“A home filled with nothing but yourself. It's heavy, that lightness. It's crushing, that emptiness.” 

~Margaret Atwood


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“But why think about that when all the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you're alive to see?” 

~Jack Kerouac, On the Road


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“If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.” 

~Paul Coelho


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Wow, another weird connection David Lee Black- Ruth Gordon/ Maude - one of her favorite colors was deep green ( she talks about her love for the color in an old interview). And, of course ... she's a rabbit!
-- J Fatima Martins, 1/29/18

Perfect quote. Basically, hurry up and get on with it. Life goes on. Also, I like the photograph.
-- J Fatima Martins, 1/29/18



we become our parents . . .


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“Sunrise paints the sky with pinks and the sunset with peaches. Cool to warm. So is the progression from childhood to old age.” 

~Vera Nazarian


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Most writers are loners . . .


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This reminds me of something: a few years ago I bumped into a movie on Netflix about a woman who moves into a cottage and then falls in love with the sexy resident ghost. It didn't turn out well because she failed to appreciate what an awesome situation it was - he's there but not there... [ oh & he also wanted her to kill herself, but that's not the point! ;) ]
-- J Fatima Martins, 1/24/18



I took this photograph along the Wild Atlantic Way Loophead in Co. Clare, Ireland. It was such a seemingly remote and isolated place to me but I soon discovered the inhabitants did feel that way.

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.” 

~e. e. cummings


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“There's no beauty without poignancy and there's no poignancy without the feeling that it's going, men, names, books, houses...bound for dust...mortal...”

~F. Scott Fitzgerald


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the cellist


“The Cellist”

It was a cold sunny day at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI when I photographed  the talented cellist Morgan Santos. There was an undefined magic in the elegant light and the project just evolved.

I don’t photograph things; I photograph only the difference between things, often with  several layers of meaning. The veil in “The Cellist” series offers an illusion of a barrier/threshold and movement of wind energy, musical expression and the beginnings and ends of shadow, light and darkness.

David Lee Black

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

~Eden Phillpotts


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Paper Wings


The attendees at last nights opening reception for “Passage“ at The James Library and Center for the Arts in Norwell, MA were treated to a special performance by singer-songwriter Allison Rose with her new song, “Paper Wings“ which was dedicated to the late great artist David Lang. 


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“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

~T.S. Eliot


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“You are the writer, producer, and director of your own mind programs.” 

~Elizabeth Bohorquez, 


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“In my errant life I roamed
To learn the secrets of women and men,
Of gods and dreams.
I've known all the countries of our world,
I've lived a thousand lives:
Many lives I lived in love, 
Other lives I squandered.
For in my life I never traveled, 
All I did was wander.” 

~Roman Payne, The Wandress


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“This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do.” 

~Jack Kerouac, On the Road


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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” 

~John Lubbock


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Where was this wondrous photo captured?
-- Irma Rams, 1/9/18



“Time is the longest distance between two places.” 

~Tennessee Williams


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Hunkered down in front of the wood stove while a nor'easter envelopes our Boston landscape I received a warming message from Artscope magazine writer J. Fatima Martin, "You are mentioned on the cover ....". To this country boy with beginnings in rural Missouri, this news was like being on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Feelings of elation, bittersweet melancholy and infinite gratitude washed over me as I read the preview article beautifully written by Artscope editor, Brian Goslow. Many of us are eternally grateful to the late David Lang for enhancing our lives in so many ways.  Receiving this bit of artful inspiration while sitting in the area that I received news of David's tragic passing, I am not only blessed to have known David Lang but also.... inspired.

“Since when," he asked,
"Are the first line and last line of any poem
Where the poem begins and ends?” 

~Seamus Heaney


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