Photo by Robert Doisneau: The Cellist (1957)

Waking up begins with saying Am and Now.

Christopher Isherwood
A Single Man (1964)

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.

John Wayne
Playboy interview, 1971

Photo by Robert Doisneau: The Cellist (1957)

happy birthday

Photo by Jan Saudek: Untitled 6 (1985)

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anaïs Nin
The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume Three: 1939-1944

Photo by Jan Saudek: Untitled 6 (1985)

For mentalexotica

Death Is Nothing

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,
For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more, death thou shalt die.

John Donne
Holy Sonnet 10 (c. 1609)

Music by Keith Jarrett: Sand Part III
Staircase (1976)

Photo by Franco Fontana (1976)