Posts Tagged ‘still life’

The world will freely offer itself to you…

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“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet” -Franz Kafka

Stars when you shine you know how I feel…

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“Feeling Good” Nina Simone

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Reeds driftin on by you know how I feel

(refrain:)
Its a new dawn
Its a new day
Its a new life
For me
And Im feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom in the tree you know how I feel

(refrain)

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, dont you know
Butterflies all havin fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
Thats what I mean

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel

When I am filled with music…

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“I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could
always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and
ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with
music”  -George Eliot


When your heart tells you everything you need to know…

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“I try to believe like i believed when I was five… when your heart tells you everything you need to know”  -Lucy Liu

I am athirst for faraway things…

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“I am restless. I am athirst for faraway things. My soul goes out in a longing to touch the skirt of the dim distance. O Great Beyond”
Rabindranath TagoreThe Gardener, 1915

There have been a few shots from my bookshelf I know – I’ve been sick all week and spent quite a bit of time in bed, with a book and kleenex, thus my bookshelf has been my inspiration. Getting over the hump so hoping to have more for you in the coming days!

The booklover yearns to tell others of his bliss…

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“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love, and like that colossal adventure it is an experience of great social import. Even as the tranced swain, the booklover yearns to tell others of his bliss. He writes letters about it, adds it to the postscript of all manner of communications, intrudes it into telephone messages, and insists on his friends writing down the title of the find. Like the simple-hearted betrothed, once certain of his conquest, “I want you to love her, too!” It is a jealous passion also. He feels a little indignant if he finds that any one else has discovered the book, too.”

-Christopher Morley“On Visiting Bookshops” 


Effect to photo made using Dave Jaseck’s Midnight Black 

Each time I love, I find it still my own…

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“A Portrait”
 
  Because my love is quick to come and go-
A little here, and then a little there-
What use are any words of mine to swear
My heart is stubborn, and my spirit slow
Of weathering the drip and drive of woe?
What is my oath, when you have but to bare
My little, easy loves; and I can dare
Only to shrug, and answer, “They are so”?

You do not know how heavy a heart it is
That hangs about my neck- a clumsy stone
Cut with a birth, a death, a bridal-day.
Each time I love, I find it still my own,
Who take it, now to that lad, now to this,
Seeking to give the wretched thing away. 

Dorothy Parker 

Happy New Year 2009!

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“We
make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of
our answers
    -Carl Sagan

 

 

Hope everyone had a wonderful new years eve and is
starting 2009 with a fresh outlook and a plan for adventures to be had! I’ll
definitely be posting more often  now that the craziness of the holidays
is dissipating a bit. I love the quote above by Carl Sagan and I think that is
what each new year means to me, re-evaluating and going a little deeper. Here’s
a little Thoreau to say what I could never put as beautifully:

 

 

“I went to the woods because I wished to
live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I
could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover
that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so
dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I
wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily
and Spartanlike as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath
and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest
terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then get the whole and genuine
meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime,
to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next
excursion” (Henry David Thoreau)



We must carry it with us…

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“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I promised some delicious food pics but an illness has knocked me for a loop this weekend so I hope to post something tasty tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a shot of our tree – I’m really loving it this year. 

“I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir, because I’m not myself you see…”

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I’m having a really crazy work week that includes a photo assignment that has me on trains and subways and generally with less sleep so bear with me if I’m a little quiet over the next few days. I promise another post soon! In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful holiday season! 
p.s. Quote is of course from the always lovely “Alice in Wonderland”