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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?

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

On The Farm

6 May

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I went crazy on the farm.

– Critic Housewife

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

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

Renewed And Alive Again

10 Mar

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“Leisure is the power to step beyond the working world and win contact with those superhuman, life-giving forces that can send us, renewed and alive again, into the busy world of work…”

Josef Pieper

Definition Of Abuse

6 Mar

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“The modern definition of abuse is “anything less than nurturing.”  

—Ashley Judd

We Remain In The Stories

2 Mar

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“We remain in the air, the empty space, in the dusty roots and deep earth, in the echo and stories, the songs of the time and place we have inhabited.

—Bruce Springsteen – From his book Born To Run

Fantastic photo by Danny Clinch

Everything Flies

28 Feb

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“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

― Frida Kahlo

Photo is of Lexi Jones and her daddy, David Bowie.

Tell Your Story

26 Feb

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“Your possessions tell your story.”

—Pat Cleveland

Some day when I’m gone, my family can come to my house and learn my story from going through my possessions. Even though I have a house and many valued possessions now, a hundred years from now all that will be left of me (my legacy) are stories about me, my posts on the internet, my photography, my art I have drawn, art that’s hanging on my walls now, and some other little things. It depends what my relatives choose to keep.

All that remains from relatives who lived 100 years ago is some journals, letters, and photos. No furniture, no vases, no artwork!

What do you want to be left of you after you pass on?

Your Aging Face

24 Feb

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“It’s hard to accept your aging face. You’ve got to be tough.” 

—Debra Winger

Photo: Atelier Manassé, Wien, Austria. Champagne, 1920s.

Montecito, California

15 Jan

Screen Shot 2018-01-15 at 9.37.32 AMOne of the most magical places in the world that endured horrific mudslides on January 9, 2018. My heart is broken for this beautiful place and the people who live here. This is a map of Incomplete Preliminary Damage Inspections 1/13/18.

We Stay There

21 Dec

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“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”

Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

The Eye Begins

24 Oct

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“In a dark time the eye begins to see.”  

—Theodore Roethke

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