Thursday, August 27, 2015

No Un-Sacred Places

There are no un-sacred places.

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill - more of each
than you have - inspiration
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity…

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensional life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.

Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.



Wendell Berry

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Are things ever really the way they seem?   Just a simple question to ponder.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sister Time on the Kayaks




My sister, Shug, came early Thursday morning (6-26-15) for coffee with me on the kayaks.  Absolute bliss...

"Shanty-on-the-New"
















Shug (my sister) and I had THE BEST TIME camping at our brother, Denson's, New River property.  We only had two nights and two days, and we made those minutes count:  We ate often and a lot :), rode bicycles, and took the kayaks out with the float boat, all the while talking non-stop.  We enjoyed getting to spend some time with our sister-in-law, Vickie, and our nephew and his wife, Travis and Crystal.  Thanks again, guys, for the salads for dinner.  They were great, and it was so fun to see you.  :) 

Den has earned the Host of the Year award for smiling through our constant chatter, acting as our tour guide, and shuttle operator.  We had a blast, and hope it didn't take Den too long to recover from his sisters' silliness.  Shug and I can hardly wait for our next trip to kayak the River and bicycle on the New River Trail.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day




A beautiful morning and I eagerly don sunscreen and hat and head down to the kayak and water. I am like a kid at Christmas. The birth of a new day, the birth of a new passion. A zest for the hours ahead that has been buried by burdens that squeeze the joy out of you. I am finding that being literally on the water. ..alone with your soul and source,  those burdens find their way into a cloud and they float away, leaving space for joy to flow back in.   So soothing and much-needed space.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend





I have never been on a kayak before this past week, but have had the thought from time to time over the years that I've lived here at the lake that I would enjoy one.  Well, I finally got one and I have found a bit of Heaven on earth.  I am head-over-heels in love with being on this tiny boat on the water.  I have found the perfect way for me to de-stress and just be with nature.

Nathan and Rhea were here for a full week this past week.  They left yesterday.  Arrived last Saturday evening.  It has been a week full of fun and also a week full of intensity.  I think it will take several days for me to process the past week, and also to recover my energy.  If you need me, you can find me drifting along the edges of my world on a little yellow kayak...

Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day Weekend.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Happy May Day


May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world and
Know it's beauty all the days of your life. - Apache Blessing~

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bits of Spring in Northeast Tennessee








This April has been so lush and beautiful.  All kinds of weather.  The last several days have been quite chilly and so very windy.  The winds have finally laid today---and the sun has been shining.  More rain forecasted for tonight and tomorrow.  April has been such a lovely month.  April showers will bring May flowers.  My soul shrivels up for those (places/people) who are in drought.  Sending prayers for nourishing rains to all creatures.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter Greetings and Blessings


 David Whyte
32 mins · 
 
EASTER BLESSING

The blessing of the morning light to you,
may it find you even in your invisible
appearances, may you be seen to have risen
from some other place we intuit and know
in the darkness and that that carries all we need.
May you see what is hidden in you
as a place of hospitality and shadowed shelter,
may that hidden darkness be your gift to give,
may you hold the shadow to the light
and the silence of that place to the word of the light,
may you join all of your previous disappearances
with this new appearance, this new morning,
this being seen again, new and newly alive.


David Whyte: Easter Morning 2015
In Memoriam John O’Donohue
Photo © David Whyte July 2014
Sun Through Gate
Littondale Yorkshire.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015 and Still Building Fires





We have had a few days this week that were just wonderful---sunny and warm.  It seems that this has been the longest, grayest Winter that I can remember, so these days were sheer gems and I spent them, whole days, outside.  Then the cold came to visit again and we've had 27 degs and 19 degs the last two mornings.  And so chilly in this house that I have built fires again the last couple of days.  NOW, the sun is out, it has warmed up to 44 degs, a veritable heat wave, and I have been able to turn the blower off on the woodstove.  Totally awesome...