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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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If Somebody’s Moving

14 Oct

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“I’m on a quest; aren’t we all? With humans, it’s always a dance. If somebody’s moving slower than you are, you’ve got to get them out of your way.”

—Debra Winger

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

Deep In My Soul

20 Sep

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“I know it’s late, I know you’re weary. I know your plans don’t include me. Still here we are…both of us lonely; longing for shelter from all that we see. Why should we worry? No one will care, girl. Look at the stars so far away. We’ve got tonight, who needs tomorrow?We’ve got tonight babe. Why don’t you stay?

Deep in my soul, I’ve been so lonely. All of my hopes, fading away. I’ve longed for love, like everyone else does. I know I’ll keep searching, even after today. So there it is, girl. I’ve said it all now. And here we are babe; what do you say? We’ve got tonight. Who needs tomorrow? We’ve got tonight babe. Why don’t you stay?”

Lyrics We’ve Got Tonight by Bob Seeger

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

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

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

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

9 Mar

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“Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.”

— Gustave Flaubert

Photograph A Ray of Sunshine by Claudia Dea (public domain)

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

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