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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!

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)

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

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)

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)

Somebody Up There Likes Me

14 Jan

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Iman posted this to her Instagram account on January 10, the one-year anniversary of David Bowie’s passing. What a fantastic double rainbow shot, and love the dramatic lighting. Good capture. Wonder if she shot it herself, from the balcony of where they live in Soho? It’s a feel-good, hopeful photo.

Somebody Up There Likes Me lyrics by David Bowie

He’s so divine, his soul shines.
Breaks the night, sleep tight.
His ever loving face smiles on the whole human race.
He says, “I’m somebody.”
He’s got his eye on your soul, his hand on your heart.

Somebody up there (somebody) likes me.
Nothing left his eye unmoved. He
Had the plan, he had to use (somebody).
He’s so divine, his soul shines (somebody).
Breaks the night, sleep tight (somebody out there, somebody).
His ever loving face smiles on the whole human race (somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody out there).

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Some Beach In Mexico

21 Nov

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Dash Away

5 Jul

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Watching him dash away,
swinging an old bouquet.

Song Aladdin Sane by David Bowie.

In Golden Rays

16 Feb

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Look at your children
See their faces in golden rays
Don’t kid yourself they belong to you

Song Oh! You Pretty Things by David Bowie

She Shook Me Cold

12 Feb

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We met upon a hill, the night was cool and still
She sucked my dormant will
Mother, she blew my brain, I will go back again
My God, she shook me cold

Song She Shook Me Cold by David Bowie

I’m Floating

2 Feb

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I’m floating in a most peculiar way.

From David Bowie’s song Space Oddity, written when Bowie was 22-years-y0ung.

Photo from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/69d02400-9cc9-0131-173d-58d385a7b928

Love You Till Tuesday

31 Jan

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Love You Till Tuesday

Oh, beautiful baby

My burning desire started on Sunday

Give me your heart and I’ll love you till Tuesday

Who’s that hiding in the apple tree, clinging to a branch

Don’t be afraid it’s only me, hoping for a little romance

If you lie beneath my shade, I’ll keep you nice and cool

Oh, beautiful baby

I was very lonely till I met you on Sunday

My passion’s never-ending and I’ll love you till Tuesday

Let the wind blow through your hair, be nice to the big blue sea

Don’t be afraid of the man in the moon, because it’s only me

I shall always watch you until my love runs dry

Song by David Bowie

Photo from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5e66b3e8-7836-d471-e040-e00a180654d7

Cold Grey Light

18 Jan

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“No, there’s nothin’ quite as lonely

As the cold gray light of gone.”

Vince Gill song—Cold Gray Light of Gone

The Cloud Knows

10 Jan

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“If snow falls inside a cloud, only the cloud knows.”

—Josef Albers

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Anything Can Happen In Life

8 Nov

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Earthquakes in Oklahoma

19 Oct

Last night my husband and I watched a movie called San Andreas. After awhile, I couldn’t watch it anymore because I needed to look up everything I could about the San Andreas Fault.

I used to live in California. Now that the Internet exists, you can look up all the cities The Fault runs under or near. It’s fascinating!

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Did you know that on October 10, 2015 there was an earthquake of 4.4 magnitude in OKLAHOMA?

The US Geological Survey website is packed with information about earthquakes.

Today is Shake Out day. Go to this site to learn more about earthquakes.

Bloody Deer Antlers

5 Oct

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My husband photographed these deer in our back yard. He was especially thrilled to get a shot of the whitetail buck deer with bloody antlers. A fuzzy velvet covers the whitetail’s antlers. The deer removes the velvet by rubbing his crown on saplings and shrubs, thus the blood. Ick.

I had to look up the whole bloody velvet antler process on the Internet. I did not just automatically know this. I’m a city girl. Don’t you forget it.

I See Your Life

13 Sep

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“I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.”

—Toni Morrison

Fernand Khnopff (Belgian, Grembergen 1858–1921 Brussels)
Hortensia, 1884
Oil on canvas; 18 3/4 × 23 7/16 in. (47.6 × 59.6 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

That Single Breath

5 Aug

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Will You Join Me?

3 Aug

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