25th Reading


4th SUNDAY 03-25-12


March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890

This was a VERY SPECIAL open mic showcase without a featured poet, including both poetry and acoustic music. Our dear friend Kathie Engleman passed away this week. She was devoted to our creative arts endeavors, and she will be greatly missed. This showcase is lovingly dedicated to Kathie and to Vincent; it is in celebration of their lives and in appreciation to them for gracing this world with such beautiful hearts. Since last November, Kathie has helped collect quotes for our showcase pages. The Vincent van Gogh quotes on this page were collected by us; the other quotes were given to us by our Kathie.

Vincent Van Gogh Self-Portraits

VVG Self-Portraits Composite
Created By Tim Christensen
Contact Email: latenightwriter53@gmail.com

I have nature and art and poetry,
and if that is not enough, what is enough?
Vincent van Gogh

I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.
Vincent van Gogh

Poetry surrounds us everywhere,
but putting it on paper is,
alas, not so easy as looking at it.
Vincent van Gogh


Kathie Engleman with her granddaughter Alyssa.

Close friends are truly life's treasures.
Sometimes they know us
better than we know ourselves.
With gentle honesty,
they are there to guide and support us,
to share our laughter and our tears.
Their presence reminds us that
we are never really alone.
Vincent van Gogh

Kathie's Roses

J. Burr

Musician/Songerwriter Tim Christensen

The best way to predict your future is to create it.
Author Unknown

D.B. Pacini introducing Jim Turner.

In the book, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
there is an 823 word long sentence.
When he wrote to his editor inquiring
about their opinion of the manuscript, he wrote, “?”
They answered “!”

Poet Jim Turner

This grand show is eternal.
It is always sunrise somewhere;
the dew is never all dried at once;
a shower is forever falling;
vapor ever rising.
Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset,
eternal dawn and gloaming,
on seas and continents and islands,
each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.
John Muir

To pay attention,
this is our endless and proper work.
Mary Oliver

Great things are not done by impulse,
but by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent van Gogh

Sherlock Holmes never said,
“Elementary, my dear Watson.”

Poet Melanie Turner

Suit the action to the word,
the word to the action.
William Shakespeare

The two most engaging powers of an author are,
to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.
Samuel Johnson

One must learn to read,
just as one must learn to see and learn to live.
Vincent van Gogh letter to his brother Theo---July, 1880

Emily Dickinson wrote over 1,800 poems.
Only seven were published in her lifetime, all without her consent.

Agatha Christie is the top-selling English-language author of all time.
She wrote 78 mystery novels that have sold
an estimated 2,000,000,000 copies.

Poet/Musician Stan McFadden

There are only a few notes.
Just variations on a theme.
John Lennon

Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish,
focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.
Leo Babauta

When we're connected to others,
we become better people.
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Musician/Songerwriter Tim Christensen

All knowledge is worth having.
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Dart

Life is like a novel. It’s filled with suspense.
You have no idea what is going to happen
until you turn the page.
Sidney Sheldon

I am no friend of present-day Christianity,
though its Founder was sublime.
Vincent van Gogh letter to his brother Theo---October, 1884

Poet Wallace Condon

John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, “Paradise Lost.”

For the last twelve years of his life, Casanova was a librarian.

The sunflower is mine, in a way.
Vincent van Gogh

Refreshment/Social Break

Trust yourself and you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I think of life as a good book.
The further you get into it,
the more it begins to make sense.
Harold S. Kushner

If the real world were a book,
it would never find a publisher.
Overlong, detailed to the point of distraction,
and ultimately, without a major resolution.
Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten

If you want to go quickly, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.
African Proverb

But how could you live and have no story to tell?
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, White Nights

There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.
Gustave Flaubert

Oh, if you’re a bird, be an early bird
And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.
If you’re a bird, be an early bird—
But if you’re a worm, sleep late.
Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion.
Leo Buscaglia

How many people you bless is how you measure success.
Rick Ross

Shakespeare used around 29,000 different words in his plays.
About 10,000 of those words had never previously
been used in any surviving English literature.
Around 6,000 words only appear once.

D.B. Pacini introducing Hatch Graham.

Poet Hatch Graham

Nobody trips over mountains.
It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.
Pass all the pebbles in your path and you
will find you have crossed the mountain.
Author Unknown

I still find each day too short
for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take,
all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
John Burroughs

When we are working at a difficult task
and strive after a good thing,
we are fighting a righteous battle,
the direct reward of which is
that we are kept from much evil.
As we advance in life
it becomes more and more difficult,
but in fighting the difficulties
the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
Vincent van Gogh

Walk with the dreamers,
the believers, the courageous,
the cheerful, the planners, the doers,
the successful people with their heads in the clouds
and their feet on the ground.
Let their spirit ignite a fire
within you to leave this world better
than when you found it.
Wilfred Peterson

Poet Taylor Graham

A good picture should be equivalent to a good deed.
Vincent van Gogh letter to Albert Aurier---February 10, 1890

Wheat Field with Cypresses
Saint-Rémy. June, 1889

It is looking at things for a long time
that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.
Vincent van Gogh

Wheat Field with Crows
Auvers. 1890

For my part I know nothing with any certainty,
but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
Vincent van Gogh

Starry Night Over the Rhone.
Musée d'Orsay, Paris. September, 1888

Four Cut Sunflowers.
Paris. August-September 1887.

Poet/Musician Vincent Westphal

I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Always look at what you have left.
Never look at what you have lost.
Robert H. Schuller

The only power you have on this planet
is the power of your decisions.
Paulo Coelho

Dr. Seuss wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” after his editor
dared him to write a book using fewer than 50 different words.

Dr. Jf (Jose) Cantu, poet.

Shakespeare's most talkative character is Hamlet,
who has 1,422 lines in Hamlet.
None of his other characters
have as many lines in a single play.
(Falstaff, who appears in several plays,
has more lines total).

Some good must come by clinging to the right.
Conscience is a man's compass,
and though the needle sometimes deviates,
though one often perceives irregularities
in directing one's course by it,
still one must try to follow its direction.
Vincent van Gogh

“I'm sorry Mr. Kipling,
but you just don't know how to use the English language.”
Editor of the San Francisco Examiner
to Rudyard Kipling

The word racecar, kayak, and radar are the same
whether they are read left to right or right to left.

Poet Lessie Bond

The function of prayer is not to influence God
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
Soren Kierkegaard

Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.
Stéphane Mallarmé

Never try to do anything that is outside of who you are.
A forced smile is a sign
of what feels wrong in your heart,
so recognize it when it happens.
Living a lie will reduce you to one.
Ashly Lorenzana

Poet D.B. Pacini

Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle.
And let us not mind being eccentric,
and make distinction between good and evil.
Vincent van Gogh

Musician/Songwriter Michael Borboa

In the end we shall have had enough
of cynicism, skepticism, and humbug,
and we shall want to live more musically.
Vincent van Gogh

Though I am often in the depths of misery,
there is still calmness,
pure harmony, and music inside me.
Vincent van Gogh

I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
Vincent van Gogh

Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Viktor Frankl

Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are.
Chinese Proverb

Ad astra per aspera.
(To the stars through difficulties.)
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
Wayne W. Dyer

This is the real secret of life,
to be completely engaged with what
you are doing in the here and now.
And instead of calling it work,
realize it is play.
Alan Wilson Watts

Life's as kind as you let it be.
Charles Bukowski, Hot Water Music

Vincent van Gogh's Flowers.

Van Gogh: The Life

By Steven Naifeh and Gregory white Smith
Published 10-18-11 by Random House

Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith have re-created Van Gogh’s life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius whose signature images of sunflowers and starry nights have won a permanent place in the human imagination.

Image of mural created by local artist Tony Segale.

Tony Segale's Website