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Keep Looking

18 Sep

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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

—Steve Jobs

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Poured Brightness

16 Sep

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“We belonged together; there was a dream rightness and magic to it, inarguable; the thought of her flooded every corner of my mind with light and poured brightness into miraculous lofts I hadn’t even known were there.”  

—Donna Tartt

Romy Schneider & Alain Delon, dancing at home, 1959

Like A Laugh

14 Sep

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“[Why are we so afraid of joy?] We think right behind joy is a knife that will cut your throat if we really feel it. It’s almost like a laugh—your chin goes up and your throat is exposed. If I laugh too loud, someone will slit my throat. That’s the terror of joy.”

—Judd Apatow

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.

Keep Moving

8 Apr

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

― Albert Einstein

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

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)

 

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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Music Speaks

21 Feb

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“Where words fail, music speaks.”

— Hans Christian Andersen

Songwriting team and brothers George Gershwin (1898-1937) & Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)

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)

Safe Travels

7 Feb

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“The trick is, you can only brighten the forest from beneath the canopy of its trees…from within. To bring the light, you must first make your way through the bramble-filled darkness. Safe travels.”

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run (book)

Not Been Paid

1 Feb

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“For all of you “housewives” out there, which of course is a term I employ that means anybody who has ever had to clean up somebody else’s shit and not been paid for it…”

— Roseanne Barr

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)

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