Thursday, January 12, 2006

How Willing Are You?

--image by gilles trans
"To Participate requires self-discipline and trust and courage, because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself...How alive am I willing to be?"

Trying my damndest to be ALIVE!


craig said...

Wow I love that quote Fran! I think it's another one I need to staple to my forehead!

oh, here's my new shameless link sign off:
words+pictures: home of the Bent Highway

Ben Henry said...

I've got four fortunes taped to my monitor at work:

"You have a deep appreciation for the arts and music"

"Good things are being said about you."

A secret admirer will soon send you a sign of affection." (still waiting on that one)

"You are patient and careful."

Generally, our fortune cookies are more sayings than fortunes, but what the heck - it's just a piece of paper in a cookie.

Ben Henry said...

Oh my...I see I posted the wrong thing in the wrong place!

The only thing I can say about writing is that the more I read, the more I want to write.

Gotta finish Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather. The thing has fallen apart. My dad used it in his English lit classes and his notes in the margins are very interesting. That's where I draw inspiration, from reading. Now, if I just read a lot more.......

Fran Friel said...

Craig - Staples may be harsh. Go with a tattoo. It only hurts for a little while.

I'm so glad you liked the quote. Get the book!

And I love the "shameless link." Glad to see you're overcoming your shyness. ;-)

Thanks for visiting, buddy.


Fran Friel said...

Hey Ben,

You made it. Thanks for coming by.

Now you know the fortune cookie game, don't you? Take a fortune and add the words, "in bed," to the end of it.'s one of yours:

"A secret admire will soon send you a sign of bed!"

Well there you go. See how nicely that works? *big grin*

Shall we go out with one more?

"Good things are being said about bed!"

Oh, YEAH!!

Have a good weekend, Ben.


Simply Bailey said...

LOL about the fortune cookie thing. We've done that with friends and it can be hilarious.

This is a great quote. Thanks for sharing - as always.

Fran Friel said...


Love the fortune cookie game! Silly, but I'm easily amused.

And I'm glad you like the quote.

Good to see you here in the world of Yada!


Moose said...

Great blog! Love the artwork, too. I'll be back to read more.

Fran Friel said...

Hey Moose,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm a little obsessive about the artwork, so I'm really glad you like the pics.

Oh, and btw, I hear Oprah and a few million "hausfraus" are looking for you. I won't tell them that you were here. ;-)


Moose said...


Do do you think I should have written "hausfrauen" instead? :)

Btw, I'll add Yada Feast to my blogroll if you'd like.


Fran Friel said...

MOOSE! Thanks for the link, buddy!

As for "hausfauen," I haven't got a clue. My father's side of the family is pure German, so you'd think I'd at least know this by instinct, but sadly I don't.

Neither of my parents learned their parents' native tongues. It was frowned upon in their day, so I only got the benefit of a few curse words here and there. Such a loss, really.

Do you speak German?


Moose said...


No, I speak very little German - I took two years of it in school, but learned little. My parents didn't speak it either, some of my grandparents and great grandparents did.

Evidently there was a great witchhunt against all things German during WWI, and the language stopped being taught in schools (I know this happened in Milwaukee and Cincinnati). Teddy Roosevelt was a big instigator of this. So it goes.


Fran Friel said...

You know, Moose, now that you mention that I do remember my parents telling me stories of how difficult it was for some German-Americans. The father of one of my dad's friends committed suicide because of it.

Horrible times. So easy to forget such things, but still so relevant today.


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