“What you encounter, recognize or discover depends to a large degree on the quality of your approach. Many of the ancient cultures practiced careful rituals of approach. An encounter of depth and spirit was preceded by careful preparation.

When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed heart and arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace.”

~John O'Donahue


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"Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it."


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“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark
-- Melanie, 6/13/12



Love more.


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Her hearing was keener than his, and she heard silences he was unaware of. 

~D.M. Thomas


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“Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.”


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“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”
~Steven Wright


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“THAT crazed girl improvising her music.
Her poetry, dancing upon the shore,

Her soul in division from itself
Climbing, falling She knew not where,
Hiding amid the cargo of a steamship,
Her knee-cap broken, that girl I declare
A beautiful lofty thing, or a thing
Heroically lost, heroically found.

No matter what disaster occurred
She stood in desperate music wound,
Wound, wound, and she made in her triumph
Where the bales and the baskets lay
No common intelligible sound
But sang, 'O sea-starved, hungry sea”

~W.B. Yeats


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“Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars--a cage..."

~Charlotte Brontë

(Standing at the base of Blarney Castle, Cork, Ireland)


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Funny how this reads as if Bronte was standing at the base of Blarney...perhaps she was~
-- David Lee Black Photography, 6/6/12



The vendor/client relationship in the "real world". 
Thankfully, I do not live there.


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“How can I go forward when I don't know which way I'm facing?”

~John Lennon


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“Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.”


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dançarina alado


"I'm not angel but I've spread my wings a bit."

~Mae West


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