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If we were having coffee: Road trip

Reflections: Back in the Bogs.

When I am in my mind,
My mind gives me what it has:
Sighs.
When I am in my heart
My heart gives me what it is:
Delight.
~Sri Chinmoy

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If we were having coffee: Jellyfish and other things edition

Swimming
Swimming

The past is never where you think you left it.

~ Katherine Anne Porter

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Past and present

A bubble from the past. (February 2012)
A bubble from the past. (February 2012)

The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.

~Wendell Berry

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If we were having coffee: A family Thanksgiving edition

Looking out at winter.
Looking out at the snow.

The roast turkey carries with it, in its chubby hold, a sizable portion of our primitive and pagan luggage.

Primitive and pagan? Us? We of the laser, we of the microchip, we of the Union Theological Seminary and Time magazine? Of course. At least twice a year, do not millions upon millions of us cybernetic Christians and fax machine Jews participate in a ritual, a highly stylized ceremony that takes place around a large dead bird?

And is not this animal sacrificed, as in days of yore, to catch the attention of a divine spirit, to show gratitude for blessings bestowed, and to petition for blessings coveted?

The turkey, slain, slowly cooked over our gas or electric fires, is the central figure at our holy feast. It is the totem animal that brings our tribe together.

~ Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

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A Wednesday wander

Rainy day on the ranch.
Rainy day on the ranch.

This strangely still pause between summer and autumn, greenery and gold, and the heat and rising wind that is once again readying itself to rush it all away in a climactic symphony of color and scent is — in my opinion, one of the best parts about living on earth.

~ Victoria Erikson

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Luxury

Another chance to enjoy daylilies. (24 July 2016)
Another chance to enjoy daylilies. (16 July 2016)

I am convinced that there can be luxury in simplicity.

~ Jil Sander

When I left the Wabi-Sabi Ranch to go on my summer adventure, our daylilies had finished their season.  Being back in the Bogs where the warmer seasons are usually behind us out here on the Eastern Shore and south of the Mason-Dixon Line, allowed me the luxury of second season of daylily delight.

This post is in response today’s prompt from The Daily Post:  Luxury.

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If we were having coffee: Quiet Saturday afternoon edition

Love in the palm of my hand.
Love in the palm of my hand.  (Phone photograph.)

What advice do I tell my grandson?
I listen to him.

~ Roy Haynes

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