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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

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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

 

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?

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.

On Your Heart

24 May

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

Michelle Obama – Becoming

18ky Gold Anatomical Heart Locket by Peggy Skemp Jewelry

Deprive Us

21 Apr

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“One by one, our comrades depart, deprive us of their shade.”

— Candice Bergen: A Fine Romance

Photo by Steve Parke

Cashmere Thoughts

15 Mar

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“I don’t do casual very well. Even my normal life, I’m in cashmere pants and a cashmere sweater and cashmere thoughts.

– Stevie Nicks

Tell Him I Said Hello

18 Mar

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Look into his eyes
When you speak my name.
Maybe there’s a spark to start another flame.
Do I love him?
Don’t say yes or no
If he should ask you.
But he won’t I know,
Cause it’s all over and forgotten.
Just tell him I said hello.

Song: Tell Him I Said Hello

Written by Jack Canning and Bill Hegner

Magnified Beauty

16 Mar

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“She was the golden thread running through everything, a lens that magnified beauty.”

Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch

Photo of Linda Evangelista by Stephen Meisel. She is one of the most beautiful women, ever, and Meisel one of the best photographers.

We’re Makin’ Plans

14 Mar

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I know you like the back of my hand.
Got a heart of gold and a piece of land.
I’m your girl and you’re my man,
And we’re makin’ plans.

Miranda Lambert – Making’ Plans

Alignment Of Desire

12 Mar

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“Addiction can only be beaten by the alignment of desire with personally derived, future-oriented goals.”  

—Marc Lewis

Renewed And Alive Again

10 Mar

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“Leisure is the power to step beyond the working world and win contact with those superhuman, life-giving forces that can send us, renewed and alive again, into the busy world of work…”

Josef Pieper

Blunder Ahead

8 Mar

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“You can do anything you want to do.  What is rare is this actual wanting to do a certain thing:  wanting it so much that you are practically blind to other things, that nothing else will satisfy you…I know I have said a lot when I say, ‘You can do anything you want to do.’  But I mean it…Blunder ahead with your personal view…The real work of art is the result of a magnificent struggle.” 

Robert Henri, painter

Illustration by John Gannam. Wow, what an amazing illustrator Mr. Gannam was!

Definition Of Abuse

6 Mar

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“The modern definition of abuse is “anything less than nurturing.”  

—Ashley Judd

We Remain In The Stories

2 Mar

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“We remain in the air, the empty space, in the dusty roots and deep earth, in the echo and stories, the songs of the time and place we have inhabited.

—Bruce Springsteen – From his book Born To Run

Fantastic photo by Danny Clinch

Everything Flies

28 Feb

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“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

― Frida Kahlo

Photo is of Lexi Jones and her daddy, David Bowie.

Tell Your Story

26 Feb

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“Your possessions tell your story.”

—Pat Cleveland

Some day when I’m gone, my family can come to my house and learn my story from going through my possessions. Even though I have a house and many valued possessions now, a hundred years from now all that will be left of me (my legacy) are stories about me, my posts on the internet, my photography, my art I have drawn, art that’s hanging on my walls now, and some other little things. It depends what my relatives choose to keep.

All that remains from relatives who lived 100 years ago is some journals, letters, and photos. No furniture, no vases, no artwork!

What do you want to be left of you after you pass on?

Your Aging Face

24 Feb

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“It’s hard to accept your aging face. You’ve got to be tough.” 

—Debra Winger

Photo: Atelier Manassé, Wien, Austria. Champagne, 1920s.

When You Wanted

17 Jan

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Remember when you wanted what you currently have.

Montecito, California

15 Jan

Screen Shot 2018-01-15 at 9.37.32 AMOne of the most magical places in the world that endured horrific mudslides on January 9, 2018. My heart is broken for this beautiful place and the people who live here. This is a map of Incomplete Preliminary Damage Inspections 1/13/18.

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