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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2002




This is the archive of my publicly published writing from 2002 — the good, the bad, the active and the retired.  It includes content written for The Quote Garden as well as personal journals and writings.  Some entries were originally untitled with a title added later, and some were first published under other pen names.  —tg, 2023

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February is the border between winter and spring.


      TITLE:  Outlines of joy
      DATE:  2002 Feb 3







Gratitude is the glue that makes just about everything else stick.


      TITLE:  Holding it together
      DATE:  2002 Jan 1







Why are we destroying the land instead of taking care of it? It takes care of us.


      DATE:  2002 Mar 17







My mind is like a seed packet of assorted wildflowers — I get happiness and sadness and whatever else pops up.


      DATE:  2002 Mar 31







Breathe in so much gratitude that there's no room for fear.


      TITLE:  № Panic
      DATE:  2002 May 18







Real history is a candid shot. The history of textbooks poses for its pictures.


      TITLE:  Smile, History!
      DATE:  2002 Jan 22







Birdsong is a symphony of the skies.


      DATE:  2002 Mar 30







Physically, our home is small and the rest of the world is large — but in our hearts, it's the other way around.


      DATE:  2002 May 17







Just before dawn I have the world all to myself.


      DATE:  2002 May 18







We feel poetry and art
in the sensitive veins
that run through soul and
carry not blood but spirit


      TITLE:  Plexus
      DATE:  2002 Jun 2







I swing like a kid
and fall like an adult;
cry tears of gratitude
and pray in smiles;
hug and love, and later
hide under the covers—
wildly and humbly living
from dawn to the stars,
and ever back again


      TITLE:  The chaos-harmony of life
      DATE:  2002 Dec 12







I'm not a doctor and I don't know the technical terminology, but I do know that sunshine activates our happiness glands.


      DATE:  2002 Nov 20







the sky it cries
and the sun pats it dry
with a rainbow up on high


      DATE:  2002 Jul 14







Step. Stumble. Dance!


      TITLE:  Life's footwork
      DATE:  2002 Feb 6
      BASED  ON:  “if you stumble, make it part of the dance”
      NOTES:  my abbreviated version of the saying







Focus on the simple, good things in life and breathe your way through the minor struggles.


      TITLE:  Re-learning life
      DATE:  2002 May 13







Don't feel guilty about saying no to the nonessentials in life! —
simplicity is
saying yes to joy
by saying no to
      overmuch
      overwhelm
      overdoing
      overhaving
      overbeing


      TITLE:  No, thanks
      DATE:  2002 May 17







Perhaps for some, rudeness is the fear of being nice.


      DATE:  2002 May 2







Listen until you can hear silence breathing.


      TITLE:  Quiet waited twenty years for me
      DATE:  2002 May 17







Lovely flowers have overgrown my mind — trying to crowd out the ugly world with beauty.


      TITLE:  Rewrite the world in a breath
      DATE:  2002 May 17







I've only yet to see the apparition  of enlightenment, and it always slips past in my periphery.


      TITLE:  Mist
      DATE:  2002 Oct 16







An author can be just a writer, but a translator must always be a poet.


      TITLE:  Word altar
      DATE:  2002 Nov 16







A vineyard is planted poetry.


      DATE:  2002 May 31







...the snail trail of history...


      DATE:  2002 Jul 5







The things you want to do are all up to you—
Excuses are sabotage.


      DATE:  2002 Nov 5







Don't let your jealousy harden into hate.


      DATE:  2002 Nov 22







Sometimes, grief is relief.


      TITLE:  Suffering begone
      DATE:  2002 Dec 13







Winter winds blow away the dead leaves of our lives.


      TITLE:  Release
      DATE:  2002 Dec 13







Once you've whittled down to spiritual essentials, the physical decluttering comes naturally.


      TITLE:  Unhoard
      DATE:  2002 Dec 25







All it takes is an apostrophe and a bit of an attitude adjustment to go from “impatient” to “I’m patient.”


      DATE:  2002 Dec 25







Those who accept reality as 100% real are the hardest hit. Those who deny reality altogether are fools. The ones with the easiest time are those who just half ignore it.


      DATE:  2002 Dec 25







Chocolate promises to make everything okay.


      TITLE:  And usually it does.
      DATE:  2002 Nov 28







Tattoo the pristine flesh
What is permanent anyway?
Ink lasts only 'til the grave,
That which we compose
Time will decompose.


      DATE:  2002 Jun 1
      NOTES:  revised







When most people see an adult skipping they assume it must be on the way either to or from the asylum.

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Adults aren't generally struck with the urge to skip because their worries and burdens weigh them down and they forget that they can take themselves lightly.

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Skipping is just jumping for joy, step after step.

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Skipping exercises our happiness muscles.

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If you're enjoying your depression, then for goodness' sake do not go skipping!

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Skipping turns —
moping into hoping
pity into giddy
sad into glad
lazy into crazy
old into bold
tired into wired!

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Skipping:  a joyful impulse, stunted at puberty.

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Skipping gives the adult a well-deserved break and lets the inner child be in charge for a while.

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If you are happy, go skipping. If you are sad, go skipping!

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If you've lost your enthusiasm, there's no better place to find it than on a skipping excursion. And, you may just find your lost youth as well!

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Skipping chases away the blues, and happiness will come chasing after you.

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The pursuit of happiness — skipping is one of your best chances of catching it.

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Happiness will not pass you by when you're skipping.

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With all its ups and downs, skipping is just one more metaphor for life.

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I'm addicted to this exercise — I never skip a day!

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Time sure flies when you skip an hour.

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Restore your sanity — go skipping like crazy!

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Skipping is just a dancing walk, or if you prefer, a walking dance.

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Skipping is the walk of joy.

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Two great things about skipping:
1) It's free.
2) It frees you.

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Skipping is one of nature's best antidepressants.

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If I were a doctor, skipping might just be my number one prescription.

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Skipping subtracts years from your heart, adds joy to your life, multiplies your happiness, and divides your stress. It's a prime exercise, and I count it among one of my greatest blessings.

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It's only a matter of inches, but skipping gets us just that much closer to heaven.

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D'ya ever go for a midnight skip
Or an after-dark skinny dip?
Exercise your inner child at night,
It's twice as fun than in daylight.

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Skipping:  the ultimate display of nonconformity.

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Be a rebel against gravity:  Skip!

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Jump for joy,
Come skip with me.
Don't be coy,
Let's merry be!

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Skipping arm in arm is double the joy!

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Skipping turns your legs into built-in pogo sticks.

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I skip to the heartbeat of my angel.

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Skipping is the closest we may ever get to flying like the angels.

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Skipping is a form of flying.

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When you take flight by skipping, your baggage gets left behind — there's no room to carry on worries.

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And I'll skip to Heaven on my own two feet.

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Sometimes I do a little mental skipping, just to shake things up in my mind.

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Skipping by the flowers,
Skipping around for hours,
Skipping in rain showers,
Skipping has magical powers!

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Skipping is inner joy meets outer joy.

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The great thing about smiling and skipping is that inner joy isn't a prerequisite for the action. The action itself will create the joy if it doesn't already exist. Try it.

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If I had time for only two exercises, I would choose qigong and skipping.

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Angels skip, fairies skip, children skip — why can't you and I skip ‽

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Skipping is oxygen for the soul.

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      DATE:  2002 Jun 8
      NOTES:  revised







Their antique winter'd love is fresh as this morning's kiss.


      TITLE:  Together
      DATE:  2002 Dec 14







Without a pen I feel naked, but it's writing that is my exhibitionism.


      DATE:  2002 Dec 1







In retirement, every day is Boss Day and every day is Employee Appreciation Day.


      DATE:  2002 Oct 25







The neurotic runs ragged even sitting still.

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Neurotics, when they hit bottom, don't stop falling.

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The neurotic's mountain and molehill are equivalent in size.

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The neurotic calls in sick to more than just work — he's sprung ill to Life, as well.

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A constant din of alarms sound in the neurotic's head — only silence indicates something gone wrong.

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If something smells fishy, the neurotic knows everything is going just right.

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Don't offer a neurotic happiness — he'll never take it. There's a bout of misery keeping him perfectly content.

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Overcast with drizzles — O! we neurotics welcome the riddance of that pesky sunshine.

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The overweight neurotic turned thin has mental weight she'll never lose.

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A neurotic's problems are invisible to others — and to himself as well.

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A neurotic whose problems are solved was never a neurotic to begin with.

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With neurotics, it's always "some assembly required."

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No matter how much the neurotic accomplished yesterday — even if he finished — he must start it anew today.

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If a neurotic can't stand the heat, he lights another candle.

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If a neurotic can't stand the heat, he complains about it until they kick him out of the kitchen.

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In email the neurotic has finally met his superior:  never before have so many thoughts traveled so quickly in such a confined space.

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Most neurotics have been mindful of their five W's since grammar school:  why, why, why, why, why. The other answers never change, so we don't bother to ask. "Who" is me, "what" is the problem, "when" is the past if regret and the future if worry, and "where" is inside our own heads.

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      TITLE:  Unofficial Addendum to Neurotic's Notebooks with 
                    Compliments and Apologies to Mignon McLaughlin
      DATE:  2002 May 10
      NOTE:  based on my own neuroses







The world bruises us all, but some heal faster than others — and some bleed to death.


      DATE:  2002 Nov 21







The steaming mug greeted her, "Coffee–doodle–doo!"
"Good morning!" said she, "I love you, too."


      DATE:  2002 Mar 25







I wake to sunlight's morning caress and beautiful golden shine.


      DATE:  2002 Apr 27







We can learn a lot from trees: they're always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward.


      DATE:  2002 May 11







Open your presents at Christmastime but be thankful year-round for the gifts you receive.


      DATE:  2002 Dec 24







Ink to paper is thoughtful
Ink to flesh, hard-core —
If Shakespeare were a tattooist
We'd appreciate body art more.


      DATE:  2002 Jun 1







When you're "on edge" you are not centered — not being in your spiritual center.


      DATE:  2002 May 11
      NOTES:  revised







Mountain pose is an affirmation. You can conquer anything with your natural boldness and resolute strength. Only you can reach the peak of your success.

Warrior pose battles inner weakness and wins focus. You see that there is no war within you. You’re on your own side, and you are your own strength.

Tree pose grows confidence. It grounds. It roots us to this world.

Chair pose is a defiance of spirit, showing how high you can reach even when you’re forced down.

All unimportant matters drop off you in ragdoll pose. Very few things are genuinely important. The Truth sways before you.

Corpse pose restores life. Dead parts of your being fall away — the ghosts are released.


      TITLE:  Asana
      DATE:  2002 May 10







For those wounded by civilization, yoga is a healing salve.

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Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Receiving strength from letting go. Energy within and energy without.

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Yoga accepts. Yoga gives.

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A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.

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Yoga is bodily gospel.

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Hatha yoga is spirituality of the body; it is the most perfect union of corporeal and incorporeal.

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      DATE:  2002 May 10
      NOTES:  revised







If I'm losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga.


      TITLE:  Higher
      DATE:  2002 Aug 11







I tried yoga once but took off for the mall halfway through class, as I had a sudden craving for a soft pretzel and world peace.

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The last time I opened my chakra so I could feel my peace, I got thrown right out of the pub.

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My yoga instructor pissed me off, so I offered him my special "moon salutation." Then I slammed my chakra shut right in his face.

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Flip "yoga" backwards, throw in an "n," and you've got "agony."

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The only things needed for practicing yoga are a mat, relaxing background music, comfortable clothing, and bones made of rubber.

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People say yoga is a mind-body connection. I say it's a pain-insanity connection.

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Yoga practitioners are just hippie contortionist freaks who can give themselves oral-genital pleasure and could fit into an overhead luggage compartment should the need arise.

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      DATE:  2002 May 10
      NOTES:  revised







our souls sing of faith
our hearts hymn love


      DATE:  2002 Dec 20
      NOTES:  revised







A nurse is compassion in scrubs.

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Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.

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A nurse will always give us hope,
an angel with a stethoscope.

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Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital.

° ° °

Always thank your nurse —
sometimes the only one between you and a hearse.

° ° °

Nurses — one of the few blessings of being ill.

° ° °


      TITLE:  Health's helpers
      DATE:  2002 Sep 19







Life is great. Don't let circumstances and society fool you into believing it's not.


      TITLE:  No matter how bad the day
      DATE:  2002 Jun 18







I like the snot to run a little, the tears to accumulate a bit before reaching for the handkerchief. Then I know I'm really crying. Crying just isn't crying unless it's messy.


      DATE:  2002 Jun 10







Clouds open up into rain
You too should release your pain.


      DATE:  2002 Dec 28







Which linguistic genius
set up sneeze and wheeze
to rhyme so very perfectly
with seasonal allergies?


      DATE:  2002 Aug 18
      NOTES:  revised







Tattoos are like marriage:  it's a lifelong commitment, it hurts like hell, and the color fades over time.


      TITLE:  Skin deep in L.A.
      DATE:  2002 May 31
      NOTES:  No, Dear, I don't really mean this.







People are like holidays. Do others see you as Christmas, or more like Tax Day?


      DATE:  2002 Nov 5







Angels are spiritual energy.


      DATE:  2002 Dec 12







I am the earth. You are the earth. Earth is dying. You and I are murderers.


      DATE:  2002 Dec 8







A lurking pun is the worst pun, one the offender has been waiting to spring on you.

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Punning and groaning are brothers.

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Puns are the gag hand buzzers of conversation. It hurts a bit but everyone gets a good laugh out of it.

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If you trip over a pun in your speaking it's not so bad but to intentionally jump on one is a true offense.

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When one hears a pun, one feels as though one has been pushed over without one's consent.


      DATE:  2002 Dec 26
      NOTE:  Sorry.







God knows the truth
      & wipes our tears—
if we will let him
      close enough


      DATE:  2002 Jan 5







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