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    Maybe I'm just in a sentimental mood, but here are a few scraps that I've been holding close to my heart this week:

    Two bits of horoscope text, courtesy of Free Will Astrology's Rob Brezny. First up, from the week of June 7:

    "Remember a moment, after an argument with an ally, when the first tentative spark of reconciliation flowed between your eyes and his or hers. These are good metaphors for the kinds of experiences you should seek out, cultivate, and concentrate on[.]"

    OK? And then, from one week earlier:

    "Here are a few of the fine improvements I expect you to have accomplished by the end of June: tips on how to live well in two worlds; an addition to the reasons why people find you attractive; a crash course that helps you become more fluent in the language of intimacy; richer, more interesting feelings than you've experienced in a long time; and practical insights into how to avoid being flustered by paradoxes that have driven you crazy in the past."

    By the end of June, eh? Tall order. But sometimes quasiangelic assistance can come from everywhere, even, for instance, from Chris Stangl's brief write-up of Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance Trilogy, which I am 2/3rds of the way through. Stangl writes that the films are less about revenge than they are about "learning that your Right may conflict with someone else's," and "the difficulty of evaluating your motivation and responsibilities in light of knowing everyone is in the same predicament." These are topics I've been thinking about a lot lately, and I'm thankful to Stangl for crystallizing them conceptually. But in terms of advice, I turn my attention to these sentences, Stangl's way of articulating the enduring message of the trilogy's final film: "Revel in your ability to create opportunities for redemption. Be grateful for the instances when you greet a second chance having learned a lesson. Bury your face in them and dig in."

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2007
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