“Teenage Kicks” – Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

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“Stairway to Heaven” – Frank Zappa

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Mid-Summer Songs and the “Called in …” Exhibition – XCHC

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http://www.xchc.co.nz/events-database/calledin

“Start Close In” – David Whyte

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START CLOSE IN

Start close in,
don’t take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way to begin
the conversation.

Start with your own
question,
give up on other
people’s questions,
don’t let them
smother something
simple.

To hear
another’s voice,
follow
your own voice,
wait until
that voice

becomes an
intimate
private ear
that can
really listen
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don’t take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

START CLOSE IN
in River Flow
New & Selected Poems
Many Rivers Press © David Whyte

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inconvenient shifts at work …

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“Beginning of a Great Adventure” – Lou Reed

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Beginning of a Great Adventure
It might be fun to have a kid that I could kick around
a little me to fill up with my thoughts
A little me or he or she to fill up with my dreams
a way of saying life is not a loss

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Absurd Heroism, by Margaret Wheatley

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“Let us focus on transforming ourselves to be little islands of good caring people, doing right work, assisting where we can, maintaining peace and sanity, people who have learned how to be gentle, decent and brave … even as the dark ocean that has emerged continues to storm around us.”

Source: Absurd Heroism, by Margaret Wheatley