To return

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“The Greek word for “return” is nostos. Also means “suffering.” So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”

(Milan Kundera, Ignorance)

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Sound of my smile IV – Me and Alice XIV

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“Tender,” she said again. “Tender is kind and gentle. It’s also sore, like the skin around an injury.”

(Brenna Yovanoff, The Space Between)

Tell me, tell me

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Tell me, tell me, smiling child,
What the past is like to thee ?
‘An Autumn evening soft and mild
With a wind that sighs mournfully.’…

(Emily Jane Brontë, Past, Present, Future)

The plant that never blooms

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I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body…

(Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII)

Being – A self-portrait

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“Living, there is no happiness in that. Living: carrying one’s painful self through the world.
But being, being is happiness. Being: Becoming a fountain, a fountain on which the universe falls like warm rain.”

(Milan Kundera, Immortality)

Paint – A portrait of Alice

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“The more I paint the more I like everything.”

(Jean-Michel Basquiat)

– Warm Wishes for a Creative and Beautiful New Year. It is truly, my desire for all of you!
…and thank you so much, for your support and for all the kind words you have left in here! –

Sound of my smile III – Me and Alice XIII

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“Everything tender and melancholy – as life is sometimes, just for one moment.”

(Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight)