Christmas Music

December 25, 2015

9 (1 of 1)“The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no “meaning,” they are meaning; the mountains are. The sun is round. I ring with life, and the mountains ring, and when I can hear it, there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart, knowing how meaningless it is to try to capture what cannot be expressed, knowing that mere words will remain when I read it all again, another day.”
― Peter Matthiessen

This Face

August 27, 2015

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“The bad news is you’re falling, hurling through the air with no parachute, nothing to slow you down.  The good news: there’s no ground.”  –Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Construction Site

August 23, 2015

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When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.” –Mary Oliver

Two

March 16, 2015

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May every sunset, hold more peace.

Ira’s GingerBread House

December 25, 2014

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― Charles Dickens

The Welcoming Committee

November 5, 2014

november2014-rivermontpizza-21 (1 of 1)“Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.”
― Henry David Thoreau

Ira’s Friends

October 27, 2014

october2014-pumpkins-07 (1 of 1)“Even ashes are a part of your freedom.”
― Sarah Waters

Home Sweet Home

October 19, 2014

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“and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you”
― E.E. Cummings

Golden Delicious

September 11, 2014

sept2014-applepicking-01 (1 of 1)“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”
― Leo Tolstoy

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“Joy doesn’t ever leave, you know. It’s always with you. And one day you’ll find it again.” 
― Louise Penny