"Even grief sobbed itself out in time; only Time was good for sorrow--Time who saw the passing of each mood, each emotion in turn; Time the layer-to-rest"



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“Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.”



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"What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?"

 E.M. Foster


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Really we create nothing.  We merely plagiarize nature. 

~Jean Baitaillon


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Invent a past for the present.

 ~Daniel Stern


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"Sometimes the path you're on is not as important as the direction you're heading."

~K. Smith

(Grossinger's Resort Shoot)


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“There's such a gulf between yourself and who you were then, but people speak to that other person and it answers; it's like having a stranger as a house guest in your skin.”



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I used to try to hide that other person, until I realized that I wouldn't be here without her. I love the softness around this photo, but in the center the way she is holding the glass ball is so clear and reminds me to be gentle with the stranger inside.
-- Melanie Moore, 10/21/11



"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones,

and good in everything."

  ~William Shakespeare


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“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”


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Exploring the countryside of Ireland, I came upon a small abandoned medieval chapel. Ancient and mysterious, there was a certain calmness that remained inside its crumbling stone walls.

I miss Ireland.


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"The core of a man's spirit comes from new experiences."

"Happiness is only real when shared."

- Into The Wild


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The very best times of my life, I spent with my daughter....




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"Sometimes one kisses the Blarney Stone and other times, the Blarney Stone kisses you."



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So weird! After a major life change I went to Ireland in Jan-Feb 2011. I visited the Blarney Castle with my sister in law and nephews. I went up alone to kiss the stone and a man who was a photographer happened to be there. He took a picure. I misplaced his card when I returned to Florida. Only to find it today-contact him and see he had the picture on his website. So happy! Made my day! Fiona....
-- Fiona Finn, 10/13/11



"It is man's peculiar duty to love even those who wrong him."

- Marcus Aurelius


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“I like to skate on the other side of the ice”

~Stephen Wright


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"It was cold, and he was coughing. A fine cold draught blew over the knoll. He thought of the woman. Now he would have given all he had or ever might have to hold her warm in his arms, both of them wrapped in one blanket, and sleep. All hopes of eternity and all gain from the past he would have given to have her there, to be wrapped warm with him in one blanket, and sleep, only sleep. It seemed the sleep with the woman in his arms was the only necessity"

~D.H. Lawrence


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Grossinger's looking up


I took this shot while laying in the abandoned indoor Olympic Pool at Grossinger's, listening to Steve Alden, a Borscht Belt entertainer tell me of his glory days performing in the grand era of Grossinger's Resort....

“Sometimes life has a way of putting us on our backs to force us to look up.”



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So many good things has happened since this shoot at the famous Grossinger's Resort located in the Borscht Belt of the Catskill Mountains of New York...Finally, the book of "The Borscht Belt/They Just Walked Away" is underway with creative gusto....I met Steve Alden, a wonderful musician who performed in the 60's and 70's at Grossinger's, The Pines and many other Catskill venues, who shared his unique story through photography and the written word. In this image, I stood in the overgrown yet grand Olympic indoor pool as Steve mused about the absolute glory days of the magic of The Borscht Belt. Stay tuned.....


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"Trip your psyche to the bare bones of spontaneous process, and you give yourself one chance in a thousand to make the Pass"

~William S. Burroughs


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Yay, it's me!
-- Thp, 12/12/11



...and everything is going to the beat - It's the beat generation, it be-at, it's the beat to keep, it's the beat of the heart, it's being beat and down in the world and like oldtime lowdown and like in ancient civilizations the slave boatmen rowing galleys to a beat and servants spinning pottery to a beat..."

~Jack Kerouac


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