David Lee Black, travel
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. 

~Lao Tzu


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A noble craft, but somehow a most melancholy! All noble things are touched with that.

~Herman Melville


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David Lee Black, kayak, full moon
“The ebb and flow of will is like the movements of the tides... if we cease our vain struggles and lamentations long enough to look away from the personal self...we realize life is going well with us after all.”

~Charles Newcomb


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“See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.”

~Mother Theresa


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Last night my friends Mitch, Dylan and I did a sublime twilight into Full Moon kayak float on the salt marsh tidal river in Scarborough, Maine.

I have done a lot of kayaking in my life but this float was one of the very best.

I am truly blessed to know such people and to experience such magical beauty with them.

Today we go to Freedom, NH to explore, run and mountain bike.

Life is truly, good.


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how fabulous. =)
-- Kellie, 7/27/10



David Lee Black
“When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.”


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David Lee Black
“A sister is both your mirror - and your opposite.”

~E. Fishel


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David Lee Black, asylum
Thank you one and all who came out to support my gallery opening this afternoon!

And thank you Artworks for accepting my work into your juried exhibit, The Edge.

David Lee Black
new bedford
art works

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David Lee Black, gibran
“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one”

~Kahlil Gibran


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In a movie theater, you look at the screen, you never look at the back. The projector is in the back. The film is not really on the screen, it is just a projection of shadow and light. The film exists in the projector, in the back, but you never look at that. Your mind is at the back of everything. Your mind is the projector. But you always look at the screen - at the everything.

When you're in love, the person is beautiful. When you hate, the person is ugly. You never become aware of how the same person can be beautiful and ugly.

The only way to reach the truth is to learn how to be immediate in your vision. The mind is the problem, because the mind projects its images on the screen you're looking at. What you see is just your projection. And there are as many worlds as there are minds, because every mind lives in his own world.

We get caught up in projecting movies of our own making onto the situations and people surrounding us. Instead of taking responsibility for our own expectations, desires and judgments, we attribute them to others. A projection can be good or bad, beautiful or ugly, disturbing or comforting, but it is still a projection that prevents us from seeing reality as it is. The only way out is to recognize the game.



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Profound, and somehow familiar~
-- A.E., 7/24/10



David Lee Black, jerry garcia
“There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night, and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone”

~Jerry Garcia


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David Lee Black, bridgewater
"Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well."


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The world turns softly
Not to spill its lakes and rivers.
The water is held in its arms
And the sky is held in the water.
What is water, That pours silver,
And can hold the sky?

~ Hilda Conkling


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David Lee Black, blazing saddles
"Mongo only pawn in game of Life."

~Blazing Saddles


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David Lee Black
There are always two people in every picture:  the photographer and the viewer. 

~Ansel Adams


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“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions”



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David Lee Black

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,

 for going out,

I found,

was really going in.

 ~John Muir


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David Lee Black, bar harbor
"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."

~ William G. Shedd


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-- Kellie, 7/15/10



David Lee Black, muir
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. 

~John Muir


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Oh very young
What will you leave us this time
There'll never be a better chance to change your mind
And if you want this world to see a better day
Will you carry the words of love with you
Will you ride the great white bird into heaven
And though you want to last forever
You know you never will
(You know you never will )
And the goodbye makes the journey harder still

~C. Stevens


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" Dreyfus once wrote from Devil's Island that he would see the most glorious birds. Many years later in Brittany, he realized they had only been sea gulls... For me, they will always be... glorious birds."

~Harold and Maude


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"For I have known them all already, known them all:--
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?"

~T.S. Elliot


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“When we decode a cookbook, every one of us is a practicing chemist. Cooking is really the oldest, most basic application of physical and chemical forces to natural materials.”

~Arthur Grosser


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Especially Wasabi -!
-- M, 7/13/10



"Hitch your wagon to a star. "

~Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Society and Solitude: Civilization, 1870


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"Days of wine and roses laugh and run away,

Like a child at play."

~Johnny Mercer


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