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It’s Possible

18 Oct

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“With very great paintings it’s possible to know them deeply, inhabit them almost.”

—Donna Tartt

Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth, 1948.

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Put On Your Shield

16 Oct

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“Put on your shield and armor when you enter your workplace. Everyone should learn how to create a psychic shield. Imagine that you are surrounded by an outer shell that is made of a solid material —so strong that nothing can get through to hurt you. Some people prefer to imagine a protective golden light, but I think the solid shield is stronger. Take two or three minutes to put on your shield, every day, before you enter the workplace.” 

—Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.

Put The Fear Aside

3 Oct

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“Fear never needs to control my choices. Something powerful rises up in me whenever I put the fear aside and move ahead in spite of it.”

—Judith Light

So, that’s what I did.

Art by Scott Conary.

 

 

That Girl

30 Sep

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“That girl has line in her head.”  

Dorothea Lange’s grandmother Sophie saying how Dorothea could see line and composition.  

From the book Dorothea Lange, A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon.

Photograph by Dorothea Lange: A Sign of the Times—Depression—Mended Stockings, Stenographer, San Francisco 1934

Be Fire

28 Sep

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“Nothing says hell has to be fire.”

From the book A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

 

Your Masterpiece

26 Sep

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“On up the mountain there’s a light making its way. On up the mountain night and day, you’ll get tired and you’ll get weak, but you won’t abandon your masterpiece.”

Song On Up The Mountain by Jakob Dylan from the 2008 album Seeing Things

I See Me

24 Sep

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“When I look in your eyes through all the years, I see me lovin’ you, and you lovin’ me.”

Sung by Al Green, one of my favorite singers.

Songwriters: MITCHELL, WILLIE / GREEN, AL L. / JACKSON, AL JR. I’m Still In Love With You lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., BUG MUSIC

Pablo Picasso “La Dance” 1922. Pastel on canvas.

One Joy

22 Sep

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One joy shatters a hundred griefs.

—Old Chinese Saying

Sculpture “Pleasing” by Maria Rubinke

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

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

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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