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Lively Memory


Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano defines "idiot memory" as the kind of remembrances that keep us attached to our old self-images, and trapped by them. "Lively memory," on the other hand, is a feisty approach to our old stories. It impels us to graduate from who we used to be. "We are the sum of our efforts to change who we are," writes Galeano. "Identity is no museum piece sitting stock-still in a display case." [Rob Brezsny]

Like our Mountain House song says: "Tell us a story, you've heard it before / change it a little, the end or the middle" . . .

"Lively" upended photo from Asbury Park, NJ, Jan 2018