16 Nov

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“When we take a real vacation – in the true sense of “holiday,” time marked by holiness, a sacred period of respite – our sense of time gets completely warped. Unmoored from work-time and set free, if temporarily, from the tyranny of schedules, we come to experience life exactly as it unfolds, with its full ebb and flow of dynamism – sometimes slow and silken.”

For Evelyn.

Photo by Arnold Genthe

Every Piece Of You

4 Nov

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See how I’ll leave with every piece of you,
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do.

Rolling In The Deep lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing

Illustration by Harry Anderson

My Heart Said

3 Nov

Screen Shot 2019-11-02 at 7.11.45 PMLook, how much longer is my life going on? I can just settle and coast through it, or I’ll follow what my heart said I should be doing. 

— Graham Nash

Crack In The Concrete

31 Oct

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“I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It’s so fuckin’ heroic.”

George Carlin

Woman with sunflower print curtains, 1900-1930, New Zealand, by James Chapman-Taylor. Te Papa (A.010640/01) – Source.

Spring Open

21 Oct

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Sometimes without warning, you might feel a tiny latch spring open on your heart.

Michelle Obama — Becoming

Shift Your Energy

13 Oct

Screen Shot 2019-10-09 at 7.00.18 PMInstead of worrying about what you can’t control, shift your energy to what you can create.

— Roy T Bennett

Illustration by Carolina Rodríguez

Her Fish-Tail

11 Oct

Screen Shot 2019-10-09 at 6.49.49 PMWoman is not nature only. She is the mermaid with her fish-tail dipped in the unconscious.

— Anais Nin

Real Me Is Nothing ilustration by Henn Kim.

Pull You

9 Oct

Screen Shot 2019-10-09 at 6.39.31 PMLet no man pull you so low as to hate him.

— Martin Luther King

Illustration by Constantine Lianos

Catch Your Heart

29 Sep

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There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.

— Michael Nolan

An Effort

27 Sep

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He who never makes an effort, never risks a failure.

— Anonymous

“Shouldering the imitation ox”, from a 1909 edition of Richard Kearton’s Wild Nature’s Ways.

Any Place

25 Sep

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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

— Beverly Sills

Let Go

23 Sep

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Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.

— David Foster Wallace

You Are Celebrated

21 Sep

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If you don’t feel it, flee from it. Go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.

— Paul F. Davis

A view of a fireworks display in front of City Hall for the Publication of Peace in Paris, Jacques Chereau. Source: Public Domain Review

Watching The Clouds

21 Jun

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

– John Lubbock

I’m Painting Again

5 Jun

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I’m painting, I’m painting again.
I’m cleaning, I’m cleaning again.
I’m cleaning, I’m cleaning my brain.

Pretty soon now, I will be bitter.
Pretty soon now, will be a quitter.
You can’t see it ’til it’s finished

I don’t’ have to prove…that I am creative!
All my pictures are confused
And now I’m going to take me to you.

Song: Artists Only
Album: More Songs About Buildings and Food
Sung by Talking Heads
Songwriters: David Byrne / Wayne Zieve
Painting Pink Window of Time by Rebecca Harp


Pleasant Sensations

3 Jun

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To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.  You are surrounded by adventure.

Freya Stark

Photo by Sid Grossman  San Gennaro Festival, New York City, 1948

Harness The Creative

1 Jun

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Graham Greene: He would structure his entire workday to harness the creative power of his dreams. He would draft new sections of a novel in the morning – tapping away until he had met his self-imposed daily quote of five hundred words – and then read them over before bed, leaving his subconscious to work during the night.

Why We Dream by Alice Robb

I believe in thinking about a big problem before falling asleep, and seeing where my dreams take me, if I have any dreams at all!

Confined To REM

30 May

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Dreaming isn’t confined to REM sleep; it’s also possible to dream as we fall asleep and right before we wake up.

Why We Dream by Alice Robb

This happens to me a lot – I have fallen asleep at 9:30pm and wake up at 10:30am, having had a full, deep dream. Or I wake up at 4:30am to use the restroom, fall back asleep, wake up at 5:30am and have had a full-on dream.

How about you?

Disregard A Woman

28 May

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The easiest way to disregard a woman’s voice is to package her as a scold.

Michelle Obama – Becoming

Decotora Semi Trucks

26 May

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I read this article on the Messy Nessy website about Japanese Truckers. There is a book about them too, called Decotora: 1998-2007 Japanese Art Truck Scene. I’m almost tempted to buy the book. I hope that semis in the United States start decorating their trucks. Perhaps this is already being done in the US, but I don’t see many fancy semis driving through Wisconsin.

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