Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

Matter

The Artist's Way Every Day - January 18th

Blonde Playboy model Cassie Keller

No matter how secular it may appear, writing is actually a spiritual tool. We undertake it solo, and, not to be too facile with puns, it is worth noting that that word does have the world "soul" embedded in it. Moving alone onto the page, we often find ourselves companioned by higher forces, by a stream of insights and inspirations that seem somehow "other" than our routine thinking.

The Artist's Way Every Day - January 14th

Blonde model Bar Refaeli poses for photgraphers in a pink evening dress

Life is what we make of it. Whether we conceive of an inner god force or an other, outer God, doesn't matter. Relying on that force does.

The Artist's Way Every Day - January 8th

Brunette model Janina Frostell poses wearing a white bikini by a tree

It is never too late to start over. It is never past the point of no return for our artist to recover. We can heap years, decades, a lifetime of insult upon our artist and it is so resilient, so powerful, and so stubborn that it will come back to life when we give it the smallest opportunity. We can help ourselves by coaxing our artist out with the promise of some protected time to be listened to, talked with, and interacted with. If we actively love our artist, our artist will love us in return. Lovers tell secrets and share dreams. Lovers meet no matter how adverse the circumstances, sneaking off for a rendezvous. As we woo our artist with our focused attention and private time, it will reward us with art.

Age Is An Issue Of Mind Over Matter

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

All Blame Is A Waste Of Time

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.

Thought for Today: Remain Positive

Train tracks in Alabama stretch west into distance as an orange sun sets for day

If my mind is still enough, I can see the deeper meaning behind each situation. No matter how bad a problem may seem on the surface, if I remain positive eventually I will see how everything has worked out for the best.

Where Civil Liberty, Tolerance And Equality Of All Citizens Before The Law Prevail

Brunette model Kyra Santoro wearing a T-shirt stating "This Kills" and jean shorts

As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance and equality of all citizens before the law prevail.

Upon leaving Germany in 1933

The Artist's Way Every Day - December 25th

Blonde South African Shane van der Westhuizen wadding in ocean in a bikini

When artists are working regularly, they are spiritually centered. The act of making art is a spiritual act and our daily exposure to this realm does not have an impact on our personality. It does not matter what language we use to describe it. Art puts us in touch with a power greater than ourselves. This conscious contact brings us a sense of optimism and grace. As we sense that there is a benevolent Something inclined toward helping us and our work, we begin to feel a sense of companionship. Higher forces are at our side. We are not alone.

Daily Reflection: What Matters?

Overview of tropical harbor with pleasure craft anchored

When you are elderly, what will matter to you the most?

Harper Lee on Courage

Brunette Carrie Stevens was Playmate of the Month for June 1997

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.

American author known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird (born 1926)

Know Which People Really Love You

Brunette American actress Bridget Regan smiles wearing a black rain coat

In the end, you'll know which people really love you. They're the ones who see you for who you are and, no matter what, always find a way to be at your side.

Author of several webcomics: "Something Positive", "New Gold Dreams", and "Midnight Macabre"

Thought for Today: Mind Matters

Teal sea at Rotoava in French Polynesia

The most important part of you is your mind (not your brain — the brain is the hardware and the mind creates the software). Care for your mind, make friends with it, always feed it healthy food, engage it in positive activity, exercise it with knowledge and wisdom. Like a garden returns fragrance and beauty according to the care invested, so your mind will repay you with thoughts, ideas and visions of great beauty when tended and invested with care. Your mind is not made of matter but it does matter what you give it and what you create with it. Where your mind goes, you go. What your mind creates becomes your destiny.

The Artist's Way Every Day - October 23rd

Brunette model  Kelly Brook wearing a brown bikini with sequins

So much of an artist's career hinges on the sense that we are going somewhere, that we are not just trapped by the four walls of wherever we are. For creativity sanity, I must believe that if I just do the next right thing, a path will unfold for me. I must believe there is a divine plan for me and my work. As an artist, I must believe in higher forces, sources of inspiration, movements of destiny. I must believe in something larger and wiser than myself. Some artists believe in God. Others believe in Art. No matter what we call it, a belief in it is necessary for our sheer artistic survival.

The Artist's Way Every Day - October 12th

Sexy blonde Alissa poses in black leotard

A critical failure of nerve at the last moment causes us to doubt the worthiness of projects we have birthed. Novels go into desk drawers. Plays languish on shelves. The pumpkin rots on the vine. How can we go forward from here? We must believe, first of all, in the worth of our brainchildren. We must not abandon them. We must keep them a priority. Faced with rejection, we must keep trying. At root, it comes back to being a matter of faith. We must see our work as divine in origin. We must believe there is a divine path of goodness ahead in its unfolding. When we are rejected, we must ask, "What next?" and not, "Why me?"

Mathematical Equation Stands Forever

Brunette Amanda Cerny in black bikini was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for October 2011

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.

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

Thought for Today: Mindful Moments

Sunlight shines through autumn leaves on a green hill side

Most of us are of sound mind, but many of us have trouble maintaining a note of harmony and peace. Most of us know how to think, but few of us are able to control our thoughts. We all have the capacity to be creative, to image new ideas, but few of us are able to do it together and co-create in harmony with each other. We could all do with some mental training so that we may use the most powerful energy in the universe, the mind, which is always at our instant disposal. We can begin with mindfulness. It's a simple way to gently help our mind go where it is best to go, do what is the best thing to do. It begins by simply being fully aware of what you are doing. Mostly we are not fully aware, as our minds wander into the past and then into possible futures. We spend most of our time watching others and so rarely fully focus on what we are actually doing ourselves. Next time you sit down to a meal, watch your self. Be aware of only what you are eating. Every time your mind wants to wander, bring it gently and lovingly back to the action and sensation of eating. Then do the same when cleaning, when writing, when working.

The Artist's Way Every Day - September 10th

Blonde model Kate Upon poses in a blue and white stripe bikini

Creativity is an experience — to my eye, a spiritual experience. It does not matter which way you think of it: creativity leading to spirituality or spirituality leading to creativity. In fact, I do not make a distinction between the two. In the face of such experience, the whole question of belief is rendered obsolete. As Carl Jung answered the question of belief late in his life, "I do not believe; I know."

The Artist's Way Every Day - September 3rd

Blonde Australian model Elyse Taylor poses in a green bikini

Writing can be done by listening to how we feel rather than thinking about how we feel. Writing from the gut is largely a matter of evading the censor. For most of us, the censor changes size on a daily basis. Some days the censor is huge, omnivorous, hard to get around; other days, the censor is smaller, a grating little voice of disapproval. The trick is to both miniaturize the censor and to accept the censor — and to write despite what the censor has to say.

My World Has Opened And Closed All At Once

For those of you that know me without my super hero cape, you can probably understand why I’ll be refraining from blog posts for awhile. My world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me lost at sea without a compass. Surely there will be villainous pirates, distracting mermaids, and tides of change in this new open water chapter of my journey. But at the moment all I can feel is alone. And for the first time in my life I feel strong enough to be on my own. Though I never imagined my hand would be so forced. As I type this on my tear-streaked keyboard I’m reflecting on all the faces that have graced my path. The ones I laughed with. The ones I’ve held. The one I’ve grown to love the most. And the ones I never got to bid adieu. But sometimes life doesn’t afford proper goodbyes. In those unsure endings I find my strength, my true friends, and my heart’s song. A song that I thought had all but died away, when really it was softly singing all along. I don’t know what will happen from here. I don’t know how to feel normal. But I do know that I am loved, by myself and those around me. And no matter where my compass-less vessel will take me, that love will keep me buoyant.

Long-time girlfriend to Edward Joseph Snowden, the source of 2013 NSA spying leaks

There Is Always Something Good To Look Forward To

Redhead beauty Danelle Folta was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for April 1995

No matter how old you are, there's always something good to look forward to.

Canadian cartoonist, well known for her comic strip For Better or For Worse (born 1947)