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Archive for May 2013

Gnome sweet gnome

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gnomes

Today…I stumbled upon what must be the mother lode of garden gnomes. I’m still trying to grasp the significance of this…and what it says about our society. Although…I do think the carhop gnome in pink is kind of cute.

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May 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Enough is enough

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Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to life
we have refused
again and again
until now.
Until now.

~ David Whyte, Enough

Sitting in the cool of the early morning…the faint hum of traffic in the distance is enough of the outside world. The  thrush in the woods singing its unanswerable question…the soft staccato drumming of a woodpecker…the delicate gray clouds drifting overhead…silently…through the palest of blue skies. All of these…enough.

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May 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Close encounter

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I was just settling in this evening when something caught my eye through the living room window. Something big moving out front. Getting up to take a look…I spotted a bird…a very large bird ambling about the front lawn. It was a wild turkey…moseying about looking for grub. I quickly grabbed my camera and managed to get a picture as she strutted across the grass. It looked to be a female…that is, a hen Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).

wild turkey

I’ve heard these birds before…gobbling in the nearby woods…and have occasionally seen them furtively crossing the road ahead as I’m driving. But this was truly a close encounter…of an unexpected kind.

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May 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Voice from the past

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It’s an interesting thought I had been mulling over lately…that we already may have experienced the thing we fear most in life. Death…or non-being, to be exact.  But that’s the catch…you can’t really experience non-being. None of us have. In reality, when you think about it…death may not even exist.

Lately, I’ve been hearing familiar voices from the past…resurfacing back into my consciousness. One of these voices belonged to Alan Watts, a philosopher and writer who helped popularize Eastern philosophies. This evening, I was playing with the new Google Now search application on my iPhone (I never cease to be amazed at where technology is taking us)…and spoke a command into the phone, “Show me some videos by Alan Watts.” After just a few seconds of virtual whirring…the following YouTube video popped up on the screen and started playing.  A synchronicity…that strangely echoed back to me what I had been musing on the last few days. I was somewhat dumbfounded…and listened to it several times.

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May 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm