Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanks old and young

Each day of our lives we make deposits
in the memory banks of our children.
-Charles R. Swindoll

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Soft and Spiney

Dear to us are those who love us. . .
but dearer are those who reject us
as unworthy, for they add another life;
they build a heaven before us whereof we
had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new
powers out of the recesses of the spirit . . .
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Point of Light

There are two ways of spreading light: To be
the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
-Edith Wharton


Strengthen me by sympathizing with
my strength, not my weakness.
-Amos Bronson Alcott

flurry too

There can be no rainbow without
a cloud and a storm.
-John Heyl Vincent

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Imagination will often carry us
to worlds that never were.
But without it, we go nowhere.
-Carl Sagan

I imagine many ways to embolden imagination, most of the time he's way ahead of me.

Rural reality

Images from a homeless shelter in Northwestern Pennsylvania. As Americans lose what they once had, life gets to a place it once was. Some seek solace in faith in a higher power, some, in faith of a better day, a ray of light, a friend with whom to walk. It was cold there...and I was glad to come home and sit by the fire, warm and loved.

All the things one has forgotten
scream for help in dreams.

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth.
-English Proverb

Sunday, November 16, 2008


You could not step twice into the same rivers;
for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
-Heraclitus of Ephesus

Thursday, November 13, 2008

One of the Best

The key to the mystery of a great artist is
that for reasons unknown, he will give
away his energies and his life just to make
sure that one note follows another . . .
and leaves us with the feeling
that something is right in the world.
-Leonard Bernstein

Sunday, November 9, 2008

If you tickle the earth with a
hoe she laughs with a harvest.
Douglas William Jerrold

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes that I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others have come in their slow way into my thought, and some have tried to help or hurt: Ask me what difference
Their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you will say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there are
comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.
-William Stafford
Change is a measure of time and, in the
autumn, time seems speeded up.
What was is not and never
again will be; what is is change.
Edwin Way Teale

How did you get your blood pressure to come down?
"Oh...I found my pace. Simple thing really. Hard to explain."
-George Malley

"Everything is on its way to somewhere."
-George Malley(John Travolta)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New Dawn Coming

I have taken many photos of Barack Obama over the past months. I like this one, because it gives me a sense getting behind someone who is leading. It just recently ran on the front page of The Times of London, and i never got a chance to see it there. But I've come to admire this man and look forward to pushing forth in the days and years to come. There is much work to be done.

Copyright 2008 Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

“ It is not from the sons of the millionaire or the noble that the world receives its teachers, its martyrs, its inventors, its statesmen, its poets, or even its men of affairs. It is from the cottage of the poor that all these spring.Andrew Carnegie

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Art is the unceasing effort to
compete with the beauty of flowers -
and never succeeding.
-Marc Chagall