Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Tans Will Fade But Memories Live On

 The Most utterly lost of all days

 is that in which you have not once laughed.

Chamfort

and welcome to my

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Remember sharing is caring. Bark! Bark!



Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver



Okay let's say, "There are many Green Dragons in this world of wayside inns, even as there are many white Harts, Red Lions, Silent women, and other incredible things. William Henry Hudson







It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone. 
Hans F. Hansen





The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
Henry Ward Beecher







Sometimes reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. At other time's it's allowing another to take yours. Vera Nazarian

Sometimes it's not the strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells.
Richard Paul Evans





Never underestimate the lingering effects of a dash of spontaneous comfort.
Gina Greenlee





"What makes us the most normal," said Reiko, "is knowing that we're not normal."
Haruki Murakami




The goal for most people should not be to feel better,
but to get better at feeling. Shannon L. Alder



I'm sure this memory will bring us through the toughest of snow storms.



The good thing is, there's not one bleak moment that you can't replace by offering someone something of kindness from within.


The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
W. B. Yeats

He understood that there was power in stillness, and excitement in the pause, A. J. Rich


The hand that feeds you.


So to those fading tan lines we bid farewell. Even a I crave running to the beach again, with buckets and shovels and supporting sunscreen but again we Minnesotans must exchange them for snow saucers and wooly hats and mittens.


 Thanks for stopping by, your comments mean the world to me.
Take good care of you.





Sunday, November 8, 2020

Start Paving the Way

 So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole world. Baha'u'llah



A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even in paradise. Baha'u'llah


Success happens when we're not in the mood to make a healthy choice, but we do anyway. Apply this reasoning to everything!



Shouting out a thank you to all that made this 2020 election a success for America! Unbelievable amount of voters making their voice heard is something we'll never forget. 



Today's post is all about being thankful.

The most beautiful way to start and end the day is with a grateful heart.





Outside my window.


SATURDAY'S CRITTERS



The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. Baha'u'llah

Unless you're a cat. That naturally changes everything.



If you don't want a generation of robots, fund the arts.

Cath Crowley


Life is a work of art. If you don't like what you see paint over it.


The world will never have too many Gnomes.


Sometimes science isn't enough. Sometimes you need the poets.

Cath Crowley

and painters.



But I don't believe the future gives us signs.
 I think that we look back and read the past
 with the present in our eyes.

Cath Crowley




The past is with me; the present is here. The future is unmapped and changeable. Ours for the imagining: spreading out before us.  Sunlight filled, deep blue, and the darkness. Cath Crowley



Just remember, Love of the things that make you happy is steady too -- books, words, music, art-- these are the lights that reappear in a broken universe.

 Cath Crowley


Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comment brighten my world.

Take good care of you.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Maturity Can Kill Your Inner Child

 Life will take you to unexpected places.

Your proximity breeds empathy.

 But love brings you home.




Here is the world.

(our world)

beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.

Fredrick Buechner




When you're short for words read a book.

If you're feeling blue, music is the divine way to recover.

When it rains look for rainbows.

When it's dark look for stars.


There's something we can all do at any given moment of the day for someone else. Don't over think it. Just do.



In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child. L. Frank Baum. Or a wagging tail. Or a storytelling grandparent and fresh baked pie straight from the oven.



When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn't climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and comes out the other side enlightened. Criss Jami

(and so too readers are enlightened and thankful at the same time.)



The world as we created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. Albert Einstein




Don't just hide behind the many screens of life.
Your sanity depends on this.

The three C's in life:
Choice, Chance, Change.
You must make a choice to take
a chance or your life will never change.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama



No matter the weather we're too resilient to be downed by any storm.

We've got this, isn't just a saying, it's a way of life.


Look for something positive every single day.

Plans aren't crucial - just wing it.

Sometimes look for something positive 

way more often than once a day.  

You'll know the days when that's necessary.




Thanks for stopping in your comments are special to me.

Take good care of you.



Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Way Things Are with Critters

 Welcome to another 

SATURDAY'S CRITTERS

For my post today I'm going to lead with

my daughter's animals from my recent trip to Alabama.


"An animal's eyes have the powers to speak a powerful language."

Martin Buber


Artemis loves Murphy the dog living on their right side but as usual Artemis has her eyes on three dogs living on the other side always under her watchful eyes!



Miss Lou-Lou

What greater gift than the love of a cat.
Charles Dickens


As a matter of fact this is Sparkle's comfy position. 

A cat has the absolute emotional honesty; human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. Ernest Hemingway.


"I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time. Neil Gaiman
 

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
Anatole France


Artemis checking out Sparkle and Lou-Lou enjoying the sun from their catio, and still keeping watch on the dogs next door.
The kitties have a cat sized doorway leading from the living room to their special catio on the deck!

There is a wilderness we walk alone.

However well - companioned.

Steven Vincent Benet




Truth is a hard deer to hunt. Life is not lost by dying;
 life is lost minute by minute,
day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways. S. V. Benet



The most complicated skill is to be simple.

D. Stojanovic



May you live every day of your life.

Jonathan Swift


Thanks for stopping by know that your comments 

are as special as you are.

Take good care of you!







Use the wings of the flying Universe.

 Dream with open eyes; see in darkness. 

Dejan Stojanovic


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Alabama Moments


 Here are a few memorable moments from my recent trip to Alabama. 

It's never too late to have a happy childhood. - Tom Robbins





Don't you find it odd, 

how some children pretend to be all grown up

while enthusiastic adults are full of quirks and secrets

living a life as complicated creatures instead of being

all grown up?




"Art is the magical act of one bleeding heart healing another."

A. Mandal





Your intuition knows what to do. The trick is getting
 your head to shut up so you can hear.
Louise Smith





You can't reach for anything new
 if your hands are still full of yesterday's junk.
Louise Smith





Why would anyone want perfection when growth comes from flaws.
Shannon L. Alder




One of the most important things you can do on this earth 
is to let people know they are not alone.
Shannon L. Alder



My grand-daughter, Lyra Phoenix
 
"I remember making that vow, the one not to forget,
 not to remember what happened,
but to remember who I was and how I felt."
Especially more so with my grandchildren.




"The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary,
that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors,
 friends, family, in one's backyard.
Abraham Maslow



My little girl, Cierra.



Tate Farms one of my favorite Alabama autumn places.
Me.





In any given moment we have two options
to step forward into growth
or to step back into safety.
Abraham Maslow




What is necessary to change a person is
to change his awareness of himself.
Abraham Maslow



The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
Abraham Maslow


Thanks for your visit and take good care of you!



Meet Artemis my daughter's new pup! Finally got to meet her (now that she's a year old) as my March visit was delayed due to COVID-19 and the risk of flying back then.