Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Invisible Influence

Invisible Influence
collage, 7.25 x 6.75 inches

"Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which  kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise occur."
                                                                   ~ W. H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

"When we are writing, or painting, or composing, we are, during the time of creativity, freed from normal restrictions, and are opened to a wider world, where colors are brighter, sounds clearer, and people more wondrously complex than we normally realize."
                                                                                                     ~ Madeline L'Engle

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Weekly Quick Collage: Biosphere

collage, 4 x 5 inches

“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.”

                                                                                                         ~ Rachel Carson

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
                                                                                                     ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."                                                                                                                                 ~ Mahatma Gandhi   

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
                                                                                                                ~ John Muir

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Weekly Quick Collage: Reverie

collage, 8.5 x 7.25 inches

Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,

between "green thread"
and "broccoli" you find
that you have penciled "sunlight."

Resting on the page, the word
is as beautiful, it touches you
as if you had a friend

and sunlight were a present
he had sent you from some place distant
as this morning -- to cheer you up,

and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing,

that also needs accomplishing
Do you remember?

that time and light are kinds

of love, and love
is no less practical
than a coffee grinder

or a safe spare tire?
Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue

but today you get a telegram,
from the heart in exile
proclaiming that the kingdom

still exists,
the king and queen alive,
still speaking to their children,

- to any one among them
who can find the time,
to sit out in the sun and listen.  

                                                                                           by Tony Hoagland