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While I’m kind of throwing you into the beginning of our trip with this image, I didn’t want to leave you hanging with nothing. This is sunset from the restaurant at our hotel, the Heritage Inn, on Tortola on our first night. Not every sunset needs color to be stunning.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.”  —  Julia Cameron

Daily gratitudes:
Rose bushes
Finding a mooring ball for your heart
Not getting hit by what wasn’t a train
When my truck is parked in a row of trucks just like it
That there are times in my life when I can forget that shoes exist
Meeting a new power animal this morning

Yes, I’ve been gone. I guess you figured that out.  Where was I ? You may have figured that out too.  I was here:

Which is Anegada.  Otherwise known as home.  This was MKL’s first trip to the BVIs, and most happily, all my adopted family just loved him.  We are scheming on things we could do to make a living down there, once our respective kids are launched, and have some interesting ideas. Now it’s just a matter of making time to flesh them out.

The shutter was busy while we were away, so I have lots of pictures to share, although I realize that most of them are just boring beautiful beach scenes, but I somehow never get tired of capturing the colors of the water on “film”.  We found flamingoes, ate lobster, watched sunsets, played in the water, got silly, talked with people, and fell more in love.

In short a perfect sabbatical. Details to come…

I will soon be accompanying the raindrops in a very similar hammock.

Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”  —  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Daily gratitudes:
Red-winged blackbirds
The hot air balloons that were so close this morning
Lunch with MKL
My new giraffe scarf from Nepal – tres chic!
The warmth of the sun this morning

Sunsets actually can look like this in some parts of the world. And I’m off on Friday to see just such a sunset.

Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”  —  Nelson Mandela

Daily gratitudes:
That my niece is home for a while
A strong arm to lean on when I’m discombobulated
The man with the old high-wheel bicycle
People watching on the 16th Street Mall
Pug puppies

I am sorry I missed this tonight. But it did convince me to buy the book for MKL. Wish it was one that I had thought to write. Genius.  And perhaps a somewhat fitting photo of the day given the just-released Time Magazine cover.

Denver, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.”  —  Oscar Wilde

Daily gratitudes:
Long, rolling, empty roads edged by pasture
Crickets
The sound of a sign being gently buffeted by the wind
My Hoover
Quirky people

This is one fine fellow. And he knows it.  Apologies for my long absence. I promise I will explain.

Portland, Oregon.

Quote of the day: “When you are on path and on purpose, you will meet people who have been waiting for you on your path all along. ”  —  Kevin Hall

Daily gratitudes:
Red-winged blackbirds
Protein
The scent of lilacs
Alpacas
Good sleeping weather
Honesty

 

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