" dionysus & bacchus "

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reverie, honest excitement without forethought, brilliant lights, sparkles in the darkness, blisses beyond measure, and endless laughter.

welcome to the tone set for the rest of your life.

tonight's homework:

let loose a little bit. you deserve it.

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" none are silver, all are gold "

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tonight's homework:

just good times, new friends, enjoy the summer encroaching despite the muggy hot swelter. everything is a gleaming golden sunbeam behind the cloud banks of your own creation.

today is gonna be hella tight.

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" to the time spent wisely "

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as you find yourself at a moment of transition, one begins to realize all of the many things you did, people you've met and grown to love, or loved and lost. we always expect that things will turn out, that they happen for a reason, and that reason is a good one.

friendships flourish under strenuous tests of patience, distance, planning, and life just happening the way it happens. we can almost not take too much credit for the active chaos constantly swirling and whipping about our daily activities.

it's better yet to observe those beautifully meaningful passages of time where you were seen, where you were heard, and where something profound was exchanged, perhaps even if it were the most simple phrase which turned strangers into family.

or was it a single whisper. or was it a shared silence.

we live our lives to the best of our ability, love to the fullest & highest capacity our bodies and hearts may muster. we live for truths, honesty, bravery, kinship, understanding, patience, beauty, delight, joy, and love.

we've had the loveliest time, this time, and in the time we shared, not one moment was i ever ill-prepared for your departure from this city. but i am not surprised or hurt. only the aches and pains of a friend increasing the level of negative proximity, which in this case is parallel to an ever-expanding sense of pride and happiness for your future adventuring.

we go with you in spirit where our bodies may not follow, and in the final days, hours, minutes, seconds, remind you that you were here. you were loved. you made a difference. and you will be missed.

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" the best impromptu idea of the day "

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"meet me in the park," and time stood still. the stars aligned, cardinals flew past, and the sun hung long and low, golden and perfect. all the trees swayed gently in the deep afternoon, while we spread out the wood and coals in the BBQ pit.

no worries left, no stresses or pressing matters to attend to. nothing but sheer blisses and friendship blossoming in that lovely conversational time between arrival and grilled chicken sandwich.

this was how the universe was supposed to be; spending time with loved ones, cooking food out of doors, talking, hiding beer consumption for the police, and riding the day out in a manner of our own choosing. simplicity and summer joys!

excelsior!

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'' thoughts on a sunday afternoon "

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strength, beauty, power, trust, these are not the light-hearted states of being and living that the predominately weak-willed inhabit. we try to stay on task, do our very best, and try to do our best by others. it's this balance between the supposed strengths and supposed weaknesses where we find ourselves defining our truths.

at times we need reminders of our strengths, however seemingly insignificant. the aid of a friend in need, the helping of a stranger find their way, the comforting of someone in need of comfort. as in all of the best most compelling actions, it is in the simple things which resonate the most.

spending time with a friend on a walk in the sunshine, conversing about this and that. making the time to take the time to share the space to be with one another. it is everything good with your time spent figuring it out.

each second of each minute of each hour of each day of each week of each month of each year of your entire life is poetry in motion. the navigation of which will be a constant reevaluation of your values, the system of existing in a certain culture, and the amount of which you will dedicate to a measured integration into the lives of the people in those spaces.

i cannot promise that it will always be evident or as easy as recognition of these people, places, or situations, but i will say when it all comes together, it will be nigh immeasurably rewarding beyond even the furthest expectation. that i can promise.

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" break in the clouds "

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short visits from old friends, the ones which also helped to define you.

it's important to take note of those handful of other human beings who have challenged you, set you on a path proper, changed your way of looking & thinking about something, and always had your best intentions in heart.

these are the anchors in your life. these are the touchstones and the ones you can always count on. find these gems in the world, and it makes being a person on the mantle that much less lonely.

neither distance of geography or length of time will weaken the bond. big ups to you friend, best of luck in all things, and sending positive vibes your way.

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all-weather friendships weather all storms. whether rain, snow, or sunshine, when you have a crew of peeps around, nothing is ill at ease with the world. nothing seems dire or inconsequential.

it's a powerful and intoxicating way to experience the infinite. camaraderie, lounging, laughter, being silly, tapping into conversational exploration and free-form improvisation, intermittent dancing, and allowing each other free reign to express themselves.

when you find the shortcuts to a form of true happiness, why would you ever choose to walk the paths. amazing times, amazing doorways through the spring to the summer. i'm very much looking forward to it all.

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 these are the anchors to your well-being at times. these moments come and stick into your memory like barbed fishhooks, or freshly burnished plates newly etched, or drawn scrawl in freshly laid concrete. 
 not the seconds gone by, or minutes, months, or years passing will remove how it felt at that moment. all the life lived in between, or the pains, or the old friends lost or new friends gained. 
 friendships made infinite with one smile, into a universe borne out of one fit of laughter, and turns into solid gold in the alchemy of your departure. 
 many congratulations and best wishes for the many amazing adventures which await you. everything is going to be marvelous. 
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these are the anchors to your well-being at times. these moments come and stick into your memory like barbed fishhooks, or freshly burnished plates newly etched, or drawn scrawl in freshly laid concrete.

not the seconds gone by, or minutes, months, or years passing will remove how it felt at that moment. all the life lived in between, or the pains, or the old friends lost or new friends gained.

friendships made infinite with one smile, into a universe borne out of one fit of laughter, and turns into solid gold in the alchemy of your departure.

many congratulations and best wishes for the many amazing adventures which await you. everything is going to be marvelous.

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 old friends so bright and luminous, they blow a shimmer of light into my camera. 
 forever immortalized on a one-of-a-kind, now discontinued film medium, their presence among the active silver nitrate and substrate makes me endlessly happy. 
 looking forward to the warming up trend happening in between the intermittent rain showers. bright clear lovely days ahead. 
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old friends so bright and luminous, they blow a shimmer of light into my camera.

forever immortalized on a one-of-a-kind, now discontinued film medium, their presence among the active silver nitrate and substrate makes me endlessly happy.

looking forward to the warming up trend happening in between the intermittent rain showers. bright clear lovely days ahead.

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 joyful raucous screaming and shrieks and laughter and cooing are heard with crystalline clarity as they travel the invisible line of brain-reaction-throat-mouth-tongue-teeth-lips-air-ear-brain-body-soul-ether. 
 brilliant lights gleam through pinholes in a rainbow of motorized beams, flickering and flitting past our closed eyelids. 
 there is nothing like this. there are many things like this. 
 each moment is pure trajectory from weighted to anti-gravitational. our songs are heard, our spirits soar, and each one of us has a private delight made public. 
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joyful raucous screaming and shrieks and laughter and cooing are heard with crystalline clarity as they travel the invisible line of brain-reaction-throat-mouth-tongue-teeth-lips-air-ear-brain-body-soul-ether.

brilliant lights gleam through pinholes in a rainbow of motorized beams, flickering and flitting past our closed eyelids.

there is nothing like this. there are many things like this.

each moment is pure trajectory from weighted to anti-gravitational. our songs are heard, our spirits soar, and each one of us has a private delight made public.

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 constant discoveries abound, and how we will continue to explore this world in the pursuit of truths, beauty, knick-knacks, paddwwhacks, and give-a-dog-a-bone. 
 ceaseless joys among friends and strangers, walking through this place in a time of uncertainty, and the adventure of being in it together. 
 who are the lonely few who will not join our reverie? and i say join in anytime, as all are most certainly welcome. 
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constant discoveries abound, and how we will continue to explore this world in the pursuit of truths, beauty, knick-knacks, paddwwhacks, and give-a-dog-a-bone.

ceaseless joys among friends and strangers, walking through this place in a time of uncertainty, and the adventure of being in it together.

who are the lonely few who will not join our reverie? and i say join in anytime, as all are most certainly welcome.

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 making a soup from scratch is more than setting time aside. it’s an act of love, care, a tribute to warmth, health, vitality, and comfort. 
 a good soup can bring you closer to your Self and others. it can sustain you, create a simple moment of bliss, amidst a relentless winter. 
 good friends that are more family than stranger always will provide you with numerous opportunities to actively participate in such moments, and if you find yourself proposed as a fellow cohort in such a one, i highly recommend making the time. 
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making a soup from scratch is more than setting time aside. it’s an act of love, care, a tribute to warmth, health, vitality, and comfort.

a good soup can bring you closer to your Self and others. it can sustain you, create a simple moment of bliss, amidst a relentless winter.

good friends that are more family than stranger always will provide you with numerous opportunities to actively participate in such moments, and if you find yourself proposed as a fellow cohort in such a one, i highly recommend making the time.

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 we glory in our cinematic revelry. electric lights flickering in dark rooms, a screen prompt with highlighted words flashing and receding. 
 this is the ether. this is the ultimate, and we are ageless despite the linear existence of these musical pieces. 
 spilling drinks on the floor, do you want more? finding snacks on the low table, how much are we able? dancing like everyone is watching, with ceaseless abandon and laughter. 
 after we leave our singsong ram-shackled den, grab handfuls of free sweets at the payout counter, and take the smallest elevator down, out, and into the street, we are flying. 
 each moment an endless journey into a beautiful landscape, traipsing by other strangers & feeling the most alive. the most alive. 
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we glory in our cinematic revelry. electric lights flickering in dark rooms, a screen prompt with highlighted words flashing and receding.

this is the ether. this is the ultimate, and we are ageless despite the linear existence of these musical pieces.

spilling drinks on the floor, do you want more? finding snacks on the low table, how much are we able? dancing like everyone is watching, with ceaseless abandon and laughter.

after we leave our singsong ram-shackled den, grab handfuls of free sweets at the payout counter, and take the smallest elevator down, out, and into the street, we are flying.

each moment an endless journey into a beautiful landscape, traipsing by other strangers & feeling the most alive. the most alive.

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 neither the perception of distance or passage of time can shallow the depth of an artist’s will. 
 to work, to have a vision, the capacity to succeed in the creation of that vision, or to fail…it’s nothing to be taken lightly or balk at. 
 we find our strengths and offer ourselves the chance to be vulnerable. these are the traits of the truly brave. 
 whether in broad strokes or infinitesimal details, it is within the whole of this effort which is ever-inspiring. 
 so welcome back  stephanielandinthestudio ; i very much look forward to what comes next, and am filled with an anxious yet optimistic sense of hope. 
 let’s make our time count for something, and let that something be great. 
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neither the perception of distance or passage of time can shallow the depth of an artist’s will.

to work, to have a vision, the capacity to succeed in the creation of that vision, or to fail…it’s nothing to be taken lightly or balk at.

we find our strengths and offer ourselves the chance to be vulnerable. these are the traits of the truly brave.

whether in broad strokes or infinitesimal details, it is within the whole of this effort which is ever-inspiring.

so welcome back stephanielandinthestudio; i very much look forward to what comes next, and am filled with an anxious yet optimistic sense of hope.

let’s make our time count for something, and let that something be great.

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 there’s nothing like great friends having a prepared feast when your mom’s in town. 
 it was such a crazy weekend train day, alongside the foggy steady rainy wetness, alongside the heavy scores from the filmbiz recycling wareheez. and alongside making sure your mom is having fun. 
 big ups to my peeps and yay for rad aprons, cheese platters, an assortment of delectable hotness, and a sampling of varied japanese sake. 
 it was most definitely a beautiful end to a full up day of here-to-there-and-backs. 
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there’s nothing like great friends having a prepared feast when your mom’s in town.

it was such a crazy weekend train day, alongside the foggy steady rainy wetness, alongside the heavy scores from the filmbiz recycling wareheez. and alongside making sure your mom is having fun.

big ups to my peeps and yay for rad aprons, cheese platters, an assortment of delectable hotness, and a sampling of varied japanese sake.

it was most definitely a beautiful end to a full up day of here-to-there-and-backs.

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 it was a grand sub-zero adventure birthday last night. 
 i turned thirty-four, and the place i chose to meet at far far away from any normal public transportation, was closed two hours early. 
 after stress-balling through backup plans and frozen fingers, we ended up going to a ramen place, which was also closed unexpectedly. 
 then after a curbside snowsquat, ended up at a french bistro where we all warmed up, shared moules-frites, steak-frites, laughter, loud noises, a zydeco live band, and in the end of the meal, free flutes of champagne. pretty nosh. 
 to top it all off, ice cream nightcap. double scoop strawberry/earl gray tea heaven on a sugar cone. 
 and just like that, it all worked out. 
 everything will always work out won’t it? 
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it was a grand sub-zero adventure birthday last night.

i turned thirty-four, and the place i chose to meet at far far away from any normal public transportation, was closed two hours early.

after stress-balling through backup plans and frozen fingers, we ended up going to a ramen place, which was also closed unexpectedly.

then after a curbside snowsquat, ended up at a french bistro where we all warmed up, shared moules-frites, steak-frites, laughter, loud noises, a zydeco live band, and in the end of the meal, free flutes of champagne. pretty nosh.

to top it all off, ice cream nightcap. double scoop strawberry/earl gray tea heaven on a sugar cone.

and just like that, it all worked out.

everything will always work out won’t it?

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epic gathering happened last night after my work holiday shindig.

karaoke night AKA boner jams: XXXmas edition AKA supportive group therapy AKA lonely hearts burger club, AKA my 2 dads slow jams by the fireplace self help seminar

we went pretty hard, and by 2am, my eyes and motor skillz amplified and honed, fueled by the magic of delicious frosty korean beers, and a monster cylinder of asahi.

good times.

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 it’s just this one moment. 
 this one above all others, present and pure. 
 all other moments we’ve had as strangers, as building-mates, and as friends, in each time we meet, leads to this moment. 
 in the background everything goes soft, save the clinking of cutlery & glasses. it just all falls away into a lovely blur. 
 and i love to first remember how much you hate having your photo taken, and then second, how great all the images always come out. 
 thank you for indulging me, for your time, and for keeping everything in perspective. 
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it’s just this one moment.

this one above all others, present and pure.

all other moments we’ve had as strangers, as building-mates, and as friends, in each time we meet, leads to this moment.

in the background everything goes soft, save the clinking of cutlery & glasses. it just all falls away into a lovely blur.

and i love to first remember how much you hate having your photo taken, and then second, how great all the images always come out.

thank you for indulging me, for your time, and for keeping everything in perspective.

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 no time to waste now. 
 do your best, catch on up. rejoin the group or stray closely by. 
 they’re there for you in all ways, and tonight is special for us all. 
 there, just beyond the tips of your fingers, all of them are waiting for you with baited breath and anxious energies. 
 all you have to do is take the first step. 
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no time to waste now.

do your best, catch on up. rejoin the group or stray closely by.

they’re there for you in all ways, and tonight is special for us all.

there, just beyond the tips of your fingers, all of them are waiting for you with baited breath and anxious energies.

all you have to do is take the first step.

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