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Those which shall arise

The potted Amaryllis grows and blossoms with unnerving speed; most of the seeds we sew take much longer to blossom / Jan 2010

“Observe that all things exist in consequences of changes. The things now existing are a sort of seed to those, which shall arise out of them.”

~ The Female Speaker, or, Miscellaneous pieces, in prose and verse selected from the best writers and adapted to the use of young women, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, 1816

The nature of reading

Reading V engaged in her book / Feb. 2010

"Reading has become one of the hottest subjects in the humanities, perhaps because it seems especially intriguing now that so much of it has shifted from the printed page to the computer screen."

~ Robert Darnton, Director of the Harvard University Library

Taken a fancy to them

Waiting for a cold day: Hand-sewn reversable winter hat; felted wool with button detail lined with printed flannel / 2010

“Now that people have found out that soft felt hats are much more comfortable than stiff ones, they are much worn by men and boys; of late women and girls have taken a fancy to them, and no doubt both boys and girls would like to know what felt is, and how hats are made of it.” (American Agriculturist, vol. 35, 1876)

“Hats at the present day are fashioned of an endless variety of materials, and, especially in the case of those worn by ladies, they are so diversified in form that they defy all definition.” (Chamber's Encyclopaedia, 1890)

“Hats are set well over the forehead, not tilted back as was the fashion one or two seasons back.” (Godey's Magazine, 1896)

A fine mingling

'Artifact; Product of craft and art [1970s Nag's Head Swimming Gear]' / (Pap's art show entry) Sept. 2010

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”

~ Henry Ellis

Skipping along rooftops

Croatiantileroof Tile roof / Opatija, Croatia / 2005

“Only the blindness of habit convinces us that we continue to live in the same place, that we see the same landscape. In truth, no place ever remains the same because light has no mind for repetition; it adores difference. Through its illuminations, it strives to suggest the silent depths that hide in the dark.”

~ John O'Donohue