Jun. 17th, 2002

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Trying to remember a quotation from something unrelated that I may end up incorporating in my writing anyhow because I do stuff like that. Yes, here it is. From an old ballad, The Bitter Withy.

Ah bitter withy, ah bitter withy,
You have caused me to smart,
And the willow shall be the very first tree
To perish at the heart.

I have come to the conclusion that this is a convenient place to make notes of ideas and quotations, if only because I am so narcissistic that I am bound to read it again and see them.

"Living on human flesh in the mountains since childhood as you have," said Monkey, "can you recognize two kinds of tree?"
"I don't know," Pig said. "Which two trees?"
"The willow and the sandalwood," Monkey replied. "The willow has a very soft nature, so that craftsmen can carve it into holy images or make statues of the Tathagata out of it. It's gilded, painted, set with jewels, decorated with flowers, and many worshippers burn incense to it. It receives unbounded blessings. But the sandalwood is so hard that it's used as the pressing-beam in the oil-press with iron hoops round its head, and it's hit with iron hammers too. The only reason it suffers like this is because it's so hard."
(_Journey to the West_, volume 4 in my edition)

Other than that -- Father's Day. My father liked the card and little book about text messages that I got him. My brother and sister also remembered to phone, which is good.

I put off my ironing till tomorrow. I just know that I'm going to regret this. Ah well.

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