On My Reading List

#33- Biography. ‘Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War ll‘ by Robert Matzen, 2019.

” But the war was chasing Audrey. The war had been tailing her for the past forty-seven years, a relentless pursuer. She gave energy for eating too much and too little because of the war. She gave energy to keeping the secrets of her mother. She had started smoking to celebrate war’s end and never stopped. Above all, she felt it was her duty to walk with children who today faced what she had once faced when cruel warmongers had decided the fate of innocents. The war was catching up now and the long, black shadow of its hand reached out. ‘I’m running out of gas,’ she said. And there was still so much to do.”

The Gravity Of Time

“Now, as I approach the age that Strand was then, I get it. Perhaps it’s an age-appropriate thing, this deep communion with the natural world. Although it’s not always as simple as it first appears. One sees this return to simplicity throughout the history of art, when toward the end artists often discover the meaning of the seasons, or meditate on nature, or death, in the manner of their time, and with its various methods of expression. Perhaps it’s the winding down of ambition and the measuring of the time that is left that draws us toward this simplicity, within which lies the subtle complexities of nature that are often hidden from the eyes of the young.” – Photographer Joel Meyerowitz’s essay for ‘The Garden At Orgeval’ by Paul Strand.

A Page From…

…’The Wisdom Of Donkeys’ by Andy Merrifield, 2008 .

” A donkey’s tail is different from a horse’s: less proud, less flamboyant, more disheveled like a cow’s, more Zen-like in it’s rumpled simplicity, with its short body hair and tuft at the end. It’s somehow just there: a frayed, everyday rudder without pretense.”

(Photo- Martha Browne)

Six-Word Story

It’s said that a good story can be written in only six words. Even famed author Ernest Hemingway has been attributed to penning this one. Can it be done? My son, his girlfriend and I gave it a try.

“She left rich, but without recompense.”– Curtis 

“Only one twin gasped for air.”– Andrea

“He reacted violently to her foolishness.”- Martha

Now it’s your turn.

Sneak Peek

I started this project a year ago and then took a break. Now I’m ready to finish it up. Can you guess what I’m up to?

(Photo- Martha Browne)