Quoted in The Grove:   Whisper

‘If you love me as you say you do,’ she whispered, ‘make it so that I am at peace.’

~Leo Tolstoy


We continue to speak, if only in whispers, to something inside us that longs to be named.

~Dorianne Laux


To every whisper if you listen carefully, you will hear or fail to hear something.

~Auliq Ice



Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’.

~Alfred Lord Tennyson



Exercise Prompt for 04/11:   whiskey



A whisper can be stronger, as an atom is stronger, than a whole mountain.

~Louise Nevelson


What if the universe were whispering in my ear at every moment?

~Steven V Roberts


In every moment the Universe is whispering to you.

~Denise Linn


Intuition is the whisper of the soul.

~Jiddu Krishnamurti


Listen to the whispers you hear from within, give your soul the voice to be heard.

~Dee Waldeck




Keep your ears open and listen to the whispers of the universe, because they will guide you for the best.

~Hina Hashmi


God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

~C S Lewis


There’s a saying… ‘The universe gives you a whisper, then a nudge, then a push and then an anvil on your head.’

~Sara Genn


That whisper you keep hearing is the universe trying to get your attention… Failures can be God’s little whispers (or) a full earthquake in our lives because we didn’t listen to the whispers

~Oprah Winfrey




Posted from the Grove


A whisper can be stronger, as an atom is stronger, than a whole mountain.

~Louise Nevelson


What if the universe were whispering in my ear at every moment?

~Steven V Roberts


In every moment the Universe is whispering to you.

~Denise Linn


Intuition is the whisper of the soul.

~Jiddu Krishnamurti


Listen to the whispers you hear from within, give your soul the voice to be heard.

~Dee Waldeck




Keep your ears open and listen to the whispers of the universe, because they will guide you for the best.

~Hina Hashmi


God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

~C S Lewis


There’s a saying… ‘The universe gives you a whisper, then a nudge, then a push and then an anvil on your head.’

~Sara Genn


That whisper you keep hearing is the universe trying to get your attention… Failures can be God’s little whispers (or) a full earthquake in our lives because we didn’t listen to the whispers

~Oprah Winfrey




~Yuya Mika:  Becoming Johnny Depp   (1:22)   Makeup artist becomes … anyone





~Timelab.pro:  Istanbul. Love of the continents   (3:22)   magic carpet ride





Word by word, the language of women so often begins with a whisper.

~Terry Tempest Williams


Christopher heard a pair of women gossiping nearby, whispering in disapproving undertones. “… Ramsey was found flirting in a corner with a woman. They had to drag him away from her.” “Who was it?” “His own wife.” “Oh, dear.”

~Lisa Kleypas


The best things about womanhood might possibly even be the conversations. The chatting. The gabbing. The whispering. The hands-on-hips eye-rolling. The yukking-it up.

~Katherine Center




I want to whisper poetry into your mind and imprint love letters to your soul and dance with you in an empty white room of potential

~Jeffrey McDaniel


A little still she strove, and much repented,

And whispering “I will ne’er consent” — consented.

~Lord Byron


For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.

~Judy Garland






Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leave you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as Heaven whispers, “Do you like it? I did it just for you.”

~Max Lucado


The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity.

~Jean Paul




God’s voice was not in the earthquake, Not in the fire, nor the storm, but it was in the whispering breezes.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


His whisper was the softest sound I ever knew, which seemed to bring the loudest heartbeat.

~Dominic Riccitello


I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.

~Charles de Lint




The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don’t cover them with a blanket, or ignore them with a nervous grin. Don’t turn up the TV and pretend they aren’t there. Instead, stand still, whisper his name, and listen. He is nearer than you think.

~Max Lucado


Keep praying, even if you have only a whisper left.

~Yasmin Mogahed




This is a place where grandmothers hold babies on their laps under the stars and whisper in their ears that the lights in the sky are holes in the floor of heaven.

~Rick Bragg




~Dust:  The Lie Game   (12:55)   feeding the dream against odds





~The New Yorker:  Yes-People   (8:35)   animated, Icelandic, Oscar-nominated, some expression-captures are spot-on priceless






The watch-dog’s voice that bay’d the whispering wind,

And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.

~Oliver Goldsmith


Suspicions that the mind, of itself, gathers, are but buzzes; but suspicions that are artificially nourished and put into men’s heads by the tales and whisperings of others, have stings.

~Francis Bacon


Fear plants the whisper to beware but doesn’t look to see who’s there.

~Vanna Bonta


To the reactionary ear every whispered criticism of the elite classes has always sounded like the opening shot of an uprising.

~Richard Hofstadter


Soon, the whispers would solidify and their version of the truth would be the only one that mattered.

~Shaun David Hutchinson


One whose troops repeatedly congregate in small groups here and there, whispering together, has lost the masses. One who frequently grants rewards is in deep distress. One who frequently imposes punishments is in great difficulty. One who is at first excessively brutal and then fears the masses is the pinnacle of stupidity.

~Sun Tzu


It is impossible that the whisper of a faction should prevail against the voice of a nation.

~Lord John Russell


The allies we gain by victory will turn against us upon the bare whisper of our defeat.

~Napoleon Bonaparte


A noble leader answers not to the trumpet calls of self promotion, but to the hushed whispers of necessity.

~Mollie Marti




In politics practically everything you hear is scandal, and besides, the funny thing is that the things they are whispering ain’t half has bad as the things they have been saying right out loud.

~Will Rogers


The way to deal with worldly people is to frighten them by repeating their scandalous whisperings aloud.

~George Bernard Shaw




If you listen to the beginning of the whispers you will not have to hear the shouts.

~Miranda J Barrett


Listen to the whispers or soon you will be listening to the screams.

~Elizabeth Gilbert


Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.

~Martin Luther King Jr


One whisper, added to a thousand others, becomes a roar of discontent.

~Julie Garwood


We believe in shouting for those who can only whisper, in defending those who cannot defend themselves.

~Veronica Roth


Those who cannot hear an angry shout may strain to hear a whisper.

~Leonard Nimoy


If your shout is local, only your village will hear you; if your whisper is universal, the whole world will hear you!

~Mehmet Murat ildan






The red rose whispers of passion,

And the white rose breathes of love;

O, the red rose is a falcon,

And the white rose is a dove.

~John Boyle O’Reilly


I don’t think we get a choice in who we fall for, Ian whispers. I think we just do.

~Jodi Picoult


Love doesn’t think twice, it comes all at once, or whispers from a distance.

~Celine Dion


Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life.

~Maya Angelou




My love for you won’t stop with my leaving. Come an evening over the years, when you step outside your door and hear the wind blowing through the cottonwoods, that’ll be me, thinking of you, whispering your name, and loving you.

~Penelope Williamson


Tell me what we had was real, I whisper.

~Simone Elkeles


Lie to me. she whispered. I love you. he said.

~Stephenie Meyer




~Passenger:  Whispers   (4:00)   …in a world of noise and shouts





~Neon Trees:  Everybody Talks   (3:54)   fun mix of zombies, drive-in movies, rock’n roll





~Chase Rice:  Whisper   (3:09)   skinboard lyrics





~Dark Whisper:  Song Of Songs   (7:46)  visually malleable, plastic, engaging; season with herb for highest ROI





~Post Modern Jukebox:  Careless Whisper, feat  Robyn Adele Anderson/Dave Koz  (4:46)   return engagement





“You’re so very naked,” she whispered against his shoulder. He smiled into her hair. “So are you.”

~J R Ward


The whispers of shared ecstasy are choral.

~George Steiner


There was sex, of course. Nakedness. Wall to wall, in and out of my thoughts. But when it was over it was her whispering voice I craved, and a human curled up in my arms.

~Markus Zusak


Lust shouts. Love whispers. Only the heart knows the difference.

~Jan Hurst-Nicholson


Most women would rather have someone whisper their name at optimum moments than rocket with contractions to the moon.

~Merle Shain


“There are greater things than want and lust, Nerissa,” he whispered. “I can’t afford those things.”

~Sarah Brocious








No need to act, i let my fear show “He killed himself,” i whispered. Eve raised an eyebrow. “Fourteen times?” “He had bad aim.”

~Maria V Snyder


Aryal whispered, “If I start slapping people, I might not be able to stop.”

~Thea Harrison


When I hear Jazz, my first instinct is to lean over to the guy next to me and whisper, “Fourth floor, please.”

~Jarod Kintz


Conscience: that quiet voice which whispers that someone is watching.

~Julian Tuwim


Haters are the people who will broadcast your failures and whisper your success.

~Will Smith


Don’t you just hate it, when you are in bed with three beautiful women, and the least attractive one whispers: save it for me!

~Jim Carrey


Who discreetly whispers you forgot to zip up your pants? You babe, you’re my bestest friend.

~Mac Davis






Sage and Time

a finger painting


© Iris Scott


Thx to:  Rusty’s Electric Dreams




[Concerning the Water Ouzel (a bird), now called American Dipper:] In a general way his music is that of the streams refined and spiritualized. The deep booming notes of the falls are in it, the trills of rapids, the gurgling of margin eddies, the low whispering of level reaches, and the sweet tinkle of separate drops oozing from the ends of mosses and falling into tranquil pools.

~John Muir


We exist with a wind whispering inside and our moon flexing. Amid the ducts, inside the basilica of bones.

~Jack Gilbert


The snow did not even whisper its way to earth, but seemed to salt the night with silence.

~Dean Koontz


At times on quiet waters one does not speak aloud but only in whispers, for then all noise is sacrilege.

~Sigurd F Olson




Nature is a most jealous god, for she will not whisper her inspiring revelations to you unless you are absolutely alone with her.

~Walter Russell


Faith requires following the power of a whisper.

~Shannon L Alder


The bigger the call, the smaller the voice. Therefore, we’d be wise to ignore anything that’s shouting.

~Craig D Lounsbrough


Let your heart guide you…it whispers so listen closely.

~Walt Disney


Opportunities don’t knock, they whisper. So shut up and listen.

~Thomas Leonard




@Writers Platform


To say, “Leave the room,” is less expressive than to point to the door. Place a finger on the lips is more forcible than whispering, “Do not speak.” A beck of the hand is better than, “Come here.” No phrase can convey the idea of surprise so vividly as opening the eyes and raising the eyebrows. A shrug of the shoulders would lose much by translation into words.

~Herbert Spencer


Art is really whispering, not shouting.

~Duane Michals




Please, she whispered as she opened the book, please get me out of here just for an hour or so, please take me far, far away.

~Cornelia Funke


We got quiet. The garden was combing her hair and putting on earrings. The house was full of dancing creatures, not male and female but both, two lovers in one body. The books downstairs were reciting their poetry to each other, rubbing together, whispering through the leather covers. Wine was flowing through the water pipes. You had caught my leaping heart in your hand like a fish.

~Francesca Lia Block




Poetry is the whispering of a truth by the shouting of the best possible lies.

~Oscar Sparrow


A good book is never finished – it goes on whispering to you from the wall.

~Virginia Euwer Wolff


For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard, not an aria heard.

~Rita Dove


Lionel whispered because he was under the impression that it was out of respect for books, not consideration for readers.

~William Saroyan





Glass Table:


~Christone @Wordgrove Library: 

Dr Diana Houston


A Book: By Charles Kingsley


Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book! – a message to us from the dead – from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away: and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, amuse us, vivify us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers. . . . I say we ought to reverence books, to look at them as useful and mighty things. If they are good and true; whether they are about religion or politics, farming, or trade, or medicine, they are the message of Christ, the maker of all things, the teacher of all truth, which He has put into the hearts of some man to speak, that he may tell us what is good for our spirits, for our bodies for our country. Would to God that all here would make the rule never to look into an evil book!


 (copied from old newspaper – 10/18/20)




Childhood is a long, long road, from which that dark whispering forest of death seems an impossible destination.

~Lauren DeStefano


And then we ease him out of that worn-out body with a kiss, and he’s gone like a whisper, the easiest breath.

~Mark Doty


O fallen angel, the companion within me, whisper something holy before you pitch me into the grave.

~Anne Sexton


Farewell, my friend,” Drizzt whispered, trying futilely to keep his voice from breaking. :This journey you make alone.

~R A Salvatore


Goodbye,” I whisper at last, when it no longer matters and there is no one to hear it but the window.

~Libba Bray


The night kissed the fading day With a whisper: “I am death, your mother, From me you will get new birth.”

~Rabindranath Tagore


If our bones were not sending whispers of doubt to our hearts, there would be no need for prayer at all.

~Mother Teresa




Exercise Prompt:   whisper




I wandered through the stacks, running my hands along the spines of the books on the shelves, they reminded me of cultured or opinionated guests at a wonderful party, whispering to each other.

~Janet Fitch


Most of us can’t rush around, talk to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven’t time, money or that many friends. The things you’re looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book.

~Ray Bradbury


Net results and rules have since changed the game

~the editor




Thought is fugitive; the mind does not repeat itself; if you do not catch the whisperings of the oracle as they come to you, they are lost forever. You must – and this is absolutely essential – convince yourselves that what is offered you this very moment will never be offered again.

~Jean Guitton


You want the greatest trick for writing a novel? Here it is: imagine urgently whispering your story into one person’s ear – and only one. This one visualization will clarify every word choice you make.

~Julianna Baggott


My method is simple: not to bother about poetry. It must come of its own accord. Merely whispering its name drives it away.

~Jean Cocteau


Seek wisdom in books, rare manuscripts, and cryptic poems if you will, but seek it out also in simple stones, and fragile herbs, and in the cries of wild birds. Listen to the whisperings of the wind and the roar of water if you would discover magic, for it is here that the old secrets are preserved.

~Scott Cunningham


The novel is more of a whisper, whereas the stage is a shout.

~Robert Holman





The Exercise:




So round, so firm, so fully packed

Woman, Cigarette alluringly stacked

Smokin’ hot, both addictions

Neither healthy derelictions


He to conquer, she the prize

She the reason for him to rise

By his side, sheathe for his sword

If he be subject, she’s the verb


He, steeled to shield his chain-maled heart

She, his key to pick his interlocks apart

She dared believe love, dared begin

He went thru motions, merely maled his in


Memory’s faithless film of time

Rank vault of vapors, guilt left behind

First the urges then yearnings blindered

Temptations tease, fade, whisper reminders


Life beset with wrongs to pay-for learn-from

Sin’s Wisdom Tree we were set to eat from

Freed from need to follow cravings

Forgive our selves, our misbehavings




A Different Us

They’ve eyes that whisper

tell their secrets

say too much if one interprets

are those who tend to listen closer

Those who bear us love us better

bring more to life than just enough

meant to be man’s better half


Hers to give life

hers to nurture

His to birth strife

his to butcher

Same DNA yet alien creatures

say the Misogyn, predators by nature

those with prominent dominant features


Do they war or complement

Use calumny or compliments

Brother weds another’s sister

The human race to seed a future

Mothers fathers creating lovers

Foreign sexes meant for each other

Readmit both … or should we bother





they both whisper and howl

the winds and voting public

both change their minds

their mood, direction

the wind’s deflection

the vote’s reflection

chaos theory or pre-selection

random flow or predilection

freed from walls, mute desperation

free wind, free will and free elections




5s & 7s

the burning question

Cupid whispering, why not

lips and hips vibrate

writhe with anticipation

waiting permission to r*ck




the past with secrets

leaves traces, indelible

history whispers


some prophets do speak

change the end, bend it slightly

are time whisperers




Watch the water heal itself of your presence — not to repair injury but to offer itself again…

~Paul Harding


One whispered yes becomes the wind song over an ocean of no‘s.

~Mary Anne Radmacher




Desire, both the whispers and the shouts, is the map we have been given to find the only life worth living.

~John Eldredge


I would like whispering with someone who is like me. But no one is. I think it is because my sizzle doesn’t match anyone else’s. I want something to happen so bad that it sizzles inside of me. It never stops, but it also never fits any of the choices presented.

~Sarah Bird


Another reality is a whisper away.

~Judith Orloff




Speech is a very important aspect of being human. A whisper doesn’t cut it.

~James Earl Jones


So much is said with the electricity of the eyes, the intensity of a whisper. Less is more.

~Elizabeth Taylor




Don’t let your will roar when your power only whispers.

~Thomas Fuller


I like to praise and reward in a loud voice and to scold in a whisper.

~Catherine the Great




…dusk is the time when men whisper of matters about which they remain silent in the full light of the sun.

~Simon Raven


Whispering makes a narrow place narrower.

~Matthew Tobin Anderson




Our murmuring is the devil’s music.

~Thomas Watson


We are more prone to murmur at the punishment of our faults than to lament them.

~Marguerite Gardiner


As for murmurs, mother, we grumble a little now and then, to be sure; but there’s no love lost between us.

~Oliver Goldsmith




I like to feel the burn of the audience’s eyes when I’m whispering all my darkest secrets into the microphone

~Conor Oberst


The stars know everything,

So we try to read their minds.

As distant as they are,

We choose to whisper in their presence.

~Charles Simic




God hands gifts to some, whispers them to others.

~William Rounseville Alger


Perhaps my whisper was already born before my lips.

~Osip Mandelstam




Mythology is like a game of Chinese Whispers. What goes in at one end of the human circle is rarely what emerges at the other end.

~Ashwin Sanghi


“Orthodoxy, my Lord,” said Bishop Warburton, in a whisper, “orthodoxy is my doxy, heterodoxy is another man’s doxy.”

~Joseph Priestley




The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.

~Annie Dillard


I wondered if the Demon that whispered “Why not be free?” was Freedom itself.

~Inio Asano


I sat on the hill, the wind whispering through the long grass that surrounded me. I stared at the stars and wanted more than what I was and more than what the world was and just – wanted.

~Maggie Stiefvater





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Quoted in The Grove:   Recipe


Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague.

~Norman Douglas


Happiness has a simple recipe. Cherish your dearest, welcome your nearest, admire the simplest, honor the littlest, ignore the meaningless.

~Olarewaju Oladipo


The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.

~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin



Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anyplace: One grand boulevard with trees with one grand cafe in sun with strong black coffee in very small cups. One not necessarily very beautiful man or woman who loves you. One fine day.

~Lawrence Ferlinghetti





Exercise Prompt for 04/04:   whisper




I can cook really complicated recipes, but it takes a real talent to do the perfect egg.

~Christine Teigen


But for the time being, I’ve only learned one cake recipe and how to make scrambled eggs.

~Eva Herzigova


I’m brilliant at cooking my stepmother’s scrambled egg recipe. The secret is to put eggs, butter, milk, and seasoning together in the saucepan, and to keep stirring with a wooden spoon under a low heat until the preferred consistency is reached.

~Ian Mckellen




A good recipe for a human reducing breakfast is a lot of good things to eat, and three spaniels and two cats to eat with.

~Gladys Taber


British food is a celebration of comfort eating. Our traditional savoury recipes are all about warmth and sustenance, our puddings a roll call of sweet jollity, our cakes are deep and cosy. We appear to be a nation in need of a big, warm hug.

~Nigel Slater




I’d love to say I’m an accomplished cook, but I don’t have any signature dishes. I’m good at breakfast — I make great eggs. My father gave me a little recipe. It’s all in the seasoning. But it’s a Greek secret. I won’t give it away!

~Jennifer Aniston


I love cooking. My Italian mother is a genius cook, and I picked that up from her. I make my own sauce, which takes four hours, from a recipe that’s been refined over many years. I won’t tell anybody what it is.

~Josh Fox




Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.

~Alice May Brock


Yogurt sauce, as you may have noticed by now, is a regular presence in my recipes – that’s because it has the ability to round up so many flavours and textures like no other component does.

~Yotam Ottolenghi


Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent—all must be tasted.

~Chinese Proverb





Posted from the Grove


Believing that you must do something perfectly is a recipe for stress, and you’ll associate that stress with the task and thus condition yourself to avoid it

~Steve Pavlina


Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.

~Sheryl Sandberg


Mastering one recipe is better than mastering too many. Learn something and own it, and you’ll feel so much better about it. You’ll have more confidence if you’ve made it five times, and that confidence adds so much fun to cooking.

~Tom Douglas


Repetition is the mother of perfection. If there is true perfection, it’s about doing something over and over again. I truly think that if somebody does a recipe they’ve never done before and gets it right, they’re probably more lucky than they are talented.

~Thomas Keller


If you’re doing a recipe on national television, there’s really no room for being sloppy or a nonperfectionist.

~Martha Stewart




Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.

~Aaron Sorkin


I always see what’s… wrong. Would you want that? When I see a car or a rocket or spacecraft, I only see what’s wrong. I never see what’s right. It’s not a recipe for happiness.

~Elon Musk


When what you do and care about is aligned with what the market wants and cares about, you’ve created a recipe for career success.

~Lisa Gansky


I was sixty-six years old. I still had to make a living. I looked at my social security check of 105 dollars and decided to use that to try to franchise my chicken recipe. Folks had always liked my chicken.

~Colonel Sanders


The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people’s opinions.

~Paulo Coelho





~Tasty:  The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie   (6:12)






We cannot tax the same people we expect to create jobs. That is a recipe for keeping people out of work.

~Martha Roby


The gap between rich and poor is, in fact, widening enormously. This idea of building up the powers of people who are already powerful and keeping everyone else back is a recipe for endless misery and conflict.

~Robert Wyatt


Unequal group rights, the politics of redistribution and a Constitution whose meaning varies with changeable coalitions are a recipe for civil war.

~Paul Craig Roberts


The key ingredient of politics is the idea that all of society’s ills can be cured politically. It’s like a cookbook where the recipe for everything is to fry it. The fruit cocktail is fried.

~P J O’Rourke


Don’t follow a model that doesn’t work. If the recipe sucks, it doesn’t matter how good a cook you are.

~Tim Ferriss




Owning your own home is America’s unique recipe for avoiding revolution and promoting pseudo-equality at the same time.

~Florence King


My own recipe for world peace is a bit of land for everyone.

~Gladys Taber




Americans treat history like a cookbook. Whenever they are uncertain what to do next, they turn to history and look up the proper recipe, invariably designated “the lesson of history.

~Russell Baker


History is not, of course, a cookbook offering pretested recipes. It teaches by analogy, not by maxims. It can illuminate the consequences of actions in comparable situations, yet each generation must discover for itself what situations are in fact comparable.

~Henry A Kissinger




Just because I am a chef doesn’t mean I don’t rely on fast recipes. Indeed, we all have moments when, pressed for time, we’ll use a can of tuna and a tomato for a first course. It’s a question of choosing the right recipes for the rest of the menu.

~Jacques Pepin


When you serve lobster, you’ve taken a being’s life away. Therefore if you create a recipe, you have to be very dedicated to elevate the lobster, to make it good and tasty of course, but at the end of the day it’s a matter of paying homage.

~Eric Ripert




Outside sleep’s open window, between the drops of rain,

history is writing a recipe book for every earthly pain.

~Ani DiFranco







Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.

~Paul Valery


The best sculptor is the one who can most accurately reproduce in marble the image that he sees before him. The good cook follows the recipe. The pharmacist can utilize the many years of training of the most famous doctors from the best medical schools, if he just knows how to follow a prescription. Someone has said that science is just a collection of successful formulas.

~Sterling W Sill


I’m really a scientist. I follow recipes exactly – until I decide not to. And then I’ll follow something else exactly. I may decide I could turn this peach tart into a plum tart, but if I’m following a recipe, I follow it exactly.

~Ina Garten




An algorithm is like a recipe.

~Muhammad Waseem


Computer programming is really a lot like writing a recipe. If you’ve read a recipe, you know what the structure of a recipe is, it’s got some things up at the top that are your ingredients, and below that, the directions for how to deal with those ingredients.

~Larry Wall




I love the idea of cooking, but I don’t like using recipe books, so I’ll put a mish-mash together, and it might be amazing by total accident, or it will be a catastrophe.

~Trinny Woodall


I have no recipe for how to combine things. But you must be sincere. And if you are, strangely, it will succeed.

~Andree Putman


The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

~Carl Jung





~Omeleto:   Sauce   (15:13)   polyamory and the relationship talk





~Julian Lucas:  For Your Sins   (8:05)   with religious overtones






A cookbook must have recipes, but it shouldn’t be a blueprint. It should be more inspirational; it should be a guide.

~Thomas Keller


Oddly, though, lists are reassuring. We become aware of this if we scrupulously follow a recipe, which is essentially a list of ingredients and actions; but if we give this ‘list’ too much importance, we leave no room for the imagination.

~Jean-Claude Ellena


A recipe is not meant to be followed exactly – it is a canvas on which you can embroider.

~Roger Verge


Recipes are not assembly manuals. Recipes are guides and suggestions for a process that is infinitely nuanced. Recipes are sheet music.

~Michael Ruhlman


I’m going to break one of the rules of the trade here. I’m going to tell you some of the secrets of improvisation. Just remember, it’s always a good idea to follow the directions exactly the first time you try a recipe. But from then on, you’re on your own.

~James Beard


The first time you make something, follow the recipe, then figure out how to tailor it to your own tastes.

~Ruth Reichl


Omit and substitute! That’s how recipes should be written. Please don’t ever get so hung up on published recipes that you forget that you can omit and substitute.

~Jeff Smith







Once you start cooking, one thing leads to another. A new recipe is as exciting as a blind date. A new ingredient, heaven help me, is an intoxicating affair.

~Barbara Kingsolver


In the daylight, order ruled, fences stood, how-do-you-do’s and polite nods were the recipe. But at night, darkness rendered everything still and hush and secret. Minnie was a curator of secrets.

~Kiersten White




The major ingredient of any recipe for fear is the unknown.

~Michael Jackson


Fear has made them sloppy. The world teeters at a precipice. All scared to take a step in case they put a foot into empty air. The instinct of self-preservation. It can destroy a man’s efficiency.

~Joe Abercrombie


The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.

~Julia Child


Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

~Harriet Van Horne


In my food world, there is no fear or guilt, only joy and balance. So no ingredient is ever off-limits. Rather, all of the recipes here follow my Usually-Sometimes-Rarely philosophy. Notice there is no Never.

~Ellie Krieger





~Beauty and the Beast:  Be Our Guest   (4:33)   Disney





~Reniss:  Dans La Sauce (In The Sauce)   (5:25)   African





~Zac Brown Band:  Chicken Fried   (4:55)   country






One of the hard lessons to learn in life is that there are some things you can control and some things you can’t. If you want a short recipe for being frustrated and miserable, this is it: focus on things you can’t control.

~John Bytheway


If there is one recipe for unhappiness it is that: expectations.

~Yasmin Mogahed




One of the things that often frustrates me with cookbooks is that there are one or two recipes that are really good and the rest of them are not so great.

~Alicia Silverstone


I always hated watching cooking shows where the chef would use ingredients that I couldn’t get my hands on, cooking implements that I couldn’t afford, recipes that I could never have access to.

~Adam Richman


A cookbook is only as good as its poorest recipe.

~Julia Child




There is no single recipe for success. But there is one essential ingredient: Passion

~Martha Stewart


The emptiness of your pocket is not a recipe for you to discount the value of your passion!

~Israelmore Ayivor


You have to have passion when you’re finding a recipe for a career. If you love what you are doing, you’ll never work a day in your life.

~Debbi Fields


My personal recipe for success is- Do what you love and don’t look at the clock.

~Ann Landers










Guys wake up at your place and they expect breakfast. They don’t eat bagels and M&M’s in the morning. They want things like toast. I say, ‘I don’t have these recipes.’

~Elayne Boosler


Martha Stewart published her recipe for disaster — mix one part arrogance with two parts incompetence, simmer in the juices and then serve hot in the can.

~Jay Leno


America ships tons of sugar cookies to Denmark and Denmark ships tons of sugar cookies to America. Wouldn’t it be more efficient just to swap recipes?

~Michael Pollan


Trying to look cool and lovely in comedy is a recipe for disaster. You have to let go.

~Lucy Punch


Recipe for a happy marriage: My wife and I always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

~Red Skelton


The Pigtronix Envelope Phaser pedal is a definite ‘must have’ for your Funk recipe cookbook……it adds definite Funkaliciousness to your WOO stew.

~Bernie Worrell


If pornography releases sexual tension, why don’t we send recipe books to the starving?

~Andrea Dworkin


This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate two eggs, but it doesn’t say how far to separate them.

~Gracie Allen


Classic Recipe for Roast Beef: 1 large Roast of beef 1 small Roast of beef Take the two roasts and put them in the oven. When the little one burns, the big one is done.

~Gracie Allen


I just clipped 2 articles from a current magazine. One is a diet guaranteed to drop 5 pounds off my body in a weekend. The other is a recipe for a 6 minute pecan pie.

~Erma Bombeck


I kinda expected to turn the bottle and see a recipe. “So that’s how you make ice cubes. Apparently you just freeze this stuff. Oh, but you need a tray. That’s how they trick you into it.”

~Jim Gaffigan


Here is my recipe for a mood enhancer. Take a friend, preferably one with a really annoying fringe and outsize pants, and when she is rambling on, swiftly push her into a ditch and run away.

~Louise Rennison


The key, I would say to any fledgling humorist starting out, is to make sure that sloppiness is part of your recipe. That way they come to expect fumbling and clumsiness and they say, “Oh, it must be a charming part of his personality.”

~Nick Offerman


They say the recipe for Sprite is lemon and lime. I tried to make it at home. There’s more to it than that.

~Mitch Hedberg


If an architect makes a mistake, he grows ivy to cover it. If a doctor makes a mistake, he covers it with soil. If a cook makes a mistake, he covers it with some sauce and says it is a new recipe.

~Paul Bocuse


There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will.

~Robert Frost


A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.

~James Beard


Thanks, it’s my own recipe. I use cheddar cheese instead of water.



Recipe for a long life: Only smoke while awake. Only run when being chased.

~Mark Twain


When you hear bacon cooking….that sizzling sound isn’t the fat cooking….that’s applause.

~Jim Gaffigan


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© Greg Thweatt




Georgia was a dog, but that’s OK … up here, girl, c’mon up here with me


Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars


~CinematicPop:   (3:50)   distinctive voice, full orchestra/choir backup





~Tribute Cover:   (4:41)   quiet and immense by turn











It’s always good to go over the recipe beforehand, so you can easily think of the next thing that needs to be done.

~Guy Fieri


If I had one piece of advice for people – if they are cooking from the Alinea cookbook, the Betty Crocker cookbook or the back of the box – read through the entire recipe first before reaching for any ingredients, and then read again and execute the directions.

~Grant Achatz


Always look for the best ingredients, treat the food you cook with respect, always read the entire recipe first, be organized, and have fun.

~April Bloomfield


A home cook who relies too much on a recipe is sort of like a pilot who reads the plane’s instruction manual while flying.

~Alton Brown




In a few generations you can breed a racehorse. The recipe for making a man like Delacroix is less well known.

~Pierre-Auguste Renoir


It’s just as sure a recipe for failure to have the right idea fifty years too soon as five years too late.

~John R Platt


All cooking is a matter of time. In general, the more time the better.

~John Erskine


The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.

~Calvin Trillin




The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.

~Mary Baker Eddy


Scratching people where they itch and addressing their ‘felt needs’ is a stratagem of the poor steward of the oracles of God. This was the recipe for success for the false prophets of the Old Testament.

~R C Sproul


Oral history is a recipe for complete misrepresentation because almost no one tells the truth, even when they intend to.

~Niall Ferguson


If you look over a list of medicinal recipes in vogue in the last century, how foolish and useless they are seen to be! And yet we use equally absurd ones with faith today.

~Henry David Thoreau




In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.



Great cooking favors the prepared hands.

~Jacques Pepin


Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.

~Shirley Conran





@Writers Platform


Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.

~Wolfgang Puck


There is no screenplay-writing recipe that guarantees your cake will rise.

~Robert McKee


As I sit down and start to work, I often panic. I stare at the empty piece of music paper. How can I say that my piece will be ready for performance next January when I do not have a recipe for making it happen?

~Lukas Foss


If there would be a recipe for a poem, these would be the ingredients: word sounds, rhythm, description, feeling, memory, rhyme, and imagination. They can be put together a thousand different ways, a thousand, thousand…more.

~Karla Kuskin


The rules or ‘laws’ of poetry are only tentative devices, an approximate scheme. There is no Sinaitic recipe for poetry, for the individual poem is the norm.

~Louis MacNeice




It may not be the recipe for a life of contentment, but that imperfectability is what makes writing such an engaging endeavor, something you can do for the rest of your life and not get bored.

~Debra Dean


Second novels are bears. As are other people’s expectations for them. I think taking the time you need with the second book is key. Writers spend years and years on their first novels and then are often expected to turn out a second at warp speed, a recipe for failure.

~Jandy Nelson


Creating characters is like throwing together ingredients for a recipe. I take characteristics I like and dislike in real people I know, or know of, and use them to embellish and define characters.

~Cassandra Clare


“It was hidden inside another book. A Valentine one was unlikely to ever open.” Magnus smiled crookedly. “Simple Recipes for Housewives. No one can say your mother didn’t have a sense of humor.”

~Cassandra Clare




Recipe for the upbringing of a poet: ‘As much neurosis as the child can bear.

~W H Auden


I think if you want to make a recipe for making a writer, have them feel a little out of place everywhere, have them be an observer kind of all the time. And that’s a great way to make a writer.

~Lin-Manuel Miranda


Pretend you’re on stage and I’m the best audience you ever had.

~author unknown





Exercise Prompt:   recipe





I’m a bartender. I like recipes. They’re concretes. Was the drink recipe for seduction one shot charm and two shots self-deception, shaken, not stirred?

~Karen Marie Moning


The perfect recipe for a margarita is 2 ounces tequila, 2 ounces fresh lime juice, 1 ounce Cointreau, and a tiny splash of some kind of an agave or orange juice.

~Mario Batali




Success Recipe: 2 cups faith, 2 cups love, 1 cup hard work, 1 cup persistence, 1 tbsp vision and a dash of swagger.

~Jim Rohn


“What do you do to your hair?”

“Dust, hair gel, and a little gun oil.”

“Ever thought of patenting the recipe?”


~Ilona Andrews


I made wine from the lilac tree

Put my heart in its recipe

It makes me see what I want to see

And be what I want to be

~Nina Simone





The Exercise:




The Upside


Your jealousy depresses me

Your alpha vibe suppresses me

Your ravin’ way it stresses me

Your rovin’ eye undresses me

But your recipe impresses me

And I have ingredients

So stop on by




Do Unto Others…


Thus begins the rule we’re taught in school

But there be bronze and silver versions too

Good companions strong additions

Augment the golden first edition

Following then this revision

Ascending order alterations:



Durable Bronze Rule: Do unto others before they do unto you

Applies to gifts as well a swords; one may be used to deflect the other


Sterling Silver Rule: Do unto others as they do unto you

Making the effort on your behalf is an expression of their interest and a compliment; continue doing your best


Weightier Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Those tired of this heavier, more burdensome requirement, sometimes use the conditional word, would, as their finely-argued escape clause. Only the earnest need apply






witches’ brew, a wave of fortitude

a wave of love gave latitude

luck’s recipe for gratitude

thick black coffee next to candied fruit

but yea or nay, today it ends

my dogged, former firm pursuit






Your oceans deep generosity

Fills, builds and mounts

Causes anxiety

Off-center debt, sure recipe

Will frame a wall ‘tween me and thee


To even odds ‘tween thee and me

I too would help, need small victories

Crave the warmth that helping brings

Now burdened with this knowledge brief

That ’tis my absence brings her relief




independence day


you say you want close to me

the recipe is you want to be

nice to me

twice as nice to me

not like ice to me


perfect ruse, unfailing trick to use

to lose me, quickly fry your goose

there’s no excuse for love’s abuse

try me, watch me, light my fuse

burn you, scorn you, turn you loose


top ten list of things to watch

your game wants my attention caught

kindness counts but there’s a catch

doors are open there’ll be no latch

no need for fears where evils hatch




5s & 7s


given: sink or swim

recipe for happiness

skate on just enough




surpassingly bold

surprisingly within reach

live in the moment

learn to inhabit yourself

quarantine platitude fails






If you’re cooking for someone important – whether it’s your boss or a date – never try a new recipe and a new ingredient at the same time.

~Marcus Samuelsson


When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. ~Laiko Bahrs




Wanting more is just a recipe for heartache.

~Stephen King


Recipe? Recipe? We don’ need no stinkin’ recipe.

~Eli Wallach




Life’s no piece of cake, mind you, but the recipe’s my own to fool with.

~Haruki Murakami


Your own destiny, create your own recipe.





My mother is teaching me Indian recipes. I’ll go to the market, get everything fresh, have a glass of red wine, and just do it. I find it really therapeutic.

~Sendhil Ramamurthy


Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way.

~Truman Capote




When I make a recipe for the first time and it’s fabulous, I know I’m in trouble because I don’t know exactly what I did, and I can’t replicate it.

~Diane Mott Davidson


Someone left the cake out in the rain. I don’t think that I can take it, ’cause it took so long to bake it, and I’ll never have that recipe again. Oh, no.

~Richard Harris


I was once married to a woman who could eat anything and tell you what was in it: the most complicated recipes. Her memory of taste – now that’s what I call memory!

~Morton Feldman




I know who in the family is a great cook. I know where the great recipes are.

~Irma S Rombauer


You can say this for ready-mixes — the next generation isn’t going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make.

~Earl Wilson


There is nothing like a good old recipe. If it has lasted, then it is good.

~Yotam Ottolenghi




If you’re not the one cooking, stay out of the way and compliment the chef.

~Michael Strahan


A chef’s two best friends are salt and praise.

~Terri Guillemets




Instead of staying strong and working through when times are really tough, I usually quit this recipe for failure and start a whole new recipe. So if something is too challenging, I tend to chalk it up as not a good fit, and move on to something else.

~Derek Sivers


A woman’s heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.

~George Eliot




I mean to be too rich to lament or to feel anything of the sort. A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

~Jane Austen


Don’t let the secret recipe die with the inventor.

~Nathan Myhrvold




The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.

~Andre Maurois


A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.

~Thomas Jefferson




I carried recipes in my head like maps.

~Joanne Harris


I am my best work – a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines.

~Audre Lorde




Reciting part of a sutra with the desire to benefit others is like reciting a recipe in the hope it will prevent people from starving.

~Bassui Tokusho


You can have some, but not all. Wanting to have it all is a sure recipe for disaster

~Bangambiki Habyarimana


Sometimes the only successful apology will have to involve baking.

~Dr SunWolf


A recipe is a story with a happy ending.

~Daniel Thompson


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Quoted in The Grove:    Portrait

The reason some portraits don’t look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.
~Salvador Dali

I murmured to Picasso that I liked his portrait of Gertrude Stein. Yes, he said, everybody said that she does not look like it, but that does not make any difference, she will, he said.
~Gertrude Stein

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
~Salvador Dali

It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.
~James Whistler



Exercise Prompt for 03/28:   recipe



your handwriting. the way you walk. which china pattern you choose. it’s all giving you away. everything you do shows your hand. everything is a self portrait. everything is a diary.
~Chuck Palahniuk

Everything is autobiographical and everything is a portrait.
~Lucian Freud

Everything I paint is a portrait, whatever the subject.
~Jamie Wyeth

Who can take Death’s portrait? The tyrant never sat.
~Edward Young


If I declare it to be so, then this is a portrait.
~Robert Rauschenberg

A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In all that surrounds him the egotist sees only the frame of his own portrait.
~Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

When I paint a person, his enemies always find the portrait a good likeness.
~Edvard Munch




Posted from the Grove

What a business is this of a portrait painter! You bring him a potato and expect he will paint you a peach.
~Gilbert Stuart

A good portrait is incredibly hard to create, there is too much temptation to pander to the individual rather than portray them as they really were.
~Philippe Halsman

When having my portrait painted I don’t want justice, I want mercy.
~Billy Hughes

That moment when the person actually dictates the way I do the portrait is when the intimacy arrives.
~Francesco Clemente


None of us is born with the right face. It’s a tough job being a portrait photographer.
~Imogen Cunningham

The longing of my heart is a fairy portrait of myself: I want to be pretty; I want to eliminate facts and fill up the gap with charms.
~Mark Twain

When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don’t have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes – they’re not part of the good picture you want.
~Andy Warhol

Right now, scientists are in exactly the same position as Renaissance painters, commissioned to make the portrait the patron wants done, And if they are smart, they’ll make sure their work subtly flatters the patron. Not overtly. Subtly.
~Michael Crichton

You have no idea what portrait painters suffer from the vanity of their sitters.
~Kenneth Clark

Listen: if I am a painter and I do your portrait, have I or haven’t I the right to paint you as I want?
~Oriana Fallaci


One is never satisfied with a portrait of persons whom one knows. That is why I have always pitied portraitists. One demands so seldom of others the impossible, but demands just that of the portraitists.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe




~Purple Disco Machine:  Fireworks   (4:28)   generational west side story, a dance


~Dea eny:  Bob Dylan ~ another self portrait   (11:52)   yet another try


~The DietrichGroup:  Portrait   (3:05)   interpretive dance ~ nsfw



Your dreams are the product of your longings, a portrait of your potential, and a promise of your future.
~Erwin McManus

I like A&E. I like those corny intimate-portrait things. They’re so kind of ingenious and artificial and soothing.
~Mary-Louise Parker

The danger, I find, is that you can become too formulaic, like some commissioned portrait painters who develop a methodology.
~Jamie Wyeth

Self-deceit is a most damaging trait. The remedy, for an artist, is to paint a self-portrait!
~Scott Kahn

The portrait is one of the most curious art forms. It demands special qualities in the artist, and an almost total kinship with the model.
~Henri Matisse

The portrait I do best is of the person I know best.


Pre-planning is essential. Research, research, research. If you are going to do a portrait, know as much as you can about the person beforehand. The web makes this very easy.
~Peter Menzel

That’s my idea of what a portrait ought to be, anonymous and documentary and a straightforward picture of mankind.
~Walker Evans

You know, if one paints someone’s portrait, one should not know him if possible.
~Otto Dix

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
~John Singer Sargent

The artist who imagines that he puts his best into a portrait in order to produce something good, which will be a pleasure to the sitter and to himself, will have some bitter experiences.
~Jacob Epstein




A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
~Diane Arbus

A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he’s being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks.
~Richard Avedon

I believe that everyone wears a mask, and beneath that mask is another mask. So what photographers can reveal are the various masks we all wear.
~Matthew Rolston

A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion -an occasion rather than a truth. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
~Richard Avedon


The facts of the present won’t sit still for a portrait. They are constantly vibrating, full of clutter and confusion.
~William Macneile Dixon

I do think the past changes at a slower rate. It sits a little more still for its portrait.
~Richard Greenberg




~Omeleto:  Mascarpone   (14:02)   ditzy fun


~Omeleto:  Whispers Among Wolves   (17:14)   character study



We prefer to go deformed and distorted all our lives rather than not resemble the portrait of ourselves which we ourselves have first drawn. It’s absurd. We run the risk of warping what’s best in us.
~Andre Gide

For me, a good portrait shows the fragility and humility of the person, and at the same time a strength, a resting in themselves.
~Wolfgang Tillmans

In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody.
~Henri Cartier-Bresson

Did you ever see a portrait of a great man without perceiving strong traits of pain and anxiety?
~John Adams

A portrait, to be a work of art, neither must nor may resemble the sitter… one must paint its atmosphere.
~Umberto Boccioni


And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the soul of the painter and where the machine can’t go.
~Vincent Van Gogh

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
~Oscar Wilde


A Gustave Courbet portrait of a trout has more death in it than Rubens could get in a whole Crucifixion.
~Robert Hughes

That is my job, right? To comfort him. To keep the portrait of what he left behind intact. Isn’t that a woman’s duty during wartime?
~Suzanne Hayes

Sculpture may be almost anything: a monument, a statue, an old coin, a bas-relief, a portrait bust, a lifelong struggle against heavy odds.
~Malvina Hoffman





Nothing in a portrait is a matter of indifference. Gesture, grimace, clothing, decor even – all must combine to realize a character.
~Charles Baudelaire

We demand that people should be true to the pictures we have of them, no matter how repulsive those pictures may be: we prefer the true portrait (as we have conceived it), in all its homogeneity, to one with a detail added which refuses to fit in.
~Pamela Hansford Johnson

For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions, but leaves something to the imagination.”.
~Greg Gorman

Perhaps I have not lined his portrait too clearly. But if he exists, if only for the reason that I have imagined him to be. He came from the blue and returns to the blue. He has not perished, he is not lost. Neither will he be forgotten.
~Henry Miller



~Filter:  Take a Picture   (4:20)   in lieu of memory


~Kid Rock:  Picture   feat. Cheryl Crow   (5:01)   prodigal love a 2-way street


~Steely Dan:  Peg   (3:56)    her picture, again


~Lady Gaga: Paparrazi   (7:11)   cinematic



I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.
~Nan Goldin

A portrait is like an ornamental headstone. It is not for the subject, but for those who look upon it. For those you want to remember.
~Julie Klassen

Portraits are the most intimate photographs. The image will survive the subject.
~Victor Skrebneski

A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth.
~John Singer Sargent

Lorelei sat at the window of her drawing room, painting in the fading daylight. It was yet another portrait of Jack, her favorite piece of fruit.
~Kinley MacGregor





Some sitters don’t engage with the process of having their portrait painted at all. They’ll think it’s a good opportunity to catch up with all their phone calls.
~Stuart Pearson Wright

To anyone who has served in Washington, there is something oddly familiar about [having your portrait painted]. First, you’re painted into a corner, then you’re hung out to dry and, finally, you’re framed.
~Warren Christopher

Did you know Richard Nixon is the only president whose formal portrait was painted by a police sketch artist?
~Johnny Carson

Beauty is in the eye of the checkbook holder.
~Dean Collins

THING TO TRY: If you are asked to describe a suspect to a police sketch artist, describe in precise detail, the features of the police sketch artist. This is one of the rare instances where two people can do one self-portrait.
~Demetri Martin

I have terrible handwriting. Probably because I hold my pen with two chopsticks. I once wrote a love letter that looked more like a portrait of Rasputin.
~Jarod Kintz

Obviously a drawing of a person is not a real person, but a drawing of a line is a real line.
~Sol LeWitt

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© Lucas Bautista



Portraits are supposed to “look within,” but in my opinion very few people have an interior significantly different from the outside portrait.
~Jon Witcomb

Sometimes, in a portrait, I go straight in with paint onto canvas… Other than riding my bike up and down the hills around here, it is the most dangerous thing I do… like tightrope-walking without a safety net!
~David Cobley

I sometimes find the surface interesting. To say that the mark of a good portrait is whether you get them or get the soul – I don’t think this is possible all of the time.
~Annie Leibovitz

Painting someone’s portrait is, of course, an impossible task. What an absurd idea to try and distil a human being, the most complex organism on the planet, into flicks, washes, and blobs of paint on a two-dimensional surface.
~David Cobley

Most portraits are lies. People are rarely what they appear to be, especially in front of a camera. You might know me your entire lifetime and never reveal yourself to me. To interpret wrinkles as character is insult not insight.
~Duane Michals

I believe that photography can only reproduce the surface of things. The same applies to a portrait. I take photographs of people the same way I would take photographs of a plaster bust.
~Thomas Ruff


You wouldn’t take a portrait of a human being from a hundred feet away and expect to capture their spirit; you’d move in close.
~Nick Brandt

Surely a good therapist should produce a Dorian Gray-style portrait from under the couch so the patient can see the person they really are.
~Rosamund Lupton



@Writers Platform

Both Proust and Joyce record the ways in which human perspectives can be transformed. In Portrait, Stephen Dedalus is constantly undergoing epiphanies, but their effects are transitory: the new synthetic complex quickly falls apart. Proust’s characters, by contrast, often achieve lasting changes of perspective.
~Philip Kitcher

To demand the portrait that will be a complete portrait of a person is as futile as to demand that a motion picture be condensed into a single still.
~Alfred Stieglitz

Alas, it is just a single image – an extended moment perhaps. Unlike a biography, a portrait cannot present the many differing moments that make up a personality.
~Burton Silverman


The contents of someone’s bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.
~Anatole Broyard

Your library is your portrait.
~Holbrook Jackson

My favorite books have a personality and complexion as distinctly drawn as if the author’s portrait were framed into the paragraphs and smiled upon me as I read his illustrated pages.
~Amos Bronson Alcott



Exercise Prompt:   portrait



Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait.
~Jean-Paul Sartre

Eloquence is a painting of thought; and thus those who, after having painted it, add something more, make a picture instead of a portrait.
~Blaise Pascal

Seeing that I am so busily occupied with myself just now, I want to try to paint my self-portrait in writing.
~Vincent Van Gogh

I would paint a portrait which would bring the tears, had I canvas for it, and the scene should be — solitude, and the figures — solitude — and the lights and shades, each a solitude.
~Emily Dickinson

But a Book is only the Heart’s Portrait- every Page a Pulse.
~Emily Dickinson



The Exercise:



thin flat of glass
cheap window on the world
yet, placed to face a mirror
self-portrait unobscured

extro versus introspection

mere glass transparent backing, or
cold life with a silver lining
knowledge observed, or
wisdom endured



lascivious eyes
portrait of a cad
her wide expressive eyes
inviting to be had

faded jaded eyes
gone from bad to sad
hooded distant eyes
portrait of a sage

dollar’s weight
on deadened eyes
road’s end an open gate
pass from sage to saint



wind whipped
rain drops
from the eaves

the trees
plant leaves
an old Kodak moment
portrait past on repeat
happening today


unpretty ditties  #21

anti-vax and anti-science
guerrilla thinkers in loud defiance
overburdened medics pleading crying
shrill mutineers grow hoarse denying
‘tween those who breathe, those who slumber
both their stories told in the numbers
naysay critics with naught else to offer
’tis their voting list will thin and suffer
wretched luck that skeptics die off
loud alarms for publics prone to nod off


picture of a party
portrait of a pirate
ship near capsized
climate shanghaied
May Day calls
arrive in tandem
news that galls
votes held for ransom
democracy, d’ mock race be
forgot that mules have memory too
false profit, history’s prophet
rode’n spurred scared voter’s hide
bet the farm on it then fall off it


5s by 7 drive-byes x 6

preserved, her beauty enshrined
portrait envisioned


justice on the loose
portrait of a paladin
feel-good movies rock


posed for a portrait
plastic pasted on decal
fixture of a smile


wed to a hobby
longer hours than a work week
portrait of a slave


instant of impact
portrait of shared destiny
corner camera feed


tears are contagious
portrait framed in eulogy
hearts like fragile glass



I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.
~Nan Goldin


What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound than a portrait.
~Charles Baudelaire

Great portrait photographers are great mythologists.
~Roland Barthes


The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
~Thomas B Macaulay

There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.
~Charles Dickens


If I were an opera singer, I’d have sung you an aria. If I were an artist, I would have painted your portrait. But cooking is what I’m best at.
~Lisa Kleypas

When you are doing portraits, you have that intimacy with someone for a few minutes. For a really good portrait, you don’t take the portrait – it’s given.
~Giles Duley


Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
~Samuel Butler

Thoughts frame your portrait, action paints it.
~Charles F Glassman

The landscape of any farm is the owner’s portrait of himself.
~Aldo Leopold


Fellow-Christians, do let us study the Bible portrait of the humble man. And let us ask our brethren, and ask the world, whether they recognize in us the likeness to the original.
~Andrew Murray

If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism, but deception.
~John Piper

Understand this: we are both tiny and massive. We are nothing more than molded clay given breath, but we are nothing less than divine self-portraits, huffing and puffing along the mountain ranges of epic narrative arcs prepared for us by the Infinite Word Himself.
~N D Wilson

Bruheem kol dumuyay eloha! Blessed are all God’s self-portraits.
~Richard Zimler


One day the last portrait of Rembrandt and the last bar of Mozart will have ceased to be – though possibly a colored canvas and a sheet of notes will remain – because the last eye and the last ear accessible to their message will have gone.
~Oswald Spengler

I was painting her portrait in the little studio, and when I came to the eyes I stopped, overcome by emotion, and said to her, ‘Have you understood me?’ She nodded affirmatively. ‘Will you be my wife?’ I asked. She made the same affirmative sign.
~Jules Breton


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