“Beauty is not caused. It is.” -Emily Dickinson


“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”  -Edgar Allen Poe

All photos were taken with my Blackberry Q10 Smartphone.


Photo Credit: Samara Marie Douglas

I went for a long walk in Harlem one evening, and ended up here in Central Park. This is one of my favorite hang out spots in the park. There’s something about water that is very soothing to me. I’m an Aries,  which is a fire sign. Perhaps my love of water keeps me in balance? I don’t know what it is. I just know that I can sit and just watch the water all day and feel at ease.



Photo Credit: Samara Marie Douglas

This was a beautiful day in Brooklyn. I went to Prospect Park for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised. It’s beautiful, and so peaceful. I made a habit of going here to walk around the lake. It’s a long train ride from Harlem, but the trip is worth it.


Photo Credit: Samara Marie Douglas

I was enjoying a beautiful day at Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. Every time I spend a day here, I end up being entertained all day long. There’s always plenty of laughter, fun, music, and relaxation. And I can’t forget about the wine!


Photo Credit: Samara Marie Douglas

This was taken in Long Beach, while I still lived in Los Angeles. I enjoyed coming here during the week when the beach was pretty empty. I would always spend time, pretty much  in this same spot. I could stay here for hours, watching the water, and listening to the waves. This photo brings back a lot of good memories.

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” -John Keats

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About Samara Marie

Having been born and raised in Inglewood, CA, I now proudly call New York City my home. I've been an elementary school teacher a little over 20 years, having taught grades first through fifth. It seems that teaching is what I was meant to do in life, and it is also what I love to do. One of my favorite quotes is by Albert Camus: "Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present." I do give my all to prepare my students to become our future activists, educators, doctors, and the list goes on. The opportunities are out there, and I want my students to grab hold of them.      One of my other passions is writing. I thank my middle school English teacher, Mr. Roger Lawson, for introducing me to poetry writing. He taught me how to use the very powerful tool of written expression, which I value so much. I have writing to thank for getting me through my darkest moments. Writing, along with faith, was my saving grace, while growing up. I don't consider myself a professional writer, but I do use writing as a tool to help me process the heavy weight that the world places on my shoulders sometimes. Writing provides me with another way to express my emotions. Besides my actual voice, writing is my favorite go to tool of self expression.      What else about me? I have a love of music. One of my very first posts on this site was a poem that I wrote about my love of music. I'm someone who has an adventurous spirit. I enjoy everything ranging from sports to shopping (I collect sneakers). I can go from spending time at the beach all day to watching sports all day. I've been a WWE fan since I was a kid. I may live in New York, but I will always be a Dodgers fan. Working out is a must for me. I love to read, I love to learn, I love people, and I love life. I have many more interests. There's several layers of me. At the end of the day, I love and I am proud of the person that I see in the mirror.
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