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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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Pleasant Sensations

3 Jun

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To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.  You are surrounded by adventure.

Freya Stark

Photo by Sid Grossman  San Gennaro Festival, New York City, 1948

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?

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

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

Closing Cycles

20 May

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“…Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.”

― Paulo Coelho

I’m Done

8 May

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I’ve got nothing else for you. I’m done.

– Evelyn

The Girl on the Bench, Italy, ca. 1950 – By John Bertolino (1914 – 2003), USA

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

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.

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

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

Get Back

4 Mar

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“Her whole world, what was left of it, was here, and there was no way to get back to where she had been before.” 

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

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