The Map is Mostly Water

Simon Sarris
anecdotes, fables, tales, advice, photography, questions, sentiment, and ways to get lost in the forest
Created 07 Jun 2020
  • The Sage's Garden
    25 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 20 2
    Dear friends, there is a tale, Once an austere philosopher left his home in search of the path to a sweeter life. He traveled through lands of great antiquity, and before long was told of a sage. Not ...
  • What the Lion Knows
    20 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 28 1
    He who lives without folly is not as wise as he thinks. —François de La Rochefoucauld “Get going, then get good.” —David Perell There is a saying from Plutarch, “Where the lion’s skin will not reach, ...
  • Photo Editing: Respecting Context
    16 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 15 0
    If you are not interested in photography, you can safely skip this post. I have many drafts forthcoming on other topics, if only one of them would ripen in my mind. I have written more generally: On t...
  • Quiet Listening / The Last Guest
    19 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 16 0
    “I am sentimental,” she said. “I could dissect a koala but not its baby. I like the words damozel, eglantine, elegant. I love when you kiss my elongated white hand.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor:...
  • The Most Precious Resource is Agency
    01 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 127 19
    The world is a very malleable place. When I read biographies, early lives leap out the most. Leonardo da Vinci was a studio apprentice to Verrocchio at 14. Walt Disney took on a number of jobs, chiefl...
  • Exacting
    23 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 21 2
    Dear friends, a story: A peasant went to the market one day and bought some meat, but felt he was deceived on the weight. As he strode out of the marketplace he shouted insults into the air. The king ...
  • Stoicism is Not Enough
    21 Apr 2021 • 9 min read • 40 15
    “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations M...
  • Sages and Scoundrels
    25 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 0
    Dear friends, two tales: ONCE there was an old sage out for a walk at dusk. As he strode along the road, far from the village, he was suddenly accosted by a robber. The sage was so frightened that he ...
  • What the Mouse Knows
    05 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 63 7
    Consider the little mouse, how sage an animal it is which never entrusts its life to one hole only. — Titus Maccius Plautus It is not down in any map; true places never are. — Ishmael, Moby Dick I am ...
  • Timbres gratuits
    03 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Dear friend, I apollo for not writing lately. While I have lots of drafts, time seems to slip away. Because of my tardiness, I am comping every paying subscriber for 3 months. There is an old tale: In...
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