A lovely weekend

Somewhere on the Towpath Trail.

We were blessed with beautiful weather this weekend.  M and I talked about going up to Cleveland for the Ingenuity Festival, but decided we had too much to do to take the hour trip up (and hour trip back).  Maybe next year we’ll make it.

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The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.

~ Henry David Thoreau

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Spots of time

Rainy day

There are in our existence spots of time,
That with distinct pre-eminence retain
A renovating virtue…
That penetrates, enables us to mount,
When high more high, and lifts us up when fallen.

~ William Wordsworth

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A morning meditation

When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you.  Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self.  When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.

~ John O’Donohue, Anam Cara

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The gateway

Visualize yourself standing before a gateway on a hilltop.  Your entire life lies out behind you and below.  Before you step through the gateway, pause and review the past:  the learning and the joys, the victories and the sorrows — everything it took to bring you here.  Observe it all, bless it all, release it all.  For it is in letting go of the past that you reclaim your power.

Step through the gateway now.

~ Ralph H. Blum, The Book of Runes

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Watch the sunset from Cadillac Mountain


The healing rains

I’ve been terribly busy this week.  I feel swamped, and not just from the (very much needed!) heavy rains we’ve had over the past couple of days.  So, I am doing what I always do when I feel overwhelmed.  I’m taking a breather.  A small break to put my thoughts and priorities in order.

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