Ben’s Birthday

October 15, 2012


“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
– I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
– I shall fear only God.
– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
– I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
― Mahatma Gandhi


October 13, 2012


“For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien


October 13, 2012


“And I am struck once again by the unutterable beauty, terror, and strangeness of everything we think we know.”  –Edward Abbey

Uncle Ben and Ursa

October 13, 2012




“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”
― Edward Abbey

Learning to Ride

October 13, 2012

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“If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down and out. Your lives will begin to glow I n the darkness.  Your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.  I will always show you where to go.  I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places, firm muscles, strong bones.  You’ll be like a well watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry.  You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild  the foundations from out of your past.  You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.”   –Isaiah 58:9-12

Adventure Boys

October 10, 2012

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"How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light."
— Barry Lopez


October 10, 2012

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“Like the tender fires of stars moments of their life together, that no one knew of or would ever know of, broke upon and illuminated his memory.”
― James Joyce

All I Want for Christmas….

October 10, 2012

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“While you have a thing it can be taken from you…..but when you give it, you have given it. No robber can take it from you. It is yours then forever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give. ”
― James Joyce

The Lionhearted

October 10, 2012


“All things are inconstant except the faith in the soul, which changes all things and fills their inconstancy with light…”
― James Joyce


October 10, 2012


“She would follow, her dream of love, the dictates of her hear … Come what might she would be wild, untrammelled, free.”
― James Joyce