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A nearing the end of the year ramble

Christmas tree decorations and reflections (with some bokeh thrown in for good measure).

Everything in the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born. But before prehistory there was the prehistory of prehistory and there was the never and there was the yes.

~ Clarice Lispector

Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.

~ Eckhart Tolle

Red and gold.

As you probably already surmised (or maybe I mentioned it in my last post?), I’ve been Away again.  I went back to the Bogs to visit with the little ones and their parents, to bring a birthday gift or two for Little Peanut (whose birthday was on the 14th), and a few little Christmas gifties for him and everyone else.  I did not get to see my granddaughters this time around.  I think this is the first Christmas I haven’t seen them at some point over the holidays.  It was bound to happen eventually, what with everyone growing older and wrapped up in their own activities and lives.  I would like to have gone south to see them for a day or two, but it would have added a significant amount of mileage and time to my travels, more than I’m up to right now.  There has been a great deal of travel in my life over the past year and I had reached saturation point.


I am, in spite of all the travel, recovering.  Finally.  There was a brief bout of a stomach flu.  Between the two of us, M got the worst of that.  Poor guy.  We were warned it might be coming since the little ones were recovering from it when we arrived in the Bogs.  It hit us on the way home.  Probably another good reason not to have added to our trip this time around.

This is Denver, M the Younger’s cat.

It is raining here on the Eastern Shore today.  I’m pretty happy with spending a rainy day just hanging out, writing, drawing, reading a book, and generally relaxing.  That’s the wonderful thing about rainy days, isn’t it?

Looking at a waterfall. (Hiking the Towpath Trail near Akron, Ohio.)

The Solstice marked the start of a new year and a new sort-of challenge for me.  I suppose “new” and “challenge” are really not the right words.  It’s a continuation of rising early in the morning, yoga, meditation, writing, and daily walks.  Does it sound like a lot?  I’m not trying to overwhelm.  I do what I can, especially when traveling or on the days when there are time constraints of some kind.  It is, I’ve found, a good combination for me in terms of how I begin my days and really isn’t as much as you might think it is.  A few minutes here, a few there, and my day is off to a great start.  The only reason I’m calling it a challenge is to keep myself putting one foot in front of the other, so to speak, on a daily basis.  Otherwise, I tend to get lazy.

MoMo and Gramps will never find me here.

I am currently reading the book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan.  Even though I am only a couple of chapters in, consider my mind blown.  Just the first few chapters explain so much about some experiences I had in my younger days.  In addition, I learned (from the book) about a group called the Council on Spiritual Practices that is working towards a rather interesting goal.  Here is part of their Statement of Purpose:

The Council on Spiritual Practices is a collaboration among spiritual guides, experts in the behavioral and biomedical sciences, and scholars of religion, dedicated to making direct experience of the sacred more available to more people. There is evidence that such encounters can have profound benefits for those who experience them, for their neighbors, and for the world.

You can find the rest at their website (

Because construction equipment is almost the Best Thing Ever to the Little Wookie.

What I’ve learned from the book so far is that I’ve already had the experience I’ve been seeking (or trying to recreate even though I didn’t consciously know I was trying to recreate it).  All the searching — the meditation, the yoga, the books, and the whatever else I’ve tried my head and hand at — were a way of trying to find something that was already there.  I feel like Dorothy when she realized that there’s no place like home.  Everything we search for, we already have.  It’s just a matter of removing the veil or opening the door or whatever metaphor floats your boat.  I am at a loss to explain this so let’s just move along, shall we?  Perhaps I’ll try again, if I can find the words.

Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness, as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

~ William James

Watching the ice skaters at Lock 3 (Akron, Ohio).

M and I are going to watch some movies this weekend.  We have a few DVD’s from Netflix and we stopped by the library yesterday to pick up a few more to see us through the weekend.  I don’t remember what we decided on other than they were movies from our Netflix queue that have been sitting there for a while.  We recently watched Seeking a Friend for the End of the World which I thought was good, and Atomic Blonde which was interesting but a bit too violent for my taste lately.

Back at home on a frosty morning (the day after Christmas).

I reckon that’s it from me and from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this rainy Friday near the end of 2018.  Thank you so much for visiting today and for all of your visits throughout the year.  I should be working my way back to a more regular schedule soon, including visiting you at your place.  I hope life and the holidays have been treating you well.

Judging from the current conditions, we are not likely to see a sunset today, but I’ll keep an eye out.  If it looks good, I’ll meet you out at the Point.  Sunset is scheduled for 4:52 PM.  Little by little, as they always do at this time of the year, the days are growing.  It’s a good time to plant something like an intention, and let it germinate for a while.

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

Morning light in the grasses.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  981)  Relaxing and rejuvenating rainy days.  982)  Some beautifully frosty mornings earlier in the week.  983)  Time with family, always.  984)  A small awakening.  985)  M, always.

Morning alchemy. Turning the meadows into gold.


Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

19 thoughts on “A nearing the end of the year ramble

  1. Well, Dorothy, there’s no place like when you’re home. (although little kids sure can reopen your eyes to magical things like big machines – they area always cool…kids and machines) Stay snug and rest up! May the new year wrap around you with joy and adventures of all kinds

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    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. Wishing you a very happy new year, too! 🙂 (And oh yes, kids sure do know how to make almost everything in life magical again.)


  2. I’m glad you’re feeling better, Robin, and that you’ve discovered that what you were seeking is already with you. I love the photo of Little Wookie with the construction vehicle–he looks like he’s strutting in that special way little kids have. Denver is beautiful. We won’t be seeing any sunset here. It’s been raining all day, and so dreary. Enjoy your reading and movies!

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    1. Thank you, Frank. 🙂 Yes, all of that is right up my alley, for sure. As Denver — I’m pretty sure most cats believe themselves to be royalty of some kind. lol! But you’re right about Denver. He does have a regal quality to him.


  3. “I feel like Dorothy…” I’ve been having something of a similar feeling, as I look around and realize I’ll never live in another house any nicer than this one, with a yard as nice as this one and maybe I should stop pining for the road. Maybe I could just travel and still come home to here. We’ll see how long this urge to stay and go at the same time lasts. It’s certainly more comfortable than the overwhelming urge to go.

    LOVE the image of Little Wookie and the construction equipment. Colors are so good in that one! Clever image too.

    ANYWAY…Best to you and yours for the rest of 2018 and let’s hope 2019 is stellar! Or at least nice.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. Wishing you all the best in 2019, too! 🙂

      M and I have been talking about travel (getting a camper van and hitting the road) when he retires and have decided we do need to have a home base somewhere because we’re both sure there will be times when we just want to settle in for a little while. In the meantime, I remind myself of things similar to what you wrote — I’m in a nice place and it’s likely I will never have this again (especially being so close to the beach). Whether or not we move back to the Bogs or become traveling folks, it’s good to appreciate where I am right now.


  4. Wonderful that you got to spend time at least with the boys this time… I can understand not wanting to travel more than necessary. You have been out and about a lot this year! And, I am so very happy you are finally feeling better (as my nose drips, my throat scratches and sneeze catch me by surprise… )

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    1. Oh no, Dale! I’m sorry to hear you’ve caught a cold. Take good care of yourself. Even the kids in their 20’s are complaining that whatever colds are going around this year seem to last longer and hit harder than usual. (Yeah, I know. I just aged myself with that “kids” thing. lol!)

      Thank you and happy new year! 🙂


  5. Glad you are on the mend and settling in after putting in the miles. Part of me is happy to be past the Christmas rush and looking forward to the longer days. I have the new Michael Pollan book on my reading list. It sounded interesting and you’ve confirmed it.
    Lovely photos per usual. The frosty and golden light is so lovely.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you and happy new year to you too, Eliza. 🙂 It’s a very interesting book. It’s one of those books I want to give to others to read so we can sit down and discuss it.


    1. Thank you, Lynn. Happy New year to come to you, too. 🙂 Thank you for the link to the interview! I’ll have a look later today. The book is very interesting so far.


  6. I’ve been reading “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan, too. About half way through and I am a terribly slow reader… It has caused me to ponder many of the sacred experiences of my youth once again, too.


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