"Alex Trebek: "5 people you would like to have dinner with at The Dorrance."
Salvador Dali: "Who are LL Cool J, Amy Winehouse, Andy Warhol, Alex from Clockwork Orange and Audrey Hepburn?"

~Mike Lester


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“I believe that much unseen is also here.” 

~Walt Whitman


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“In Venice in the Middle Ages there was once a profession for a man called a codega--a fellow you hired to walk in front of you at night with a lit lantern, showing you the way, scaring off thieves and demons, bringing you confidence and protection through the dark streets. ” 

~Elizabeth Gilbert


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Every small town has its cafe where locals gather to sip coffee and take up parts of the paper or talk of the weather. The waitress writes down their orders, not needing to ask what they want. The The Looking Glass Cafe is such a place. Formally Sammie's Restaurant, My daughter Samantha and I used to ride our bikes there for breakfast where she literally thought the place was just for her. It kind of was . . .
I have enjoyed exhibiting my photography at The Looking Glass Cafe over the years and occasionally one or two will sell, covering my tab for awhile.
A couple of days ago I returned from Ireland to receive a phone call from the cafe saying that there was a man who wished to purchase ALL of my photographs on the spot. His wife had recently died from ovarian cancer and she was a local artist from Princeton, NJ.This man with the power of example, loved paying it forward and supporting local artists in his travels. 

I said yes. 

The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. They help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, the arts are salve for the ache.

This holiday season, please genuinely support your local artists.


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“Rural and traditional escapism. That’s my angle. Places and events where we are free to relax and be ourselves, where nobody tells us to hurry along or conform or grow up. Somewhere we can properly live.”

~Fennel Hudson


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"I returned to a long strand,
the hammered curve of a bay,
and found only the secular
powers of the Atlantic thundering."

~Seamus Heaney


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Poulnabrone Tomb


This dramatic site, on the karstic limestone pavement of the Burren, is one of the most famous Irish dolmens. The name Poulnabrone literally means 'The hole of the sorrows'.
    The thin capstone sits on two 1.8m (6ft) high portal stones to create a chamber in a 9m (30ft) low cairn. The eastern portal stone was replaced in 1985, following a discovery that it was unfortunately cracked; excavations during the repair showed that this site dated back to about 2500 BC. 
    Uncremated remains were found in the chamber, its portico, and in the grykes (crevices in the limestone floor). In particular, there were the main body bones of one newborn baby, six juveniles, and 16-22 adults. Only one of the adults lived beyond 40 years, and the majority were under 30 when they died. An analysis of all the fragments of disarticulated bones revealed a hard physical life and a coarse diet; it was further proved that the bones were naturally defleshed elsewhere (by exposure or burial) and only then moved within the chamber at Poulnabrone.
    A number of grave goods were found in the tomb : a polished stone axe, two stone disc beads, a perforated bone pendant, part of a bone pin, two quartz crystals, flint and chert arrowheads and scrapers, and over 60 sherds of coarse pottery. This probably involved a ritual and reveal an exact planning, but the purpose remains unknown. 
    The dolmen is surrounded by a low mound, largely made up of stones, but it seems unlikely ever to have covered the whole monument. It is worth noting that in the same area there are about seventy other tombs, like the one at Gleninsheen.


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“Some ghosts are so quiet you would hardly know they were there.” 

~B. McGill


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“She called herself an angel, and wandered the world from girlhood till death. She lived every kind of life and dreamt every kind of dream. She was wild in her wandering, a drop of free water. She believed only in her life and in her dreams. She called herself an angel, and her god was Beauty.”

~Roman Payne

(from travels through County Clare, Ireland. Dysert Castle, Corofin)


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“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”

~Charles Bukowski


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It is bittersweet as I pack for my return trip to Ireland. I think about grief and loss, those left behind, my mother's ailing health and the unrest in our country.  

This photograph is from a moment at Mick Nester's automotive repair shop, nestled in Corofin. The shop is a converted cathedral and Mick is an expert Irish flutist. The artful way that Mick speaks and approaches life is a sight to behold.

It will certainly be good to see him and other friends in County Clare.  Western Ireland is a magical place which will certainly ease my heavy heart with its gentle way of doing so to the weary traveler. 



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“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

~Mary Oliver


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sortie . . .


"sortie . . ." is a mixed media piece from a series comprised of vintage 1915 french postcards, old wooden boxes and antique Belgium lace which evokes a storytelling almost mythological emotion.

This particular piece can be viewed at talulah.cooper, 5 Traverse Street, Providence, RI


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“The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. 
To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must wantto rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. 
To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

~Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


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book signing and open studios event!


Please join us at this Sunday, November 13, 2016 for a very special open studios and book signing event!


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This photograph is from the Creating Your Vision Event held at kinetic sculpture artist, David Lang's studio in Natick, Massachusetts. The model is Meredith Wells, professional ballet dancer and trapeze artist. Meredith interacted with David's sculpture piece, "Journey . . ." to a musical score provided by the piece itself.

This was a wonderful and powerful experience for all in attendance. 

Please consider attending a future Creating Your Vision Event held at a different photogenic location with a model, art, music, all providing a uniquely experiential memory.

Join the FB group here to be up to date on events and artful musings:



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“We've all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining.” 

~Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way


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“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.”

~A.A. Milne

This photograph was taken at Tully, County Clare, Ireland. The pony's name is Traveler.


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“My funeral," the Blue Man said. "Look at the mourners. Some did not even know me well, yet they came. Why? Did you ever wonder? Why people gather when others die? Why people feel they should?
"It is because the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn't just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed.
"You say you should have died instead of me. But during my time on earth, people died instead of me, too. It happens every day. When lightning strikes a minute after you are gone, or an airplane crashes that you might have been on. When your colleague falls ill and you do not. We think such things are random. But there is a balance to it all. One withers, another grows. Birth and death are part of a whole.
"It is why we are drawn to babies . . ." He turned to the mourners. "And to funerals.” 

~Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven


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Come on in to talulah.cooper to browse our unique inventory and take advantage of this special offer . . . 
David Lee Black, an award-winning photographer exhibiting at talulah.cooper will be onsite on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10 am to 12 pm to take portrait headshot photographs to update your social media profiles, website, etc. at a special rate of $50 which includes edited high resolution images for you to use as you wish!


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