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I do not really know how to tell the age of a seashell, and apparently Google doesn’t either. So I’ll just go with my own, more romantic, mermaidesque interpretation. Having gathered thousands of shells in my life, I know when one is recently vacated by its resident. It tends to look shiny, with sharp ridges and vibrant colors. Given that bit of wisdom, I can only imagine that this conch, with its wave-beaten sworls worn down to soft semblances of their former selves, has seen a century or so in the sea. Its shadow, however, somehow reflects its past glory, with edges seemingly still honed. The shadow of a memory, perhaps.

Worn By the Sea
Cozumel, Mexico.

Quote of the day: “I seek truth and beauty in the transparency of an autumn leaf, in the perfect form of a seashell on the beach, in the curve of a woman’s back, in the texture of an ancient tree trunk, but also in the elusive forms of reality.” == Isabel Allende

Daily gratitudes:
A crescent moon
Corgis
Work
MKL
The first hearing of the twee-woo bird, a sure sign of spring

Lots of things change, but the beach is always wonderful and full of beauty. 

Loblolly Bay, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.”  —  Dorothy Allison

Daily gratitudes:
That I am happy with the changes over the past few days
Yellow spray roses
A cat on a windowsill
Love
Angels

Photo title: Dish of Dreams

St. Thomas, USVI.

Quote of the day: “Trust is like a mirror..once it’s broken you can never look at it the same again.” – unknown  (Thanks, Lauren.)

Daily gratitudes:
The bank vault in Broker
Getting all the laundry put away
Island time
Lima beans
Paintings on silk
Silver

 

Photo title: Weathered by Nature

Pomato Point, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “I do not define myself by how many roadblocks have appeared in my path. I define myself by the courage I’ve found to forge new roads. I do not define myself by how many disappointments I’ve faced. I define myself by the forgiveness and the faith I have found to begin again. I do not define myself by how long a relationship lasted. I define myself by how much I have loved, and been willing to love again. I do not define myself by how many times I have been knocked down. I define myself by how many times I have struggled to my feet. I am not my pain. I am not my past. I am that which has emerged from the fire.” – Author unknown

Daily gratitudes:
Animal crackers
My pillow nest
Gentle paws
Sea glass
Recycling

Photo title: An Inner Landscape

Somewhere in the Caribbean.

Photo title: Coral Interior

Somewhere in the Caribbean.

Quote of the day: “The brain is wider than the sky.”  —  Emily Dickinson

Daily gratitudes:
The wind in the trees at the bus stop sounds like Jost.
Moonrise last night.
Someone else doing the dishes.
The cat sleeping in my arms.
Poetry.

Photo title:  Riches

Somewhere in the Caribbean.

Quote of the day: “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”  —  Mother Teresa

Daily gratitudes:
Skirts
Lightning
My little sister
Grilled cheese sandwiches
Rare treats

Photo title: Peeking

Little Apple Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Happiness…can exist only in acceptance.”  —  Denis de Rougemont

Photo title: Conch Close-up

Somewhere in the Caribbean.

Quote of the day: “The possibilities are unlimited as long as you are true to your life’s purpose.”  —  Marcia Wieder

Photo Title: Seaside Still Life

Quote of the day:  “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”  —  Albert Einstein

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