Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A New Beginning


“This is a new year. A new beginning. 
And things will change.” 
~ Taylor Swift



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Creation of Beauty


"Love of beauty is Taste. 
The creation of beauty is Art."

I live on a mountain top. This is how I see the world. Everything is simple, really. Glow. We all glow.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

First-Rate Intelligence

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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise.” 

Even when overcast, without a proper sunrise, the sky still shares such beauty.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Love Is Our True Destiny


"Love is our true destiny. 
We do not find the meaning of life 
by ourselves alone
we find it with another."
6:58 AM Today I will give my smile to everyone I meet.

7:00 AM: I will try to remember that my small light touches and changes everything. 


Saturday, November 29, 2014

O Sunlight


“O, Sunlight! 
The most precious gold 
to be found on Earth.” 
~ Roman Payne


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Absolutely Free


“There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, 
and they're absolutely free. 
Don't miss so many of them.”
~ Jo Walton



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Practice Shots

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"An inventor fails 999 times, 
and if he succeeds once, he's in. 
He treats his failures simply as practice shots."
~ Charles F. Kettering


Chilly Saturday morning in Asheville, but still a wonderful sunrise. It is cozy here on the ridge and I have been working, with deep satisfaction, on dailycelebrations.com.  I just married an Instagram sunrise photo with my tagline. What do you think? I love the power of the Internet and social media.


Friday, November 14, 2014

My Father

“My father gave me the greatest gift 
anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” 

The sun crested the ridge this morning, then was swallowed up by the clouds.

Had my Dad lived, he would have turned 80 today. I miss him very much, of course. 

But if you look closely at this photo of today's sky, the light that breaks through the clouds is shaped like a heart.

Love never dies. It lives on forever.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Do Not Grieve

7:50 AM

"Do not grieve. 
Anything you lose comes round in another form."
 ~Jalaluddin Rumi

7:50 AM

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Anybody At Any Time


Love is like a virus. 
It can happen to anybody at any time.”

The Kingdom Of Hope


"In the kingdom of hope there is no winter."
~ Russian Proverb

Looking out into this new morning, the sky whispers, "hope." The last colors of autumn seem to reflect in the sky. And the fine mist gently kisses the mountains. Peace with what is. Hope for what can be.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time Touches Eternity


"The present is the point at which time touches eternity."
C. S. Lewis

Autumn dwindles. The air is cooler now, but still the sun rises, glows, and fills me with warmth. In this small moment, I touch eternity.



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Do Anything


"Do anything, but let it produce joy."
~ Walt Whitman

The sun rises and I sit here and watch. I have seen enough sunrises to know what is coming. Rays of light, so perfect and pure. Warmth. The joy I feel this morning is a lingering friend. Sweet and silent. I breathe the sun in, I breathe the sun out.

The air is full of golden sunlight. Sitting here feels like Peace-- intimate, yet universal. From my head to my bare toes the wonder of today resonates. And I am awash with gratitude for this new morning, my spirit shines with light and love.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Soft White Damn

7:39 AM

"The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches."
~ e.e. cummings


7:52 AM

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fountain of Gladness


"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, 
making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles."
Washington Irving


Every morning, I am snapping photos as I wait for the sunrise. I just can't help but observe my world this way. My camera and I have a special relationship with the morning sky. My awareness grows with the emerging light.  I believe we all share this light.

I don't always have time to post my photos, my archive is large. But I think when I do finally share, sometimes even wordlessly, my intimate narrative shines through.

Sending smiles of love to the world...



Sunday, October 26, 2014

God in Everything


"A state of mind that sees God in everything
 is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart."
~ Charles G. Finney

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Coherent Understanding

Fall is a coherent understanding
of life
glorious.

This morning, looking into the cove, just as the sun crests, I feel the sounds of peace. It wraps me in a blanket of calm. I look, hear, smell, touch the sunlight, the chilly mixed with warmth and fire. The colors vibrate.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Longing of the Soul


"Prayer is not asking. 
It is a longing of the soul. 
It is daily admission of one's weakness. 
It is better in prayer to have a heart without words 
than words without a heart."

The sunrise photograph this morning was taken with my iPad2. I am giving my device some attention since I will soon be replacing this three year old friend when the new iPad Air2 is released on October 26.

In charming response to my attention, my iPad2 captured two hearts in the clouds. I gladly transformed the photo into a watercolor, using my Waterlogue application. 

Thanks to the heart clouds, I found the Mahatma Gandhi quote about prayer and things flowed and fit.

Prayer is a longing of the heart. And the wordless prayers say the most.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Playing Out Your Dreams


"Writing a story is like playing out your dreams 
while you are awake."
~ Haruki Murakami 

Monday, October 20, 2014

An Individual Creation


"A joyful life is an individual creation
 that cannot be copied from a recipe."
~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Just As You Are

7:23 AM. Bird is singing sweetly. Rooster responds in the cove. Another bird. More colors. 
"You are more powerful than you know; 
you are beautiful just as you are."

How wonderful, the sky, this moment. These thoughts.

My sunrise companion