Art

  • Kaleidoscope #918 - We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. ― Carlos Castaneda   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #917 - Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. ― Lao Tzu   Below is a scan of the original artwork used to create this image. This watercolor tryptic is titled […]
  • Kaleidoscope #916 - Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ― Theodore Roosevelt   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.  
  • Kaleidoscope #915 - You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing. ― Richard P. Feynman, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character   Below is the original photo used […]
  • Kaleidoscope #914 - Never dull your shine for somebody else. ― Tyra Banks   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky and view of downtown Richmond, VA near 3rd and East Main Street was captured on my way home from work. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart […]
  • Kaleidoscope #913 - I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others. ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free […]
  • Kaleidoscope #912 - I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself. ― Michel de Montaigne   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #911 - You make yourself strong because it’s expected of you. You become confident because someone beside you is unsure. You turn into the person others need you to be. ― Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #910 - A great man is always willing to be little. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky and view of downtown Richmond, VA near 3rd and East Main Street was captured on my way home from work. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap […]
  • Kaleidoscope #909 - As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, First Part   Below is a scan of the original artwork used to create this image. This watercolor tryptic is titled “Healing Waters.” To learn more about the concept behind this piece, please see my post here.
  • Kaleidoscope #908 - Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. ― Coco Chanel, Believing in Ourselves: The Wisdom of Women   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #907 - When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t. ― Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #906 - Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ― Lao-Tzu   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.  
  • Kaleidoscope #905 - To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength. ― Criss Jami   Below is a scan of the original artwork used to create this image. This watercolor tryptic is titled “Healing Waters.” To learn more about the concept behind this piece, please see my post […]
  • Kaleidoscope #904 - I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen. ― J.G. Ballard   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #903 - The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages. ― Virginia Woolf   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky and view of downtown Richmond, VA near 3rd and East Main Street was captured on my way home from work. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from […]
  • Kaleidoscope #902 - Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #901 - You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ― Eleanor Roosevelt, […]
  • Kaleidoscope #900 - The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. ― J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.  
  • Kaleidoscope #899 - Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky and view of downtown Richmond, VA near 3rd and East Main Street was captured on my way home from work. No special lighting or […]
  • Kaleidoscope #898 - Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. ― Rumi, The Essential Rumi   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.  
  • Kaleidoscope #897 - Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. ― Bertrand Russell   Below is a scan of the original artwork used to create this image. This watercolor tryptic is titled “Healing Waters.” To learn more about the concept behind this piece, please see my post here.
  • Kaleidoscope #896 - I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods   Below is the original photo […]
  • Kaleidoscope #895 - If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. ― Virginia Woolf   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #894 - Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. ― Ayn Rand   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #893 - Follow your heart, listen to your inner voice, stop caring about what others think. ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #892 - A girl should be two things: who and what she wants. ― Coco Chanel   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #891 - You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ― Sharon Salzberg   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky was captured on my way home from work in downtown Richmond, VA. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart […]
  • Kaleidoscope #890 - Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine. ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #889 - The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. ― Anna Quindlen   Below is the original photo used to create this image. A lovely winter sky, taken from my own driveway one bright morning. No special lighting or retouching, just a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #888 - I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. ― Rita Mae Brown   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #887 - I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. ― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #886 - Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down. ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #885 - Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life. ― Pablo Neruda   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #884 - Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #883 - Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that’s a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect. ― Rob Reiner   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky was captured on […]
  • Kaleidoscope #882 - You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. ― Marilyn Monroe   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #881 - Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. ― Allen Ginsberg     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #880 - To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting. ― e.e. cummings   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #879 - Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. ― Maya Angelou   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #878 - The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience    Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #877 - Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength;  mastering yourself is true power. ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching    Below is the original photo used to create this image. A lovely winter sky, taken from my own driveway one bright morning. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.
  • Kaleidoscope #876 - The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ― Friedrich Nietzsche     Below is the original photo used to create this image. […]
  • Kaleidoscope #875 - The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. ― Ernest Hemingway, Men Without Women   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky was captured on my way home from work in downtown Richmond, VA. No special lighting […]
  • Kaleidoscope #874 - Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. ― August Wilson     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #873 - You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. ― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #872 - Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. ― Benjamin Spock   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #871 - Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you. ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #870 - Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. ― Aristotle   Below is the original photo used to create this image. A lovely winter sky, taken from my own driveway one bright morning. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.
  • Kaleidoscope #869 - Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself. ― Robert Frost     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.  
  • Kaleidoscope #868 - Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ― George Bernard Shaw   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky was captured on my way home from work in downtown Richmond, VA. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.
  • Kaleidoscope #867 - Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. ― Marilyn Monroe   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #866 - To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson    Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #865 - New Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. –Lao Tzu    Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #864 - Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one. –Brad Paisley       Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.  
  • Kaleidoscope #863 - I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity. ― Gilda Radner […]
  • Kaleidoscope #862 - Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done. ― Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told […]
  • Kaleidoscope #861 - Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, […]
  • Kaleidoscope #860 - Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for. ― Alice Walke   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image […]
  • Kaleidoscope #859 - You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this lovely white bloom outside of a restaurant in Bon Air, VA.  No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my […]
  • Kaleidoscope #858 - Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing ring ting tingle-ing, too Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you Let’s take the road before us and sing a chorus or two Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you    Wishing you the merriest of holidays, filled with […]
  • Kaleidoscope #857 - Giddy up jingle horse, pick up your feet Jingle around the clock Mix and a mingle to a jinglin’ beat That’s the jingle bell rock   Lyrics for this version of “Jingle Bell Rock” may be found here. Songwriters: Joseph Beal, James Boothe. Performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra and many others. Below is the original photo used […]
  • Kaleidoscope #856 - There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy When they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie It’ll nearly be like a picture print by Currier and Ives These wonderful things are the things we remember all through our lives   Lyrics for this version of “Sleigh Ride” can be found here. Songwriters: […]
  • Kaleidoscope #855 - Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh, hey Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh   Lyrics for this version of “Jingle Bells” may be found here. Written and composed […]
  • Kaleidoscope #854 - There’s a birthday party at the home of Farmer Gray It’ll be the perfect ending of a perfect day We’ll be singing the songs we love to sing without a single stop At the fireplace while we watch the chestnuts pop   Lyrics for this version of “Sleigh Ride” can be found here. Songwriters: Leroy Anderson […]
  • Kaleidoscope #853 - What a bright time, it’s the right time To rock the night away Jingle bell time is a swell time To go riding in a one-horse sleigh    Lyrics for this version of “Jingle Bell Rock” may be found here. Songwriters: Joseph Beal, James Boothe. Performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra and many others. Below is the original […]
  • Kaleidoscope #852 - Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy cozy, are we? We’re snuggled up together like two birds of a feather would be Let’s take that road before us and sing a chorus or two Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you   Lyrics for this version of “Sleigh Ride” […]
  • Kaleidoscope #851 - Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bobtails ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight   Lyrics for this version of “Jingle Bells” may be found here. Written and composed by James Lord Pierpont, Release Date: 1857. […]
  • Kaleidoscope #850 - Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time Dancing and prancing in jingle bell square In the frosty air Lyrics for this version of “Jingle Bell Rock” may be found here. Songwriters: Joseph Beal, James Boothe. Performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra and many others. Below is the original photo used to […]
  • Kaleidoscope #849 - Giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap, let’s go Let’s look at the show We’re riding in a wonderland of snow Giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap, it’s grand Just holding your hand We’re gliding along with a song of a wintery fairy land   Lyrics for this version of “Sleigh Ride” can be found here. Songwriters: […]
  • Kaleidoscope #848 - Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring Snowing, and blowing up bushels of fun Now the jingle hop has begun   Lyrics for this version of “Jingle Bell Rock” may be found here. Songwriters: Joseph Beal, James Boothe. Performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra and many others. Below is the original […]
  • Kaleidoscope #847 - Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing, ring-ting tingle-ing, too Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling “Yoo hoo” Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you   Lyrics for this version of “Sleigh Ride” can be found here. Songwriters: […]
  • Kaleidoscope #846 - Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth. ― Khaled Hosseini   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #845 - True alchemy lies in this formula: ‘Your memory and your senses are but the nourishment of your creative impulse. ― Arthur Rimbaud, Illuminations     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #844 - Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. –Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky was captured on my way home from work in downtown Richmond, VA. No special […]
  • Kaleidoscope #843 - I read a book one day and my whole life was changed. –Orhan Pamuk, The New Life     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.  
  • Kaleidoscope #842 - Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens. –Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow […]
  • Kaleidoscope #841 - Isn’t it mysterious to begin a new journal like this? I can run my fingers through the fresh clean pages but I cannot guess what the writing on them will be. –Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy in Spite of Herself    Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this lovely white […]
  • Kaleidoscope #840 - The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake. ― George R.R. Martin     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free […]
  • Kaleidoscope #839 - You know how writers are… they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they create their work in order to create themselves. ― Orson Scott Card     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.  
  • Kaleidoscope #838 - Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth. ― Madeleine L’Engle   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky was captured on my way home from work in downtown Richmond, VA. No […]
  • Kaleidoscope #837 - The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. ― Gustave Flaubert   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this lovely white bloom outside of a restaurant in Bon Air, VA.  No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.   Save Save […]
  • Kaleidoscope #836 - Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers mystics, painters, troubadours for they teach us to see the world through different eyes. ― Jacob Nordby, Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas to live your best life now   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #835 - And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right. ― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from […]
  • Kaleidoscope #834 - …what I enjoy in a narrative is not directly its content or even its structure, but rather the abrasions I impose upon the fine surface: I read on, I skip, I look up, I dip in again. Which has nothing to do with the deep laceration the text of bliss inflicts upon language itself, and […]
  • Kaleidoscope #833 - If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ― Toni Morrison   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I stumbled across these bizarre flowers while taking a walk around my hotel on a July trip to Shawsville, VA to […]
  • Kaleidoscope #832 - I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental […]
  • Kaleidoscope #831 - I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. ― Jorge Luis Borges   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this lovely white bloom outside of a restaurant in Bon Air, VA.  No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.   Save […]
  • Kaleidoscope #830 - Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered. ― W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand     Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #829 - The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us. ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451     Below is the original photo used to create this image. It turns out my front yard is the perfect breeding ground for mushrooms… No special lighting […]
  • Kaleidoscope #828 - I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. ― J.K. Rowling   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I stumbled across these bizarre flowers while taking a walk around my hotel on a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #827 - I believe in the magic and authority of words. ― René Char   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this vibrant bush outside of a restaurant in Bon Air, VA.  No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone. Save Save Save Save Save
  • Kaleidoscope #826 - Books may well be the only true magic. ― Alice Hoffman   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky was captured on my way home from work in downtown Richmond, VA. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.
  • Kaleidoscope #825 - A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. ― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I visited a local-ish winery, Saude Creek, located in Lanexa, VA. Their late-summer landscaping was in […]
  • Kaleidoscope #824 - Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it. ― JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this lovely white bloom outside of a restaurant in Bon Air, VA.  No special […]
  • Kaleidoscope #823 - Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of […]
  • Kaleidoscope #822 - Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood. ― Jane Yolen, Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood     Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #821 - No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over. ― Eugene Field   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this vibrant bush outside of a restaurant in Bon Air, VA.  No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone. Save Save […]
  • Kaleidoscope #820 - It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. ― Oscar Wilde   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I stumbled across these bizarre flowers while taking a walk around my hotel on a July trip to Shawsville, VA to […]
  • Kaleidoscope #819 - Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens. ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The […]