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Solstice Greetings

The sun rises beyond the ruin of the 15th century monastery at Lindisfarne, the ‘Holy Isle’ off the coast of Northumberland, England. I got to spend two nights and days there in the late spring of 2013, when I followed John Doan and a troupe of Celtic musicians around parts of England and Scotland.  

Lindisfarne is regarded as the Cradle of Christianity in northern Britain, for it is here that the Celtic Saints Aidan, Hilde and Cuthbert first arrived from the Scottish Isle of Iona to begin preaching the Gospel.  

Elizabeth Gilbert Redux

While I was out on my 2-mile “Walk Before Coffee” this morning, I passed some neighbors and their four little dogs.  Each of the dogs waddled up to me and I gave then a little bit of petting  (while thinking, “gee, I wish I could just walk up to humans and get this kind of attention…”).  As I passed, one of the neighbors said “thank you for your kindness.”  And I replied, “well, that’s a pretty good way to start the day….” 

Then I got home and made my coffee and plopped down on the sofa in the treehouse, and found this notification on the screen on my phone.  Liz Gilbert likes my post from yesterday.

Yeah, I’d say that’s a pretty good way to start my day.

What’s next? 

Elizabeth Gilbert

she of “Eat Pray Love” and “Big Magic,” now on tour in support of her new novel, ‘City of Girls’ – at Montgomery Bell Academy last night for Salon@615 sponsored in part by Parnassus Books.

Nobody should be THAT smart and insightful into the Human Experience.   She said so many brilliant things that I’m kicking myself that I did not record it so I can listen to it again (yeah, I know, “no recordings…” When has that ever stopped me?  Well for some reason it did this time…)

I did make a few notes, among them:

“There is only one reason why people  (don’t do the thing they want to do), and that is because they are afraid.”

“I’m on an ‘Integrity cleanse” – that means only telling the truth.”

“98% of the work I do is research.  It’s very analog, I put everything on index cards and compile the cards in shoeboxes; by the time I’m ready to start the actual writing, the book has practically written itself. “

“I keep past, present, and future versions of myself.  When Present Liz finds something that Past Liz has left for her, she thanks Past Liz for sending it out to Future Liz.”

“A drunk person can run but can’t walk. Write like a drunk person.”

“The truth has legs,. It’s the only thing that is still standing at the end of the day. It’s where we’re going to wind up, so we may as well start there.”

“There is an intelligence in the universe that wants to communicate with us.”

That last one speaks directly to one of the underlying themes of the Book That I Have Yet To Finish (ttbrown.com)

She said a lot of other too-smart things that I just hope I will recall during the day(s) ahead.

©2019 paul@cohesionarts.com

Eternal Wedded Bliss

17th Century Style

The tombs of a noble couple from the English Midlands, interred inside the walls Gloucester Cathedral. I’m sure they were a very happy and care-free couple.

From my trip to the UK in the spring of 2017.

Jack’s Corvette – by LensBaby!

Hallelujah, LensBaby has finally produced a selective-focus lenses with a focal length that works with my #Olympus OM-D cameras! .

I loved my Lensbaby back before 2012, when I was shooting Nikon DSLRs. I loved the way it could take an otherwise ordinary image and make it impressionistic by blurring and flaring the edges of the frame. Some of my favorite photos from that period were made with a Lensbaby. .

But once I switched to the Olympus Micro-FourThirds format, the Lensbabies became problematic. They made a lens with an M4/3 mount, but the with the smaller sensors the focal length was effectively doubled, and it just didn’t work as well as it did with a larger sensor. .

A couple of weeks ago I discovered that Lensbaby is now offering the SOL-22, which maths out to something much closer to a “normal” (44mm equivalent) focal length, which works great with my cameras. .

So behold my neighbor Jack’s 1970s vintage Corvette. I’ve walked past Jack’s house hundreds of times… we’ve been neighbors for like 20 years, but this was the first time I stopped and talked with him, and he let me shoot a few frames of his #hotrod. . .

**** Wisdom From A Typewriter No. 49 ***

I heard this quote listening to “Reckless Daughter,” a biography of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe. Arthur Krazman is cited as one of Joni’s early influences, an English teacher who recognized her talent and encouraged her to dig deeper. The quote – or the idea of it – supposedly originated with Frederich Nietzsche, but I could not find that reference. So Krazman gets the credit for this one.


H/T @AmySpeace for recommending the book. .


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