"A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into." 

~Ansel Adams


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“Some people are afraid of what they might find if they try to analyze themselves too much, but you have to crawl into your wounds to discover where your fears are. Once the bleeding starts, the cleansing can begin.”

~Tori Amos


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Two Trees


Please consider supporting one of the best artist in New England, David Lang at his upcoming Boston exhibit.  You will not be disappointed.



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"Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think."

~Jean De La Bruyère


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“But what you minded most at our final parting was that in my poor rags -but was it not the costume of a beggar?- you couldn't see our tears as in a suit of armor.”

~Jaroslav Seifert


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"A Forest of symbols passes through a man's reach."

~Baudelaire, Charles


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"Lord save us all from... a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms. "

 ~Mark Twain


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The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean--
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down--
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is is you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver


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“When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.”



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“We are friends and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn't mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often.”

~J. Winterson


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"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."


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“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

~Oscar Wilde


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“Life is the sacred mystery singing to itself, dancing to its drum, telling tales, improvising, playing”


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“The day the monkey is destined to die, all the trees get slippery”


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The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury."

~Charlie Chaplin


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le temps


"Time goes, you say?  Ah no!

Alas, Time stays, we go."

~Henry Austin Dobson


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The Steel Yard`
-- David Lee Black Photography, 8/11/11



Do you remember still the falling stars
that like swift horses through the heavens raced
and suddenly leaped across the hurdles
of our wishes--do you recall? And we
did make so many! For there were countless numbers
...of stars: each time we looked above we were
astounded by the swiftness of their daring play,
while in our hearts we felt safe and secure
watching these brilliant bodies disintegrate,
knowing somehow we had survived their fall.



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"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."

 ~Mary Engelbreit


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Jazz washes away the dust of every day life.

~Art Blakey  


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Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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“Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.”

~George Will


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