The Illusionist

The Illusionist "Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . ” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kelli V.'s quotes


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."— Margaret Mead

Goodreads Quotes

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” ― David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” 
― David Foster WallaceThis Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

Jolene
Ray LaMontagne
Trouble


"Jolene"- Ray LaMontagne 

Since I started this project, I’ve been posting a few songs a week. 2 songs turned into 20, and 20 turned into hundreds. My “Mixtape” has become an accurate portrayal of my eclectic music taste. It is littered with everything from Nickel Creek to Lana Del Rey to The National. But of all the phases of music I’ve walked through, Ray LaMontagne has been a consistent and steady friend. His songs have played through the speakers of my first high school car, as emotional accompaniment as friends said I Do’s, and as a source of familiarity through seasons of uncertainty. 

Since my time in Colorado, I’ve been posting up at coffee shops I admire, hoping to make a friend or two, and ultimately hoping to land a job. Last night was no expectation. I handed off my resumé and sat down to enjoy some iced coffee. A woman handed the barista tickets to see Ray play at Red Rocks Amphitheater, asking him to give them to someone who would enjoy the show. Long story short, I found myself driving into the mountains with 2 of my favorite friends to see this man sing songs and tell stories. 

I’d be lying if I said I was familiar with most of his newer stuff, but when the time came for him to sing this oldie, time stood still. It was lightly raining, and lightning was bouncing off the hills around us. He stood alone in front of thousands of strangers, singing about love lost and genuine heartache. I started thinking about the countless people I’ve sang this song with. Sitting on kitchen counters and empty lifeguard stands. Walking through the snow and sneaking onto rooftops. 

I hope this song holds just as many memories for you, if not more. Cheers to the moments that stir your soul and make you happy to be alive.

(Source: brotherstories)

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.” ― Bob Moorehead

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might 
not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to 
share the precious thoughts in your mind.” 
― Bob Moorehead

(Source: marthamoon, via whatevrworks)

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” ― Confucius

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” 
― Confucius

Carving a piece of wood into a lobster is one thing. Making a lobster that is fully articulated and moves like a real one is incredible.
That’s what 25-year-old Japanese artist Ryosuke Ohtake does every day. He carves each piece by hand, precisely the same size and shape as the real lobster’s exoskeleton, and assembles it perfectly so that it moves and feels just like a real lobster.
Even if this was 3D printed by a computer, I would be impressed. The fact that he does this by hand is simply epic.

Carving a piece of wood into a lobster is one thing. Making a lobster that is fully articulated and moves like a real one is incredible.

That’s what 25-year-old Japanese artist Ryosuke Ohtake does every day. He carves each piece by hand, precisely the same size and shape as the real lobster’s exoskeleton, and assembles it perfectly so that it moves and feels just like a real lobster.

Even if this was 3D printed by a computer, I would be impressed. The fact that he does this by hand is simply epic.

“London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present. And for that reason it will always have meaning for the future, because of all it can teach about disaster, survival, and redemption. It is all there in the streets. It is all there in the books.” ― Anna Quindlen, Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City

“London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present. And for that reason it will always have meaning for the future, because of all it can teach about disaster, survival, and redemption. It is all there in the streets. It is all there in the books.” 
― Anna QuindlenImagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City

(Source: danielaosmars)

“Once Charley fell in love with a dachshund, a romance racially unsuitable, physically ridiculous, and mechanically impossible. But all these problems Charley ignored. He loved deeply and tried dogfully.” ― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“Once Charley fell in love with a dachshund, a romance racially unsuitable, physically ridiculous, and mechanically impossible. But all these problems Charley ignored. He loved deeply and tried dogfully.” 
― John SteinbeckTravels with Charley: In Search of America

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” 
― Anne LamottBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“She missed him the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining. ” ― Kate Chopin, The Awakening and Selected Stories

“She missed him the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining. ” 
― Kate ChopinThe Awakening and Selected Stories

"Get a passport. Use it as often as possible. Read. Books, that is. Ones without pictures. Surround yourself with brilliant and fascinating people. Say yes whenever you can, except to religion and authority. Create things. Fall in and out of love. Never forget that you will die one day."

“…the real junk food is what Frank Lloyd Wright called light entertainment - bubblegum for the eye …” ― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

“…the real junk food is what Frank Lloyd Wright called light entertainment - bubblegum for the eye …” 
― John GeddesA Familiar Rain

“I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.” ― Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

“I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.” 
― Sarah DessenThis Lullaby

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“You will hear thunder and remember me,and think: she wanted storms…” ― Anna Akhmatova

“You will hear thunder and remember me,
and think: she wanted storms…” 
― Anna Akhmatova

(Source: mrflanksteak, via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

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“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

giveemkel:

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” 
― Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

(Source: maplepaple)

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” ― Nora Ephron

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” 
― Nora Ephron