Friday, September 8, 2017

The Mystery Is There


"Each time dawn appears, 
the mystery is there in its entirety."
~ René Daumal

This morning I had company watching the sunrise. A trio of deer right off the back deck. They froze as I snapped and I think they were actually more interested in me than the sun.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

No Benefit In Worrying Whatsoever


"If a problem is not fixable, 
then there is no help in worrying. 
There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever."
The Dalai Lama 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Have Patience With Yourself


"Have patience with all things,
but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering
your own imperfections
but instantly set about remedying them -
every day begin the task anew."
~ St. Francis de Sales


Friday, August 18, 2017

Which One to Surf


"Feelings are much like waves, 
we can't stop them from coming 
but we can choose which one to surf."
~ Jonatan Mårtensson 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

To Change Others' Minds


"The way to change others’ minds
is with affection, and not anger."
~ The Dalai Lama

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Loving Someone Deeply



"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, 
while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
 ~ Lao Tzu 

We don't always understand life, but we do understand love.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tolerance and Compassion

Happy Birthday, Christy!
"If you have tolerance and compassion, 
you can go to the battle, 
in the metaphoric sense of course, 
fighting for your dreams without harming anyone."
~ Paulo Coelho

Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy Is The Son

Happy Birthday, Richard

"Happy is the son whose faith in his mother 
remains unchallenged."
~ Louisa May Alcott

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Years Teach Much


"The years teach much which the days never knew."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Aloha Sunrise with Rick

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Great, Fresh, Unblighted, Unredeemed Wilderness


"In God's wilderness is the hope of the world-- 
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness."
~ John Muir


Up here, I am immersed in lush greenery. That's what happens in the summer when the rain and sun dance daily.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Clarity of Mind, Body and Spirit


"Clarity of mind, body and spirit 
is the key to creativity, 
to finding and producing the art 
in our work and our lives...
I associate clarity with 'spirit.'"
~ Dan Wakefield

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Give What You Have


"Give what you have. 
To someone, it may be better than you dare to think."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Whole Universe


"God is a shorthand for everything. 
Like 'tout le monde,' there's the whole universe."
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Keep In the Sunlight


"Do not anticipate trouble, 
or worry about what may never happen. 
Keep in the sunlight."
~ Benjamin Franklin


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Art of Art

Looking eastward

"The art of art... is simplicity."
~ Walt Whitman

Simple Contemplation
Meditation, prayer, and an empty mind. 
The birds know the sky.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Grand Teacher


"A garden is a grand teacher."
~ Gertrude Jekyll


Small little patches of work. My top garden is so huge, so I have many patches to tend to, but I am so satisfied by the baby steps, what I am able to do, with time and love.

Here's the result of two mornings -- yesterday and today -- waiting for the sunrise.

We are here for only a short time. Let's live with joy, show those we love that we do, and create our art.

Before

After
 "All gardens are a form of autobiography."
~ Robert Dash

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Glory of Friendship



"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, 
nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; 
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one 
when you discover that someone else believes in you 
and is willing to trust you with a friendship."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cleaning the area around my rose bush in the front, waiting for the sun to rise. With all the rain and sunshine lately, I have work to do, but the work is satisfying.

I am thinking of my classmate Susi who lives in Washington State. She is my gardening mentor. Her plant knowledge and landscaping abilities are remarkable. She works hard, yet still finds time to believe in me. Often when some plant in the garden delights me, I send a thought of gratitude westward to her.

People who help us, who inspire us, change our lives forever. And if we are lucky, they remain life-long friends.

Rose petals in sunlight.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Humanity of the Moment


"Photography must contain one thing: 
the humanity of the moment."
~ Robert Frank


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our Honest Self


"I feel the greatest gift we can give to anybody 
is the gift of our honest self."
~ Fred Rogers

Even when the sun 
is blocked by clouds, 
the sky sings.


The clouds and fog are doing the tango. 
Quite a show to watch this morning!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Relentless Fidelity


"What the human eye observes casually and incuriously, 
the eye of the camera... notes with relentless fidelity." 
~ Berenice Abbott

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Picture Anything


“You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too.” 
~ William Eggelston

Picture anything
A rose, a frying pan, a glove.
Your nail polish.
My sharpened pencil.

Good pictures
are talisman.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Attitude About Life


"It's the attitude about life, man. 
Looking at the light instead of the dark. 
Looking at love instead of fear. "
~ Quincy Jones

Monday, May 15, 2017

This Above All


“This above all: to thine own self be true, 
And it must follow, as the night the day, 
Thou canst not then be false to any man.” 
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Love

Happy Mother's Day

"A mother's love for her child 
is like nothing else in the world.
It knows no law, no pity,
it dates all things and crushes down 
remorselessly all that stands in its path."
~ Agatha Christie

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How Do I Work?


"How do I work? I grope."
~ Albert Einstein


"It works if you work it."
~ Johnetta B. Cole


"Work is love made visible."
~ Kahlil Gibran

Monday, April 17, 2017

Little To Do With Living



"Time … has very little to do with living 
except at its beginning or near its end."
~ Phyllis Bottome