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April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The world is an astonishing place!

April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Milton Glaser offers some invaluable advice on the progression of the creative life into old age, wrapped in a broader meditation on the universal power of art:

If you can sustain your interest in what you’re doing, you’re an extremely fortunate person. What you see very frequently in people’s professional lives, and perhaps in their emotional life as well, is that they lose interest in the third act. You sort of get tired, and indifferent, and, sometimes, defensive. And you kind of lose your capacity for astonishment — and that’s a great loss, because the world is a very astonishing place.

What I feel fortunate about is that I’m still astonished, that things still amaze me. And I think that that’s the great benefit of being in the arts, where the possibility for learning never disappears, where you basically have to admit you never learn it.

 

Good work vs Great work

April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Milton Glaser

In his book, Art is Work, Glaser provides these provocative definitions of work:

  1. Work that goes beyond its functional intention and moves us in deep and mysterious ways we call great work.
  2. Work that is conceived and executed with elegance and rigour we call good work.
  3. Work that meets its intended need honestly and without pretence we call simply work.
  4. Everything else, the sad and shoddy stuff of daily life, can come under the heading of “bad work.”

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So little…

April 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

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With a smile…

March 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

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‘Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song; But the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A love letter to the city…

March 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Middle

February 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Hey, don’t write yourself off yet
It’s only in your head you feel left out or looked down on.
Just try your best, try everything you can.
And don’t you worry what they tell themselves when you’re away.

It just takes some time, little girl you’re in the middle of the ride.
Everything will be just fine, everything will be alright.

Hey, you know they’re all the same.
You know you’re doing better on your own, so don’t buy in.
Live right now.
Yeah, just be yourself.
It doesn’t matter if it’s good enough for someone else.

It just takes some time, little girl you’re in the middle of the ride.
Everything will be just fine, everything will be alright.
It just takes some time, little girl you’re in the middle of the ride.
Everything will be just fine, everything will be alright.

Hey, don’t write yourself off yet.
It’s only in your head you feel left out or looked down on.
Just do your best, do everything you can.
And don’t you worry what the bitter hearts are gonna say.

It just takes some time, little girl you’re in the middle of the ride.
Everything will be just fine, everything will be alright.
It just takes some time, little girl you’re in the middle of the ride.
Everything will be just fine, everything will be alright.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

February 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

-Robert Frost

Keep Moving Forward…

February 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

- Walt Disney (Meet the Robinsons)

Get Real. Get Outside

February 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

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