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Happy birthday Robert E Howard, who was born on January 22, 1906 in Peaster, Texas and is famous for his sword and sorcery stories.

His most famous creations are Conan The Barbarian (1932) (Art by Frnak Frazetta), Solomon Kane (1928) (Art by Greg Staples), Kull The Conqueror (1929) (Art by Ken Kelly), Bran Mak Morn (1930) (Art by Frank Frazetta) and Red Sonya of Rogatino (1934) (Art by Jim Silke).

No wonder I’m a perfectionist - always hoping that if I do things well enough I’ll finally feel loved and accepted.  So much of my activity is driven by pain: if I can just do it right, I won’t hurt anymore.  The trap is that it works - temporarily.  For a short time I do feel better, but then self-criticism sets in again and I need to accomplish something else - perfectly.
—  Robert Kull, Solitude
We often seem to value activity above all else, but like all beings we need to rest and recuperate.  I suspect the widespread occurrence of depression in our culture is linked to our refusal to allow ourselves quiet time.  Feeling the need to remain constantly busy - mentally or physically - in socially productive activity can prevent us from turning inward to simply be with ourselves.  Such inward turning requires time and might lower productivity and social standing.  It is not that all activity is bad, but many of us are far out of balance and our activity does not come from a place of stillness and wisdom.
—  Robert Kull, Solitude
Where are we trying to get to with our incessant activity?  To the stars?  But we’re already as among the stars as we will ever be.  Better quality of life?  The quality we seek is lost in the seeking.  Truly we have it backward with our continual striving for what we don’t have and avoidance of what we do.  What we crave most deeply we have always had.
—  Robert Kull, Solitude