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Song Lyric for the Day : Old Friends

“…Old friends
Old friends
Sat on their park bench
Like bookends
A newspaper blown through the grass
Falls on the round toes
On the high shoes
Of the old friends

Old friends
Winter companions
The old men
Lost in their overcoats
Waiting for the sunset
The sounds of the city
Sifting through trees
Settle like dust
On the shoulders
Of the old friends

Can you imagine us
Years from today
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange
To be seventy

Old friends
Memory brushes the same years
Silently sharing the same fear

Time it was,
And what a time it was
It was . . .
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago . . . it must be . . .
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you…”

— Old Friends/Bookends – Simon and Garfunkel

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Go Placidly

Today’s collage contains a line from one of my favourite prose/poem by Max Ehrmann, The Desiderata, that I talked about in a post a few years back.  It took me ages to find just the right quote for this little duck lady.  She seemed very elegant and poised and I wanted something that was appropriate for her.  I did a very shonky letter-stamping job to start with (oh! the tantrums!) and had to collage some paper over the top of it, nearly ruining the whole piece, but I think I (just) saved it in the end.  Instead of risking more wonky lettering, I stamped them first on to old book paper before cutting them out and sticking them down.  Sometimes I can stamp directly onto the piece I’m working on and I do just fine – nice and straight.  At other times it looks like I have been drinking.  A lot.

So, in the end, I was quite pleased with this piece.  It came together relatively quickly and with minimum fuss (dodgy stamping and minor conniptions aside).

Thank you for stopping by – hope you have a placid, peaceful day 🙂

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Quote for the Day : Give the World Your Best

“…People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway…”

— Mother Teresa

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