# 225:

Without the heart,
words and meanings fall apart.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 196:

This is the future the science fiction
writers warned us about decades ago.

The surprise is how voluntarily
we have accepted our brainwashing.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 167:

Where you’ve been matters less
than where you are.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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I Knew A Young Man


















I knew a young man
Who drank warm water
Right from the faucet,
From his cupped hand.

Everything he did,
An act of defiance,
An act of strength,
His way through the world.

They sent him to the war
And he didn’t last a week.





~ Poem and photograph by Russ Allison Loar
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# 174:

When you say “no” to one thing
you are saying “yes” to another.

No and yes are partners.
Each is half of the whole.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 146:

If your life is going way too fast,
go stand in line at the DMV.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 120:

We pray for help, for miracles,
but actions have their consequences.
It is the way of this world.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 22:

It is my singular ambition to be an angel.
The other stuff is weakness.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 192:

Being true to yourself
does not require anyone else’s approval.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 224:

Morality is not about what you think,
but how you behave.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 248:

I’m trying to increase
the escape velocity
of my soul.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 156:

Nothing is hidden.
Life is about learning how to see
what is already here.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 142:

Once you create an angry mob,
there’s no turning back.
The mob is in control.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 206:

If you could travel back in time,
you would forget how you got there.

# 235:

The truth you believe may not exist
beyond your imagination.




One Cup Of Coffee















S o many of us are struggling,
Tormented by work and money,
Dysfunctional families,
Disease and decadence,
Political injustice,
Weather,
Inertia.

Yet each morning,
After only one cup of coffee,
I am glad to be alive
One more day.




~ Russ Allison Loar
~ Artwork by Christian René aka runnerfrog
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# 229:

Moment by moment we check for messages,
as if we were all heart transplant surgeons,
waiting for the call.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 53:

What you do matters.
Who you are matters more.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 79:

A poem is like an orgasm.
If it lasts too long,
the poet is probably faking it.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 57:

In the blink of an eye
it’s Monday again,
eternal Monday.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 138:

Now that we have infinite choices of information to ingest in this technological age, there are few, if any, predictable paths to self-identity, to self-realization. Now, each of us can carve out a distinctly original, distinctly personal path to being and becoming. Now that we have these tools, we should be increasingly skeptical of those who would prescribe the course of our lives.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 99:

Life is for discovering
what we already possess.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 103:

Human beings
may be the only animals
that wonder.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 55:

Answers can be found in silence.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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Mindings