"The deep green meadow glistened in the morning dew, his hand trembled in the gentle air and the circling hawk above was an inspiration.
Somewhere ages and ages from that moment, Dr. Geoffrey Gray carefully chose his joys and sorrows long before he experienced them.
His curse was a vigilant watchman.
Now the choice was made, his back to the darkness and his face towards the light, it was the spring of hope and all things must run their course."

excerpt from "Asylum"



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“My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery -always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?”

~Virginia Woolf


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"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."


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“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”



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"Discovering new worlds will not only bring you happiness and wisdom, but also sadness and fear. How could you value happiness without knowing what sadness is? How could you achieve wisdom without facing your own fears? In the end, the great challenge in life is to overcome the limits within yourself, pushing them to places you would never have dreamed they could go."
-- ~, 4/28/11



"The host had gone below to the cellar, and had brought up bottles of ruby, straw-coloured, and golden drinks, which had ripened long ago in lands where no fogs are, and had since lain slumbering in the shade. Sparkling and tingling after so long a nap, they pushed at their corks to help the corkscrew (like prisoners helping rioters to force their gates), and danced out gaily."



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"This converse, at least, shall I have with you."


(Tower Hill, Boylston, MA)


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“A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say 'How to Build a Boat."

~Stephen Wright

(Saranac Lake, Adirondacks, NY)


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Perfect answer!
-- Dana Tran, 4/24/11



Thank you to all who came out to the Cambridge show last night!
A special thanks to my amazing daughter, Samantha and her awesome friends who lit the night up with their wonderful spirits and live music.
I love you.


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“Many years later”, the tenor saxophonist Bradford Marsalis recalled, “a lot of younger musicians were hanging around with Elvin Jones, and they were talking about, ‘Man, you know, you guys had an intensity when you were playing with Coltrane. I mean, what was it like? How do you play with that kind of intensity?’ And Elvin Jones looks at them and says, ‘You gotta be willing to die with the motherfucker.’ They started laughing like kids do, waiting for the punchline, and then they realized he was serious. How many people do you know that are willing to die—period? Die with anybody! And when you listen to those records, that’s exactly what they sound like. I mean that they would die for each other.”


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“The ''Green-eyed Monster'' causes much woe, but the absence of this ugly serpent argues the presence of a corpse whose name is Eros.”


(Observed wall in Brattleboro, Vermont)


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"Have fun storming the castle!"

~Princess Bride

(atop Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland)


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Did you see it, drifting, all night on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising to the silvery air,
an armful of white blossoms,
a perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings: a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
a shrill dark music, like the rain pelting the trees,
like a waterfall
knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds~
a white cross streaming across the sky, its feet
like black leaves, its wings like the stretching light
of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?

And have you changed your life?

~Mary Oliver

(Boston Common)


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“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.”



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"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."

 ~Clarence Budington Kelland


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"And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human.
So she was turned into a pillar of salt.
So it goes."



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“You don't want to love--your eternal and abnormal craving is to be loved. You aren't positive, you're negative. You absorb, absorb, as if you must fill yourself up with love, because you've got a shortage somewhere.”

~DH Lawrence


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"I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way...."


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Silence was never written down.


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" . . . it seemed to me that where others had prayed before to their God, in their joy or in their agony, was of itself a sacred place."

~Elizabeth Gaskell


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Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop. 

~Usman B. Asif


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“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.”


from the Asylum series...


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“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”


(Leverett, Massachusetts)


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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear... And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

~Frank Hebert 

Abandoned pump house on the Upper Charles River


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“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

(This was taken during a happy moment in Austin, Texas :)


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