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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

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Best book of 2018

Covered.

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

~ Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.*

~ Stephen King

*I do.  I carry a book with me almost everywhere (except on walks and hikes).

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Before the storm

Just before sunset yesterday.

Expose yourself to your deepest fear, and after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

~Jim Morrison

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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A Monday meander: Rainy days and hurricanes

A rainy day moment.

Here is a moment of extravagant beauty: I drink its liquid from the shells of my hands and almost all of it runs sparkling through my fingers: but beauty is like that, it is a fraction of a second, quickness of a flash and then immediately it escapes.

~ Clarice Lispector, A Breath of Life

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Shoot from the hip

An intermission.

Ask yourself:  How much time do you spend just observing your surroundings?  Driving or navigating while walking on busy streets doesn’t count.  And how much time do you spend with your eyes glued to some type of screen?  Most of your impressions of the world are mediated.  They have been altered by someone else, who wants you to see things in a certain way — and they are usually trying to influence us for their own reasons.  As a society, we seem to passively accept and even embrace this troubling condition of the electronic age.

Poet Theodore Roethke writes:  “I wish I could find an event that meant as much as simple seeing.”  I agree, and believe that the world itself is fascinating, deserving of our attention, and far more interesting than anything we might say about it — in any medium.

~ David Ulrich, Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography

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A Monday meander: Summer days and summer fun

From the boardwalk in Ocean City (Maryland).

In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.

~ Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.”

―Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

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A Monday meander: Heat wave and hodgepodge edition

A modest flower.

Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.

~ Mahatma Gandhi, 1925

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