Mental Health Break: Poetry


You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver

Things What That Make Happy

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Beagle in the sun

Mental Health Break: Vid

It’s been a “Mental health break?” “Make mine a double.” kind of day so here is your MHB Numero Dos:

Mental Health Break – Music

I always need a mental health break on Monday mornings.

Mental Health Break: Music

The Kittens Stay!

One of my favorite websites is Letters of Note.  Today they have a letter from Mark Twain which he posted permanently on his front door after his home was burgled in 1908.

Image of a Mark Twain letter as it appears on the website Letters of Note. Click to enlarge.

That’s the signpost up ahead…

from the TV series "The Twilight Zone"

If you are a major Twilight Zone fan, you can be my friend.  Rod Serling and that entire original series rocked my world.  But even if you are not a geeked out follower of the show, you will probably enjoy the episode called “The Hunt”.  Rod Serling opens the show thusly:

An old man and a hound named Rip, off for an evening’s pleasure in quest of raccoon. Usually, these evenings end with one tired old man, one battle-scarred hound dog, and one or more extremely dead raccoons; but as you may suspect, that will not be the case tonight. These hunters won’t be coming home from the hill. They’re headed for the backwoods of the Twilight Zone.

It’s a sappy story so well done that you don’t even mind.  Some of the things I enjoyed from the episode:

  • Dogs belong in the house, not outside by themselves.
  • Dogs get fed from the owner’s plate.
  • Dogs aren’t impressed by liars.
  • It is well worth reciprocating a dog’s loyalty.

Watch it here.  Enjoy.

Those Old Yellow Magazine Clippings

H/T to They are What They Eat

One of my Favorite Things is looking at old dog photos. I came across a collection on Photobucket of some good ones:

Flatcoated Retriever photos

Beagle photos

Saluki photos (another breed on my wish list)

and another of my fetishes: old clippings about what people fed dogs before the invention of commercial dog food