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Friday fun

Playing with filters on a rainy day.

Sometimes you just have to jump in a mud puddle because it’s there. Never get so old that you forget about having fun.

~ Tom Giaquinto, Be A Good Human 

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A Monday meander: Love and voice

Tufted Titmouse at the feeder yesterday. He’s quite an athletic bird.

If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world.

~ Thomas Lovejoy, Biologist and Godfather of Biodiversity

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A January blizzard

In the wee hours of the morning when the world is blue.

Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.

~David R. Hawkins

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Another new year

A soft glow just before sunrise.

A very sweet light is spreading over the Earth like a perfume. The moon is slowly dissolving and a boy-sun languidly stretches his translucent arms . . . Cool murmurings of pure waters that surrender themselves to the hillsides. A pair of wings dances in the rosy atmosphere.
Silence, my friends.
The day is about to begin.

~ Clarice Lispector, “Fever Dream” from The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector

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3. Snow day

Blue day.

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.

~Walt Streightiff

Let me keep my mind on what matters which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.

~Mary Oliver

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The accountability factor

Early morning walk.

I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be… This does not mean that I ought to be trapped or enclosed in any of these ages…the delayed adolescent, the childish adult, but that they are in me to be drawn on; to forget is a form of suicide… Far too many people misunderstand what *putting away childish things* means, and think that forgetting what it is like to think and feel and touch and smell and taste and see and hear like a three-year-old or a thirteen-year-old or a twenty-three-year-old means being grownup. When I’m with these people I, like the kids, feel that if this is what it means to be a grown-up, then I don’t ever want to be one. Instead of which, if I can retain a child’s awareness and joy, and *be* fifty-one, then I will really learn what it means to be grownup.

~ Madeleine L’Engle

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New Germany

Under the clear water of the lake. (October 2017, New Germany Lake, western Maryland)

We can touch wonder in every moment as we slow down and perceive the world around us as if for the first time. And when we contact wonder, we know thankfulness for the most ordinary, extraordinary things of life.

~M. J. Ryan

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