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March 30, 2008

crazy . . . . . .

watermelon carving, because thats what winter does to you. canon 20d

Here's to the Crazy Ones...

Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels.
The troublemakers. The round
pegs in the square holes - the
ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules and
they have no respect for
the status quo. You can praise
them, disagree with them,
quote them, disbelieve them,
glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing that you
can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.

- Jack Kerouac

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March 26, 2008


bedroom lamp, canon 20 d

may i suggest to you some
organic peanut butter grooved into a celery stalk,
painting your nails a color too young for a person your age,
listening to josh pyke,
firing up a little green
and turning off all the lights

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March 24, 2008

the goods.......

barron holds blue, canon 20 d

last week i had the good fun of assisting my good friend, Jimmy, on a photo shoot with Ashley Wheater, the new artistic director of the Joffery Ballet here in Chicago.

Imagine a room filled with loads of ballet shoes, tutu's, wardrobes filled with
the costumes of the performances you had taken in over the years...
Add to that, a most animated and beautiful soul ~ lighting up the
scene with his smile and charm...

i felt so happy and so alive...

which is why i felt extra crabby returning to my work at the computer
in the days following that gig... i was extremely resistant and
almost defiant about it.

like a dog being made to go back in his cage after running free in the
fields all day.

sometimes i wish i could be more content with the mundane,
but hey, its never going to happen. my appetite for fun and
adventure is a hunger that will never be satisfied by dry white toast.

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March 20, 2008

consider . . .

d.v., canon 20 d

Change rooms in your mind for a day....
~ hafiz

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March 18, 2008

the two of us....

what it says, canon 20 d

let our lives always have these kind of adventures

the kind where we get to figure out who we are apart
from the lines that keep us tied up otherwise.

the kind that allows us to see the common thread that
connects us to the strangers we meet and the roads
we take.

the kind that gives us time away from the computer, and the tv,
and the phone, and the chatter that always seems to be

the kind that lets our wild and free spirits have no leash,
no collar, and no fences.

free to be you and me.

****speaking about adventures****
for those of you who have traveled to costa rica, specifically
around the Northern Puntarenas coast, i would really appreciate
hearing from you ~ id love to hear about those places i must
see along the way.... email :jen@jengray.com

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March 17, 2008

today's menu. . .

what's cookin' doc? canon 20 d

its happening.
that thing.
when you write down your dreams and
then you sort of forget about them and then
you look back at that list and lo and behold,
they are coming true.

ive noticed that the things on my list that are
actually being manifested, are not the ones i
have clung to with white knuckled fists,
but the wishes i hold in my heart yet hold loosely
enough to not be attached to.

those are the ones.
the ones im not gripping to.

i wonder if that is the key...
and i wonder how i can possibly loosen my grip on the things
in my life i view as absolutely necessary...

i have always struggled with the concept of
non-attachment, always feeling that i was created
with an intense emotional connection to everyone and
everything to ever be "unattached."

all i know is that there is this magical combination
of not grasping, and i havent figured it all out just yet,
but its in the works.

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egg art, canon 20 d

you matter.

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March 13, 2008

merry happy....

lucy's sweet mug, canon 20d

in addition to the spring weather chicago celebrated today,
here are a few more things smushing a smile to my face:

giggling at my merry happy girls and wishing i could have been there!

doubly delighted when my little chickie girl sent me her latest
video which demonstrates
the art of dancing while balancing a very tall wig.

these shoes (with tan legs and a nice pedi of course.)

anything from Gypsy Goods
to satisfy your bad ass self.

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March 11, 2008

peace by piece....

lifesavers ~andrea,swirly,boho

i wanted to gently remind you
today, that its okay to ask for help.

and in doing so it doesnt mean you aren't capable.
and it doesn't mean that you are weak.

it simply means you are beautifully human.
and it makes you wise enough to know

we all carry a piece of each other's puzzle.

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March 05, 2008


beached, photo by swirly

I would really love to see YOU at the
Squam Art Workshops this september.

Please note that registration begins MARCH 7th!

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March 02, 2008

misty. . . . .

misty eyes, swirly, canon 20

this is one of my favorite photographs of my dear, dear,
friend Swirly.

it was one of those misty kind of moments where we didnt need to
say a single word to understand the language going on between our hearts.

free from ego.
and jealousy.

just two people.
doing the very best they can.
able to see each other's true self.
truly experiencing
the unconditional and the believing-in-you kind of love.
from crying to laughing in a split second.

my friendship with Swirly is like the best kind of vacation.

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