message to a stranger


The Road Not Taken Poem

You gotta dream

Cristian Mihai

“​Take the crumbs from starving soldiers, they won’t die.

Take the bread from hungry children, they won’t cry.

But without dreams, we’ll all die.”

A dream is a vision created by our imagination and stored in our minds for when we need motivation. For those mornings when we don’t feel like getting out of bed. Or when the nights feel unusually long.

To dream is to spend midnight hours dreaming about the dawn.

If you do not see what isn’t there, how can you ever create it? Achieve it? Conquer it?

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Christmas trees, 1983



US President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan decorate the Christmas tree in the private residence of the White House.

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Christmas trees, 1937



Workers decorate the nation’s community Christmas tree just north of the White House in preparation of its lighting by President Roosevelt.

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For a Loaf of Bread by L. Martel


This is a 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas. I did a drawing of this a couple of weeks ago and have since done this oil painting. The idea was taken from a photo by Emilio Morenatti of the Associated Press and depicts some Pakistani men reaching out for bread being handed out near a mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. In the original photo the faces are blurred and one is struck by the number of hands reaching for sustenance. I added a few faces and have shaded them out. It isn’t quite finished but near enough. I will spend some time focussing on it to bring it to completion.


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