Who doesn't like staring into a warm fire on a cold night?
Drawn into the magic of dancing light and heat and the crackling sounds,
it is difficult to concentrate on the conversations around you,
and the one in your head is more like a dream -
a dream that humans have been having for thousands of years -
restfulness, safety, peace, warmth.
From Laine's Blog, December 6, 2013 and used with her permission!
Grateful for the usual suspects...
dear friends, family, cats, dogs,
blue skies and the moon and stars,
but especially for my time spent in nature.
Time that pulls me out of my head
and back to this beautiful complex world.
I am grateful for that.
Lights reflecting on the bay by the Bridge of Lions
remind me of sitting on the end of a pier, a long time ago,
and hearing the water lapping gently on the shore,
while being hypnotized by the rippling reflections of the lights from across the way.
One of my very favorite things!
What I have been trying not to say out loud,
is that there are blessings or gifts hidden in tragedies,
and these gifts may not be obvious for some time to come,
but they are there.
If we can make a commitment not to let the anger and helplessness
allow us to disconnect,
and instead turn to our friends and families,
and really see them in that deep way that keeps love alive,
then that compassion spreads to our neighbors, and the person behind the counter,
and we become part of the force that moves us away from the madness,
and towards creating a loving and compassionate world.
Be gentle with each other and kind and open.
Reprinted from Laine's Blog, April 18th, 2013.
This tiny squirrel accosted my young friend and his dad on their way back to their car
in a parking lot in St. Augustine.
No sign of a mommy or daddy squirrel,
so they brought her home with them.
She is doing well with regular feeding and warmth and love.
There are times when we can help and do so generously,
and times when we can't,
when we need to focus on the task at hand,
or getting strong,
or just being.
It is good to know what time it is for you,
as well as for the other.
It is all good time.
There was a large 4 story abandoned factory building
somewhere on U.S. 1 in Pennsylvania that I wanted to photograph
but never got around to it.
It was in serious disrepair with many broken windows,
but in one window there was a sign,
This building reminded me of that...
It's a good thing to know when to ask for help -
after all, we are all here together, in this life,
here for each other.
The Grist Mill Gifts and Tavern, asking for help! St. Augustine, Florida, 2016.
Cold air meets warmish water and voila, sea smoke!
Thanks to David for sharing this beautiful phenomena in the cold hours after sunrise, Sunday morning, January 24th, 2016.
St. Augustine Beach.
If you put bottled beer in the freezer to get chilled
and forget about it until morning,
does it explode?
It's not as messy as you might imagine,
as it is frozen,
but it is messy!
A few years back, in the freezer of my sister on the occasion of her son and Daughter in Law's wedding celebration.
(Is it really 5 years already?)
serving dinner once a month on the Full Moon.
Breakfast and Lunch -
most other days!
Another town, another great meal on the road in Lambertville, New Jersey.
From a moving car,
the background is almost stationary - almost.
The foreground is whizzing by.
You can learn things about yourself
when you step outside of your ordinary life.
Things that are obvious once you get hit over the head with them,
we aren't going to live forever,
me and my friends,
we aren't going to live forever.
Of course you know that,
but when you lose a friend you were sure you would see again and again,
it hits you.
No matter how perfect or imperfect that house on the hill is,
it will one day be gone.
On the road near Lake Lure, in North Carolina.
At the end of the day.
The end of a world.
The end of a life.
And then it begins again.
The sea oats
will be back in the spring.
The sun that sets
The mystery is solved in 533 pages,
yet some things
just the other side of certainty.
Sea oats and sunset with painterly effect, St. Augustine Beach.
From Laines Blog, October 2013.
Laine (me, I) has begun to set up in the Historic Market in the Plaza de la Constitution in St. Augustine.
On Sale are photos of St. Augustine and from my travels near and far.
This is a month to month commitment, so stay posted for next month's news.
I'll be there Saturday this week, July 4th and next Saturday as well, July 11th.
Also, I have developed some prints from my favorite blog posts and here is a sample of that!
And Drum Roll please...
Laine's new artistic venue,
painting on silk scarves.
Always a friend of the silk scarf and bandana, this was an easy transition to make.
Here is a sample of the first crop, hanging on the line to dry.
Wish me luck and maybe I will see you there!
Primitive anxieties in a "modern" world.
Simpler when you can see the predator,
and not some elusive shadow from the past.
How to cope?
Trust what you have learned,
what you know is true.
Wait it out.
Look around you and believe what you see,
not what you feel.
And when you are ready,
lean on a friend.
Alligator and Great Blue Heron, surviving side by side in the Everglades, March 2008.
What a great jumping off point for a poem or a short work of fiction.
It gets even more interesting when you see the rest of the line...
What great names,
and loved enough for family or friends to immortalize them on the Fishing pier at Flagler Beach,
or at least as long as the pier lasts!
What's the rest of their story?
Flagler Fishing Pier, Florida.