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Photo title: View from the Porch

Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day:”There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. ” —  Douglas H. Everett

Daily gratitudes:
Pool tables
Warm water

Photo title: Buh-Bye

Somewhere in the air!

Quote of the day: “If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”  —  Thomas A. Edison

Daily gratitudes:
Time off
Dog kisses
Retro earrings

Photo title: Elephant Rope

Trellis Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Make a beautiful mess and clean it up later.”  —  Christopher Rice

Daily gratitudes:
Blue sunsets over blue mountains
Sales on books
Snuggly animals
Inside jokes

Lost: One Small Brain

One small brain has gone missing in an extended flash of bright light around 11:30 pm on Wednesday, July 27.  Last seen eating Mint Milano cookies in copious quantities in a dimly lit room.

Distinguishing characteristics:  Squishy and sensitive.  High spikes of creativity are noticeable on occasion.  A pleasant pink color, but will assume disguises when motivated.

Be on the lookout for it wandering around unfamiliar neighborhoods with an empty water glass, one shoe, and an iPod headset with no iPod attached. May be in the vicinity of an airport.

If found, please return to this blog.  No reward offered, as it is priceless.

Today’s guest poet – Rainer Maria Rilke (who is fast becoming one of my favorite poets)

Interior Portrait

You don’t survive in me
because of memories;
nor are you mine because
of a lovely longing’s strength.

What does make you present
is the ardent detour
that a slow tenderness
traces in my blood.

I do not need
to see you appear;
being born sufficed for me
to lose you a little less.


Photo title: On Your Mark

Trellis Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”  —  Rainer Maria Rilke

Daily gratitudes:
Ice water with lemon
Shared souls

I know that I’ve been – still or once again – rather silent in my writing.  As you can probably tell, my blues are still hanging on, and are influenced by the least (or the most) little thing.  Though I’ve had much to write about, between my mental state and another exceptionally busy time at work, I just haven’t been.  My little sister told me this morning that I would feel better if I was writing every day, even if what I was writing was about sadness.  She may well be right – she often is when it comes to me.

As I have been trying to instill more discipline in my life – in work, in training, and in taking care of myself – I am committing to try to instill more writing discipline in myself for the blog.  I’ve been well-disciplined with the Photo of the Day, and I’m proud of that.  But the blog is here to be my writing practice, as well as a form of self-expression.

Time to get down to the bones.

Black Cat Books

Photo title: Shuttered

Quote of the day: “All I desired was to walk upon such an earth that had no maps.”  —  Michael Ondaatje

Daily gratitudes:
Dark skies
Turkey chili

Photo title: Morning Ascent

Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”  —  Brene Brown

Daily gratitudes:
Someplace called home
Strangers who bear a passing resemblance to old friends


Photo title: Perfect Columbines

Outside Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

In loving rememberance of the teens who lost their lives in Norway, and with wishes for peace and solace for their families.

Quote of the day: “Family isn’t always blood, and blood isn’t always family. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything for you, and love you no matter what.”  — Anonymous

Daily gratitudes:
My daughter
My own tender heart
That love conquers all – even selfishness, denseness, and being lost – eventually
The 3-mile walk to the store and back
That I can buy San Pellegrino by the case


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