JANUARY 2021

choose wisely what you dwell on


Mere Christianity

CS Lewis

sunlight,

though it has no favourites,

cannot be reflected in a dusty mirror

as clearly as in a clean one


Robert Louis Stevenson

have been unable to find where exactly he wrote this

in our own hands lies the power to choose –

what we want most to be we are


Proverbs 11

he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed

prophet jeremiah, sistine chapel, rome*

Jeremiah 6

stand at the crossroads and look;

ask for the ancient paths,

ask where the good way is, and walk in it,

and you will find rest for your souls

i’ve had the verse on my desk for months, but the moment i saw it this morning i knew it would be a motto — for the day, a week, a month?

Girl In Hyacinth Blue

Susan Vreeland

she wondered if it had ever been painted just that way, or if the life of something as inconsequential as a water drop could be arrested and given to the world in a painting,

or if the world would care


Tao Te Ching

from Verse 57

act with a pure heart

love your own life

give without conditions

want nothing

* i started a scrapbook after a 1999 italy trip

wrote on a notebook every day: what i saw, learned, experienced, and transposed it onto a beautiful hardbound notebook, along with sketches of art and of photographs i had taken, then allowed myself to be blind-sided and did not complete it. jeremiah was one of my favorites — both my sketch and michaelangelo’s. standing under the vaulted ceiling i found it hard to part from him. must have been the shades of oranges and yellows … although the same happened in florence with david, and there are no shades in him at all

it’s been so long since i’ve sketched