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If you love fine photography as much as we do, you must treat yourself to the documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier.” Written and directed by John Maloof, the young man who discovered her work, it is an attempt to find out about the reclusive Chicago nanny whose images are considered by many to be the finest street photography of the 20th century. Her images – all 200,000 of them – were discovered as negatives and undeveloped rolls of film at an abandoned storage locker sale. The documentary is a fine work in its own right.


The above undated image of a Chicago street urchin with watch, along with other examples of Ms. Maier’s art and the documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier,” can be found here:

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Jacques Tati dropping lemons on the floor. © Yale Joel
New York, Oct.1958

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Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly (via dduane)

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Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

Henry David Thoreau (via leslieseuffert)

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Fidelia Bridges, Untitled, about 1876, watercolor on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Given in memory of Charles Downing Lay and Laura Gill Lay by their children


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Bull Moose Jackson (tenor) 1919 -1989:: Benjamin Clarence “Bull Moose” Jackson was an American blues and rhythm and blues singer and saxophonist, who was most successful in the late 1940s.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, he learned to play the saxophone and started his first band,…


William Blake, Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing c.1786

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Life’s but a walking shadow,
a poor player
that struts and frets his hour
upon the stage
and then is heard no more:
it is a tale
told by an idiot,
full of sound and fury,
signifying nothing.

W. Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, Scene V. (via socratic-thinker)

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Jane GoodallNational Geographic, 1974.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” 

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  • Professor :: You are a Christian, aren’t you, son?

  • Student :: Yes, sir.

  • Professor:: So, you believe in GOD?

  • Student :: Absolutely, sir.

  • Professor :: Is GOD good?

  • Student :: Sure.

  • Professor:: Is GOD all powerful?

  • Student :: Yes.

  • Professor:: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

  • (Student was silent.)

  • Professor:: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

  • Student :: Yes.

  • Professor:: Is satan good?

  • Student :: No.

  • Professor:: Where does satan come from?

  • Student :: From … GOD …

  • Professor:: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

  • Student :: Yes.

  • Professor:: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

  • Student :: Yes

  • Professor:: So who created evil ?

  • (Student did not answer.)

  • Professor:: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

  • Student :: Yes, sir.

  • Professor:: So, who created them ?

  • (Student had no answer.)

  • Professor:: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

  • Student :: No, sir.

  • Professor:: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

  • Student :: No , sir.

  • Professor:: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smell your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

  • Student :: No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

  • Professor:: Yet you still believe in Him?

  • Student :: Yes.

  • Professor :: According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

  • Student :: Nothing. I only have my faith.

  • Professor:: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

  • Student :: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

  • Professor:: Yes.

  • Student :: And is there such a thing as cold?

  • Professor:: Yes.

  • Student :: No, sir. There isn’t.

  • (The lecture theatre became very quiet with this turn of events.)

  • Student :: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

  • (There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

  • Student :: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

  • Professor:: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

  • Student :: You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

  • Professor:: So what is the point you are making, young man?

  • Student :: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

  • Professor:: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

  • Student :: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

  • Professor:: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

  • Student :: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

  • (The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

  • Student :: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

  • (The class was in uproar.)

  • Student :: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

  • (The class broke out into laughter.)

  • Student :: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

  • (The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

  • Professor:: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

  • Student :: That is it sir… Exactly ! The link between man and GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

  • That student was Albert Einstein.


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