is the poetry of Mary Oliver. For example:
You are young. So you know everything. You leap into the boat and begin rowing. But, listen to me. Without fanfare, without embarrassment, without any doubt, I talk directly to your soul. Listen to me. Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, and your heart, and heart’s little intelligence, and listen to me. There is life without love. It is not worth a bent penny, or a scuffed shoe. It is not worth the body of a dead dog nine days unburied. When you hear, a mile away and still out of sight, the churn of the water as it begins to swirl and roil, fretting around the sharp rocks- when you hear that unmistakable pounding- when you feel the mist on your mouth and sense ahead the embattlement, the long falls plunging and steaming- then row, row for your life toward it.
-from west wind
Also, my computer’s not working right. It’s been getting slower for weeks, like a clogging drain, and as of today web pages won’t really load anymore. Even in another browser, still slow, still ground to a halt. Other stuff is slow, too- itunes and even opening word processing files. I had the anti-virus thing check for viruses- no viruses. I had the other thing check for spyware- none of that. What could it be? Any advice? I know y’all not only use your computers but might actually know how they work, too, unlike me. I can’t be trusted to maintain anything more highly evolved than a bicycle. Halp! Is slow!