world's been around for a long, long time

if we look at ourselves
as part of a larger whole,
it sort of changes the view
of triumph & defeat, doesn't it?
(takes some of the sting out of one,
and glory from another)

photo: peter henry emerson,
taken between 1885-1895

beth nelson

"it will be a place
where all your
angels sleep"

dunes [1906]

Heinrich Kühn

"It makes you pay attention to what you are looking at, which is not so easy."



"The brain is the most responsive organ of the body. Actually it is the organ that is most susceptible to change and regeneration of all the organs in the body. I have a friend named Gerald Edelman who was a great scholar of brain studies and he says that the analogy of the brain to a computer is pathetic. The brain is actually more like an overgrown garden that is constantly growing and throwing off seeds, regenerating and so on. And he believes that the brain is susceptible, in a way that we are not fully conscious of, to almost every experience of our life and every encounter we have ... We tend to believe that the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind, although we do not generally believe that everything we do affects the brain. I am convinced that if someone was to yell at me from across the street my brain could be affected and my life might be changed. That is why your mother always said, ‘Don’t hang out with those bad kids.’ Mama was right. Thought changes our life and our behaviour. I also believe that drawing works in the same way. I am a great advocate of drawing, not in order to become an illustrator, but because I believe drawing changes the brain in the same way as the search to create the right note changes the brain of a violinist. Drawing also makes you attentive. It makes you pay attention to what you are looking at, which is not so easy."

-- milton glaser

found upon reading swiss miss this morning;
drawing found here


dear 16 House,

i'm with you on these beauties

(love a house that looks lived
in and loved: you oughta see
our old seagrass. or what's
left of it. someday, there will
be more, and new. but then
where will those memories go?)

paper tigers

The most difficult thing
is the decision to act,
the rest is merely tenacity.

The fears are paper tigers.

You can do anything you decide to do.
You can act to change and control your life;
and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

-- amelia earhart

behold restless day and count it fair

"One of my favorite phobias is that girls,
especially those whose tastes aren't routine,
often don't get a fair break...it has come
down through the generations, an inheritance
of age-old customs which produced the corollary
that women are bred to timidity."


"The soul's dominion?
Each time we make a choice,
we pay with courage to behold
restless day and count it fair."

-- amelia earhart

no kind action ever stops

No kind action ever stops with itself.
One kind action leads to another.

Good example is followed.

A single act of kindness throws out roots
in all directions, and the roots spring up
and make new trees. The greatest work
that kindness does to others is that
it makes them kind themselves.

-- amelia earhart


Show me that river,
and then take me across,
wash all my troubles away.

And I know the lucky old sun,
he's got nothing to do
But roll around heaven all day.

Send down that cloud
with a silver lining,

Lift me up to paradise...

Jaime, Godspeed.
With love from all of us.