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Today — September 18, 2014

Book of Whispers (permalink)
"The golden secret is told," from The Trail of the Serpent by M. E. Braddon, 1861.


* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.

No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The big sky-man that makes the moons," from Red Apple and Silver Bells by Hamish Hendry and illustrated by Alice B. Woodward, 1899.


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
An illustration from The Comic History of England by Gilbert Abbott A'beckett (1897).  The caption reads: "Reading the Dream."


If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the 1920's idiom 'down for the count,' from The Jorrocks Edition by Robert Smith Surtees (1892).  The caption reads: "The countess was down."


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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Marvels Over Our Heads by Georg Hartwig (1888).  The caption reads: "Cave in dream lead mine, near Wirksworth, Derbyshire."


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
"Here we see it in this picture.  It looked as if the waves were angry."  From Chambers's New Geographical Readers, 1891.


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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
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September 2014

“Today is the day to unload all that junk you have been carrying and lighten your load.”

—Sandy Lovern, Engaged!, 2006

From the outrageous to the inspirational to the hilarious, here’s a daily reminder to break out of the old grind and do something unexpected, for the fun, the challenge, or the heck of it.

If today simply isn’t your day, click here to have a different day.


Music Box Moment (permalink)
Do you deserve a nostalgic breather?  Through the delicate workings of the music box, even the most dramatic compositions seem to play only for you.  You’ll hear even a very familiar piece in a whole new way.  Courtesy of home recording pioneer Ken Clinger, here’s today’s music box selection.  It will sound surprisingly good even through built-in computer speakers, and it will cut through the ambient noise of the office without being distracting.

Featured in Today’s Music Box:
Overture to Severo (Handel)
performed by Ken Clinger
If you could use another Music Box Moment, choose a piece:


There’s a Signpost Up Ahead (permalink)
One's life path is marked by crossroads and signposts.  If you are confronted with making a choice today, perhaps the signpost displayed here will help to characterize your situation and guide you to make a decision.  If you need more guidance, refresh this page for another symbol.  If both signs are the same, perhaps any choice will lead to the same outcome.

The signs are inspired by a system of symbols entitled "Spiritual Diagnosis," developed by Dr. Robert McNary of Montana.  Dr. McNary actually creates nine-faceted mandala charts for people and interprets the symbols with uncanny accuracy.  Dr. McNary's web site is RockyMountainAstrologer.com.
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Yesterday — September 17, 2014

Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From The Innocents Abroad by Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1869.


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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
"The snoring match," from Backsheesh by Thomas Wallace Knox, 1875.


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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Baby's Museum by Uncle Charlie, 1882.


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
. . . read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .


Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Stanley in Afrika's Donkere Wildernissen by Henry Morten Stanley (1890).


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
. . . read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .



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