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“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”


“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rétrofuturs (Hulk4598) / Stéphane Massa-Bidal

“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.” Joe Girard

Photographer Unknown

…and for my husband, as he is known to NEVER pass up a good Star Wars reference:

“Luke Skywalker:  “I don’t believe it.”
Yoda:  “That is why you will fail.” ” – Star Wars

I have many irons in the fire right now, some for personal need and some for community need, but I choose to “DO”, as Yoda would say- I am sure my husband is grinning right now, upon reading that bit! – and not falter or fail.

May you all find that strength that sits within you to keep going forward toward your health, strong relationships, community, and last but not least, your dreams; for dreams are there for a reason. Just remember that and take the word “can’t” out of your vocabulary, when it comes to that first step or accepting the opportunity that the Universe is putting before you. Go ahead take the challenge, which is being given to teach you your own strength and fortitude. You might just surprise yourself! ♥

“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” – Chinese Proverb
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Timeworn


Guess who got a printer/scanner?! ME! (Yay, me!) Not top of the line, but good enough to scan some antiquities from my old, college projects. The following pictures are quick prints from a study I was doing on my old apartment building in Oakland. I hope to dig up some more, or print from the original negatives soon. I never throw away old projects, sentimental me, so I am bound to find them here somewhere…when we get to unpack at a new home.

The 1919 apartment had one bedroom and five closets (did you hear me? FIVE closets!!); salmon and sea foam green checkerboard tile; crystal doorknobs; french doors into the kitchen, a deep, original, Koehler tub from the 1920s; and french style windows, which let in loads of sunlight. I LOVED that place! It only cost around $500 a month and all I had to deal with were the prostitutes on the corner (they were actually quite nice.); the occasional round of gunfire heading up MacArthur Blvd; a very creepy building manager; and the usual, we’re-turning-off-the-water-for-repairs-for-the-whole-day, old building hoo-haw. Hey, when you are 20-something years old, that is a cinch! The place had so much character that I fell in love the second I saw it. I still dream about it to this day, eighteen years after I moved out.

“Timeworn”, My Apartment, Oakland, CA, 1991

Photos ©Carol A. Bourns