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It has been an in-depth day, which I will share later, but visions of water and beauty have played a large part, as they do in all of this lovely world. And so tonight, I share this with you.

Marina Cay
Marina Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.” — Terence McKenna

Daily gratitudes:
Leftover mounds of snow that look like purposeful sculptures
Chickens roaming in yards
Journeys
Learning
KaVita Probiotic Sparkling Coconut Water

 

Or at least one of the views from Marina Cay. Every view is fabulous there, but I always love hanging out on my little porch.  Guess I’m feeling a touch homesick for the islands.

Marina Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”  —  Mary Manin Morrissey

Daily gratitudes:
Housecleaning, even though it hurts sometimes
Bacon
Kisses
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
People walking their horses on a dirt road

Photo title: Marina Cay Morning

Marina Cay, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “…. only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn’t exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being.”  —  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Daily gratitudes:
A really great first date yesterday
The approaching change of seasons
Teamwork
Tiger balm
Energy

Photo title:  One Boat to Bliss

Marina Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “And all that you are sorry for is what you haven’t done.”  —  Margaret Widdemer

Daily gratitudes:
The Tattered Cover Bookstore
My smile
Twins in strollers
Rainy nights
Loving conversations
Pugs
The cornflowers by the barbed wire fence at the bus stop
The energy of downtown Denver

Photo title: Best Seat In The House

Marina Cay, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Absent in body, but present in spirit.”  —  The Bible

This morning when I came up to the bus stop, the seagulls were flying up above the parking lot at Target/Whole Foods.  They were crying their seagull cries, that I have heard at Topsail since childhood and on the Ocracoke ferry.  This morning, though, they took me right back to Marina Cay.

I’ve spent somewhere between several and quite a few nights on Marina Cay, a little tiny rock off the coast of Tortola, with nothing but a few rooms and a restaurant.  It’s only accessible by boat, and it’s amazing.  Slow, beautiful flowers, the occasional lizard, rocky paths, views over the channel to … well, I’d say to die for, but I don’t like that – I need a term that says “for which to live more fully”. 

All the rooms and the villas have sea-facing balconies, cool tile floors, mosquito nettings over the bed.  They are dreamy and magical and peaceful.  There is nothing to do there but love and be.  I had one of my most beautiful memories there on the dock, and it brings tears of happiness to my eyes to remember it.

I have made many memories made there.

And so, this morning, the gulls took me right back there, to that spot on the plant-encrusted hillside beneath my balcony, where they were nesting and waking me too early, where I saw the sun and the blue of the Caribbean outside my open French doors.  And I could breathe again.

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