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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

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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

Me Right

23 Mar

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“I will try harder to look for what I don’t see when it’s staring me right in the eye.”

— Diane Keaton

Other Memories

21 Mar

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Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home. Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Paulo Coelho

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.

Keep Going

11 Mar

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“Just keep going. No feeling is final.”

– Rilke

Sun-Up

7 Mar

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“God tore down the old world every evening and built a new one by sun-up.”

Zora Neale Hurston/Their Eyes Were Watching God

Scattered In The Wind

20 Mar

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Down a dangerous road, I have come to where I’m standing.
With a heavy heart and my hat clutched in my hand.
Oh the years flew by like a mighty rush of eagles.
My dreams and plans were all scattered in the wind.
It’s a lonesome life when you lose the ones you live for.

If I Give My Soul by Billy Joe Shaver

Soul Eyes Painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

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

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

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?

You Trap Them

18 Feb

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All abuse is foremost an assault on the mind. When you abuse someone, you limit their perspective and you trap them.

—Tara Westover

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

You Saved Me

20 Oct

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“You saved me, you know. Life had me running. Had me by the throat, and I really was falling under, losing hope. And then I met you, and you gave me a reason to keep my head above water. You taught me to swim. You taught me to live.” 

—Jasinda Wilder, Falling Under

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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