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A Monday meander: Apologies and such

A sunrise

Take a journey into the things which you are carrying, the known —
not into the unknown — into what you already know:
your pleasures, your delights, your despairs, your sorrows.
Take a journey into that, that is all you have.

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Some Friday thoughts

Messages on the way to Chincoteague.

We are beckoned to see the world through a one-way mirror, as if we are threatened and innocent and the rest of humanity is threatening, or wretched, or expendable. Our memory is struggling to rescue the truth that human rights were not handed down as privileges from a parliament, or a boardroom, or an institution, but that peace is only possible with justice and with information that gives us the power to act justly.

~ John Pilger

Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?

~ Bertrand Russell

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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: Anticipation

Our resident buck.

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.

~ A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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A walk on the B&O Trail

On the Richland B&O Trail near Bellville, Ohio.

Life is playfulness, fun, because the whole existence is a tremendous circus. It is all fun–all the colors of the flowers, so many beautiful animals, birds, clouds, and for no purpose; they don’t serve any purpose. There is no goal to life. Life is a play unto itself. It is sheer abundance of energy, overflowing energy – existence goes on expanding.

~Osho

The universe is wider than our views of it.

~Henry David Thoreau

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Spring travels

Vernal breath.

Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?

~ Neltje Blanchan

Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.

~ John Muir

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