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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

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Hold On

19 Oct

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When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.

— Harriet Beecher Stowe

Illustration by Giulia Rosa

 

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.

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

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

 

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

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

Selectively Numb

22 May

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You cannot selectively numb.

Brené Brown 

Straight Line

4 May

Screen Shot 2019-05-04 at 2.39.38 PMThere’s no straight line between effort and reward.

Michelle Obama – Becoming

Art by Robyn Redish – Stolen Painting

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

Do The Job

14 Apr

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Photo by Pete Souza.

“He had the intellect and discipline to do the job, the temperament to endure everything that would make it hard, and the rare degree of empathy that would keep him tuned carefully to the country’s needs. He was also surrounded by good, smart people who were ready to help.”

— Michelle Obama, from her book Becoming

The More You Use It

25 Mar

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“Like electricity, creativity makes no judgment. I can use it productively or destructively. The important thing is to use it. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have.”

— Maya Angelou

Me Right

23 Mar

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“I will try harder to look for what I don’t see when it’s staring me right in the eye.”

— Diane Keaton

Other Memories

21 Mar

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Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home. Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Paulo Coelho

Master The Craft

17 Mar

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“Art stands on the shoulders of craft, which means that

to get to the art you must master the craft.”

Ann Patchett –  This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage

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

You Forever

13 Mar

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Since the moment I set eyes on you—you have brought me nothing but Joy—and I will remember everything about you forever.”

– Gloria Vanderbilt: The Rainbow Comes and Goes

For my son.

Keep Going

11 Mar

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“Just keep going. No feeling is final.”

– Rilke

I’ll Be Gone

9 Mar

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“Some of dese mornin’s and it won’t be long, you gointuh wake up callin’ me and Ah’ll be gone.”

Zora Neale Hurston/Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937

Years later:

“One of these days and it won’t be long, you’ll look for me and baby, I’ll be gone.”

Led Zeppelin/Your Time Is Gonna Come, 1969:

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