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A Monday meander

On the edge.

Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.

~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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Weathered

A weathered bedpost in the woods.

Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.

~ William Butler Yeats

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Weathered.

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Friday fun

Playing with filters on a rainy day.

Sometimes you just have to jump in a mud puddle because it’s there. Never get so old that you forget about having fun.

~ Tom Giaquinto, Be A Good Human 

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Warming up

Six crows at sunrise.

It has often been said that our environmental crisis is a crisis of perception. We do not readily see the patterns that would reveal our dependence on the natural world, nor are we commonly aware of the systems within which we are deeply embedded. Our attention, entrained on objects and focused on flat screens, is far removed from the dynamic and animated nonhuman world. We are as good as blind to the wonder at our feet or the daily spectacle of an ever-changing sky.

~ Laura Sewall

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Age

The old oak in the morning.

Clearing blue sky
A promise in bare branches.
In winter, there are sunny days.
In adulthood, childhood can return.

…There was an old man who began an orchard upon his retirement.  Everyone laughed at him.  Why plant trees?  They told him that he would never live to see a mature crop.  Undaunted, he planted anyway, and he has seen them blossom and has eaten their fruit.  We all need that type of optimism.  That is the innocence and hope of childhood.

~ Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao: Daily Meditations

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