"The proper use of imagination is to give beauty to the world..." Lin Yu-T'ang

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Little Quiet Reading

Texture: "Silence" by Kim Klassen
A little fall reading and feeling a little introspective lately. Fall does that to me; it always brings me back to my center after the heat and activity of summer. It's a chance to slow down, get back into routine and renew my priorities.

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau - I read this in high school and loved it. It's still one of my favorites.
The House of Belonging, by David Whyte
The Power of Kindness, by Pierro Ferrucci - I am loving this book! It will probably stay on my nightstand.
Creative Visualization, by Shakti Gawain
New and Selected Poems, Volume II, by Mary Oliver

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mint Lemon Tea

"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea."
Mint Lemon Tea: Fresh mint leaves and a wedge of lemon in pure hot water. So refreshing, so cleansing, so lovely.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Stay the Path

"Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further."
~Rainer Maria Rilke
I would perhaps change the word, "art" in Rilke's quote to "life" as we are all "artists", whether we think we are or not, traveling a journey of discovery and creating ourselves.

Stay on the path.
Walk softly. 
Walk gently.
Slowly, if you must.
One step at a time.
Pay no attention to the cacophony.
Keep walking.
Rest when you need to.
Take good care of you.
Read the signs.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Scenes From The City

Just a few photos from a recent trip into the city. I've been playing with Photoshop filters to sharpen and brighten up raw images and make the colors pop a little.

Busy street in Chinatown. Don't all the red lanterns make things look so festive?

Why? Why not. 
I'm really loving graffiti art. Especially after seeing this movie. 

Is this man a time traveler from the 1940's or 50's? Here he is in 2011 sketching across the street from the Art Institute. I wonder what he's sketching?