“The music is not in the notes,
but in the silence between.”

~W. Mozart


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This photo makes me think of the masks we wear. I also like the quote you picked to go along with the photo, David.
-- Charlotte Monroe, 6/1/12



“If you're reading this...
Congratulations, you're alive.
If that's not something to smile about,
then I don't know what is.”


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David... Very upscale hotel with loads of history... Thanks for the link.
-- Sandra Bowes, 6/2/12

Nice David. Thanks for adding the info on the Driskill!
-- Sandra Bowes, 6/2/12

David Lee BlackThank you Sandra! Our band was playing in Austin, Texas and this was a spontaneous eruption of joy by the sax player inside the historical Driskill Hotel (which some say is haunted) :)
-- David Lee Black, 6/2/12



Soooo, I walked into Preservation Framer & Art Gallery today to take down the balance of an exhibit, already pretty happy with two pieces selling on opening night... to be greeted with news that a third piece sold! Aunt Maggie's Truck, now has a wonderful new home! Thank you Rob and Matt for a very successful show and thank you Shaelyn for supporting the arts~


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Nostalgia isn't "what it used to be."


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“We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us,
that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer,
perhaps even a fiercer life,
life because of our quiet.”

~W.B. Yeats


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You live and let live.  And eventually, that becomes enough.


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“Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn't have the courage to say "yes" to life?"

~P. Coelho


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“The past has no power to stop you
from being present now.
Only your grievance about
the past can do that.
What is grievance?
The baggage of old
thought and emotion.”

~Lao Tzu


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"Where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith."

 ~Robert Brault


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“Sometimes we reveal ourselves when we are least like ourselves”



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“Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time.”

~Haruki Murakami


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Delivered six pieces to the Providence Broad Street Synagogue Project today.  So honored to play a part of this very special project.

The 2011 Broad Street Synagogue Project Providence, Rhode Island

Built in 1911 as a site of worship for the Sons
of Israel and Sons of David congregations,
Temple Beth El was the first temple built on
the South Side of downtown Providence for a
citywide Jewish population of approximately
10,000 and a growing reform movement.
Jews settled both in Providence’s North End
(primarily Lithuanian and Polish immigrants
whose synagogue was since demolished to
1950s) and the South Side (primarily Romanian and Ukrainian immigrants).

While the Jewish population tripled over the next 30 years, as their wealth grew, the community began to move to the East Side of the city and Beth El soon relocated its congregation to a new synagogue in 1954 to meet that need. Broad Street’s Synagogue became Sons of Abraham in the mid-1960s and remained an active site of worship (though it became much smaller as Providence’s Jewish population has reverted to close to its 1910 size) until 2002 when Sons of Abraham merged with Temple Beth Shalom, an orthodox shul on the Eastside that now owns the Broad Street property.

Over this century, Broad Street and the South Side of Providence have maintained its identity as the home of recent immigrant populations and now is the center of much Dominican and Puerto Rican culture. The Broad Street Synagogue property, while structurally sound, has sat unused this past decade, and as a result has suffered from neglect, weather damage, and some acts of vandalism.

Plans/Ideas/Thoughts for the Future of Broad Street Synagogue

We are actively raising funds to:

It is exactly 100 years since the Broad Street Synagogue was built. We are undertaking an endeavor to preserve and renew this beautiful historical structure so that it can be used as

a cultural, spiritual, and community space
for past and present residents of Providence. This building tells a story—both in its use and abandonment—of how and why residents migrated to and within Providence and the importance of cultural spaces in navigating that sense of place.

  • Preserve and rehabilitate the 3000 square foot main sanctuary so that it can be used as a performance, rehearsal, teaching, and gathering space for local artists and educators

  • Re-open the Synagogue to serve as a home for spiritual practice in South Providence

  • Convert the first floor of the building into a home for arts and education non-profits

    invested in the life of the building

  • Re-establish the dual industrial (and kosher) kitchens so that they can be used as incubator

    spaces for local chefs and small business owners

  • Design programming that tells, teaches, and provides a space for investigating the public


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"All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it, an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains, or what passes through it; a point of view"

~P. Conrad


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“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”


“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”

~Marie Curie


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I am happy to report that in the war between reality and romance, reality is not the stronger.

 John Steinbeck


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"Greetings to Thee, fair Organ!
Thou dost stand majestic...
Thy sire, the ancient stately forest tree;
Thy mother, the metals of the earth."


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"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens"

~Jimi Hendrix


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The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist.  The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life. 

~Henry Miller


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"The obscure we see eventually.  The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer."

 ~Edward R. Murrow


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-- Sarah Lyn DiMauro, 5/8/12

Thank you Sarah for letting me use your camera that day;)
-- David Lee Black Photography, 5/7/12



“Friends are the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it's just enough to know that they are standing by.”



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“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling”

~Sam Coleridge


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“There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”

~J.K. Rowling


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“The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.”

~Richard Bach


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“Knowledge is limited; but imagination encircles the world”

~Albert Einstein


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I had a dream. Crazy dream.
Anything I wanted to know, any place I needed to go

Hear my song. People won't you listen now? Sing along.
You don't know what you're missing now.
Any little song that you know
Everything that's small has to grow.
And it has to grow."

Led Zepplin, The Song remains the same


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