Saturday, May 9, 2009

Diamonds and Rust

(Click on image for Joan Baez's "Diamonds and Rust")
What I was reading at 4 this morning:
"In Tibetan there's an interesting word: ye tang che. The ye part means "totally, completely," and the rest of it means "exhausted." Altogether, ye tang che means totally tired out. We might say "totally fed up." It describes an experience of complete hopelessness, of completely giving up hope. This is an important point. This is the beginning of the beginning. Without giving up hope--that there's somewhere better to be, that there's someone better to be--we will never relax with who we are."

Pema Chodron, "When Things Fall Apart"


  1. I like this one... alot ! Not only did the Oldsmobile come to the end of its life, but it got deconstructed to boot... what a find... love that turquoise hood. And you can almost imagine a raccoon holing up in that junk heap, just about to peer out from around the rusty gas tank any second now... I'll keep watching this photo for a while to see if he shows. And your message is good... life is now, not some fantasy world later after we win the lottery... and btw, Diamonds & Rust is one of my favorite all time songs... that album was fantastic, her version of Fountain of Sorrow is great as well... just saw Jackson Browne perform that in Paris a couple weeks back now... thanks for this inspiring post, combining a great photo, a great song, and a greater philosophical backdrop to it all... I'm worried now, if you keep going like that you're going to start drawing hundreds of visitors and followers, and I won't have you all to myself any more... just kidding !

    PS just left an answering comment to your comment about the Dead, and Heather Ainsworth's photos over there... she is good, isn't she !?!

  2. OMG-now the pressure's on! What if I've peaked? Glad you enjoyed it. I will check out Fountain of Sorrow if possible. (I see from your Blogger profile that I share most of your musical tastes)

  3. My comments simply disappear after I push the send button, twice.

  4. Merisi, that is so disappointing! But this comment you left behind is here--yay! Thank you for coming by.

  5. Perhaps I'll take a look at the Pema Chodron I picked up some time ago. Or maybe not ~ when the time is right.

  6. One always picks up Pema Chodron when the time is right.