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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

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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.

I’m Different

8 Sep

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I’m neon now; I’m different.

—Elizabeth Alexander

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

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)

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)

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)

Have To Decide

28 Jan

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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

— J R R Tolkien

My Depression Is Spewing

22 Jan

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“My depression is spewing like an oil spill all over the beautiful turquoise-green gulf of my carefully planned and controlled existence. Its black sludge is threatening to smother every last living part of me.”

Bruce Springsteen — Born To Run (book)

I Will Miss You, Mr. President, Barack Obama

20 Jan

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Thank you for everything you did. Especially regarding Health Insurance and preexisting conditions. I felt safe with you as President. And you are super intelligent.

Do Something

18 Jan

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“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.”

— Barack Obama

Remember these posters by Shepard Fairey? They were so appealing and fun to make. They were a huge trend. I did have hope and thought Obama made progress. I am grateful.

Being Smart Is Cooler

16 Jan

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“I never cut class. I loved getting A’s, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.” — Michelle Obama

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).

What I Say

10 Jan

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“I usually don’t agree with what I say very much.” — David Bowie

I miss you.

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