Before the Storm

Depending on where you live, it may be possible to experience a storm as it builds. It is quite an experience, although I need to say that it is not one I recommend except from a safe vantage point.

Before the Storm

Here, surreal photographer Robert Jahns has captured the feeling so you don’t have to put your life in jeopardy – can’t you just sense what mother nature is about to unleash?

Most likely the image is a composite, with the foreground boardwalk and umbrellas taken separately of the storm clouds then digitally crafted into this incredible scene.

Great job Robert Jahns!

“We absolutely love every single surreal photographer/artist that we write about, but much of their work tends to be rather melancholy or down-right dark. Not so with German art director Robert Jahns (a.k.a. Nois7 on Instagram), whose beautiful and adventurous images will inspire you and brighten your day.”

To see more of his work, take a look at his inspiring surreal photos on Bored Panda.

image by Robert Jahns via Bored Panda

No Wordsmith Am I

I hope it is clear that I make no attempt at being a writer, or even a wordsmith.

No Wordsmith Am I

No Wordsmith Am I

Thoughts at Midnight is simply my attempt to be expressive, regardless of how well I may express it.

If I fail, I fail. If I entertain you, bring you some inspiration, or am the cause in opening your eyes or mind for a brief while, all the better.

The idea behind Thoughts at Midnight is not to limit the subject of my posts. Where my mind travels, so does my sharing of them.

But for now, here’s one that is probably more in alignment with what is expected by those who like this site.

Let’s call it No Wordsmith Am I. Appropriately so, for it is not in my nature to write in the manner of Jane Austen, James Joyce, Charles Dickens, or any other great (or even mediocre) writer.

I would much rather comment a bit and share…

But let’s focus on the meat of this post:
Ten Best Sentences (The American Scholar) and
Why these are the ‘Ten Best Sentences’ (Poynter).

Allow me to share one of the 10 best, by Jane Austin, encouraging you to check the others as you can:

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?
~ Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice”

To which Roy Peter Clark comments regarding the “why”…
“Who could not admire a sentence with such a clear demarcation beginning, middle, and end? Thank you, commas. Only a single word – “neighbor” – has more than one syllable. Austen gives us 19 words that add up to 66 letters, an astonishing efficiency of fewer than four letters per word. But this math is invisible to the meaning. She begins by asking what at first seems like a metaphysical question: “for what do we live.” The social commentary that follows brings us crashing down to earth in a phrase, and carries us home with a delicious sense of revenge, a kind of sophisticated punch line.”

10 classic passages, written by “master” wordsmiths!
source: Poynter.org
based on an article at The American Scholar

Build Castles in the Air

Build castles in the air… provided you build a foundation under them! But to do so requires dreaming no small dreams.

Everything that has ever been created was first someone’s dream. Whether it was they who acted upon the dream, or another who finally brought it into existence, it was in the mind first.

Dream No Small Dreams

Daniel Oliech, wrote about it at the GREATNESSwithin blog and titled it “Dream no small dreams“.

“Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go, life is a worthless striving without hope.

When you are inspired by some great purpose,
some extraordinary projects,
all your thoughts break their bonds;
your mind transcends limitations;
your consciousness expands in every direction;
and you find yourself in a new and wonderful world.

Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

Greatness is a function of great dreams. Great women and men…” [read more]

Many years ago, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe expressed it in his own style…

Thoughts at Midnight simply picked up on it to create the meme…

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

source: GREATNESSwithin

Here’s to what could have been

Here's to What Could Have Been

It’s time, past time in fact.

Thoughts at Midnight / Midnight Thoughts should be gathering dust from this point forward. It’s been an on-again off-again affair that I can’t quite let go.

Only a handful enjoyed it! Here’s to what could have been…
and to what is yet to come…
and to the next handful that will yet enjoy it.

~ Aden, January 1, 2020

What Are Midnight Thoughts Without Dreams?

Is it possible to dream what we were last thinking before falling asleep?

I Want to Keep My Dreams

I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.
~ Joseph Heller

People aside, because thinking of the people that have been in your life makes it too easy to bring them into a dream.

It’s the thoughts… the subject of the thoughts… even those that may make for bad dreams: the guilt, the worry, the fear. Will thinking of these influence the dreams that come that night?

Even if so, dreams are fleeting. They exist and are then gone. Allow yourself to keep them while they last.

Image license CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay by wolter_tom

Night and Memory Suppress Idle Details

As Jorge Luis Borges was known to say…
I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.

…wouldn’t you tend to agree?

Granted, one must actually be out and surrounded by the night and not encapsulated in some room, no matter how dimly lit – the night has properties to it, and midnight shows them to us even more so than twilight or a breaking dawn.

Memories can blur, experiences at night also blur...

Tis the Season

Tis the Season for a night time walk…!

Photo Credit: Image license CC BY-SA 2.0 for ‎”Tis the Season” :::Explored::: by jason jenkins via Flickr

A Random Walk Through Midnight Thoughts

No, really, I do not know if these thoughts came to anyone in the middle of the night (they’re not mine).

But these thoughts exist, and do run through my mind, if not by the exact quote, by some varying and fleeting manner. Often obscure, often incomplete. When I am half-awake, half-asleep, not knowing which is which.

Napkin Wisdom

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
~ Arthur C Clarke

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.
~ Mark Twain

I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true.
~ Audrey Hepburn

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.
~ Steve Jobs

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Image license CC BY-SA 2.0: “Napkin Wisdom” by Gisela Giardino on Flickr

The School of Dreams

Who taught us to dream? How do we “know” to dream?

School of Dreams

In my mind, I attended the School of Dreams at an age that I can not recall, as a being that I do not remember.

However it was accomplished, my instructors were quite good. To this very day I can attest to that.

Tonight I will know once again, a dream world. I may walk in it alone, as a shadow, or I may soar through it magically without wings. Others may be there… or not.

A dream world, far away from reality, thanks to the School of Dreams.

“In the School of Dreams, at an age I can not recall, as a being I do not remember, the dream world was revealed.”
~ Aden Curtis
ThoughtsAtMidnight.com

Photo credit: DasWortgewand on Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain license

Sorry, We Are Reorganizing

UPDATE: we are well on our way to updating our posts (and creating new ones too). Our hosting situation has been resolved and a couple of old posting pages have already been updated with restored images!

—original “sorry” post—
Perhaps you saw our notice on our Facebook Page…
We had major hosting provider problems and lost critical information.
After some testing, we were able to save bits and pieces and have now moved to another host.
Don’t be surprised if the website has problems all the way through until the New Year!
Fortunately, Thoughts at Midnight is just a fun endeavor with a small following. Hopefully 2020 will bring all of us new things to look forward to!

Sorry