“It’s not that we have to quit 
this life one day, but it’s how 
many things we have to quit 
all at once: music, laughter,
the physics of falling leaves, 
automobiles, holding hands,
the scent of rain, the concept 
of subway trains... if only one 
could leave this life slowly!” 

~Roman Payne


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"I get the news I need form the weather report . . ."

~Paul simon


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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

~Albert Einstein


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“The voice so filled with nostalgia that you could almost see the memories floating through the blue smoke, memories not only of music and joy and youth, but perhaps, of dreams. They listened to the music, each hearing it in his own way, feeling relaxed and a part of the music, a part of each other, and almost a part of the world. ”

~Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we must say goodbye to this sweet, bright light of a human. Leah Durrett was a powerhouse of joy and strength and life, and her sudden passing has left us all breathless and terribly sad. Leah was an incredible musician and a beautiful soul, a huge presence in Minor Mishap, and in the whole HONK community. 

Rest in Peace, Dear Friend, and thank you for all you’ve given us, for all you’ve taught us. Thank you for your friendship, all the good times, joyful shows, and amazing shenanigans. Thank you for sharing your incredibly generous spirit with us. We wish you could have stayed longer…"

Minor Mishap Band


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“Maybe the only thing each of us can see is our own shadow. 

Carl Jung called this his shadow work. He said we never see others. Instead we see only aspects of ourselves that fall over them. Shadows. Projections. Our associations. 

The same way old painters would sit in a tiny dark room and trace the image of what stood outside a tiny window, in the bright sunlight. 

The camera obscura. 

Not the exact image, but everything reversed or upside down.” 

~Chuck Palahniuk


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“There is peace even in the storm”

~Vincent Van Gogh


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"All experience is an arch to build upon . . ."

~Henry B. Adams


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"Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships."

~Charles Simic


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“I can trust my friends These people force me to examine myself, encourage me to grow.”



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“I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.”

~Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience 


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“Nothing happens until something moves.”

~Albert Einstein


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It has been a riveting morning combining a metallic print with a vintage pie pan. The photograph was taken of a series of 1910 French nude postcards married with antique Belgium lace . . .


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“Happiness [is] only real when shared” 

~Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild


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“Loving people live in a loving world. 
Hostile people live in a hostile world. 
Same world.”

~Wayne Dyer


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Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, 
Whispering 'it will be happier'...” 



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Booking Dance Photography now for fall sessions!


“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.”



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“The future is there... looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become.”

~William Gibson


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“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”

~Carol Sagan

The story of 'dear jeff . . . ‘

This dress is a commissioned sculpture for a man, Jeff,  who lost his fiancée in the events of 9/11/2001.  She had flown to New York early that morning to attend a business breakfast at the Windows of the World restaurant.  

On the 10 year anniversary of this tragedy Jeff felt that it was time to let go of his box of memories.  He contacted me and asked me if I could create something from his collection of letters and cards and remnants from the tragedy. I was honored to have been asked and accepted the task.

Jeff handed me a large box full of letters; notes between the couple during college, cards of encouragement for new jobs, the announcement about their engagement, articles about 9/11, the missing person flyers, and then an abundance of condolences cards, from friends, family, coworkers, communities and even strangers. These communiques played a huge role is Jeff's recovery; the power of a caring community.

When Jeff approached me, he didn't want a memorial of his fiancée and her death. He wanted a sculpture that would portray the importance of community, and the positive growth that can come through adversity, as well as a celebration of Amy's spirit.  The essence of this dress is similar to the story of the phoenix, who rises  from the ashes renewed after apparent disaster or destruction.  




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