Category Archives: Quotes

Weekly Photo Challenge: GRAND

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,  Or what’s a heaven for? These lines from Robert Browning are perhaps the encouragement behind Northampton’s grand aspirations. We live in a moderate sized town, in the middle of one of … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CULTURE

Maybe we read the word Culture and automatically think — country, or ethnic identity, or any of the arts, or a book — But there are many different kinds of cultures. For example, academics live in one kind of culture, … Continue reading

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MY NEIGHBORHOOD: Weekly Photo Challenge, Any Way You Want!

Yeah, it’s great to have mobile phones that double as cameras. Or iPads that double as cameras. It’s also great to have cameras, PERIOD. It’s the photos that count, isn’t it? So here’s another photo of “my neighborhood,” stretching that … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FREE SPIRIT (2)

The sculptor sculpted her, but but it was the free-spirited model who smiled the smile: Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMING (2)

“A painting is not worth owning unless it opens the gate of dreams.” —   Brother Eric of Taizé, monk and painter This is a detail from a painting called Il Magazzino, The Storehouse. It’s by Lucy MacGillis, originally from Pittsfield … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: TWO SUBJECTS

April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.  The opening of The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot And what do we have here? Lilacs breeding? Or … Continue reading

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The Uses of Disagreeableness

Many bloggers have posted about the New Year and their resolutions for it —  While some have been grandiose, more have been modest or thoughtful. That’s Fact #1. Many bloggers have ambitions about writing, whether it is to achieve a … Continue reading

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Making Room for — Everything

Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows, 2

Are windows to see through? To see in? To see out?  Not necessarily. These windows are to sell through: windows as sales tools! As often when I go to the liquor store, a question arises in my mind, a snatch of poetry from … Continue reading

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Wondering —

“you have to be careful, ask yourself questions, as for example whether you still are, and if no when it stopped, and if yes how long it will still go on, anything at all to keep you from losing the … Continue reading

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