The Founding Fathers of the United States understood the risk of tribal religious conflict very well. George Washington observed, “Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing and ought most to be deprecated.” James Madison agreed, noting the “torrents of blood” that result from religious competition. John Adams insisted that “the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” America has slipped a bit since then.
~ Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence
It has been a lovely Saturday here on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. Oh, not the weather so much, although that’s been nice enough. Clouds moved in early this morning and thickened so that by afternoon we were under a heavy gray cover, but it didn’t rain. The breeze has been light, and the temperature, for me, has been pleasant (mid-60’s).
I am still enjoying the early mornings, yoga and meditation practices, and watching the sunrise. M got up early this morning, too, and we went to the Point to watch the moon set. We’ve gone to the beach (ocean side) to watch the moon rise on a couple of occasions, but this was the first time we’ve gone to the Point (which is bay side) to watch it set. I figure moonlight on water is moonlight on water, and who’s to say that a moonset isn’t as good as a moonrise when it comes to moons and water?
Well, as I mentioned earlier, the clouds moved in. By the time we got to the Point, we couldn’t see the moon at all so we did the sensible thing and enjoyed the sunrise instead.
I think this is the first time we’ve gone to the Point at sunrise. We’ve talked about it many times, and I’m not sure why we haven’t done it before. I’m looking forward to enjoying more sunrises there in the future. It was quite peaceful, especially since it was just the two of us representing humans. We heard Bald Eagles somewhere near the edge of the marsh where it transitions into forest, but didn’t see them. Geese were honking in the fields off in the distance, and a large group of crows came a’cawing.
After enjoying the sunrise, we went home to have breakfast and get started on the latest renovation project. We finally began working on the office which was mostly a matter of some minor repairs to the walls and a good paint job. The room also needs a new area rug, and the main reason we were stalled on freshening up the room was said rug. After searching online and in the brick-and-mortar stores and finding nothing that I liked within our price range, we decided to give up on the rug, pick a paint color, and get the walls taken care of while I continued the search for the right rug.
You know what happens when you give up, don’t you? That’s what happened this time, too. I realized this morning that there was one website I hadn’t checked. Expecting nothing (because I’d given up), I found what looks to be the perfect area rug for this room (and goes well with the paint color we decided on) and it was just the right price. I ordered it and it should be here around the 14th. In the meantime, we have most of the room painted (the last wall needed some repair work that has to dry before we can paint it) and I’m thrilled with the new color.
I have been doing my yoga and meditation practices here in the office. The computer is here and I’ve been trying different practices that I’ve found online. Renovating this room will make it much more pleasant, and I will be keeping that in mind when I start bringing things back into the room. Those of you who have been following me for a while know that we already have a room that we designated as the yoga/meditation room, but I think I’m going to be storing my art supplies in that room since more yoga and meditation takes place here where I write and process my photographs than it does in the yoga/meditation room. Besides, the room currently called the yoga/meditation room has fantastic light in the morning and evening, and I’m thinking it would be a better place for drawing, painting, or whatever artsy thing I’m trying my hands at.
I reckon that’s about it from me and from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. Thank you so much for stopping by. Stay for dinner if you like. I made a beets ‘n greens soup (a vegetarian version of borscht) and M has bread baking (which, by the way, I’ve been smelling for the last few minutes and can’t wait to try).
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 411) Finding the right area rug for the office. 412) Progress on getting the office finished so it will be a pleasant place to sit and work/play/write/meditate/practice yoga. 413) Sunrise at the Point. 414) The big, beautiful buck (white-tailed deer) that I saw this afternoon. We stared at each other for a moment or two before he bounded off into the meadow. He was quite a sight! Majestic would be a good word for him. 415) Listening to the eagles while I sat on the dock this afternoon watching the tide go out.