"I did not count the fact that I have ghosts in my mind, stowaways. Great ghosts of my life, great ghosts of old wives, and their howling. So I spent my wilderness time rolling on the ground, pulling my hair, rolling on the ground, wrestling them off, yelling at no one, punching snow. I gathered ghosts and gave them my lecture. I bid them away, pleaded and cried, and said there’s no room in my life for you or you or your howling. Let me undo these ropes and go on living without you, not just change where we live. Go on get. I had my hopes of how I would be after sending them off after getting set free, but there’s no such thing as living without their prowling."

Mount Eerie

"What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?"

Henry David Thoreau

"It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do."

Jerome K. Jerome

Happiness by Stephen Dunn

A state you must dare not enter
    with hopes of staying,
quicksand in the marshes, and all

the roads leading to a castle
    that doesn’t exist.
But there it is, as promised,

with its perfect bridge above
    the crocodiles,
and its doors forever open.

"The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball."

Doug Larson

"When a dude’s getting bullied and shoots up his school and they blame it on Marilyn and the heroin, where were the parents at? And look where it’s at. Middle America, now it’s a tragedy, now it’s so sad to see an upper class city having this happening."