quote du jour ~lao-tzu

It is the child that sees the primordial secret in nature, and it is the child of ourselves we return to. The child within us is simple and daring enough to live the secret.

~Lao-Tzu

quote du jour ~lubbock

To lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

~Sir John Lubbock

time to be

Photo by Lisa Tate

One look at this photo by my friend Lisa, and I was catapulted back through time, years flying by like so many roadside fenceposts. I landed decades in the past at my Granny Rogers’ house at the edge of a small North Carolina town named Creedmoor. The property to the south side of the house sloped down towards a wooded area, and at the bottom of the slope was an old woodshed. Continue reading

at the river clarion ~mary oliver

Photo by Lisa Tate

1.

I don’t know who God is exactly.
But I’ll tell you this.
I was sitting in the river named Clarion, on a
water splashed stone
and all afternoon I listened to the voices
of the river talking….

And slowly, very slowly, it became clear to me
what they were saying.
Said the river I am part of holiness.
And I too, said the stone. And I too, whispered
the moss beneath the water.

I’d been to the river before, Continue reading

quote du jour ~thich nhat hanh – miracles

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child…our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

celebrating a friend’s gift

A few million years ago, Lisa Tate and I spent a summer dancing together in the mountains of North Carolina. We reconnected a couple of years ago on Facebook, only to find that we had unknowingly lived not too far from each other for several years. We live in different states now, but we stay in touch on Facebook.

Lisa regularly posts photos—mostly of the flora and fauna that live on her farm or in the surrounding area—and I’ve been wowed by her skills as a photographer. Continue reading