Friday, September 27, 2013

find meaning

Find meaning.
Distinguish melancholy from sadness.
Go out for a walk. It doesn't have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn't have to be a walk during which you'll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. 
Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don't find meaning but 'steal' some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn't make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe.
And you need to be.

- Albert Camus, Notebooks (1951-1959)

If it's been a long week you might enjoy listening to this.

A recent review by me of a book of poetry I love here.

Photographs I've been looking at by Saul Leiter here.

“I like it when one is not certain of what one sees.
We don’t know why the photographer has taken such a picture. 
If we look and look, we begin to see and are still left with the pleasure of uncertainty.”

“It is not where it is or what it is that matters, but how you see it.”

- Saul Leiter

Still obsessed with Pinterest. Loving looking at paintings I admire in this setting. I suppose it appeals to the librarian side of me - putting things in order. Admittedly, it's strange to place a painting by some great artist next to a pair of boots I covet.

I'll be working this weekend, but I also hope to get out and photograph some leaves. Take the dog on a couple of long walks.

I'm enjoying the melancholy of fall. I hope you're enjoying your season, too. And that you may steal a little time this weekend to take a walk, to find meaning, to steal time. To breathe and to be.


  1. beautiful pictures...i love how you see beauty in a different way than most : ) like the links too.

  2. Camus has said it so perfectly -- I agree.
    After resisting Pinterest, almost vehemently, I finally checked it out a few months ago. I've really been enjoying it. I too like the order of it all.


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