Mary Fowles

~ Writer ~ Journalist ~ Filmmaker ~

“Do not be discouraged, do not ever be discouraged, even when you feel lost and misunderstood, when the wheels of existence carry you along the road you would rather not travel. There is this other land, that landscape that belongs to love….” -Llewellyn Vaughan-lee


“We have barely disembarked into life, we’ve only just now been born, let’s not fill our mouths with so many uncertain names, with so many sad labels, with so many pompous letters, with so much yours and mine, with so much signing of papers./ I intend to confuse things, to unite them, make them new-born, intermingle them, undress them until the light of the world has the unity of the ocean, a generous wholeness, a fragrance alive and crackling.” –Pablo Neruda, from “Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon”

Every tree wants to bear fruit
Every flowering plant wants to bloom
Every human be beautiful and be seen to be beautiul
Everything wants to know its beauty

– Sonjah Stanley Niaah, Dancehall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto

“When music hits you, you feel no pain.”

–Bob Marley

Dear Avis,

I’m in my third week at Le Cordon Bleu,

and I’m in utter bliss.

Every morning the alarm goes off at 6:30, and I leap out of bed.

I’m up!


— From Julie and Julia

“Music can heal you, music can make you happy, music touches where a doctor can never go: to the soul.”

–Judy Mowatt

“I want to be the one to walk in the sun.” –Cindy Lauper

“The capability to dream is the most important human characteristic. Though all of us dream, only one of us can talk about our dreams. The imagination is one of the most distinct and extraordinary gifts granted to human beings. We are aware of our other senses such as sight, taste, and hearing, and we are grateful for them.  But we don’t seem to know what immense possibilities are open to us through the imagination. What is the function of dreaming? Where did it come from? Why do we have the ability to dream? And why must we dream? If it doesn’t have a function in our life what is the reason for it?  I finally found a reason. When do we resort to dreaming? At times when we are unhappy with our circumstances. And how extraordinary that no dictatorship in the world can control it. No system of inquisition can control one’s fantasies. They can throw you in jail but you still have the ability to live your sentence outside the prison without anyone holding you there. Through the imagination you can pass over the insurmountable walls without leaving any trace of yourself, and you can always go back. Now, the question is, once out, why go back? That has to do with the credibility of reality — you have to go back and see what your reality is. In fact through dreaming you have the opportunity to tolerate some of the unchangeable hardships of life. You get out, you dream, you’re refreshed, and you go back. It’s like being in a stuffy room and opening a window. You let the air come in and then you breathe.  In my mind our dreams are windows in our lives, and the significance of cinema is its similarity to this window.”

–Abbas Kiarostami.

All day and night, music,
a quiet, bright
reedsong. If it
fades, we fade.

“Standing among these hands and voices, I knew that the will that moves all things had come back to me. I was here not to watch but to see.  Not just to be, but to act”

-Shirin Neshat