stranger than fiction; strong as individual truth

Quills are many things, including (but not limited to)

  1. A pen that is made from a feather
  2. The hollow central part of a feather
  3. A large, stiff feather from the wing or tail of a bird
  4. The spines from a porcupine
  5. The hollow horny shaft of a feather
  6. A bobbin spool or spindle for yarn
  7. A hollow reed (Germanic term kil)
  8. A float for a fishing line
  9. To make a series of small rounded ridges in cloth
  10. To pierce with quills
  11. A coffee shop in Kentucky
  12. A movie from the year 2000

“One hundred and forty million years ago, a creature struggled to escape the harsh, horizontal world. It became lean and strong and developed into a magnificent climber. Then, driven by the gears of success and evolution it developed the feather & freedom.”

– a tag from an Arc’teryx backpack I purchased in 2001. I don’t have the backpack anymore; yet these words have persisted through time.

Quills Coffee, a place I’ve never been in Louisville, Kentucky – something you wouldn’t know; the phrase ‘In Kentucky’ stated in a country singers tone Innn Kenntuckyyy by lengthening the consonants slightly has been a comfort to me in times of distress.
It makes me laugh a little when I reflect on this long strange road we all travel.

Quills movie, a familiar Kauffman film from the year 2000
Description: A fictional work that reconstructs the unknown fate of the Marquis de Sade, the writer and sexual deviant who was imprisoned in an insane asylum for the last 10 years of his life. The Marquis de Sade befriends the director of the asylum and shares affections with the asylum laundress.

One of my favorite exchanges from this movie is between the Marquis de Sade & Coulmier, a preist and holy man charged with running the asylum.

I write of the great, eternal truths that bind together all mankind. The whole world over, we eat, we shit, we fuck, we kill and we die.

Marquis de Sade

But we also fall in love, we build cities, we compose symphonies, and we endure. Why not put that in your books as well?

Abbé du Columier

That’s it, five simple terms and conditions apply to humanity; and balancing the scales is the creative nature that flourishes within each and every person. It’s a deep well that we all drink from; to create is also to destroy.

The example aforementioned – this creation of a well, requires to dig deep into the earth; destroying any life that previously existed including the feathers of birds that would be singing in the boughs of the trees cut down to make space for the place.

In doing so, the human engineering and ingenuity enables a continuation of life for multiple generations.

There’s also a darker side to it. In writing and in speech, the expression is ‘poisoning the well’ – a type of fallacy where irrelevant adverse information about a target is preemptively presented to an audience, with the intention of discrediting or ridiculing something that the target person is about to say.

Basically simplified to ‘your reputation proceeds you’.

What you do matters greatly, integrity in how you do it matters most, and paramount to all is your words that you’ve gathered, to the best of your abilities. There’s a motivational quote I enjoy from a children’s writer, long since departed from this earth.

“Do it with passion – or not at all”

Rosa Nochette Carry

Your words will persist and permeate into the cracks and crevices of the minds of many. Make them noteworthy. Make them epic. Make them soft and sweet; whatever your flavor is. Keep them humanely human.

How did we wander from warblers to warm welcomes on screen to natures abhorrence unseen?

Well, dear reader; you see, everyone is a teacher – not everyone is a student. Learn something new, or get stronger from the struggle; it’s ultimately up to you to determine the outcome of the day. Let the rest float away – tie your woes to the string of a balloon and let them float away. You do not control others, only your reaction. Some may try to burst your bubble, it’s temporary; everything is.

May your cup be filled with joy, your mind calm, and the world opening up to the boundless pleasure that you have to share with it; together on this big, beautiful, blue marble.

Be well, today & all days

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