One Joy

22 Sep

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One joy shatters a hundred griefs.

—Old Chinese Saying

Sculpture “Pleasing” by Maria Rubinke

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Deep In My Soul

20 Sep

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“I know it’s late, I know you’re weary. I know your plans don’t include me. Still here we are…both of us lonely; longing for shelter from all that we see. Why should we worry? No one will care, girl. Look at the stars so far away. We’ve got tonight, who needs tomorrow?We’ve got tonight babe. Why don’t you stay?

Deep in my soul, I’ve been so lonely. All of my hopes, fading away. I’ve longed for love, like everyone else does. I know I’ll keep searching, even after today. So there it is, girl. I’ve said it all now. And here we are babe; what do you say? We’ve got tonight. Who needs tomorrow? We’ve got tonight babe. Why don’t you stay?”

Lyrics We’ve Got Tonight by Bob Seeger

 

 

Keep Looking

18 Sep

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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

—Steve Jobs

Poured Brightness

16 Sep

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“We belonged together; there was a dream rightness and magic to it, inarguable; the thought of her flooded every corner of my mind with light and poured brightness into miraculous lofts I hadn’t even known were there.”  

—Donna Tartt

Romy Schneider & Alain Delon, dancing at home, 1959

Like A Laugh

14 Sep

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“[Why are we so afraid of joy?] We think right behind joy is a knife that will cut your throat if we really feel it. It’s almost like a laugh—your chin goes up and your throat is exposed. If I laugh too loud, someone will slit my throat. That’s the terror of joy.”

—Judd Apatow

Master of Yourself

12 Sep

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Be sure to read the book that Gloria Vanderbilt wrote with her son, Anderson Cooper, called The Rainbow Comes and Goes.

You Think

10 Sep

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Don’t believe everything you think.

The Two Friends by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1894.

I’m Different

8 Sep

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I’m neon now; I’m different.

—Elizabeth Alexander

Keep Moving

8 Apr

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

― Albert Einstein

Its Chill

20 Mar

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“The air had lost the sharp heart of its chill. Winter’s back was broken.”

— Robert Goolrick (A Reliable Wife)

Happy First Day of Spring!

A Kind of Stealing

15 Mar

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“Photography is always a kind of stealing…a theft from the subject. Artists are assaulters in a lot of ways and the viewer is complicit in that assault.” 

— Hanya Yanagihara – A Little Life

Temporary Relief

13 Mar
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Art by Chad Hagen

“People choose to stop when they have suffered more than enough, and when circumstances lend a hand. And, when the possibility of self-control becomes as attractive — more attractive — than any other possibility, including temporary relief.”  

— Marc Lewis – Neuroscientist

Moving On

11 Mar

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“I’m not running away, I’m moving on.”

― Irvine Welsh

9 Mar

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“Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.”

— Gustave Flaubert

Photograph A Ray of Sunshine by Claudia Dea (public domain)

Don’t Waste It

7 Mar

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“Compassion is a wonderful virtue but don’t waste it on those undeserving. If someone has their boot on your neck, kick them in the balls, then discuss.”

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run (Book)

Image from page 347 of “The Stratford Gallery;” (1859)

 

Necessary Preparation

5 Mar

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“Leisure is a form of that stillness that is necessary preparation for accepting reality.”  

— Josef Pieper

Illustration by Mary Royt

Begin

3 Mar

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“To begin, begin.”

— Wordsworth

Caran d’Ache

Crack Your Heart

1 Mar
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By Pablo Picasso

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By Edward Hopper

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By Claude Monet

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By David Hockney

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By Georgia O’Keeffe

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By Andy Warhol

“Isn’t the whole point of things – beautiful things – that they connect you to some larger beauty? Those…images that crack your heart wide open?”

— Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch)

Heart On

27 Feb

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“Be careful what you set your heart on, for it will surely be yours.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Painting by Cagnaccio di San Pietro

The Meaning

25 Feb

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“There’s a condition I call “altruistic panic,” where you feel like you have to do something for someone somewhere. If life only has the meaning you bring to it, we have the opportunity to bring rich meaning to our lives by the service we do for others. It’s a positive thing.”

— Harold Ramis

Painting by Kenne Grégoire

(Mr. Grégoire, your paintings are sublime. I hope it’s ok that I used your painting on my site. Thank you.)

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