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A Monday meander: Attention

Peach blossoms.

This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.

~ Mary Oliver

Awe and wonder are the same emotion, but with a slightly different twist, because wonder is only connected to positive emotion and awe is the same emotion, but with negative — or not “negative”, but scarier thoughts associated with it. So to describe what wonder and awe and astonishment are, they are the emotion that arises in one in the face of something so vast and so powerful and so transcendent and so unexpected that it makes one rethink what you’re looking at, because you can’t comprehend it. You can’t quite take it in on one side.

~ Fabiana Fondevila


I have so much I wish to write about and somehow, someway, at the very same time… I can’t think of a thing to say or write.  I don’t know how I can be in both states at once, but there you are.  Let me begin with the everyday, how I’ve been spending my spring, and go from there.  Perhaps something will arise.  Perhaps not.

Almost finished for the season.

It’s been a rather typical spring in the Bogs.  Unseasonably warm when we arrived, some rain and sleet within a week or so, and then cool (downright chilly at times) and cloudy.  When we lived here it wasn’t unusual to have a last snowfall at the beginning of May.  We woke up to the brightest sunshine on Sunday morning.  Blindingly bright after a week of clouds and rain and sleet.  It brought to life the frost in the meadow, making it sparkle and shine, turning it to dew that also sparkled and shined.  I think it brought us humans back to a brighter life, too.

A little black & white play.

I know most people don’t have a lot of appreciation for the cloudy days, but I love them because of the way the spring colors are intensified against the backdrop of dark greys.  Even so, it’s good to have the sunlight return.  The plants need it as much as we do, and judging by their behavior, the birds are appreciating the light, too.  The clouds did roll back in later in the day, bringing a little rain and chillier temperatures with them.

Walborn Reservoir

We’ve been keeping busy with play, walks, hikes, a little homeschooling, and all the usual things (chores, cooking meals, etc.).  Everyone has remained hearty and healthy.  Well, almost everyone.  I’m feeling a bit exhausted, but that was to be expected..  A 3-year-old and a 5-year old can be difficult for me to keep up with on a daily basis.  They are worth the exhaustion.

Last Sunday, on our first good hike since arriving in the Bogs.

I am impressed by how well the boys keep up on hikes.  Their limit appears to be about 2 miles.  Or a little over 2 miles if we push them a bit.  They are very attentive and curious, stopping to look at pretty much everything.  I am often amazed at the small things they notice.  They are treehuggers.  Literally.

Stopping to hug a tree.

The Little Wookie is 5 years old today.  We had a small, in-the-bubble, party for him yesterday with responsible people who have been doing what they should and are now fully vaccinated. Nonetheless, it made me somewhat nervous to be around a couple of other people (the other grandparents) I haven’t seen in over a year.  Combining bubbles, even though it wasn’t really combining (the kids, big and little, have spent time with the other grandparents over the course of the pandemic), required trust.  Faith.  I’m still working on those things.


I was listening to David Whyte this morning (part of his Mythopoetic Tour of Ireland which was offered in March), and he asked these questions:  “Who would you be if you failed at being yourself?  Who would you be if you failed at the art form that you knew could take you beyond yourself?”

When we entered the woods.

I going to leave you with those questions.  I have many thoughts whirling around, but nothing cohesive.  Good questions will do that.  Thank you so much for visiting with me today.  I hope this finds you hale and hearty and well.

Please be safe, be well, and be kind.

A glimpse of the water from the woods.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,751)  Hiking around NE Ohio, enjoying what spring has to offer.  1,752)  The possibility of one to three inches of snow this week.  You know how much I love snow.  1,753)  Delving into mythology again.  I loved all of those stories when I was a child, and now I’m reading some of them again as part of the homework for Gita class.  1,754)  A beautiful sunrise this morning.  1,755)  M, always and forever.

Centering the trees.


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8 thoughts on “A Monday meander: Attention

  1. Would we know if we failed at being ourselves? I mean, how do we know what we are, which I presume we think is ourself, really is what we are?
    Mind boggling. It’s hard when words want to come out, but get shy when the gate that would allow them to spring forth opens.

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  2. How wonderful for you to be back in the bogs again, and for your grandson’s birthday too.
    They are interesting questions. I pondered them a moment, but can’t imagine failing at who I am. And I don’t think I’d want to go beyond myself either! Doesn’t that sound boring? I hope other people have more interesting replies for you. xx

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  3. I felt a surprising pang when I read the Little Wookie is 5! I don’t kow why, but my heart said, “oh no!” I guess it just signifies that time is flying by and that makes me sad. Plus he’s sooo cute (even if only seen from behind) which is testimony to your photography skill, and I wonder if you’ll still be able to call him Little Wookie when he’s 16.

    Anyway, I’m rambling because I’m stressing here over things at the nonprofit. Change is hard. I haven’t slept in 2 nights with worry, and I just want to be done with it all. Sigh.

    On a good note I got my 2nd shot last week, so soon I too will be fully vacinated. And Katie is getting better.

    Just a typical day here in the north I guess.

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  4. For someone who wasn’t sure what she wanted to write about, she did a mighty fine job. And does it help to know that I know exactly what you meant?
    Lovely, as always!

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  5. I missed this earlier in the week. Mind boggling questions–I feel like I’ve always known I’m me, but still struggle to be what I could be. Beautiful photos, as always. I’m glad you’re enjoying your time there. I’d be nervous about being with anyone else, too.


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