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1,001 Ways to Live Wild

1,001 Ways to Live Wild coverAbout 1,001 Ways to Live Wild

• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 29, 2016)

Bestselling author 14,000 Things to Be Happy About Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer pours her creativity into an irresistible book of bite-size inspiration for leading an adventurous, happy, and fulfilling life. 1,001 Ways to Live Wild is filled with light-hearted quick hits of encouragement for anyone looking for a jolt of “get out there and live.” Short entries—musings, things to do, and inspirational quotes—are paired with stunning artwork, creating a beautiful keepsake to give as a gift or to keep on your bedside table. Presented as one continuous list accompanied by whimsical sidebars and thought-provoking quotes, the text touches on many and varied themes such as: following your passions, staying curious, appreciating nature, traveling, trying new things, and living life with courage.

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About Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer

Barbara Ann Kipfer has written more than 60 books of wit and inspiration, including 14,000 Things to Be Happy About, The Wish List, Instant Karma as well as numerous others. Kipfer holds Ph.D.s in linguistics, archaeology, and Buddhist studies.

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Not at all silent Sunday

Strutting his stuff.
Strutting his stuff.

Just a short programming note:  Sorry to have missed our coffee chat this week.  I hope all is well with you.  I will be doing a book review as part of  TLC Book Tours tomorrow.  After that, I will be on a blogging break that might be short, might be long, or might be somewhere in between.  I’ll tell you all about what has been keeping me occupied — aside from the usual spring gardening and mowing which keeps me busy enough — when I return.

Be good, be kind, be loving, be well.  Just Be.  🙂

He wanted to make sure that another male in the vicinity knew who was boss.
He wanted to make sure that another male in the vicinity knew who was boss.  It was funny to watch.  He really was strutting.
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A Monday meander:

Spring green and watery blue. (Marsh grasses.)
Spring green and watery blue. (Marsh grasses.)

Spring drew on. . . and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.

~ Charlotte Bronte

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If we were having coffee: Traveling edition

Brilliant spring color.
Brilliant spring color.

Each day holds a surprise.  But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us.  Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy.  It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.

~ Henri Nouwen

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Mandala

Sand painting.
Sand painting.

The Tibetan word for mandala is kyilkhor.  Kyil means ‘center,’ khor means ‘fringe,’ ‘gestalt,’ ‘area around’… Things exist interdependently, and that interdependent existence of things happens in the fashion of orderly chaos.

~ Chogyam Trungpa

Each person’s life is like a mandala — a vast, limitless circle.  We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.

~ Pema Chodron

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Not quite wordless Wednesday

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Laughing Gulls

It is officially spring here on the Eastern Shore.  The Laughing Gulls have returned.  And boy, are they a noisy bunch!  (You can listen to them here.  It’s a video I took two years ago from the same field.)

In the farm field next door.
In the farm field next door.