Serene Sunday

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Do not go where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done with it what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

~ Emerson
A Path in Western Massachusetts. Photo by Bruce Barone

“If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.”

~Richard Avedon

Double Rainbow over Mt. Tom, Easthampton, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone

‘Tis the gift to be simple,
‘Tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend, we will not be ashamed
To turn, turn, will be our delight,
‘Til by turning, turning, we come round right.

~Written by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr., 1848
 Chapel, Worcester, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone
“Creation is dominated by three absolutely different factors: First, nature, which works upon us by its laws; second, the artist, who creates a spiritual contact with nature and his materials; third, the medium of expression through which the artist translates his inner world.”

~Hans Hoffman

Hallway, Once the home of Hans Hoffman, Provincetown, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone

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