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A little colorful shade is a nice thing on the Jolly Roger Pier at Topsail Beach.  I’m setting my prayers and intentions that my circumstances will allow me to go back “home” this year.

Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “Simply be who you are, do what you do best, be where you are called by joy, and let life work its magic on your behalf.”  —  Alan Cohen

Daily gratitudes:
The surprise peacock in the field this morning
Cows
Hope
Homeless leprechauns
My tartar sauce

 

A touch of love on a tough day, courtesy of MKL.

Denver, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” —  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Daily gratitudes:
A lovely weekend
Melynie Campbell’s amazing voice
That Jimmy has a new friend (welcome, Bubba)
Kelsea’s sweet text last night
The scent of a spring night

 

At Colorado National Monument outside of Fruita.  I think this was the rock that I went and very nervously sat on.  Amazing place, amazing views.

Fruita, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step.”  —  Paul Coelho

Daily gratitudes:
Stormy weather
Long voicemail messages from dear friends
Letting go
Children
Homemade soup

While it has been several years since I was in Wales, I stil love the memory and the vision of this place at Worm’s Head. The lone white house, surrounded by sea and green, is a home of my dreams, full of peace.

Today, and the past few weeks, peace has been incredibly elusive, and my options feel discouragingly few and futile. It is so hard to maintain hope sometimes. But it helps to remember the beautiful in this world.

Rhossili, Gower, Wales.

Quote of the day: “I need the sea because it teaches me.”  —  Pablo Neruda

Daily gratitudes:
Flowing skirts
My heavy punching bag in the garage
Milk
Dragonflies
My heart

 

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s….our illustrious president. Yes, that’s right, Barack Obama himself is up there in that helicopter, hovering above Pearl Street in Boulder. This is about as close as I’ll likely ever get to him.

Traffic was a total disaster trying to get to Job #2, since my route takes me right through the CU Campus, which was closed in every direction since that’s where he was speaking. It put me in a foul mood and I’m sure I brought a whole bunch of bad carma (yes, that’s an intentional spelling) on myself.

But oddly enough, his presence brought a very unusual energy to town. Traffic was sparse. People were pulling off the road, or sitting on the curb, just hoping to get a glimpse of the helicopter or the motorcade. Police in patrol cars and unmarked vehicles were everywhere, just keeping a weather eye. It was somehow strangely quiet, as if time had stopped for just a little while. It was pretty cool.

Up above Boulder, Colorado.

Quote of the Day: “We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us, that they may see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even a fiercer life, life because of our quiet.” —  W.B. Yeats

Daily gratitudes:
Pulling the cord to make the Stop Request sign on the bus light up
Sunset over the mountains
New shoes
Tulips
Picket fences

A light(ish) shared lunch of collard greens, iced tea, and chocolate peanut butter pie was a little pricey and a little yummy. Russell’s Smokehouse on Larimer Street in Denver is a front for Wednesday’s Pie and the Green Russell speakeasy.  The smell of barbeque is delectable, and they have their own homemade hot sauces, of which this was one, on the table.

Denver, Colorado.

Quote of the Day: “Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”  —  Alex Tan

Daily gratitudes:
Herds of cows when they have their heads together plotting
How awesome Kelsea looks in her black cocktail dress
Big oranges
Mustaches
That particular green in the trees that means spring is here.

A weekend at Cottonwood Hot Springs was healing and rejunvenating, and ended with an amazing sky over South Park. It was beautiful driving up, warm and sunny and star-filled while we were there.

Outside of Fairplay, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “The most important things in life aren’t things.”  —  Anthony D’Angelo

Daily gratitudes:
Diner china
Laughter
Clouds
Sunshine
Blissing out

It would be a very nice thing to be on Jost van Dyke tonight. It’s been a tough day.

White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “When in doubt, choose change.”  —  Lily Leung

And may I add, ‘because often change is chosen for you.’

Daily gratitudes:
The pair of coyotes in the field this morning
My flame-colored rose
A small tax refund
Getting the last seat on the bus
Stormy skies at sunset

It seemed that each night at sunset, something was out in the water enjoying it – a pleasure boat, a canoe, a surfer. It was perfect just watching the sun sink into the sea.

Kona, Hawaii.

Quote of the day: “Sometimes you don’t need someone to pull you out of darkness. You need them to sit there with a candle letting you know you are not alone.”  —  From You ARE Enough …  (and for Pam)

Daily gratitudes:
The kid on the street today who said he liked my dress
Instant messaging
Pie and collard greens with MKL
Big Horse and Medium Horse
Snuggly Cat

 

These feathers were shed by the numerous peacocks floating about Gwydir Castle in Wales. I thought I’d post this as a little welcome gift for Kupa, the latest addition to Cecilia’s farmy at The Kitchens Garden.

Llanwrst, Conway, North Wales.

Quote of the day: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  —  Howard Thurman

Daily gratitudes:
A lovely pink sunset
Ice cold milk
Feeling skinny (which makes me feel more like me)
The scent of blooming trees
Long hot baths

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