Monet Refuses the Operation

I really love this poem. I have to share with you all.

Claude Monet (1840—1926) was a French impressionist painter. As he aged, he developed cataracts, but refused to have them surgically removed. In this 46-line free verse poem, Monet, the speaker, tries to make the doctor understand his reasons for refusing the operation.

Doctor, you say there are no haloes
around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration
caused by old age, an affliction.
I tell you it has taken me all my life
to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels,
to soften and blur and finally banish
the edges you regret I don’t see,
to learn that the line I called the horizon
does not exist and sky and water,
so long apart, are the same state of being.
Fifty-four years before I could see
Rouen cathedral is built

The Sum of A Man ( Norah Pollard)

The Sum of A Man

“In autumn,
facing the end of his life,
he moved in with me.
We piled his belongings—
his army-issue boots, knife magazines,
Steely Dan tapes, his grinder, drill press,
sanders, belts and hacksaws—
in a heap all over the living room floor.
For two weeks he walked around the mess.

One night he stood looking down at it all
and said: “The sum total of my existence.”
Emptiness in his voice.

Soon after, as if the sum total
needed to be expanded, he began to place
things around in the closets and spaces I’d
cleared for him, and when he’d finished
setting up his workshop in the cellar, he said,
“I should make as many knives as I can,”
and he began to work.

The months plowed on through a cold winter.
In the evenings, we’d share supper, some tale …

Best random statement

“When I first Heard this Song I Fell Into a deep trance and when I regained Clarity again I Found I had made an Indian canoe out of My Wardrobe!
And when I launched It at my Local Duck Pond It Floated!!
Unfotunately all my clothes Got Wet!”

Made me laugh. So weird, so awesome.

A comment left on youtube for this song: linked text

I love this band.

My friend

Alright, well I have been nagging my photography buddy Jeremy to come and join our Red Bubble community for some time and finally he did it. You see in most of my photography what you can’t see is Jeremy standing there off to the side. We go out and shoot together and compare notes and generally help each other become better photographers.

On one of our latest photography outings we captured some heavy fog blanketing a barren landscape. My stuff was just “Ok” but he captured a beautiful shot that you can see here Click here

Check out his site and say “Hello”, if you have a chance.

Thanks everyone!


Happiness musings

You know, I just really liked this, had to share. Hope everyone is having a great day.

Happiness does not come when you are striving for it – and that is the greatest secret, though it is very easily said. I can put it in a few simple words; but, by merely listening to me and repeating what you have heard, you are not going to be happy. Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being." – Krishnamurti

Washing dishes

The next time you wash dishes consider this point of view… :)

“While washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes, which means the while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes. At first glance, that might seem a little silly: why put so much stress on a simple thing? But that’s precisely the point. The fact that I am standing there and washing these bowls is a wondrous reality. I’m being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions. There’s no way I can be tossed around mindlessly like a bottle slapped here and there on the waves.”

Inspiring Ansel Adams quotes

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”

“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.”

“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes, your easy smile is your museum”

“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being”

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

“How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world. Photography can teach you to improve
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