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I Am Not Broken, I Am Free – Pariah

The movie Pariah, now out on DVD, Blu-Ray and iTunes, is a coming of age story about a Brooklyn teenager, Alike (ah-lee-kay), struggling with her sexual identity. I don’t want to diminish the movie’s story line in anyway by being so brief in my description; no, but I would like to share a piece from the movie. The following poem is written (in the film) by Alike once she finds her voice and embraces her identity as a lesbian. It is quite powerful and simply beautiful.

 

Heartbreak opens onto the sunrise
For even breaking is opening
And I am broken
I’m open
Broken to the new light without pushing in
Open to the possibilities within, pushing out
See the love shine in through my cracks?
See the light shine out through me?
I  am broken
I am open
I am broken open
See the love light shining through me
Shining through my cracks
Through the gaps
My spirit takes journey
My spirit takes flight
Could not have risen otherwise
And I am not running
I’m choosing
Running is not a choice from the breaking
Breaking is freeing
Broken is freedom
I am not broken
I’m free.
                                 ~ Spoken by Alike (Adepero Oduye)
                                     Written by Dee Rees

I love this pic of Adepero Oduye, she has beautiful bone structure.

On This Day – Vincent van Gogh Died

On July 29, 1890, Artist Vincent van Gogh died, two days after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, in Auvers, France, at age 37.

I can’t change the fact that my paintings don’t sell. But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paint used in the picture.

~Vincent van Gogh

So very true. Vincent's "Portrait of Doctor Gachet", 1890, sold for $82.5 million in 1990 to Japanese Industrialist Ryoei Saito, making it then the world's most expensive painting. Saito created quite a scandal in the art world when he jokingly claimed he wanted the painting cremated and buried with him upon his death. However, after Saito's death in 1996 and much speculation as to who now owns Gachet, it's whereabouts are still relatively unknown.

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To Thine Own Self Be True

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

~ William Shakespeare

In the case of multiple personalities, one may be true to oneself and one’s other self and one’s other, other self still… without living a duplicitous life. It’s easier to recall many truths than to remember one lie. Live your truths, no matter how unsavory you believe them to be, for they are all yours.

~ Lenette Graham

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Quote of The Day – Not a Tourist

I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.

~ Anais Nin

There Is Not Effort Without Error

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

– Theodore Roosevelt