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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

KissesThat Melt


“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.”

Victor Hugo

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Water


"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
I got a new Macro Lens for Christmas. I will be experimenting with it. So bear with me.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tradition


“For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through, The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.”

John Greenleaf Whittier
This ornament has been in my family for generations. It came over from Germany with one of my ancestors.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Rapunzel's Tower?

"High in her tower she sits by the hour maintaining her hair, blythe and becoming and frequently humming a light-hearted air, ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah Agony! Far more painful than yours, When you know she would go with you, if there only were doors"
Into the Woods

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

We spotted these lucky turkeys today on our way home from a high school football game.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thirst

“Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk; it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine.”
Baroness Karen Blixen


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Beauty


“If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.”

Matthew Fox

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cheese Please!

Un repas sans fromage est une belle à qui il manque un œil."
("A meal without cheese is a beautiful woman with an eye missing.")
Brillat Savarin
This was taken at the Laurent DuBois cheese shop across from our hotel in Paris. You could smell the shop 1/2 down the block.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Peaceful Fields of Valley Forge

"My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.”
George Washington

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Joys of Autumn

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ode to Wine

Day-colored wine,
night-colored wine,
wine with purple feet
or wine with topaz blood,
wine,
starry child
of earth,
wine, smooth
as a golden sword,
soft
as lascivious velvet,
wine, spiral-seashelled
and full of wonder,
amorous,
marine;
never has one goblet contained you,
one song, one man,
you are choral, gregarious,
at the least, you must be shared.
At times
you feed on mortal
memories;
your wave carries us
from tomb to tomb,
stonecutter of icy sepulchers,
and we weep
transitory tears;
your
glorious
spring dress
is different,
blood rises through the shoots,
wind incites the day,
nothing is left
of your immutable soul.
Wine
stirs the spring, happiness
bursts through the earth like a plant,
walls crumble,
and rocky cliffs,
chasms close,
as song is born.
A jug of wine, and thou beside me
in the wilderness,
sang the ancient poet.
Let the wine pitcher
add to the kiss of love its own.
My darling, suddenly
the line of your hip
becomes the brimming curve
of the wine goblet,
your breast is the grape cluster,
your nipples are the grapes,
the gleam of spirits lights your hair,
and your navel is a chaste seal
stamped on the vessel of your belly,
your love an inexhaustible
cascade of wine,
light that illuminates my senses,
the earthly splendor of life.
But you are more than love,
the fiery kiss,
the heat of fire,
more than the wine of life;
you are
the community of man,
translucency,
chorus of discipline,
abundance of flowers.
I like on the table,
when we're speaking,
the light of a bottle
of intelligent wine.
Drink it,
and remember in every
drop of gold,
in every topaz glass,
in every purple ladle,
that autumn labored
to fill the vessel with wine;
and in the ritual of his office,
let the simple man remember
to think of the soil and of his duty,
to propagate the canticle of the wine.


Pablo Neruda
Picture was taken in the gardens at Versailles from our March 08 trip.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Beauty of Flight

When once you have tasted flight you will always walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward: for there you have been and there you will always be.”
Henry Van Dyke
I know, another gull. I'm sorry. I took this picture in Belmar the same day I was in Asbury Park. I just love the translucence of the gulls feathers.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Common Sense

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
Buddha
I took this photo yesterday at the Rubin Museum of Art, NYC

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey!

The New Jersey character - at least this part of Jersey - is straightforward, plainspoken to the point of bluntness, though not at all unfriendly, ... The humor is deadpan, ironical, playfully depreciating. Affectation is quickly and viscerally registered.”
August Kleinzahler

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sisters

" A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.”
Marion C. Garretty
Me and my sister Jacquie
Photo from 1966, probably by my dad.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

We Are Islands

It seem that gulls are haunting me. Yesterday on a trip to washington's crossing state park I passed this gull as we drove over the Delaware.
Your life is an island separated from all other islands and continents. Regardless of how many boats you send to other shores or how many ships arrive upon your shores, you yourself are an island separated by its own pains, secluded in its happiness”
Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, September 20, 2008

To Be Free

“Who is more responsible than a gull who finds and follows meaning, a higher purpose for life? For a thousand years we have scrabbled after fish heads, but now we have a reason to live - to learn, to discover, to be free! “
From Jonathon Livingston Seagull

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Art or Not?

“The best one can say of modern creative art is that it is just a little less vulgar than reality.”
Oscar Wilde
This photo was taken in the Musee d'Art Moderne et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris France, on our trip there this past March. My son Joey is on the far left and my nephew Sam is the third one from the left.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Road Less Traveled By

Two roads diverged in a yellow woodAnd sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowthThen took the other as just as fairAnd having perhaps the better claimBecause it was grassy and wanted wearThough as for that, the passing thereHad worn them really about the sameAnd both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden blackOh, I kept the first for another day!Yet, knowing how way leads onto wayI doubted if I should ever come backI shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages henceTwo roads diverged in a woodAnd I took the one less traveled byAnd that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Change for the Better

“If we don't change our direction we're likely to end up where we're headed.”
Chinese Proverb

Building Futures

We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.”
Bill Clinton

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Wisdom


I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”
Hippolyte Taine

Monday, August 25, 2008

Beauty Is In The Eye of The Beholder

“Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Treasures Abound

“There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life that he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure”
Mark Twain

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Reflections

“How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.”
Albert Einstein

Friday, August 1, 2008

Protection and Love!

“Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.”
Erich Fromm

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fun In The Park

“Recent research suggests that regularly seeing good friends in the local park will bring a greater boost to mental health than having a shiny German automobile parked outside your retirement home. My candid advice to aging Americans would be to use your hard-earned cash to invest much more in friendships than in material items.”
Prof.Andrew Oswald

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Under The City

Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn't changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.”
John Berger
This photo was taken 3/08 on our vacation in Paris

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Moonlight Sonata

“Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.”
Allen Ginsberg

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Life's Sweet Nectar


To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower,Hold infinity in the palm of your handAnd eternity in an hour.
William Blake

Monday, July 14, 2008

Nature Takes Back

" The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration."
Claude Monet

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fairy House

“There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?”
Richard Dawkins

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Amber Fields of Grain


“It is all a question of sensitiveness. Brute force and overbearing may make a terrific effect. But in the end, that which lives by delicate sensitiveness. If it were a question of brute force, not a single human baby would survive for a fortnight. It is the grass of the field, most frail of all things, that supports all life all the time. But for the green grass, no empire would rise, no man would eat bread: for grain is grass; and Hercules or Napoleon or Henry Ford would alike be denied existence.”
D.H. Lawrence

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fish Face

"Have you ever gone a fishin' on a bright and sunny day and see the little fishies swimmin' in and out the bay? With your hands in your pockets and your pockets in your pants, all the little fishies do the hoochie-coochie dance! Shimee shimee shimee shake shake"

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Freedom

“Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
Hans Christian Andersen

Monday, June 30, 2008

The Webs We Weave

“The means to gain happiness is to throw out from oneself like a spider in all directions an adhesive web of love, and to catch in it all that comes”
Tolstoy

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dog Days of Summer

Photo from last summer after Daisy and I got Italian Ice from the Icee Man.
“Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day"
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Monday, June 23, 2008

Eye of the Storm

“Perhaps love is like a resting place, A shelter from the storm, It exists to give you comfort, It is there to keep you warm, And in those times of trouble, When you are most alone, The memory of love will bring you home”
John Denver

Friday, June 20, 2008

Wild and Savory

“Wild oats will get sown some time, and one of the arts of life is to sow them at the right time”
Richard Le Gallienne

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Flames of Passion

“They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.”
Marquis De Sade

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Water Lillies

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
Jawaharlal Nehru

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ripples

“Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
Scott Adams

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ever Watching

“'Tis sweet to hear the watch dogs' honest bark - Bay deep-mouthed welcome as we draw near home; 'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark - Our coming and look brighter when we come”
Lord Byron

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Tough Love

“Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous; and it pricks like thorn.”
William Shakespeare

Friday, June 13, 2008

Fuzzy Reality


“Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery -- the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets -- is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.”
Alan Watts

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tragedy

"The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. "

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Flames of Hope


I'm sorry, it's been brutally hot here and I just haven't picked up the camera. This is a photo from Notre Dame I took on a trip to Paris this past March.
An ironic quote to put for candles at Notre Dame, but one I agree with totally.
Albert Einstein

Monday, June 9, 2008

pamplemousse

“Life is like a grapefruit. Well, it's sort of orangy-yellow and dimpled on the outside, wet and squidgy in the middle. It's got pips inside, too. Oh, and some people have a half a one for breakfast.”
Douglas Adams

Let the Dragons Loose

To attract good fortune, spend a new penny on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.”

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Open Mind

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief”
Gerry Spence
oops, I missed a day. I was away in Lancaster Pa. This pic is from the Mount Hope Winery.