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Deer medicine

Little Doe, mama of the twins.

When deer show up in your life it is time to be gentle with yourself and others.  A new innocence and freshness is about to be awakened or born.  There is going to be a gentle, enticing lure of new adventures.  Ask yourself important questions.  Are you trying to force things?  Are others?  Are you being too critical and uncaring of yourself?  When deer show up there is an opportunity to express gentle love that will open new doors to adventure for you.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

When you have the deer as spirit animal, you are able to bring gentleness and grace in every aspects of your life, even in the most challenging moments. By inspiration from the deer’s qualities, you can achieve ambitious goals and tackle difficult situation smoothly with a touch of gentleness and grace.

The deer spirit animal will remind you to be gentle with yourself and others. The grace and gentleness characteristic of this spirit animal echo the qualities brought forth when living from the heart. For example, the traditional symbol used for the heart chakra has the deer (sometimes also represented as an antelope) as emblematic animal of the energy of love and harmony with oneself and others.

~ Elena Harris

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The 79th National Folk Festival

Sign of things to come. (On a sidewalk in Salisbury, MD)

If Music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.

~ Vera Nazarian

Yet our land is still troubled by men who have to hate
They twist away our freedom and they twist away our fate
Fear is their weapon and treason is their cry.
We can stop them if we try.

~ Phil Ochs, Power and Glory (1960’s folk/protest song)

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A Monday meander: Away and back again

The brilliant reds on the foliage of a blueberry bush in the rain garden.

With an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.

~ William Wordsworth

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A Monday meander

One of the latest editions.
One of the latest editions.

MEANDER, n. To proceed sinuously and aimlessly.  The word is the ancient name of a river about one hundred and fifty miles south of Troy, which turned and twisted in the effort to get out of hearing when the Greeks and Trojans boasted of their prowess.

~ Ambrose Bierce

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If we were having coffee: Holiday weekend edition

Over the bridge and through the tunnel.
Over the bridge and through the tunnel with surprisingly little traffic to show for it.

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.

~ Doug Larson

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If we were having coffee: 4th of July edition

Clouds at sunset.
Clouds at sunset.

Celebration — is self restraint, is attentiveness, is questioning, is meditating, is awaiting, is the step over into the more wakeful glimpse of the wonder — the wonder that a world is worlding around us, that there are beings rather than nothing, that things are as we ourselves are in their midst, that we ourselves are and yet barely know who we are, and barely know that we do not know all this.

~ Martin Heidegger, 1942

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Five Photos, Five Stories: In the morning

In the morning.
In the morning.

In the morning, before I go for a walk, I have to gear up.  I normally associate gearing up with winter walks, but when you live near water and are practically surrounded by marshes, the insects can be formidable.  I put on long trousers and tuck the bottoms of the pant legs into my socks and boots.  I wear a tight t-shirt that is tucked in the waistband of my trousers, and over that goes a long-sleeved t-shirt.  All the tucking in keeps out the ticks.  A hat and my sunglasses go on next, and then I can head out the door with netting in my pocket in case the deer flies are so bad that I need to cover my face.  Once outside, I spray with insect repellent, usually just those areas where it might be possible for bugs to get in or bite.

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