Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia


The Artist's Way Every Day - April 10th

Doutzen Kroes poses in a blue swimsuit as part of 2009 VS swimsuit collection

As artists, we have a different kind of accountability than many people. What pays us and pays off in the long run is really the caliber of our work. As artists, we have an inner Geiger counter and it ticks loud and clear when we are near pay dirt — first-rate, high-caliber ore that means we are working at the top of our form. Because this device is an inner one, it isn't easily fooled by the prestige of a certain venue or the lack of another. What it detects is quality. It knows the real thing when it is near it. This is what "accountability" is for an artist, the blunt assessment: Is it any good? It boils down to the simple fact that artists respect good art — and we respect ourselves when we make it.

Be To Her Faults A Little Blind

Blonde Belarusian model Aksana Samuylova poses wearing black glasses and a black frilly shirt

Be to her virtues very kind. Be to her faults a little blind.

English poet and diplomat (1664 - 1721)

Thought for Today: Banish Ego

The patio in the part of Alhambra complex located in hills above Granada, Spain

Ego is not just having a big head. Ego is present every time you feel any kind of fear, or hear yourself saying "That's mine!". The truth tells us that nothing is 'mine' or 'yours', we are all trustees, and fear is only present where there is the voice of attachment. So where there is ego, there is attachment, and where there is attachment there is fear, and where there is fear there cannot be love and where there is no love there is misery. This is why there is so much unhappiness in the world. Detach from everything, and you will banish ego, fear will be no more, only then can true love return, and our oldest friend happiness will feel it is then safe to make a reappearance in your life..

Recreation Definition From Devil's Dictionary

RECREATION, noun A particular kind of dejection to relieve a general fatigue.

Without Bending To Make Ourselves Acceptable

Irish actor Brendan Gleeson

I think it was a possibility, I think we're all kind of delusional like that, we think that we can all carry on being who we are without bending ourselves to make ourselves acceptable and expect someone to come along and see to us and rescue to us.

Irish actor (born 1955)

Thought for Today: Heal Yourself

Dual rainbows over field with hay bales in Padstow, England

The deepest wounds we all carry are locked in our subconscious (out of our awareness). Deep memories and subtle impressions, from unfinished experience, rooted in the past. The pain from those wounds comes to revisit, to block and paralyze us in the moment called now. We all know it comes without warning — "Why am I feeling this way, I didn't mean to do that, I don't know what made me say that." Healing does not mean finding and treating every single inner scar which send it message to haunt us. It means going even deeper, past those wounds, beyond those distant memories and recording of unfinished business, to the core of our self, to the heart of our spirit, where we find the light and warmth of our own core qualities of love and peace. They are eternally present within us they are what we need to heal all our inner wounds. That's why this kind of deep healing is called spirituality and not therapy.

Be The Kind Of Person You Would Like To Be With

Brunette beauty Lisa Marie Scott was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for February 1995

Be the kind of person you would like to be with. Some people come into our lives, make footprints on our hearts and we are never the same. People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.

Kind Of Person That Keeps A Parrot

She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

Thought for Today: Best Kind of Friend

Sunset over the mountains as seen from Blue Ridge parkway

The best kind of friend is the kind, you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away, feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.

Higher and Nobler To Be Kind

It is higher and nobler to be kind.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

There Is No Silver Bullet

Blonde beauty Catherine Muldoon in black evening dress was Miss Virginia USA 2012

There is no silver bullet and frankly you probably do not need one. It is far more important to be able to find the right kind of gun, be able to load the gun — and perhaps most importantly, be able to figure out where the werewolf is.

As quoted in Useability Works, March 22, 2006

Thought for Today: Flow Of Life

Flowing stream in the mountains of Switzerland

When I generate kind and optimistic thoughts, my life begins to flow.

Einstein on Wire Telegraph

Blonde Mexican actress Aracely Arambula poses wearing a black dress

You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.

Winner of Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 (1879 - 1955)

Women and Knowledge

Brunette model Mary Castro smiles showing her full cleavage in a white top

Hitherto I have courted Truth with a kind of Romantick Passion, in spite of all Difficulties and Discouragements: for knowledge is thought so unnecessary an Accomplishment for a Woman, that few will give themselves the Trouble to assist us in the Attainment of it.

English feminist writer and rhetorician known as the first English feminist (1666 - 1731)

Keep Away From People Who Try To Belittle Your Ambitions

Brunette beauty Jamie Edmondson was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for January 2010

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly, be that kind of a friend for your friends.

From Advice to Youth (1835 - 1910)

Thought for Today: Die Alive

An early morning reflection of Mount Ranier on a still pond

To the unenlightened, death comes but once a lifetime. To those who have chosen to become enlightened there are a thousand chosen deaths before it's time to leave the body and move on. This kind of death is the releasing off all our attachments, from false identity to opinions, from people to possessions. Cutting the subtle threads of attachment frees the spirit from fear, and when the time comes to move on, it's like 'shooting the breeze'. Dying alive is simply letting go of all you hold fast to in your mind. It doesn't actually mean losing anything, simply changing your relationship with the things in your life today. The greatest pleasure for every soul is the result of choosing the living death called detachment. Why? Because attachment is a form of slavery, and it all takes place in our own minds. And the result of detachment? Real freedom.

Cannot Solve Problems With Same Kind Of Thinking

Blonde model Nina Agdal (not Middleton) on beach in a light blue bikini

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Winner of Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 (1879 - 1955)

The Artist's Way Every Day - November 8th

Brunette English television presenter Lisa Snowdon in a white bikini

It is important to be able to sort useful criticism from the other kind. Often we need to do the sorting out for ourselves, without the benefit of a public vindication. As artists, we are far more able to this sorting than people might suspect. Pointed criticism, if accurate, often gives the artist an inner sense of relief. Useful criticism ultimately leaves us with one more puzzle piece for our work. Useless criticism, on the other hand, leaves us with a feeling of being bludgeoned. As a rule, it is withering and shaming in tone; ambiguous in content, personal, inaccurate, or blanket in its condemnations. There is nothing to be gleaned from irresponsible criticism. You are dealing with an inner child. Artistic child abuse creates rebellion creates block. All that can be done with abusive criticism is to heal from it.

War And Work For The Universal Brotherhood of Mankind

Blonde American actress Jessica Alba poses in a pink dress

Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, war. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out…and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel... And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for the universal brotherhood of man — with his mouth.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

Power Corrupts

Brunette beauty Kyra Milan was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for March 2010

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.

American who served as Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration (born 1942)