“I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” – Ned Vizzini
I haven't done anything creative in quite a long while. And that's for many reasons. I've been broken and my light went out. Looking back, it was out for quite a long while, and it sometimes takes hitting rock bottom to realize how far you've fallen. This is for anyone out there dealing with depression or anxiety, addiction or substance abuse - for anyone suffering loss and sadness. It's time to reverse the nightmare and get our wings back. #NotBrokenAnymore
"Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so." – David Grayson
"The walls you build around you to keep out sorrow also keeps out joy"
"I think that people who can't believe in fairies aren't worth knowing." – Tori Amos
To Everything There Is A Season
Inspired by "Leave My Body" by Florence & The Machine
Fishing For Memories
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." – Henry David Thoreau
"First we make our habits, then our habits make us.” – Charles C. Noble
A tribute to my love for Hitchcock
The Pursuit of Happiness
"We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us." – Thomas Merton
The Inside Out of Thinking
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” – John Cage
"Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don't even notice it." - Sakyong Mipham
Waiting For My Ship To Come In
"It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting." – Elizabeth Taylor
"It takes a long time to grow an old friend." – John Leonard
"When at night you cannot sleep, talk to the shepherd and stop counting sheep." – Author Unknown
The Morning After The Circus Left Town
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." - C.S. Lewis
"The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man." – Author Unknown
Train of Thought
Eventually, a good idea will hit you.
Bottled Up Emotions
"A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” – Oscar Wilde
Into The Dark
"If heaven and hell decide That they both are satisfied Illuminate the no's on their vacancy signs
If there's no one beside you When your soul embarks Then I'll follow you into the dark" – Death Cab for Cutie, from the song "I Will Follow You Into The Dark
Of Mice and Men
"Maybe everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other" – John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
"Some of your hurts you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived, But what torments of grief you endured From the evil which never arrived." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There is a silence where hath been no sound / There is a silence where no sound may be / In the cold grave, under the deep deep sea..." - Thomas Hood (The Piano)
Got 'Til It's Gone
"Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone " – Joni Mitchell (Yellow Taxi Cab)
"You can kill a lifetime without feeling anything but skin.” – Chuck Palahniuk
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence." – Helen Keller
The Odyssey / Poseidon
"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." – Anais Nin
Lean On Me
"We must be our own before we can be another's." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
"To draw, you must close your eyes and sing." – Pablo Picasso
Live Your Life
"Find your light Don’t hide from what you are And rise before you fall And hope for something more Live if you really want to
All my life I’ve been looking for something amazing It’s almost like I’ve been stargazing The sky is right above me We were meant for something bigger than this Don’t ever try to dismiss yourself cause you don’t have to
All my life my dreams just seemed so far away And now it’s like they’re here to stay I hold it close to me We were meant for something bigger than this Don’t ever try to dismiss yourself cause you don’t have to
Live if we really want to" – Yuna
Let Them Eat Cake
I Can Fly
Walkin' The Dogs
Me and 3 of my 4 Bostons!
Just something quick this morning to celebrate Earth Day!
“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” – Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama.
"The best way to get something done is to begin." – Author Unknown
Pray For Rain
I'll get it if you need it, I'll search if you don't see it, You're thirsty, I'll be rain, You get hurt, I'll take your pain.
I know you don't believe it, But I said it and I still mean it, When you heard what I told you, When you get worried I'll be your soldier. – Gavin DeGraw (Soldier)
“People of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them. Instead, they go out and happen to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Lovers come and lovers go, Once they lived but now they're ghosts, Walking the streets they used to know like shadows.
People disappear every hour and every year, Sometimes I believe they're here like shadows, Like shadows.
Who can you trust, in this place? And whom can I put my faith? If you're real, then show me now, Who you are.
How can I love, without grace? Shine a light on your face, If you're real, then show me now, Who you are.
Blowing like a secret wind, Pouring on my naked skin, Like a river flowing in the ocean.
And when I turn to see your face, I saw a joy I could not place, Vanishing without a trace, Like a shadow in the sun.
Who can you trust, in this place? Where can I put my face? If god is love, then why is the world the way it is?
How can I love, without grace? Shine a light on your face, If you're real then show me now, Who you are.
In The Springtime of an Idea
"One's mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its orginal dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ted, my stuffed bear that's almost (or at least) 30 years old, was stuffed in an old tupperware storage bin in my basement. Until this afternoon. "Boy Interrup-Ted" is about being breakable, growing old, growing up, and going forward.
Leap of Faith
"Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith." – Margaret Shepard
"Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into" – Mohandas Gandhi
"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. " – Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Curious Happening of Mr. Red Riding Hood
"You've got to know when to hold 'em Know when to fold 'em Know when to walk away Know when to run." – Kenny Rogers, The Gambler
“We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of the difficulty in every opportunity.” – Unknown
The Two Thieves
“We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow.” – Fulton Oursler
"You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in." ~Arlo Guthrie
Wilderness of Intuition
"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself." – Alan Alda
"Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?" – Maurice Freehill
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde
I Smell Winter
I LOVE this pic because the tree and landscape were shot while FLYING down random England back-roads on our way back to Bray from Buxton just about a week ago in merry old England! This is what I imagine it would feel like if I were there right now.
Look On The Bright Side
Sometimes it isn't as easy as it sounds.
"Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!' Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'" – Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
"To die, to sleep, to sleep, perchance to dream" – Shakespeare's Hamlet (3/1)
In Flanders Field
"We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields." – John McCrae
Canary In A Coal Mine
"Unbeing dead isn't being alive." – E.E. Cummings
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
The Price You Pay
The Cold Room
"So when you're cold from the inside out And don't know what to do, Remember love and friendship, And warmth will come to you.” – Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome
"Life is rather a state of embryo, a preparation for life; a man is not completely born till he has passed through death" – Benjamin Franklin
In tribute and memory of my father, Jerry Van Daele. March 25 1946 – November 17, 2012.
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." – Corrie Ten Boom
Set Yourself On Fire
"When there is nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire" - Unknown
Worry, Part 2
"Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow." – Swedish Proverb
"We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon." ~ Konrad Adenauer
Haunted (The Most Wonderful Time of The Year)
"One need not be a chamber to be haunted; One need not be a house; The brain has corridors surpassing Material place." – Emily Dickinson
The Weight of Words
"Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken." – Orson Scott Card