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In you endless sunshine bright,
Oh! what bliss 'twould be to dwell!
How the breeze on yonder height
Must the heart with rapture swell!
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–– from "Longing" by Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805)
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PHOTO: Jackie and I have known each other for a long time. From time to time she comes and lights up my studio with her dancing.
@mejackiec
@me.jackie.c

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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.
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–– Max Ehrmann
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PHOTO: Saren is a sweet natured yogi from Southern California. Here she does a camel pose (Ustrasana उष्ट्रासन) variation. Ustrasana is a heart opener that is a perfect antidote to sitting slouched at a desk for long hours.
@sarenpowell

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Woke up to news of more devastating fires in California. My heart aches for the families that have been uprooted and made homeless. Sending a prayer for those affected.
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Both the blessings and destruction of fire have been with us for a long time. Here are lines from a poem by Anne Bradstreet, one of the earliest American woman poets, from 1666 when her house in Boston was lost to fire.
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In silent night when rest I took,
For sorrow near I did not look,
I wakened was with thund’ring noise
And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice.
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That fearful sound of “fire” and “fire,”
Let no man know is my desire.
I, starting up, the light did spy,
And to my God my heart did cry
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Then, coming out, behold a space
The flame consume my dwelling place.
And when I could no longer look,
I blest His name that gave and took
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PHOTO: This image of surfer Elise Garrigue in Joshua Tree is from an editorial shoot we did ages ago.
#elisegarrigue

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
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Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
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–– Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)
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The strength of women is on display! Welcoming the more than 100 women elected to serve in Congress in this historic midterm.
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“With the record-breaking group of women elected this year comes a crop of other records and firsts. For example, the next Congress will feature a record number of women of color, as well as a record number of non-incumbent women, according to the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics. It will also feature the first Native American women, the first Muslim women and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.” – NPR
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PHOTO: Morgan is the epitome of a strong woman, not just physically but in her untamed spirit as well. She has been studying historic circus women and in this photo we were emulating a vintage circus poster she had seen.
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Morgan is in Los Angeles for a few days and booking shoots. If you are a photographer looking for a kickass model, give her a shout.
@morganbarbour

INDIA STORIES (#JasperIndiaStories)
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Happy Diwali!
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Today Indians around the world are celebrating the Festival of Lights.
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This festival is based on the ancient Hindu epic poem, the Ramayana (रामायणम्).Today beloved Lord Rama returns to his home after an exile of 14 years.
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All along his route the villagers go out and place hundreds of earthen lamps called “diya” (दिया), filled with oil and a cotton wick, lighting his path home. It is their way of letting him know how much they missed him, and how glad they are to see him among them again.
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PHOTO: I took this photograph in a Buddhist monastery in Darjeeling, in the foothills of the Himalaya.
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Diwali is essentially a Hindu festival, but what I love is that in India you see Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims all celebrating it with equal zest. The festival of lights is actually a festival of love that transcends communal lines and for a few days unites disparate communities all across India.
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How I wish this feeling could last all year long!
As Sita says in the Ramayana:
आनृशंस्यं परो धर्मः (Aanrushamsyam paro dharmah)
To be compassionate, kind, merciful and humane is the greatest virtue.

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We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
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–– Marianne Williamson
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PHOTO: From a shoot I did with Jesse Golden a while back. Jesse has overcome debilitating autoimmune illness to build a beautiful life providing inspiration and service to others. She is a living example of how spiritual practice can turn our lives around. Her organic skin care products are available on her website (thegoldensecretsoil.com).
@jessegolden

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SHE will not sleep, for fear of dreams,
But, rising, quits her restless bed,
And walks where some beclouded beams
Of moonlight through the hall are shed.
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–– from a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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PHOTO: I met Hallie at my gym. Sensitive and caring, she is a wonderfully gifted coach and trainer. As we talked about journaling and meditation it has inspired me to start writing my own little book on the subject.
@healinghealthgoddess

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“Your flame burns the moth of my heart”—Rumi

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I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.
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–– words from the sublime poetry of Pablo Neruda
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PHOTO: Jade flowing with music and emotions. It is beautiful to see a model learn and grow even as I am shooting her.
@jadeeyemoon

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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
where there is hatred, let me sow love
where there is injury, pardon
where there is discord, union
where there is doubt, faith
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
and where there is sadness, joy.
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–– a prayer from a French publication, La Clochette, from 1907, often misattributed to St. Francis of Assissi

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Happy spooky Halloween!
In case you need help concocting trouble here are some lines from the Bard to get you going:
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DOUBLE, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
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Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
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For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
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Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
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–– from Will Shakespeare's "MacBeth"
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PHOTO: A haunting image I created couple months ago with Simona and Aria for their upcoming December 15th show in San Francisco. If you plan to be in the SF Bay Area at the end of year check out the show details at @acrobaticstorytelling
@aria.vesper.love
@nofearjustbeauty

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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I know not whence I came,
I know not whither I go;
But the fact stands clear that I am here
In this world of pleasure and woe.
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And out of the mist and murk
Another truth shines plain –
It is my power each day and hour
To add to its joy or its pain.
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–– from a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

PHOTO: Time flies, but some classic images appear as pleasing to my eye as the day we created them! Photo of Ali from six years ago. .
A beautiful dancer who evolved into a skilled yogi, you can find Ali’s classes at studios around Southern California and several online yoga sites (links on her website aliowens.com).
@aliomyoga

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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Blackbird singing in the dead of night,
take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise
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Blackbird singing in the dead of night,
take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free
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Black-bird fly
Black-bird fly, into the light of a dark black night
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― Sir Paul McCartney, The Beatles
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PHOTO: Back at the beginning of this year 13 year old dancer and contortionist Georgia came to my studio and mesmerized me with her exquisite form and soulful moves.
@georgia.bryan

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Estranged from Beauty -- none can be --
For Beauty is Infinity --
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–– by Emily Dickinson
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PHOTO: Nudes are timeless. A photo from my 2010 Body as Temple calendar.

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Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript of a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
This universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want,
you are already that.
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― Rumi
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PHOTO: Luna LaBelle dancing on Santa Monica beach many moons ago.
@lunalovebelle

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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How beautiful at eventide
To see the twilight shadows pale,
Steal over the landscape, far and wide,
Over stream and meadow, mound and dale!
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How soft is Nature's calm repose
When evening skies their cool dews weep:
The gentlest wind more gently blows,
As if to soothe her in her sleep!
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–– Charles Dickens
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PHOTO: Nikka Nadia is the epitome of grace. She turns yoga into a soulful dance performance.
@nikkanadia

POETRY (#JasperPoetry)
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Who are the ones
bathed in Divine light?
The ones who have dropped
the cruel knife of judgement
which they swung to bring down others
and their own tender selves
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–– Hafez, a poet from Shiraz, Iran (ancient Persia) (1325-1390)
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PHOTO: Nicole, who had never modeled before, truly has an angelically sweet nature. Here is another photo of her looking divine.

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Sometimes I wonder, sweetest love, if you
Were a mere dream in a long winter night,
A dream of spring-days, and of golden light
Which shed its rays upon a frozen heart;
A dream of wine that filled the drunken eye
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–– Rumi (translated by Annemarie Schimmel) pining over his love, Shams
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PHOTO: Natalie was the very first aerialist I photographed years ago. I attached a large C-clamp to a beam in my studio. She flung her rope over it and started to create the most beautiful shapes. I have been in love with shooting aerials ever since.
#natalieoleinik

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