Cherry Picking

June 10, 2014

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“And then I feel the sun itself
as it blazes over the hills,
like a million flowers on fire —
clearly I’m not needed,
yet I feel myself turning
into something of inexplicable value.
-from The Buddha’s Last Instruction”
― Mary Oliver

Moms

May 12, 2014

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“I was beloved. I had been hoped for. Somehow, I was necessary.” 
― Tosca Lee

Eleven Looks Good

August 5, 2013

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"We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans — because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone- because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Not just how tall we are, or thin… but who we are internally… perhaps even spiritually. There’s something, which impels us to show our inner-souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know."
Maya Angelou

Cherry Season

June 12, 2013

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“Question four: What book would you give to every child?
Answer: I wouldn’t give them a book. Books are part of the problem: this strange belief that a tree has nothing to say until it is murdered, its flesh pulped, and then (human) people stain this flesh with words. I would take children outside and put them face to face with chipmunks, dragonflies, tadpoles, hummingbirds, stones, rivers, trees, crawdads.
That said, if you’re going to force me to give them a book, it would be The Wind In The Willows, which I hope would remind them to go outside.”
― Derrick Jensen

Get Together

April 11, 2013

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“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
― Hal Borland

5th Street

April 11, 2013

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“And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to Blossom.”
Anaïs Nin

Celebrate!

December 16, 2012

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“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. ”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Dinner with Ashley

June 1, 2012

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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Ben and Ashley

August 23, 2011

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“Despite what you’ve heard about opposites attracting, people usually fall in love with people like themselves.”  –David Brooks

Ladies Day Out

August 23, 2011

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"For God’s sake, let’s take the word ‘possess’ and put a brick round its neck and drown it … We can’t possess one another. We can only give and hazard all we have."
— Dorothy L. Sayers