Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | October 20, 2011

Good Graffiti?!

Our new “homestead” can be found right across the street from Riverbend Hot Springs, between a lightly traveled street and an alley.

The backsides of businesses line the other side of the alley. They are quiet neighbors.

One of the buildings is really just a shell, and its back wall – at first glance – appears to be defaced with graffiti in all states of completion.

As is so often the case, first glance does not always reveal the true nature of things.

Keith and I are able to sit and study the wall at mealtime… it is easily visible from the vantage point of our dining table.

After a few days the graphics began to grow on us, and we learned that rather than gang-style graffiti, the wall is actually the work of artists and writers, who may (or may not) decide to complete their work.

When we finally took the time to approach the wall for a closer look, and actually read some of the quotes, one piece stood out and spoke to us.

It has since become our favorite.

Today we will share this piece with you.

We don’t know the identity of the artist, but the accompanying quote is by Anais Nin, French born author of Spanish, Cuban, and Danish descent, who – according to Wikiquote – became famous for her published journals, which span more than sixty years, and for her erotica.

Perhaps it will have a message for you, as it spoke to us as a metaphor for our life-changing decision to live our musical dream.

The text of the quot is a bit hard to read in the photo. You will find it in its entirety below.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

You just never know where or when you’ll receive a message from the universe…keep your eyes and ears open.



  1. I love that quote and it seems that T or C is bringing you all kinds of wonderful surprises. What a great place to spend the winter – or longer???

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