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Mardi Gras, Day 1

Bunburying Anonymous was conceived because of the number of my friends that I'm convinced are bunburyists. If you're not sure what this is a reference to, click on the link on the left.
Some thoughts about bunburying...

Thoreau: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to confront only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. … I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner…”

Gandi: “My life is my message.”


Garcia Marquez: “…he allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”   From, Love in the Time of Cholera.


I get by with a little help from my friends....

More reminders...
John Gardner: "Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account."

CG Jung: “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
From a Taoism book, “There is only one universal goal: a gracious death with no regrets.”


Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.”

            -Henry David Thoreau


Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.”

            -Rainer Maria Rilke


...And the way one can find oneself strewn
so inattentively across life, across time.
Those who touch us, those whom we touch,
we hold them or we let them go
as though it were such a small matter.
How even know in truth how much
of mind should be memory, no less
what portion of self should be others
rather than self?  Across life, across time,
as though it were such a small matter.

-C.K. Williams, from "Lessons"


Down on Bleeker St.


"I have invented an invaluable permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down into the country whenever I choose. Bunbury is perfectly invaluable."