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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

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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.

Put On Your Shield

16 Oct

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“Put on your shield and armor when you enter your workplace. Everyone should learn how to create a psychic shield. Imagine that you are surrounded by an outer shell that is made of a solid material —so strong that nothing can get through to hurt you. Some people prefer to imagine a protective golden light, but I think the solid shield is stronger. Take two or three minutes to put on your shield, every day, before you enter the workplace.” 

—Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.

Put The Fear Aside

3 Oct

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“Fear never needs to control my choices. Something powerful rises up in me whenever I put the fear aside and move ahead in spite of it.”

—Judith Light

So, that’s what I did.

Art by Scott Conary.

 

 

One Joy

22 Sep

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One joy shatters a hundred griefs.

—Old Chinese Saying

Sculpture “Pleasing” by Maria Rubinke

Deep In My Soul

20 Sep

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“I know it’s late, I know you’re weary. I know your plans don’t include me. Still here we are…both of us lonely; longing for shelter from all that we see. Why should we worry? No one will care, girl. Look at the stars so far away. We’ve got tonight, who needs tomorrow?We’ve got tonight babe. Why don’t you stay?

Deep in my soul, I’ve been so lonely. All of my hopes, fading away. I’ve longed for love, like everyone else does. I know I’ll keep searching, even after today. So there it is, girl. I’ve said it all now. And here we are babe; what do you say? We’ve got tonight. Who needs tomorrow? We’ve got tonight babe. Why don’t you stay?”

Lyrics We’ve Got Tonight by Bob Seeger

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

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

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