"From the far side of the ocean
If I put the wheels in motion
And I stand with my arms behind me
And I'm pushin' on the door
Could you find me?"

~Van Morrision


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When your photos make me want to live inside them, that's when I know how good you really are. =)
-- Kellie, 6/30/11



"And thou shalt in thy daughter see,
This picture, once, resembled thee."

~Ambrose Philips


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"The living moment is ....Everything."

~D.H. Lawrence


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“The greatest discoveries have come from people who have looked at a standard situation and seen it differently.”

~Ira Erwin


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So much warmth. I love this!
-- Melanie Moore, 6/23/11



"I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence and
So the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They're quite aware of what they're going through...


~David Bowie


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thanks David...haven't heard this in a while...gonna snag to repost myself :-)
-- Roxanne Moore-Couch, 6/23/11



“A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it”


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"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere."

~Jane Austen


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Progress continues on the behind the scenes design for Asylum!
Today at Lang Studios, I had a moment to say hello my wildly talented and beautifully weird friend David.  We had lunch at the best hot dog stand in the universe.
My 1902 hand painted leather privacy screen is being transformed into an integral part of the world of Asylum, whose story continues to evolve.



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"Whatever is a reality today, whatever he touched and believed in and that seems real for him today, is going to be -- like the reality of yesterday -- an illusion tomorrow."

(From the Grossingers Series)


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After paddling all day in my kayak, I was sitting on the beach in Chatham, Massachusetts, utterly exhausted as this surf-boarder serenely paddled by, against the tide and then once again, with the tide. 
I used my Iphone hipstamatic app and took a few snaps. 

She pretty much summed up the thoughts in my head that summer's day. 

"Every flow has its ebb."

One year later, I was paddling in my kayak in Chatham Harbor, amidst the sounds of thousands of seals from across the bay.
 A surf-boarder nearby was pointing into the ocean, she called out, "Did you SEE that!"

I paddled over and perhaps we both had thoughts of how sharks love to eat seals like tasty sandwiches.  She suggested the giant shadow under the water may have been a large seal but we both headed for shore. 

"When beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang."


Small world that it is, Molly, the surf-boarder, was the same person I met a year ago.

Even in the vast ocean, we are all somehow, connected.

Thanks Molly.


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“When I, sitting, heard the mathematician, where she lectured with such silent applause in the lecture room, how soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wandered off by myself, in the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, looked up in perfect silence at the stars.”

(from the abandoned medical library shoot from the Asylum Series)


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“How much of human life is lost in waiting.”


(from the abandoned medical library of the Asylum Series)


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and how much more life lost typing the wrong letter on a keyboard!
-- Derek Kurze, 6/8/11



"Now that my ladder's gone
I must lie down where all the ladders start..."



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ne me quitte pas



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"I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls."

  ~Henry David Thoreau

~from the abandoned medical library series of "Asylum"


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