imagination & quotations

 IMAGINATION

the act or power of mental images of what has never been experienced, or of creating new images or ideas by combining previous experiences.

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  QUOTATIONS

j.k. rowling

“words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
~J.K. Rowling~

“…and books, they offer one hope – that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that new universe, one is saved.” ~Anne Rice~

“be brave. be bold. be passionate about who you are! ” ~Hanns Oscar-Porr~

“It’s Always Something” – and today May 20th is the anniversary of Gilda Radnor’s death (in 1989).) Did you know that Gilda loved literature and poetry? Charles Dickens and Emily Dickinson were among her favorites. Here’s a quote from Gilda: “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”

“strangers think i’m quiet. my friends think i’m out-going. but only my therapist knows that i’m completely insane.” ~Su Cliente Loca~

“for small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” ~Carl Sagan~

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” ~Albert Einstein~

albert einstein

“F.E.A.R = F*ck.Everything. And. Run.”
~Anonymous.~

“be glad that you are if you never were you might be a wasn’t…and a wasn’t never has any fun, no she doesn’t!” ~Dr. Seuss~

“imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. but without it we go nowhere.” ~Carl Sagan~

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth..” ~Sherlock Holmes~

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein~

lewis carroll’s alice at the tea party

 

“It is as large as life and twice as natural”
~Lewis Carroll~ Through the Looking-Glass

“life is a journey, not a destination.”
~A Creative Mind~

“love – it’s like being on a sober high”
~Maggie Christian~

lotus emitting energy

“Love never dies. It’s what animates the light throughout infinity.” 3*^ ~Muktanada~

“the most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.” ~Anonymous.~

“Not too isolated, not too many relationships, the middle, that’s wisdom.” ~Confucius~

“you cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
~Mark Twain~

“Poetry is more fundamental than written language….It is one of the characteristics that defines us as human….Where there are people, there is speech; where there is speech, there is poetry.”
~Judson Jerome~ The Poet’s Handbook

pathway to the clouds

“What you believe becomes your world.”
~Richard Matheson~ Somewhere In Time

“promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
~ A.A. Milne ~

“You know that place between sleep and awake; that place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I will always love you. That’s where I will be waiting.” ~J.M. Barrie~ Peter Pan

peter pan – j.m barrie

“I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.” ~Lily Tomlin~

“nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”
~Pema Chodron ~

“writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
~E.L. Doctorow~

to be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
~e.e. cummings~

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away ” ~Hilary Cooper~

“We are told we must choose ¬the old or the new. in fact, we must choose both. What is a life if not a series of negotiations between the old and the new? it seems to me that one should always be seeking to talk oneself out of these stark oppositions.” ~Susan Sontag~

spiritual beings-human experiences

“…follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” ~Joseph Campbell~ The Power of Myth

“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.”
~George Eliot~

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~James Baldwin~

“Time sets the stage; fate writes the script; but only we may choose our character.” ~Liam Thomas Ryder~

emotions

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ~Mark Twain~

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ~Khalil Gibran~

“Never seek to tell thy love, Love that never told can be; For the gentle wind does move Silently, invisibly.” ~William Blake~

“It depends on the work. If it is part of your soul and a need that must be expressed who can turn their back on such wanted urges. Maybe a balanced life isn’t everything. Vincent Van Gogh had a calling as did Emily Dickinson and other artists who create out of necessity for their art because in not doing so would remove the life within them.” ~Maggie Christian~

“Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well.” ~Sylvia Plath~

sylvia plath

“Poets: have been singularly creatures of passion…emotions is the condition of their existence; passion is the element of their Being…the intensifying power of such a state if passion must also be remembered, for emotion of itself naturally heightens all the faculties, and genius burns the brighter in its own flames” ~George Edward Woodbury~

“Poe described the importance of exalted moods, madness and passion in those who would penetrate “into the vast ocean”” ~Edgar Allen Poe~

“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only at night…They obtain glimpses of eternity…penetrate the “light ineffable”” ~Edgar Allen Poe~

edgar allen poe

“Insanity comes in two basic varieties: slow and fast. I’m not talking about onset or duration. I mean the quality of the insanity, the day-to-day business of being nuts.” ~ Susanna Kaysen~ author of Girl Interrupted

“I inquire, I do not assert; I do not here determine anything with final assurance; I conjecture, try, compare, attempt, ask…” ~Christian Knorr von Rosenroth~

“The beauty of the world…has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.” ~Virginia Woolf~ A Room of One’s Own

“…periodical and sudden changes of mood…from deep melancholy to half insane tempests and cyclones…secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow…there is not humor in heaven.” ~Samuel Clemens~

“…in that whenever he sat down to write songs of love he wrote songs of pain, and whenever he sat down to write songs of pain he wrote songs of love.” ~Frantz Schubert Assertion~

“Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.” ~Herman Melville~ from Billy Budd-Sailor

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein~

“Look on me! There is an order
Of mortals on the earth, who do become
Old in their youth, and die ere middle age,
Without the violence of war like death;
Some perishing of pleasure —some of study—
Some worn with toil—some of mere weariness—
Some of disease— some insanity—
And some of withered, or of broken hearts.”
~Lord Byron~

spiritual tree

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” ~Richard Bach~

“You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.” ~Max Ehrmann~

“…his raptures were,
all air, and fire, which made his verse clear
For that fine madness still he did retain
Which rightly should possess a poet’s brain.”
~Michael Drayton~

“We must go down to the very foundations of life. For any merely superficial ordering of life That leaves its deepest needs unsatisfied
Is as ineffectual as if no attempt at order had ever been made.”
~I Ching~ Hexagram #34
“The Well” (circa 2500 BC)

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

albert camus

Do I deserve credit
for not having tried suicide—
or am I afraid
the exotic act
might make me blunder.

not know error
is remedied by practice.
like our first home-photographs,
headless, half headed, tilting
extinguished by a flashbulb.
~Robert Lowell~

“The thought if suicide had come to me as naturally then as the thought of improving life had come to me before. This thought was such a temptation that I had to use cunning against myself in order to not go through with it too hastily. I did not want to be in a hurry only because I wanted to use all my strength to untangle my thoughts. If I could not get them untangled, I told myself, I could always go ahead with it…I myself did not know what I wanted. I was afraid of life, I struggled to get rid of it, and yet I hoped for something from it.” ~Leo Tolstoy~

“There is an edge to it which I feel is a great importance…one goes down into the well and nothing protects one from the assault of truth.” ~Virginia Woolf~ On Depression

virginia woolf (1902)

Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier ’til this terrible disease came. I can’t fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can’t even write this properly. I can’t read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer. I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been. V. (Virginia Woolf)

Believe in the fairies who make dreams come true, believe in the wonder the stars and moon, believe in the magic from fairies above they dance on the flowers and make songs of love and if you just believe and always stay true the fairies will be there to watch over you.
~A Creative Mind~

You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness – ignorance, credulity – helps your enjoyment of these things. ~Walt Whitman~

“…science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common-sense rounded out and minutely articulated. It is therefore as much an instinctive product, as much a stepping forth of human courage in the dark, as is any inevitable dream or impulsive action.”
~George Santayana~

People take different roads seeking fulfillment & happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. ~Dalai Lama~

“Never underestimate the importance of the beginning. The beginning has the seeds of everything else to come.” ~The Single Woman~

essential notebook for all writers

The ultimate key to freedom is recognizing that everything is a choice. ~Sage Scientists~

“The greatest joy we can find in life comes from within our own being and not from the circumstances around us. To find deep joy, which is radically different from being busy, distracted, or entertained, always takes a balance of the heart.” ~A Meditation~

“I’d rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not done.” ~Lucille Ball~

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
~A Meditation~

namaste

“I believe that Imagination is stronger than Knowledge. That Myth is more potent than Reality That Dreams are more powerful than Facts That Hope always triumphs over Experience. That Laughter is the only cure for Grief And I believe that Love is stronger than Death.”
~ Robert Fulgham~

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream;
A dream you dream together is reality”
~Yoko Ono~

“When we honestly ask ourselves which people in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand … That is a friend who cares.” ~Henri Nowen~

“Better to have a big goal and achieve half of it than to have no goal and achieve all of it.” ~Joyce Meyer~

ah, some writers love the fountain pen

“The important questions, the really interesting ones. I doubt that one ever does ask them.” ~Virginia Woolf~ (Voyage Out – 1920 – Chapter XI)

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” ~Albert Camus~

“I like art, and by art I mean music, poetry, sex, paintings, the human body, literature… All of this is art to me.” ~Hunter Reveur~

“Intelligence means you have opened a book, wisdom means you have opened your mind.” ~A Creative Mind~

“Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung~

karma

“If you are successful in any arena of life, you are guaranteed to tick some people off! … The key is not to count your critics … Don’t try to avoid upsetting people; just make sure you are upsetting the right ones.” ~Henry Cloud~

“When we think of our memories, they’re moments of intensity. Whether they were sorrowful or happy, moments of great loneliness or moments of great communion — we live for these moments in our life. And I do think poetry is a way of recognizing the moments in your life. But also a way of preserving them,” ~Christian Wiman~

“It has been said that time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue, and the pain lessens, but it’s never gone.” ~Rose Kennedy~

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” ~Charles Darwin~

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than to be absolutely boring”. ~Marilyn Monroe~

marilyn monroe
an underestimated mind

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” ~William Shakespeare~

“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.” ~Jim Rohn~

“When I was five years old, my mother told me that happiness was always the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. And I told them they didn’t understand life. ~John Lennon~

john and yoko

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald~

“You’re a slave, a bound helpless slave to one thing in the world, your imagination.”  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald – This Side of Paradise

“How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence: I need this, I need someone to pour myself into.” ~The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath~

“Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends
Have flown before—
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have
Flown before.”
Then the bird said “Nevermore.”
~Edgar Allen Poe~ (The Raven)

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ~Khalil Gibran~

dove of peace

“Never seek to tell thy love, Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move Silently, invisibly.”
~William Blake~

“Just imagine living in a world without mirrors. You’d dream about your face and imagine it as an outer reflection of what is inside you. And then, when you reached forty, someone put a mirror before you for the first time in your life. Imagine your fright! You’d see the face of a stranger. And you’d know quite clearly what you are unable to grasp: your face is not you.” ~Milan Kundera~ Immortality
“Poetry is the aversion of conformity in the pursuit of new forms, or can be. By form I mean ways of putting things together, or stripping them apart, I mean ways of accounting for what weighs upon any one of us, or that poetry tosses up into an imaginary air like so many swans flying out of a magician’s depthless black hat so that suddenly, like when the sky all at once turns white or purple or day-glo blue, we breathe more deeply. By form I mean how any one of us interprets what’s swirling so often incomprehensibly about us, or the stutter with which he stutters, the warbling tone in which she sings off and on key. If form averts conformity, then it swings wide of this culture’s insatiable desire for, yet hatred of, assimilation—a manic-depressive cycle of go along, go away that is a crucial catalyst in the stiflingly effective process of cultural self-regulation and self-censorship.

When poetry averts conformity it enters into the contemporary: speaking to the pressures and conflicts of the moment with the means just then at hand. By which I mean I care most about poetry that disrupts business as usual, including literary business: I care most for poetry as dissent, including formal dissent; poetry that makes sounds possible to be heard that are not otherwise articulated.” ~Charles Bernstein~ State of the Art

“Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” -Bob Marley

“Love is looking at someone, and not having to say a word, not having to hide, not being in control and not being afraid.” ~Anonymous~

“The truth of the matter is, people are always going to stay in our hearts, whether they are in our lives or not.” ~Manda~

“Reality, looked at steadily, is unbearable.”
~C.S. Lewis~

“fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment…”
~Fortune Cookie~ 11/26/10

“lead me not into temptation— i can find it myself…”
~Anonymous~

“if the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.” ~William Blake~

“i am not suffering from insanity. i am enjoying every moment of it.”
~Bumper Sticker~

mystical skyline

“I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention — invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.” ~Agatha Christie~

“Invention does not consist of creating out of void, but out of chaos.” ~Mary W.Shelley~

‎”If myth is translated into literal fact, then myth is a lie. But if you read it as a reflection of the world inside you, then it’s true. Myth is the penultimate truth.” ~Joseph Campbell~

“Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” ~Julie Andrews~

julie andrews

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein~

“The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.”
~Albert Einstein~

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” ~William James~

“Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.” ~Author Anonymous~

“In Wales, land of many Dragons, there is a saying: Y gwir yn erbyn y bydd! “Truth against the World!” And nothing imparts truth like a tête-à tête with a Dragon. It is an experience guaranteed to beat back the darkest night like Dragonfire, and to remind us that, across leagues and eons, Dragons remain the one universal, familiar bit of magic we carry with us. And, in return, they carry our awe. Surely theirs is the weightier burden!” ~Shawn MacKENZIE~ Dragons for Beginners

the dragon keeper’s handbook

“There will always be people who cling to what is safe and familiar, who look at Dragons and see only monsters to fear and slay. The fault, dear reader, is not in our Dragons but in ourselves.
It’s up to us to change. We did it before, we can do it again. It is up to us – Dragons and Dragon lovers alike – to keep the flames of magic, the songs of Dragons, alive. Here there be Dragons, standing with us, alone in one place together. And when we are gone, a Dragon will be here still, shouting to the Universe: I am!” ~Shawn MacKENZIE~ The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook

dragon muse & author

“It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of Religion, that we shall discover Truth, Reason, and Morality.” ~Baron d’Holbach~

” The finality of death is the colder truth one must face. Religion makes the perfect distraction.”
~Anonymous~

“If you hear a voice within you say, “you cannot paint“, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ~Vincent van Gogh~

van gogh – “starry night”

“The fools in life want things fast and easy — money, success, attention. Boredom is their great enemy and fear. Whatever they manage to get slips through their hands as fast as it comes in. You, on the other hand, want to outlast your rivals. You are building the foundation for something that can continue to expand. To make this happen, you will have to serve an apprenticeship. You must learn early on to endure the hours of practice and drudgery, knowing that in the end all of that time will translate into a higher pleasure — mastery of a craft and of yourself. Your goal is to reach the ultimate skill level — an intuitive feel for what must come next.” ~Robert Greene~

“Men have called me mad, but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence…whether much that is glorious–whether all that is profound–does not spring from disease of thought…” ~ Edgar Allan Poe~

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake…” – Marie Beyon Ray

abraham lincoln

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” ~Dorothy Parker~

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” ~Dorothy Parker~

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ~Abraham Lincoln~

“But the heart has it’s own memory.” ~Albert Camus~ “The Fall”

“It takes no more effort to want and dream of the extraordinary than it does to accept poverty and limitations.” ~ from the blog of Mixilogical Disastor ~ Whatever you do, NEVER GIVE UP!

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ~Albert Einstein~

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” ~Albert Einstein~

“This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. Our planet teeters on the brink of annihilation; dangerous passions of pride, hatred, and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; and men do reverence before false gods of nationalism and materialism. The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.~

“#164
Thoughts: On Why Poetry Exists

Some thoughts can never be fully, accurately conveyed, particularly where they have their roots in raw emotion. They may be expressed a thousand different ways as topics of elaborate, verbose essays, complex novels or grandiose oratory; they may be screamed or whispered; they may be written in soft, yielding sand or etched in granite — the mode of conveyance is irrelevant, for a stream of explanatory words will always fail to express the depth of the underlying feeling or thought.

That is why poetry exists. Poetry is the heart’s undying effort to say that for which the mind has no words. Sometimes, on rare, beautiful occasions, a truth that might so elude the reader (and the author) of a thousand-page tome may be unveiled in as little as seventeen syllables. That is the beauty of poetry. That is the reason I so love it.” ~leaveyouapen~

“poetry is as a surreal, abstract, impressionist painting…the meaning it contains is anyone’s private interpretation especially that of the poet or the artist.” ~jennifer kiley~

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” ~ Carl Sandburg

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” ~ Lord Byron ~

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
~ E.A. Poe ~

10 thoughts on “imagination & quotations

    • Yes, It did take some time but it was fun doing it. I got to rap into a giant poster all tht things at the time and still do love and enjoy. It also taught me a lot about putting together something creative and artistic. Thank you noticing and enjoying Imagination. J.K. ps, Imagination is one of the best parts of life and dreaming.

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    • Certain words stand out as special for how they sound and for what they mean. Imagination is one of those words. The magic contained in it. The dimensions it creates in your mind and world. It is so expansive. Boring is one of those words I do not understand. There are too many exciting or meaningful parts of life and existence, that attract ones attention that there isn’t really time to be bored. Imagination and inspiration and the muse who brings the depth to our lives through opening the door to our imagination. As you can see I agree wholeheartedly with you. 8-) jk

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    • You are an inspiration to me, Cher. Imagination is so liberating. Daydreaming. Writing. Painting. Abstract expressions. Poetry. Love. Joy. Bliss. Peace. Life. Living. Nirvana. Music. Expressing feelings. Expressing ideas. These are things you do & I do when we communicate with the world, with each other, with ourselves. When I hear the words in songs I love & the music in instrumentals, it carries me into the most amazing places. an awake dream.

      When I write a letter, my imagination takes control & my muse opens me up, the reason is, my friend is at the other end wanting to read what I have to write & what I want to share. And you know what else, she wants to share with me, also, in the same magical, imaginative & open way. This is love & the energy that feeds the imagination, the heart, the soul, the body, and the mind with creativity at the highest level of expression.

      Thank you, for helping to set me free to reach even higher. I know we will be an inspiration to the other & our muses will enjoy communing together. :-) 8-) ♥ Jennifer

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