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Heart and Brain: Grocery Shopping by The Awkward Yeti

It’s damn near impossible for me to pick a favorite from the Awkward Yeti series by Nick Seluk.  This piece is simply the one that started the whole thing for me.  It was love at first sight for both of these adorable characters.  Admittedly, the day I found it, I was all team heart, but as I’ve followed their adventures, I realize it all depends on the day for me.  

If it is in your means, I highly recommend stopping by his store (http://theawkwardyeti.com) and supporting this amazing artist. *

*I receive no portion of any sales.  Shop like you mean it all the same.  I’d love for him to continue doing what he does.  If you already have the books, check out the other swag!

Two poems for the road

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

If
by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

Kurt Vonnegut novels and collections

NOVEL Player Piano August 1952
NOVEL The Sirens of Titan October 31, 1959
PLAY Penelope (Alternate title Happy Birthday, Wanda June) 1960
NOVEL Mother Night 1961
COLLECTION Canary in a Cathouse September 1961
PLAY 
The Very First Christmas Morning December 14, 1962
√ NOVEL Cat’s Cradle April 1963
NOVEL God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine January 1965
COLLECTION Welcome to the Monkey House August 1968
PLAY Fortitude September 1968
√ NOVEL Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death March 1969NOVEL Dance with Death March 1969
√ NOVEL Breakfast of Champions, or Goodbye Blue Monday July 1973
COLLECTION
 Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons (Opinions) 1974
√ NOVEL Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! October 1976
NOVEL Jailbird September 1979
√ COLLECTION 
Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage 1981
NOVEL Deadeye Dick October 1982
COLLECTION 
Nothing Is Lost Save Honor: Two Essays December 1984
NOVEL Galápagos: A Novel October 1985
PLAY Requiem 1987
NOVEL Bluebeard, the Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian (1916–1988) October 1987
NOVEL Hocus Pocus September 1990
COLLECTION 
Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage September 5, 1991
PLAY Make Up Your Mind 1993
PLAY Miss Temptation 1993
PLAY L’Histoire du Soldat 1993
NOVEL Timequake September 22, 1997
COLLECTION 
Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction August 1999
COLLECTION 
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian October 1999 (note:  originally recorded as fictional radio interviews)
COLLECTION 
A Man Without a Country September 15, 2005
COLLECTION 
Armageddon in Retrospect and Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace April 1, 2008
COLLECTION 
Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction October 20, 2009
COLLECTION 
While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction January 25, 2011
COLLECTION 
Kurt Vonnegut: The Cornell Sun Years 1941–1943 April 23, 2012
COLLECTION 
We Are What We Pretend to Be: The First and Last Works October 9, 2012
COLLECTION 
Sucker’s Portfolio: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing March 12, 2013
COLLECTION 
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young April 30, 2013