold, but I'll get better.

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From:glashund
Date:January 15th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)

Madadayo

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A good point, and true. On the other hand, I think it's important to remember that the evanescence of all things should not lead one to give up the important ones too quickly; either extreme can lead to regrets.
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From:balinares
Date:January 15th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Madadayo

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Admittedly, my current concern leans more toward managing to give up something that was good and important to me, but you are certainly right. I've been too secluded, lately, I feel, but I hope to resume enjoying the now of you and other important ones soon. But thanks for the insight (and the discreet movie reference :)), dear. *hugs!*
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From:kelfstein
Date:January 16th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
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We all want some things to last forever, unfortunately forever is never forever. The hurting does end. *hugs*
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From:balinares
Date:January 16th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
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Admittedly, I'm not very good at letting go and moving on. That, and the tightly interconnected social webs that form around and between people on the Net mean that it's very hard not to regularly stumble upon, through friends of friends and common interests, the very ones you'd want to move on from.

Thank you for the kind words, at any rate, although I'll admit to you -- much to my shame! -- that I'm not sure who you may be. It feels like I'm going to have a moment of "Oh my GOD, it's YOU! *headslap*" when I find out, though! But still, thanks for the kindness, I truly appreciate it. *hugs back*
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From:kelfstein
Date:January 16th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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We have never met to my knowledge.
You commented about the unrest in France in a friends LJ, it was very different from the US media coverage (Big Shock....smirk). I saw you live in France and you post in english so I added you to my friends list. I don't speak french but plan to learn some as my sister speaks french and tries to visit france every few years and my boyfriend speaks french and wants to move to Quebec.
I am looking for furs from around the world to talk to or just to be able to get facts without media or government bias.
Plus you are interesting.
A question: is praline pie similar to american pecan pie?
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From:balinares
Date:January 16th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
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> You commented about the unrest in France in a friends LJ, it was very
> different from the US media coverage (Big Shock....smirk).

Oh, yes. Those events. Don't worry, they blew it out of proportion here too. "Paris Ablaze!" Right. There's been a grand total of one (1) car burnt in Paris over the course of the whole thing, as far as I know.

In fact, I live just a little north of one of the 'hot spots', and just a little south of another, and it's been quiet and peaceful as ever over here. I think the shock of the event itself carried more social weight than its actual magnitude, though.

> I don't speak french but plan to learn some...

Oh, by all means, please feel free to ask! For no clear reason that I can fathom, I generally love sharing in on the interesting insanity that is the French language.

Also, if you're on IM somewhere (ICQ, AIM, Yahoo...), that would work too; direct talking is, I've found, the most effective way to get into a language -- that's essentially how I learned English.

> I am looking for furs from around the world to talk to or just to be
> able to get facts without media or government bias.

Ah, well that's one thing I like too about the Internet at large. :)
So long as you don't overlook that people don't need to be in the media or the government to come with their own biases! I sure have my own, myself. :)

> Plus you are interesting.

Uh...
... Thanks, I'm truly flattered. {:) I think it's mostly that I don't generally post when I don't have something to say.

Also note that I tend to whine a lot in the friends-lock parts of this LJ (to which you henceforth have access -- welcome to my friends list!).

> A question: is praline pie similar to american pecan pie?

I've looked up pecan pie recipes, and then seem sort of similar, indeed, although praline pies, by virtue of being made with pralines, which already come with their own sugary goodness, are very easy to make: 1) spread pralines over a pie crust; 2) spread sour cream over the pralines; 3) bake. I kid you not. It's that simple. And it's to die for.

Also, I can't help taking note that you already seem to know kefen! May I ask where you know him from? He's one of my closest RL friends. :)
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From:kelfstein
Date:January 17th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
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Cool. My AIM is kelfstein, Yahoo is karl-minehart, ICQ is 313989601
I am online often.
I read you memories, they tell me a great deal about a person, Kefen responded to one of your posts, he sounds like he is a real trip so I friended him today.
Pralines are somewhat uncommon here and I think that our version of sour cream is different. I will have to find out and make a praline pie to find out for myself!
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From:balinares
Date:January 18th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
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There, added!

Be sure to post a picture of your praline pie when you make one -- it has something of a specific look, what with the praline sugar melting together with the cream. :)

(And yeah, Kefen is a very fun guy and a great friend to boot, I adore him!)
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From:balinares
Date:January 16th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for the kind words, dear! *hugs!*
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From:narossoulfox
Date:February 22nd, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
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So, about you know what... send me a link, or directions to naros@tigress.com? Merely curious, ofcourse.

I also found a friend of mine on the site, which I found to be hilarious. :3
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