About Ron Michael Zettlemoyer

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  • Ron shared from Flow (P.S.) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    We are biologically programmed to find other human beings the most important objects in the world. Because they can make life either very interesting and fulfilling or utterly miserable, how we manage relationships with them makes an enormous difference to our happiness. If we learn to make our relations with others more like flow experiences, our quality of life as a whole is going to be much improved.
  • Ron shared from Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by Adam Phillips
    In the smaller world of literary criticism, and the larger world of so-called popular culture, this is known as the ‘difficulty’ of modern poetry. If, at least as a reader of poetry, your project is not to get it, you are better off reading John Ashbery than Philip Larkin, J. H. Prynne rather than John Betjeman. Getting it is for what Geoffrey Hill in Critical Writings calls the ‘community of initiates’. When Ashbery was asked in an interview why his poetry was so difficult, he replied that when you talk to other people they eventually lose interest, but that when you talk to yourself,...
    Note: Poet John Ashbery explained Twitter...
  • Ron shared from Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by Adam Phillips
    Meanwhile my beans, the length of whose rows, added together, was seven miles already planted, were impatient to be hoed, for the earliest had grown considerably before the latest were in the ground; indeed they were not easily to be put off. What was the meaning of this so steady and self-respecting, this small Herculean labor, I knew not. I came to love my rows, my beans, though so many more than I wanted. They attached me to the earth, and so I got strength like Antaeus. But why should I raise them? Only Heaven knows. This was my curious labor all summer – to make this portion of the earth’s...
    Note: What shall I learn of beans or beans of me?
  • Ron shared from The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges, Bernie Glassman
    When you start opening your heart, the world responds. There is such a need for open hearts that the world will challenge you: Come on, how much are you willing to give? Isn’t it the underachiever’s manifesto not to be the highest blade of grass because life is just going to cut you down?
  • Ron shared from The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges, Bernie Glassman
    “The Dude is not in, leave a message.” That’s our life again. We’re not in, and everybody’s leaving messages. Not being in—not being attached to Jeff or Bernie or whoever you are—is the essence of Zen. When we’re not attached to our identity, it allows all the messages of the world to come in and be heard. When we’re not in, creation can happen.
    Note: How attached are you to who you are?
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Ron Michael Zettlemoyer