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10 Word Review – Tomorrowland

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10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – Love & Mercy

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Photography · Words Written

“Grief can destroy you — or focus you.”

563385_10151911680790802_653797580_n“Grief can destroy you –or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn’t allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it’s over and you’re alone, you begin to see that it wasn’t just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can’t get off your knees for a long time, you’re driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.”
― Dean KoontzOdd Hours
Photography · Words Written

“But if you love…”

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“But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise on your lips.”
— Kahlil Gibran

LiFe · Photography · Words Written

“In the end….”

20140620-143346-52426179.jpg“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

Photography · Words Written

“I do not love you as if you were salt – …”

“Sonnet XVII

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way than this:

where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep. ”
— Pablo Neruda

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. ~ Charles Darwin

Sierra Club Daily Ray of Hope

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10 Word Review · Film

10 Word Review – 5 Flights Up

MV5BMTQ5MzU3MzgwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjM2NDQ3NDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Sweet. Sentimental. Quiet. Unassuming. Keaton. Freeman. Relationships. Aging. Humorous. yes.

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

There are hopes, the bloom of whose beauty would be spoiled by the trammels of description; too lovely, too delicate, too sacred for words, they should only be known through the sympathy of hearts. ~ Charles Dickens

 

Essays · Family & Friends · LiFe · Philosophy · Poetry

Our Beautiful Souls

IMG_3123When something shocking happens in life our world shrinks down.  Everything we know somehow narrows, magnifying the thing in the center that is our pain, our sorrow, our grief, our fear, our shame.  Suddenly we do not see, cannot see, anything outside of what we feel.  We begin a sort of sleep walk.  Moving around, going about the necessities of life, unaware of anything outside of our immediate place in time.  We see ourselves putting on shoes, getting something to eat, talking to friends, paying our bills.  Yet, we are disconnected from all of it.  Suddenly apart from the world, in a cocoon of emotion we can’t even begin to know how to escape.  Everything feels like a dream, as if there is a veil between us and the rest of the world.

Slowly though, the world returns to us.  We start to wake up.  We notice the rain, or a bird, we are aware of the smile of a friend.  We begin to find interest in things we’d forgotten we used to love, and still do.  We look up, and out.  We feel the warmth of the sun and feel the rhythm of the world.  We learn that life moves on, moves forward, one small moment at a time.  Until, finally, we are mostly ourselves again.  A piece of us utterly changed by our experience, but still, ourselves.

The whole of this experience, though usually terribly painful, is beautiful.  The feeling of it, the pulling away, the return, all bring a deeper meaning to our lives.  It can, if we let it, help us to find a peace and a grace we didn’t know before.  It can help us to see more deeply into things.

Life is a gift.  Our friends and family are gifts.  We are lucky, even with the pain and sorrow that inevitably come.  After all, pain and sorrow only come because we were brave enough and our souls beautiful enough to love someone or something.

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)I want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)”

~ E.E. Cummings

10 Word Review · Books

10 Word Review – Inferno (book)

17212231Mystery. History. Chase. Population. Dante. Transhumanism. Clues. Puzzle. Race. Yes.

Politics · Words Written

“I am fundamentally an optimist.”

15687_10152719002115802_6021182418323168144_n“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
― Nelson MandelaLong Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye. ~ Elizabeth Bowen

Sierra Club Daily Ray of Hope

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Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. ~ John Burroughs

Sierra Club Daily Ray of Hope

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Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. ~ Andy Warhol

Sierra Club Daily Ray of Hope

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Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

We acquire the strength we have overcome. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sierra Club Daily Ray of Hope

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Poetry · Words Written

“It is dangerous to leave….”

20140723-100220-36140253.jpg“It is dangerous to leave written that which is badly written.
A chance word, upon paper, may destroy the world. Watch carefully and erase, while the power is still yours, I say to myself, for all that is put down, once it escapes, may rot its way into a thousand minds, the corn become a black smut, and all libraries, of necessity, be burned to the ground as a consequence.

Only one answer: write carelessly so that nothing that is not green will survive.”

— William Carlos Williams (Paterson)

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Be like the flower, turn your faces to the sun. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Sierra Club Daily Ray of Hope

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Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. ~ Walt Whitman

Sierra Club Daily Ray of Hope

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10 Word Review · Film · Opinion

10 Word Review – Terminator Genisys

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Surprised. Action. Story. Casting. Arnold. Effects. Smile. Corny. OK. yes.

10 Word Review · Opinion · TV

10 Word Review – Ray Donovan (tv series)

MV5BMTAxODY4MjQ2MzFeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDAwNTc2MDYx._V1_SY317_CR14,0,214,317_AL_Gritty. Violent. Characters. Cast. Dark. Brooding. Gangster. Family. Fixer. Yes.

Art · Words Written

“I used to think I was the strangest person…”

IMG_0018“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”
― Frida Kahlo
Poetry · Words Written

“One day you finally knew…”

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Evening stroll

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.”
— Mary Oliver

Books · Words Written

“… it grows perhaps the greater.”

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“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring
10 Word Review · Books · Opinion

10 Word Review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

38990Family. Tragedy. Images. Painful. Revealing. Story. Secrets. Discovery. Storytelling. Yes.