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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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Look Wise

23 Feb

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You Mustn’t Lose It

19 Feb

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“You are given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

— Robin Williams

Like Being Free

17 Feb

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“On my best days, I can freely enjoy the slow passing of time, the tenderness that is in my life; I can feel the love I’m a part of surrounding me and flowing through me; I am near home and I am standing hand in hand with those I love, past and present, in the sun, on the outskirts of something that feels, almost…like being free.”

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run (book)

Near The Bottom

1 Feb

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“Exhaustion has always been my friend and I don’t mind going there. Near the bottom of its fathomless pit I usually find results.”

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run (book)

Have To Decide

28 Jan

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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

— J R R Tolkien

My Depression Is Spewing

22 Jan

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“My depression is spewing like an oil spill all over the beautiful turquoise-green gulf of my carefully planned and controlled existence. Its black sludge is threatening to smother every last living part of me.”

Bruce Springsteen — Born To Run (book)

Do Something

18 Jan

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“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.”

— Barack Obama

Remember these posters by Shepard Fairey? They were so appealing and fun to make. They were a huge trend. I did have hope and thought Obama made progress. I am grateful.

What I Say

10 Jan

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“I usually don’t agree with what I say very much.” — David Bowie

I miss you.

Hang On To Yourself

13 Dec

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If you think you’re going to make it, you’d better hang to yourself.

Song Hang On To Yourself by David Bowie

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Get A Job

11 Dec

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To Be Alive

25 Nov

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