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    So many stories, none that you want to hear. ▶︎ I suppose this is a way to record my life; to collect everything I’ve done to keep it from disappearing when I’m gone. It is difficult to know when and how you are getting old, but easy to see your friends’ hair turn gray. Their days are as long as yours. I was my father’s executor, then my mother’s, and then Pamela’s. Their things, their lives, fell through my hands like sand. There was no way for me to save them. I used to try to separate one thing from another — a book project, a painting, a pile of photographs, notes scribbled on pieces of paper — but in the end, everything relates. Putting it all in one place at least keeps things from getting lost. ​ Reading Montainge has given me permission to write, just as his reading of Seneca and Epictetus provided the same to him. I am not alone in this, and that gives me comfort. One cannot escape one’s history, one needs to live in it. ​ Sometimes you will see this: ▶︎ ​ Click on it and it will take you somewhere else. Or you can use the red square menu in the upper right. ​ I had a great idea, but it escapes me now. ▶︎ “I quote others only in order the be t ter to express myself.” ― Mic hel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays ▶︎ ​ I was looking for a project, but the project found me. Beware not of big mistakes, but of small omissions. ▶︎ I will try to be honest, to the extent that I can be honest with myself. This is not easy, as it is almost impossible to separate myself from my — and other’s — expectations. ​ I suppose that is the problem of our time, figuring out where one begins and ends. Reading history helps, since it provides evidence that we were not always like this, and the notion of the self has changed many times in as many different places. ​ We are the thing, and simultaneously, the idea of the thing. ​ Suppose you wake up one day and realize that what you… Follow me on Instagram

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    1. So many stories, none that you want to hear. 2. Sometimes, the best of times were other times. 3. Maybe it would be be t ter if we just went away. 4. Beware not of big mistakes, but of small omissions. 5. Neither of us is able to close the door. 6. Suppose we just take a walk. 7. I don’t know how to make lasagna. 8. To get to the other side of the road, you usually have to check the tra f fic. 9. What if there was more than one place named Tulsa? 10. A li t tle boy looked back to see a man get killed. 11. Nowhere in the instructions did it say that you couldn’t start over. 12. Timing is nothing compared to the expiration date. 13. So many boys, so few men. 14. Li t tle did I know how li t tle I knew. 15. Some days it feels like one can have it all. Other days it feels like it’s all gone. 16. A funny thing happened on the way to the store. 17. There were fewer of us in the elevator than it could hold. 18. Now then, is it time to start up or stop? I can’t remember. 19. So many men, so few libraries. 20. You know, I don’t think you should do that thing you do anymore. 21. Needless to say, it was best le f t unsaid. 22. At this point in time, some people still want to tell me whom I can love. At another point in time, I could have sold them for dog meat. Deal! 23. Who’s afraid of [f***ing] Virginia Wolfe? 24. Alice doesn’t [need] to live here anymore. 25. Alice doesn’t [want] to live here anymore. 26. Alice doesn’t [have] to live here anymore. 27. Too much time, not enough men. 28. Once upon a time, very bad things happened here. 29. My neighbor doesn’t have a cell phone or computer. 30. Maybe he wasn’t the right one a f ter all. 31. The best way to stop is to start sooner. 32. Every once in a while, a very odd man comes over to my place. 33. Now and then we went for a ​ ​ ride. 34. Maybe it’s time to take a very long nap. 35. There were signs we were in the wrong place. 36. A big tree died in the middle of the forest and didn’t fall down. 37. All he ever wanted was a small place in the country. 38. He always tried to see the forest through the trees. 39. Every so o f ten, good people found themselves unable to swim. 40. It seems like there are never enough chairs for everyone. 41. Every time it rains, the color of the trees changes. 42. The sound of rain on the ceiling was like the sound of rain on the ceiling. 43. As for his bath, it wasn’t very wet. 44. There was an unlikely number of options at the time. 45. Now, what about it do you not get? 46. Take a le f t at the second right and make a U-turn. 47. What about taking a break from it all and having a drink? 48. The floor met the wall at the edge of time. 49. Maybe it wasn’t the best thing to do at the time, but who knew? 50. If you want anything out of me, you have to ask nice. 51. He wanted to jump, but the rail was too high and he didn’t want to rip his pants. 52. You know the only way I’ll go there is if you come with me. 53. Too bad you can’t see out the window, the view is so nice. 54. We were always looking for a new restaurant. 55. You always argue about the same thing. 56. We both like to wear very tight ones. 57. There was no reason to believe we would still be alive. 58. The rooms above were nicer than the ones below. 59. The view from the balcony was always something to look at. 60. The one who will not bite. 61. The line that describes this is not clear. 62. Sometimes it doesn’t ma t ter what you think. 63. I never really wanted to make him angry. + 64. She knew from a lot of clues that it wasn’t going to work out. 65. She had everything any girl could want, except her own room. 66. Why does one cry while listening to the opera, but not the blender? 67. One did and the other didn’t. 68. Now, how did it get to this? 69. Contrary to what he may have said, the sky wasn’t falling. 70. Never before did he seem so sure of himself. 71. How come mother loved you so much more than she loved me? 72. Maybe it’s time for everyone to go home. 73. Ladies who lunch always say they want to please you. 74. It was obvious that the facts didn’t match the truth. 75. It was clear the day wasn’t going to work out the way we had planned. 76. Why is there no way to get the answer to the question at hand? 77. In all the time I knew him, he never said anything. 78. However did we get here? And how do we get out? 79. How about a ride in my fast car? 80. Some of you never get to see this side of me. 81. He had hoped it would end in a more pleasant manner. 82. It turns out there are more than just the two of us. 83. Sometimes it is di f ficult to see both sides of the issue. 84. I ate him and spat him out. 85. There was not much I could do to change the outcome. 86. In a situation like this, one needs to be able to chew gum. 87. What would happen if we just stopped. 88. The source of my anger is o f ten unknown to me. 89. Those who want to leave may do so now. 90. It seems that the best story is the one the waitress tells a f ter closing. 91. In no way did she intend to show any malice towards him. 92. You are so pre t ty, so pre t ty, so pre t ty. … So? 93. I am absolutely, positively, really sure that he doesn’t know. 94. “Not in this lifetime” means never. 95. Neither of us is patient enough. 96. Strange that. 97. Sort of like... if he did and then didn’t... and would it ma t ter? 98. Your children are of no interest to me. 99. If you don’t want to be in the same room as me, go home. 100. If you think that you can tell me what I should look like, don’t. 101. If you think that you can decide what I can and can’t do, you’re wrong. 102. Things are be t ter le f t unsaid if they are too stupid to say in the first place. 103. One can never have too few pieces of furniture. 104. The trick is to spend more for less. 105. I had a great idea, but it escapes me now. 106. There were never enough days in the year. 107. tom shelf. The best ones are never on the bo t 108. 100 men are 99 too many. 109. Cows never need to clean up a f ter themselves. 110. Super-Duper. San-Diago. South-Dakota. Same-Day. St.-Dominic. Sans-Definition. Sand-Dollar. So-Done. Say-Do. Salt-Dough. Suit-Dress. Sock-Drawer. S-O-B. Sac-Dep. Sad-Dog. Si-Duck. Sick-Day. Sit-Down. 111. Too many times around the block. 112. Living in the city makes it easier to get away. 113. Living in the country makes it more di f ficult to go somewhere. 114. Give me a few minutes of your time and I'll give you a few of mine. 115. Just because it is wri t ten doesn't mean it is writ. 116. Hovering above the conversation was another. 117. How do I get to the next light? 118. A day in the country usually takes three days. 119. So you think you know, and so do I. 120. Every time it rains, people stay home and shop. 121. Just because you are taller than me doesn't mean you can look down on me. 122. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

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