Our Universe

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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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

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

My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns

February 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

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“And sometimes I had to be brave. It wasn’t always easy. Sometimes I faltered, I had bad days. But I realized that being brave isn’t supposed to be easy. And for me, I feel its the key way to keep moving forward”- Sam BernsScreen Shot 2014-02-04 at 3.38.58 PM

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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Books

August 24, 2013 § 2 Comments

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“Because for some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

– by Anne Lamott in Bird by bird

Anne Frank Said…

July 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

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On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a red-checked diary for her 13th birthday, and wrote : “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.”

This diary has been a source of inspiration for every soul.
A few quotes from it…

- I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.
- The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
- No one has ever become poor by giving.
- Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
- Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

- I live in a crazy time
- Anne Frank

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