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INSPIRATION
A Lesson in Tunnel Vision
Written by Toy   
September 13, 2013
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TOY in Tunnel

I've always hated walking to the #6 train in that direction. Ok, maybe not so much the walk itself as much as passing through the dark, dreaded, stank underpass/tunnel thang when I went that way. Any other day I’d sigh and stop just at the edge of said underpass/tunnel thang, frowning and squinting… Next, I’d take a super deep (dramatic) breath, holding it carefully in my puffed-out to maximum capacity cheeks (looking straight up like Dizzy Gillespie)... and then do a running skip-hop-hurry-scurry-dash-hurdle-hop right on through it! It was only about 20-25 steps from one side to the other, and even LESS on a good day. Or roughly 10-15 seconds on a Chuck'ed tiptoe (which double as perfect pointe shoes, if you didn't know). My reward for the challenge? A $2.50 MTA escape to whatever freedom awaited on the other side of that jarring stench of a moldy, fossilized pee smell (and other unspeakable nighttime secrets that were smeared into the DNA of those tunnel walls). But I was in NO kinda run-skip-hop-hurry-scurry-dash-hurdle-hoppin' mood that day...


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Inspiration is Waiting...
Written by Toy   
March 17, 2013
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Do Thorns Have Roses... Or Do Roses Have Thorns?
Written by Toy   
November 14, 2012
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Toy smells roses

 

I know this may sound a bit over-the-top... but some mornings as I wake up and start to make breakfast I get a little teary-eyed, just because I AM SO HAPPY TO BE ALIVE. For some periods of my life, I can vividly remember (going to bed and) waking up teary-eyed every morning for a much different reason...

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Greatness!!!
Written by Toy   
October 04, 2012
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Greatness!!!

Over the last few days, I've been surrounded by other people's greatness and the great news and happenings that tend to come along with it!

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Perspective is Everything
Written by TOY !!!   
July 26, 2012
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Man missing half of body counting coins on subway platform

Early one Sunday morning a few weeks ago, I sat on a subway car for about 45 minutes... shoulders slumped and tears welling in my eyes, trying REALLY hard to feel sorry for myself;  for disappointments of the past, for things I can't change or control, for things I don't understand, for things that have nothing to do with me... (and for added effect, a few things that didn't even really exist outside my own head.)   The doors opened, and this man in the picture got on the train, walking on his hands. He had NO BODY below the waist... He looked up and smiled at me, lifted his "half" over my feet, opened the heavy double doors, and moved on to the next subway car with his money can in hand.   The tears welled up in my eyes, but they never fell. And suddenly, I sat up straighter than ever...

 

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