Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia


Magpie Definition From Devil's Dictionary

Magpie, noun: A bird whose theivish disposition suggested to someone that it might be taught to talk.

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

Thought for Today: Talking To The Self

Morning sun rising over Logan Pass in Glacier National Park in Wyoming

When you talk to yourself in your mind, which self do you address? And how? Usually people do not talk to their divinity, but to the most superficial aspects of their everyday personality. And often its a stream of fears, complaints and mindless repetition of old things. If we talked that way to another human being, we would have to apologise. Learning to talk properly to the self is a spiritual endeavour. Thoughts from the past and worries about the future do not create good conversation. Instead learn to talk to your mind as if it were a child. Talk to it with love. If you just force a child to sit down, he won't. A good mother knows how to prompt her child into doing what she wants. Be a good mother to your mind, teach it good, positive thoughts so that when you tell it to sit quietly, it will. Love your mind. Stay happy.

Horrors of Modern Life

Blonde American actress Jessica Simpson shows her cleavage in a dress

The three horrors of modern life — talk without meaning, desire without love, work without satisfaction.

American journalist and author whose works include "Neurotic's Notebook" (1913 - 1983)

Definition of Heaven

Brunette actress Delta Goodrem has a warm friendly smile

Heaven (noun) — A place where the wicked cease from troubling you with talk of their personal affairs, and the good listen with attention while you expound your own.

American journalist and fabulist best-known for his satirical lexicon The Devil's Dictionary (1842 - 1914)

Would Have Two Mouths And One Ear

If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

The Artist's Way Every Day - November 18th

Blonde model Malin Akerman in white blouse and tight shorts

Answered prayers are scary. They imply responsibility. You asked for it. Now that you've got it, what are you going to do? Answered prayers deliver us back to our own hand. This is not comfortable. We find it easier to accept them as examples of synchronicity. It's my experience that we're much more afraid that there might be a God than we are that there might not be. People talk about how dreadful it would be if there were no God. I think such talk is hooey. Most of us are a lot more comfortable feeling we're not being watched too closely.

The Artist's Way Every Day - November 17th

Pretty blonde in red bikini holds up her untied top

As artists, we have antennae sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of those around us. We can be chilled by indifference, hurt by lack of consideration, and we can be exhausted and diminished if we are in the company of those who talk down to us or treat us subtly like the identified patient: "Oh, you and your crazy ideas." As artists, we need our crazy ideas, and we need those who don't think they're too crazy. Symphonies and screenplays begin as crazy ideas. So do novels and nocturnes, bronzes and ballets.

The Artist's Way Every Day - November 7th

Blonde beauty Petra Nemcova leans against a wall in colorful pink outfit

In our personal friendships, we require peers who see and acknowledge the skills we bring to the table. It is perfectly fine to talk with friends about our career situations and our fiscal dilemmas, but if those friends are giving us advice from their own considerable professional acuity and attainment, that should get some small and nod from us, as ours hopefully does from them. This reciprocity of respect may be largely tacit, but it must be there. We deserve recognition and respect and acknowledgement for the actual worth of our investment of time, talent and keen observation.

The Artist's Way Every Day - October 4th

Brunette model Carla Ossa poses next to tree in green flower bikini

Most writers don't want to hear that there are some very straightforward cures for procrastination. A daily habit of Morning Pages will train the censor to stand aside and make procrastination much more difficult to practice on any and all writing. Artist Dates will create an inner welling up of thoughts and ideas that will become more and more pressing to put on the page. Blasting Thought Blocks, a quick listing of fears and resentments about a project, will often lean the channel to write. Above all else, a week of Media Deprivation in which you do not read, watch TV see movies or listen to talk radio will force even the most adroit procrastinator toward the page with a certain eagerness.

Thought for Today: Wisdom

The amazing Iguazu Falls in Argentina

The one who is wise is free from careless or negative talk about others. When someone is talking about another person's shortcomings, I need to question why I am listening: is this information of any use to me, or can I do anything about the situation? If not, then I need to remind myself that there is no use in listening to such talk. Instead, I need to make an attempt to look at the positive qualities of the person in question, and think about how I can help everyone focus on these instead.

Who Talks A Lot Will Get Little Done

Who talks a lot will get little done.

The Product Of Slavery Never Can Be Great

Blonde Playboy model Jennifer Lynn smiles wearing a pink shirt

What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn’t have done it. Who was it who said, Blessed is the man who has found his work? Whoever it was he had the right idea in his mind. Mark you, he says his work — not somebody else’s work. The work that is really a man’s own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man’s work and cannot lose it. When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

Good Things Will Be Yours

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.

What Is Rock Journalism

Brunette model Raquel Pomplun was Playmate of the Month for April 2012

Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.

Legendary composer, singer-songwriter and electric guitarist (1940 - 1993)

Thought for Today: Talk Lovingly To Yourself

The middle fork of Flathead river in Glacier National Park, Montana

Learning to talk properly to the self is a spiritual endeavor. When you make a mistake, do you talk lovingly to yourself in your mind, or do you tell yourself off? One habit recognises your divinity; the other subtly shapes a nature of sorrow.

The Artist's Way Every Day - May 7th

Brunette beauty Alba Riquelme was Miss Universe Paraguay 2011

Art thrives on life. Life feeds it, enriches it, enlarges it. Cloistering ourselves away from life in the name of being artists causes us to run the risk of producing art that is arid, artless, and yes, heartless. For most artists, there is something risky about too much unstructured time, too much freedom to make nothing but art. We talk about self-expression, but we must develop a self to express. A self is developed not only alone, but in community. Days jobs help not only to pay the rent but also to build stamina and structure. Artists need both. A novel can be a vast savannah in I wander alone — a musical may mean six years sailing across uncharted seas. Navigators need the stars to structure their voyages. We artists, too, need other points of reference to stay on course.

Have Not Done Much Today

Blonde actress Bridget Fonda is daughter of famed actor Peter Fonda

If you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today.

Can Dance If You Can Walk

Brunette American actress Sarah Shahi shows her cleavage in a black dress

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.

The Artist's Way Every Day - April 20th

Blonde model Heidi Montag wades through surf wearing dark blue bikini top

It is the ego's dicey proposition that as artists we should always be "special" and different. The ego likes to be set apart. It likes to look down its node at the rest of humanity. Such isolation is actually damaging. It is like the reverse of the Midas touch turning everything golden into a problem. Let us say we have fear — as all humans do — the ego would have having "artistic fear" which sounds like a specialized something that perhaps only an expert, and an expenseive expert at that, could help us cope with. If we have plain old ordinary fear, then we are within reach of a solution. Fear has been with humankind for millennia and we do know what to do about it — pray about it, talk about it, feel the fear, and do it anyway. It is only by courting humility that we stand a chance as artists. We we choose to join the human condition rather than set ourselves apart from it, we begin at one to experience relief.