Friday Favorite: Captain Kirk (Quote)


I’ve long been a fan of the Star Trek television series and films, and out of all the Captains, James T. Kirk has always been one of my favorites.  Although I do enjoy the version by actor Chris Pine, the one portrayed by William Shatner will forever be the best.

The most memorable quote by Kirk (Star Trek V The Final Frontier):

(The full quote: “Damn it, Bones, you’re a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can’t be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They’re the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don’t want my pain taken away! I need my pain!“)

This quote resonated with me on so many levels both personally and as a writer.  Our painful experiences deepen and enrich our lives, and make us the individuals we are.  Without painful experiences, how else are we able to sympathize and empathize with others?  They make us human.  Our painful experiences also enable us to be better writers.  To create real characters that our readers can identify with.

For me, on a personal level, I’ve decided to keep my pain instead of seeing shrinks to help ease them.  Not (just) to punish myself (yeah, morbid), but they help me craft better poetry and disturbing stories.

Sounds so Stephen Kingish, eh?

This is probably one of the reasons why I write dark stuff although lately I’m attempting to write Romance (but of course they’ll have some dark qualities in them).  Life is real, and it’s hard.  Life isn’t all roses and sweet.  But, it does have moments of hope and love and laughter.

Being human is complicated.  Full of layers.  Both good and not-so-good.

Like Captain Kirk.

What about you?  Do you have a favorite quote that resonates with you?



May You Live Long and Prosper

Leonard Nimoy



I’m sure I am NOT the only person writing a post about this man-but, here I am.

Leonard Nimoy’s death hit me a little harder than many other recent celebrity’s deaths.


One of the reasons would be is that he died due to complications related to COPD.  With this, I can somewhat empathize with the family as I lost my daddy this past fall to Interstitial lung disease/COPD.  It’s a painful thing to watch your love one struggle for each breath while feeling powerless to help ease their suffering.

Like my daddy, he’s now in peace.

Many will remember Mr. Nimoy for his role as Mr. Spock;  but he wasn’t just an actor but an artist.

He loved to create.

Nimoy was a photographer.

Nimoy as Photographer




Nimoy with his work



Nimoy picture




Nimoy was a poet.


Title: You and I have Learned

You and I
have learned
The song of love,

and we sing it well

The song is ageless
Passed on

Heart to heart
By those
Who have seen
What we see
And known
What we know
And lovers who have
Sung before
Our love is ours
To have
To share

The miracle is this
The more we share…
The more

We have


Not only did he published books of poetry, he also published a comic-book series called The Primortals where the story dealt with the question: “What would happen on earth if we really received signals from space?”

I didn’t know that part (comic-book series), and I love the concept behind it so with that thought in mind, I’m going to try and hunt this down to read.

Nimoy/Mr. Spock will also be remembered for some of his memorable quotes:

“You proceed from a false assumption: I have no ego to bruise.”

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or of the one.”

“You know, for a long time I have been of the opinion that artists don’t necessarily know what they’re doing. You don`t necessarily know what kind of universal concept you’re tapping into.”

“Art, if it is successful, needs no explanation. Star Trek and Spock, if they are works of art, can be discussed. But finally the response comes in individual terms. Each viewer sees what is there for him, depending on his frame of reference.”

“Live Long and Prosper”


Mr. Nimoy, may you always live long and prosper-wherever you are.