Surely there is grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought, at least, you are without a chain; that you have the right to explore all heights and depth; that there are no walls nor fences, nor prohibited places, nor sacred corners in all the vast expanse of thought.
Robert Green Ingersoll
There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.
Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings, are.
None may teach it anything,
'T is the seal, despair,
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.
When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, 't is like the distance
On the look of death.
There's A Certain Slant of Light by Emily Dickenson
Photo taken 9 November 2007
Photo taken and posted 4 August 2007
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see.
~ Anaïs Nin
Posted 16 June 2007
In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.
*Photograph courtesy of my sister - St. George, Bermuda.
Posted 2 June 2007
Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky.
Posted 26 May 2007
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
Posted 5 May 2007
When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
Posted 19 May 2007
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
~ Albert Einstein
Posted 28 April 2007
Negligence is the rust of the soul, that corrodes through all her best resolves.
~ Owen Feltham
Loyalty to petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul.
posted: 24 March 2007
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
- Harold Wilson
Posted: 10 March 2007
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~ (possibly) Benjamin Franklin
Posted 24 February 2007
Never open the door to the lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
Posted 10 February 2007
A photograph is not only an image (as a painting is an image), an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stencilled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask.
- Susan Sontag
3 February 2007
Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.
Julius Caesar, Act II Scene II
Posted 3 March 2007
And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse,
As patches set upon a little breach
Discredit more in hiding of the fault
Than did the fault before it was so patched.
~ William Shakespeare
The true color of life is the color of the body, the color of the covered red, the implicit and not explicit red of the living heart and the pulses. It is the modest color of the unpublished blood.
~ Alice Meynall
One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.
Posted 4 February 2006
30 E. 2nd Street, NYC
6 November 2005
I should fear those that dance before me now
Would one day stamp upon me: 't has been done;
Men shut their doors against a setting sun.
Photo taken 5 November 2005
Brooklyn, New York
23 October 2005
Pisac, Peru July 2005
Machu Picchu, Peru
16 July 2005
(Photo taken by my daughter)
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
- Ernst Fischer
11 June 2005
One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
28 May 2005
She hated bleak and wintry things alone.
All that was warm and quick, she loved too well -
A light, a flame, a heart against her own;
It is forever bitter cold, in Hell.
- Dorothy Parker
Tombstones in the Starlight: The Pretty Lady
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Shinto shrine in the Japanese Garden.
posted 14 May 2005
East Second Street, NYC
Photo: Sunday 17 April 2005
posted Saturday 23 April 2005
Brooklyn Botanic Garden 16 April 2005
Posted 17 April 2005
Ellis Island, a different view.
29 March 2005.
Posted 16 April 2005
Wednesday 20 May 2005
02 April 2005
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
-Leonardo da Vinci
19 March 2005
19 February 2005
I wish that everyone would realize that until recently beauty in things was commonplace and that it is our responsibility to demand that of the future.
05 March 2005
Everyone looks at things, but people do not perceive in the same manner.
Some are able to penetrate into the depths of things,
but most see only the surface, and the objects are usually categorized as right or wrong.
To misapprehend is no better than not to notice.
To "see" is to go direct to the core; to know the facts about an object of beauty is to go around the periphery.
29 January 2005
He who only knows, without seeing, does not understand the mystery.
Even should every detail of beauty be accounted for by the intellect, does such a tabulation lead to beauty?
Is the beauty that can be neatly reckoned really profound?
12 March 2005
To divine the significance of pattern is the same as to understand beauty itself.
26 March 2005
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create the distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
05 February 2005
A man of intuition is one capable of always deriving fresh impressions from objects.
Intuition is the power of seeing at this very moment.
15 January 2005
The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn no traveller returns...
22 January 2005
Cemetery gates. St Patrick's Old Cathedral. Mulberry Street.
“All it requires for the forces of evil, bigotry, superstition and ignorance to keep their grip on the minds of the people is that good men and women continue to do nothing.”