Monday, September 14, 2015

Short Days

"I still find each day

too short for all the

thoughts i want to think,

all the walks i want to take,

all the books i want to read,

and all the friends i want to see."

-john burroughs

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Quotes I Love

"I want to be around people that do things. I don't want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people who dream. And support. And do things."
-Amy Poehler

"I want to cultivate a deep sense of gratitude, of groundedness, of enough, even while I'm longing for something more."- Shauna Niequest

"It is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

"Anything is possible if you've got enough nerve" -JK Rowling

"For what it's's never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if your not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again." (from the movie Benjamin Button)

"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do" -Brené Brown

"I won't desecrate beauty with cynicism anymore. I won't confuse critical thinking with a critical spirit and I will practice, painfully, over and over, patience and peace until my gentle answers turn away even my own wrath." -Sarah Bessey (from Jesus Feminist)

 "Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience" -Ralph W. Emerson

"I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck the marrow out of life" -Henry David Thoreau

"Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted" -John Lennon

"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves. Don't search for the answers which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. Live the questions now. And perhaps someday in the future you will gradually, without noticing, live your way into the answer"  -Rainer Maria Rilke

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel" -Maya Angelou

"That house was a perfect house whether you liked food or sleep or storytelling or singing or reading or just sitting and thinking best, or pleasant mixture of them all. merely to be there was a cure for weariness."
-JRR Tolkien

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  - Eleanor Roosevelt*

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sleeping In The Forest

Sleeping In The Forest

I thought the earth remembered me, she
took me back so tenderly, arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds. I slept
as never before, a stone
on the riverbed, nothing
between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of the perfect trees. All night
I heard the small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds
who do their work in the darkness. All night
I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

- Mary Oliver

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Golden Days of September

"The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.
-   John Updike, September

 "Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain so yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a young and a callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow--follow, oh-oh." 
Try to Remember, Lyrics by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt 

"September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn.  The cricket chirps in the noontide, making the most of what remains of his brief life.  The bumblebee is busy among the clover blossoms of the aftermath, and their shrill and dreamy hum hold the outdoor world above the voices of the song birds, now silent or departed."
-   September Days   By Rowland E. Robinson, Vermont.

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...


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~