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16 Nov

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“When we take a real vacation – in the true sense of “holiday,” time marked by holiness, a sacred period of respite – our sense of time gets completely warped. Unmoored from work-time and set free, if temporarily, from the tyranny of schedules, we come to experience life exactly as it unfolds, with its full ebb and flow of dynamism – sometimes slow and silken.”

For Evelyn.

Photo by Arnold Genthe

My Heart Said

3 Nov

Screen Shot 2019-11-02 at 7.11.45 PMLook, how much longer is my life going on? I can just settle and coast through it, or I’ll follow what my heart said I should be doing. 

— Graham Nash

Spring Open

21 Oct

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Sometimes without warning, you might feel a tiny latch spring open on your heart.

Michelle Obama — Becoming

Shift Your Energy

13 Oct

Screen Shot 2019-10-09 at 7.00.18 PMInstead of worrying about what you can’t control, shift your energy to what you can create.

— Roy T Bennett

Illustration by Carolina Rodríguez

Her Fish-Tail

11 Oct

Screen Shot 2019-10-09 at 6.49.49 PMWoman is not nature only. She is the mermaid with her fish-tail dipped in the unconscious.

— Anais Nin

Real Me Is Nothing ilustration by Henn Kim.

Pull You

9 Oct

Screen Shot 2019-10-09 at 6.39.31 PMLet no man pull you so low as to hate him.

— Martin Luther King

Illustration by Constantine Lianos

An Effort

27 Sep

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He who never makes an effort, never risks a failure.

— Anonymous

“Shouldering the imitation ox”, from a 1909 edition of Richard Kearton’s Wild Nature’s Ways.

Let Go

23 Sep

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Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.

— David Foster Wallace

You Are Celebrated

21 Sep

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If you don’t feel it, flee from it. Go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.

— Paul F. Davis

A view of a fireworks display in front of City Hall for the Publication of Peace in Paris, Jacques Chereau. Source: Public Domain Review

Harness The Creative

1 Jun

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Graham Greene: He would structure his entire workday to harness the creative power of his dreams. He would draft new sections of a novel in the morning – tapping away until he had met his self-imposed daily quote of five hundred words – and then read them over before bed, leaving his subconscious to work during the night.

Why We Dream by Alice Robb

I believe in thinking about a big problem before falling asleep, and seeing where my dreams take me, if I have any dreams at all!

Selectively Numb

22 May

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You cannot selectively numb.

Brené Brown 

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

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

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