"It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion."


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You, you only, exist.
We pass away, till at last,
our passing is so immense
that you arise: beautiful moment,
in all your suddenness,
arising in love, or enchanted
in the contraction of work.

To you I belong, however time may
wear me away. From you to you
I go commanded. In between
the garland is hanging in chance; but if you
take it up and up and up: look:
all becomes festival!



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"And she leads him gently through the wide landscape of Lament,

shows him the columns of temples, the ruins

of castles, from which the lords of Lament

ruled the land, wisely. Shows him the tall

Tear-trees, and the fields of flowering Sadness,

(The living know it as only a tender shrub.)

shows him the herds of Grief, grazing – and sometimes

a startled bird, flying low through their upward glance,

will inscribe on the far distance the written form of its lonely cry –

At evening she leads him to the graves of the elders

of the race of Laments, the sibyls and prophets.

But as night falls, so they move more softly, and soon,

like a moon, the all-guarding

sepulchre rises. Brother to that of the Nile,

the tall Sphinx, the secret chamber’s




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Beautiful! The marriage of Rilke and your photography is perfect. Such whimsicality and mysterious metaphor is a delightful treasure. Can't wait for New York!
-- Julien, 11/20/09



My daughter is in Ecuador volunteering to help a poor village create a better library.  The following is a letter from her explaining her immediate needs.
 I would like to donate 100% of the proceeds from "Two Trees" t shirts to her most worthy cause.  They are $20 dollars each.  Available sizes are medium, large and extra large. The available color is black.

Please contact me if you would like to help out by emailing me at

"Hey I know we´re all tight on money and everything, but really even just a dollar goes such a long way down here in Ecuador. So just hear me out for a sec guys.

A fellow volunteer, Rose, and I are working at raising money to get what we need to start putting tiles down and renovating this huge room that at the moment is just crap storage at the biblioteca. It has so much potential but we need your help to buy supplies (aka tiles, paint, cement etc)!

I really want to be able to leave here in December having finished what I started and having given something to this organization that it desperately needs. This place is more than a library, it´s a community center and this room will be used everyday without a doubt whether it be for classes, meetings, studying, dancing, whatever. I´m really excited about this project so anything you can give means the world.

Think of it as a birthday present to me!"

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"Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight..."

~Hazelmarie ‘Mattie’ Elliott, A Breath of Heaven


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"When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us?"

 ~Pam Brown


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"There is no Truth.  There is only the truth within each moment."

~Ramana Maharshi


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“One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.”



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Your absence of Photo shop enhancement is a breath of fresh air my friend. Nothing artificial, contrived or fake here! To make a good photograph, start with a good photograph. You got it going on man!
-- Jorge, 10/24/09



“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.”

~Furston Oursler


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“The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we've lived a thousand lives before this one, and in each of them we've found each other”


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So true!
-- I., 10/22/09



"Must be out-of-doors enough to get an experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment.  Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life."

~Henry David Thoreau


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“Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood, But joy is wisdom, time an endless song.”


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David, Is that shot taken in the Catskills? Very familiar.
-- Raymond, 10/19/09



"A woman can be proud and stiff
When on love intent
But love has pitched his mansion in
The place of excrement
For nothing can be sole or whole
that has not been rent."



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How cruelly sweet are the echoes that start, when memory plays an old tune on the heart."

~Ezra Cook


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Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so,
you apologize for the truth

~Benjamin Disraeli.


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This is really lovely!
-- I., 10/15/09



Love is too strong a word to say it too early, but it has too
beautiful a meaning to say it too late...


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My mind tells me to give up,
but my heart won't let me...


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"A child looking at ruins grows younger
but cold
and wants to wake to a new name
I have been younger in October
than in all the months of spring
walnut and may leaves the color
of shoulders at the end of summer
a month that has been to the mountain
and become light there
the long grass lies pointing uphill
even in death for a reason
that none of us knows
and the wren laughs in the early shade now
come again shining glance in your good time
naked air late morning
my love is for lightness
of touch foot feather
the day is yet one more yellow leaf
and without turning I kiss the light
by an old well on the last of the month
gathering wild rose hips
in the sun."

~W. S. Merwin,  The Love of October


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"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."

~ Oscar Wilde


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Again and again, however we know the landscape of love
and the little churchyard there, with its sorrowing names,
and the frighteningly silent abyss into which the others
fall: again and again the two of us walk out together
under the ancient trees, lie down again and again
among the flowers, face to face with the sky.

- Rainer Maria Rilke


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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

R. Frost


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“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.”



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Hafiz....good for the human soul! i like this photo..but then I like most photos.....and the ghost image of life they capture. keep doing what you do rock1
-- N, 10/15/09



"Anger is a destructive emotion which is based on arrogance. This is why one must find the cause and counteract it."

~Dhali Lama


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"I have always loved the Sea."



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-- I., 10/5/09



"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."

~J. Lubbock


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