All you can do is this: Whatever you experience, whether tangible or intangible, look underneath the experience, like a child looking for a lizard under a stone. You’re not expecting anything to be there, but you’re always wondering if there might be.
~ Richard Leviton
It’s cloudy outside right now as I sit here typing and occasionally staring out the window, wondering what I want to write. Most of the time my blog posts are a mystery to me. I’m not sure where to start, and I’m never sure where I’m going even if I start with an inkling of an idea. Very often the idea I started with doesn’t even materialize. It morphs into something else before I can get a handle on it, or it wanders off in search of another author.
Our crocuses have finished for the season. I am always sorry to see them go. They look so cheerful scattered in the grass, and purple (as you probably know) is my favorite color. It goes well with the greens of the grasses.
I’ve had a few comments on the glow of the crocuses in my photographs. There is something about the angle of the sun this time of year that makes them glow. I am fairly well convinced that Mother Nature set it up that way so that after the dark of winter we have the glow of spring. We get a similar angle in the autumn months when both the heat and light soften. Perhaps that’s why spring and autumn are my favorite seasons for photographing all things outdoors. The light is amazing.
The spring peepers have been peeping. It seems early for them. I hope they managed to stay warm after the cold snap that arrived with Saturday’s storms. It was quite frosty this morning, but has warmed up throughout the day even though the sun hasn’t put in much of an appearance today.
I finally heard (but didn’t see) what sounded like a large flock of blackbirds chattering in the marshes. They must be on their way north. The Canada geese have been on the move, too, and on Saturday I heard some Laughing Gulls which is a sure sign of spring in these parts.
In addition to meandering around the Wabi Sabi Ranch, I’ve been meandering around the internet. Here are a few good finds:
- Recognizing Resilience by Laurie MacBride.
- Thich Nhat Hanh’s 5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness.
- For the photographers out there: How to Practice Contemplative Photography by Andy Karr.
- An oasis of silence by Katrina Kenison.
- Meditation on Lovingkindness by Jack Kornfield.
- What Calling Congress Achieves is a little long, but a very good read from The New Yorker.
The New Yorker article was a good find for me because I sometimes wonder if the calls and letters and postcards will really make any difference. I know they don’t with my congressman. He’s made it plain that he will toe the party (Republican) line. Ballotpedia reports that he is “an average member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.” I already knew that from following him on Facebook and from his unwillingness to meet with his constituents in a town hall meeting. There is little to no hope that anything anyone from the other side says will make a difference which means working hard to see he isn’t reelected in 2018.
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m growing weary of these interesting times we are living in. There are days when I am uplifted by how much people are finally getting involved, but there are days like today when I feel like I’ve had enough of what feels like an alternate universe where things went wrong.
It seems like it’s been forever since January 20th, and yet somehow the days pass by quickly in some semblance of normality that includes the usual chores, walks, spending time with loved ones, yoga, meditation, reading, writing, drawing, cooking, and all the other things that make up a day in my life.
I will be spending more time in the gardens in the upcoming weeks. I suspect — and so do others who know more about these things than I do — food will become somewhat expensive this year. The vegetable garden and farmers market are our best bets, no matter what happens. I like to know where my food was grown and how it was grown. There’s no better way to know those things than to grow it ourselves.
I reckon that’s about it from the Wabi Sabi Ranch on this overcast Monday. Thank you for meandering along with me. I don’t think it’s likely we’ll see the sunset this evening, but if the clouds do part let’s meet at the Point. I haven’t been there for several days and it will be nice to walk on the beach and have a look at the water. Sunset is at 5:54 PM.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 131) The periwinkles and daffodils are blooming. 132) Both of my U.S. senators are Democrats with spines. 133) There are a lot of good and loving people in this world. 134) All of the beautiful colors of early spring. 135) A good chance that it will rain today. The gardens could use a good soaking. Saturday’s storms didn’t bring us much rain. Just a lot of bluster.