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Silence has been both a friend and an enemy for me of late. I realized, after a day of blessings and a day of self-pity, that service is one of the keys to feeling more like myself. Nothing great, nothing spiritual, just small things that help others. It is what is at my core. It helps me find my fair winds and keep sailing.

Oak Island, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Daily gratitudes:
A beautiful warm day
Finding components of our dream house
The coyote standing in the middle of the dry field at sunset
Sun shining on wild sunflowers this late in fall
MKL’s and my girls’ support and love


I was hoping to share pictures of our weekend in Steamboat Springs, but haven’t had a chance to download them yet. Suffice it to say, Kelsea and I had a wonderful time. It was filled with balloons, and mountain hurricanes, and new people, and pretty shops, and muddy rodeo riders, and trashy TV late night marathons, and crack pizza.  AND A MOOSE.

So instead of pictures of all of those things, we will retun to a beloved spot: the sea.  Enjoy!


White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “All stories are love stories.” — Robert McLiam Wilson

Daily gratitudes:
That there’s a bus stop close enough for me to catch another bus when mine leaves early
Mr. Man snuggling with my feet
Watching one of my favorite movies from when I was five years old
Healing scars

I do not spend my life wishing for things that I cannot have (right now), but as the rain falls, along with the temperature, and snow starts to swirl in the darkness, it does not hurt to remember that there are places like this. I remember this morning. It was warm, with very little breeze, just enough to make the palms trees whisper in that special language that they have, and I was standing on my little balcony in Marina Cay, watching this single sailboat wend its way out into the channel to have adventures.


Marina Cay, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “It is the tenderness that breaks our hearts. The loveliness that leaves us stranded on the shore, watching the boats sail away. It is the sweetness that makes us want to reach out and touch the soft skin of another person. And it is the grace that comes to us, undeserving though we may be.” — Robert Goolrick

Daily gratitudes:
A light day at work (after two months)
Head tilts
Listening to the rain before it turns to snow (10 inches of snow)


The encroaching storm in this image is very different from the one that taps against my windowpane tonight. Mine is a fix of snow and rain and frozen stuff. The wind chimes are dancing to accompany the tinkling sounds of precipitation on the grass. Despite their dulcet tones, I would prefer to be on this catamaran, watching the water reflect the sky.


Pomato Point, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “The snow was too light to stay, the ground too warm to keep it. And the strange spring snow fell only in that golden moment of dawn, the turning of the page between night and day.” —  Shannon Hale

Daily gratitudes:
A warm day before the storm
My slumgullion stew
Squirrels scolding something in the night
Music in my kitchen
How fortunate I have been to travel

Though you likely wouldn’t know it, these actually are sails.  They look more like buildings to my eye.

Lake Michigan, Chicago, Illinois.

Quote of the day: “It is our responsibility to look for meaning in life, even in the darkest times, and whatever the circumstances we always have a vestige of free will.”  —  Victor Frankl

Daily gratitudes:
That I am finding my gratitudes even on this sad day
The faint rainbow on the way home
Great chicken piccata at a new restaurant find
The peace in the Tattered Cover

Photo title: At the Anchorage

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”  —  Buhdda

Daily gratitudes:
The brand new baby calf in the field on the way to work
Llama shapes in the dark
Hot toddies
Sharing other people’s Christmas spirits

[I’m off to Santa Fe for the weekend. Hopefully, I’ll have service and be able to share some photos. If not, I’ll see you next week!]

Photo title: Framed

Somewhere in the British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.”  —  Alice Meynell

Daily gratitudes:
The occasional rainy day
Fabulous cloud clusters
Knowing something is going to happen
Pictures on walls
A life well lived – rest in peace, Julie.

Photo title: Boat and Beams

White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”  —  Anthony Robbins

Daily gratitudes:
Having a temporary cat
Hazy mornings that remind me of the beach
Decent hair days
My soup
The bicyclist with the green mohawk gladiator helmet

Photo title: View from Temujin

Chicago, Illinois.

Quote of the day: “A little while with grief and laughter, And then the day will close; The shadows gather . . . what comes after No man knows.”  —  Donald R. P. Marquis

Daily gratitudes:
My overalls – I love them
Kelsea being in a good mood today
Making progress on unpacking
My neice’s cat is unexpectedly sweet (I think being an animal shaman helps our relationship)
Being back on the Atkins Diet
Amazing storm clouds over the eastern plains – made me want to go chase tornados (maybe next weekend)

Photo Title: The View from Olympe

Somewhere in the British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”  —  Helen Keller

Daily gratitudes
Flea markets
Baby bunnies
Cooking without burning something
The power of bathtubs


October 2020


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