"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.."- Antoine de Saint Exupéry


roll the dice, charles bukowski

roll the dice

“if you’re going to try, go all the
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.”


Open Wound

Asya, 22, Chechen Rebel, 1996

Raped at the age of 14 by a man that entered the family house while she was alone.
Thrown  hurriedly in the car.
Forced to marry him because Chechen traditions allow a man to kidnap the woman he wants to marry, with or without her consent.
Forced after the birth of their child to resist a jealous drunkard and agressive husband.
Forced to escape him by fleeing to her sister in Grozny she decided to become a nurse.
After graduating she met her second husband.
With her angel face she is now a fighting nurse.


100 words

memyselfandela, 2012

Photo :Stanley Greene

The Image of Freedom

Have you ever wondered how freedom looks like? We are so used to be free that we take it for granted…

On April 13th 1945, a division of American soldiers was ordered to investigate a train abandoned by German soldiers near a concentration camp. The train was packed with Jewish families: over 2,500 people – men, women and children. The Germans were about to move them to a new concentration camp.

The Americans were able to release them all, and the photo below was taken by Major Clarence L. Benjamin, who participated in this operation.

This is the image of freedom.


100 words

memyselfandela, 2012

War – Never forget, Never again!