Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Simile & Metaphor

Northrop Frye 2 (2013, 3.5) by rchoephoto
Northrop Frye 2 (2013, 3.5), a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     The poet, however, uses these two crude,
     primitive, archaic forms of thought (simile and
     metaphor) in the most uninhibited way,
     because his job is not to describe nature,
     but to show you a world completely absorbed
     and possessed by the human mind.

        Northrop Frye, The Educated Imagination

Monday, July 29, 2013


RIC_9225-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9225-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth,
     but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

        Leo Tolstoy

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Future Present

Road Closed by rchoephoto
Road Closed, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Railing against the past will not heal us. History has happened. 
     It's over and done with. All we can do is to change its course by            encouraging what we love instead of destroying what we don't.

        Arundhati Roy

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Mississauga Chinatown 6 (2013, 6.4) by rchoephoto
Mississauga Chinatown 6 (2013, 6.4), a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     I have learned silence from the talkative,
     toleration from the intolerant, 
     and kindness from the unkind; 
     yet strange, 
     I am ungrateful to those teachers.

        Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

One Earth

RIC_8612-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8612-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

One of my biggest images is that we are all in this together. ... There is one earth and human family. 
The challenge before us is how to we share the resources of Mother Earth in ways that uphold the dignity and well-being of every child of God, and in ways that are respectful of the whole environment.

Bishop Susan Johnson, 
2013 Joint Assembly of Anglican Church of Canada and 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Friday, July 19, 2013


RCC_0767 by rchoephoto
RCC_0767, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Bury your secret in the chamber of your heart.
Your unknown desire will burgeon.
Drop seeds to the bowels of the earth,
And the garden will spring beyond belief.


Thursday, July 18, 2013


RIC_7741-1 by rchoephoto

RIC_7741-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

The garden of the world has no limits except in your mind.
Its presence is more beautiful than the stars,
With more clarity
Than the polished mirror of your heart.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Why I write

Shadow 1 (2013, 6.18) by rchoephoto
Shadow 1 (2013, 6.18), a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     I write because I seek to re-order all that comes 
     to me through my physical senses, my emotions, 
     my spirit, my intuition, onto a page so that I 
     might learn to experience it with integrity, 
     respect and honour.

        Richard Wagamese

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mythology & Religion

RCC_0798 by rchoephoto

RCC_0798, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Mythology may, in a real sense, 
be defined as other people’s religion. 
And religion may, in a real sense, 
be understood as a popular misunderstanding of mythology.

Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rooted in Love

Tree 3 (2013, 2.23) by rchoephoto
Tree 3 (2013, 2.23), a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Although much of our life is rooted in the anxiety of our time, 
in other words the fear of death, the continuity of knowledge 
and wisdom that has brought us here together is rooted in love, 
the love that is not only as strong as death, but able to cast out 
its fear. 

Northrop Frye

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013


RIC_9750-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9750-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

People are of two types, they are either your brothers in faith 
or your equals in humanity.

Ali ibn Abi Talib

Thursday, July 11, 2013


RIC_4773-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_4773-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Anyone can love a rose,
     but it takes a lot to love a leaf.
     It's ordinary to love the beautiful,
     but it's beautiful to love the ordinary.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dream worth having

Richmond Hill United Church 15 (2013, 7.9) by rchoephoto
Richmond Hill United Church 15 (2013, 7.9), a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

The only dream worth having ... 
is to dream that you will live while you're alive, 
and die only when you're dead. 

Arundhati Roy

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


RIC_4769-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_4769-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Truth becomes fiction when the fiction's true;
     Real becomes not-real where the unreal's real.

        Cao Xueqin, The Story of the Stone

Monday, July 8, 2013

Remain Radiant

RCC_0788 by rchoephoto
RCC_0788, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Let the world be as it is
and learn to rock with the waves.

Remain 'radiant,'
as Joyce put it,
in the filth of the world.

Joseph Campbell,

A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Hands (2013, 6.23) by rchoephoto
Hands (2013, 6.23), a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Blessed are they who see beautiful things 
in humble places where other people see nothing. 

Camille Pissarro

Friday, July 5, 2013

On Human Condition

Mississauga Chinatown 5 (2013, 6.4) by rchoephoto
Mississauga Chinatown 5 (2013, 6.4), a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     So long as there shall exist, by virtue of law and custom,
     decrees of damnation pronounced by society, 
     artificially creating hells amid the civilization of earth, 
     and adding the element of human fate to divine destiny; 
     so long as the three great problems of the century - 
     the degradation of man through pauperism, the corruption 
     of woman through hunger, the crippling of children 
     through lack of light—are unsolved; 
     so long as social asphyxia is possible in any part of the world; 
     in other words, and with a still wider significance, 
     so long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, 
     books of the nature of Les Misérables cannot fail to be of use.

        Victor Hugo, Preface to Les Misérables

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Your role

Calling Lakes Centre 7 (2013, 6.11) by rchoephoto
Calling Lakes Centre 7 (2013, 6.11), a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     It's important to know your role, 
     but it's important to know, too, 
     that it's only a role. 

        Gish Jen, Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Eye of the Tiger by rchoephoto
Eye of the Tiger, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

In the very essence of poetry
there is something indecent;
A thing brought forth 

that we didn't know we had in us,
So we blink our eyes, 

as if a tiger had sprung out
And stood in the light, 

lashing his tail.

Czeslaw Milosz, Ars Poetica?

Monday, July 1, 2013