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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Blooming over the lake

August at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain NC.

Blooms...what are they? Do you remember?
Actually spring came pretty early this year, then left us for more snow and sleet.  I'll continue to share new flowers for 3rd Sundays!

Sunday Summertime, 3rd Sunday of the month.

Today's quote:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn't make any sense.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Petersburg FL and palms

 Some fun sculptures break up the courtyard around many upscale shops leading to a movie theater.

What is reflected in the far left window? Something round is out there...
Purely by accident, the light pole merged with the palm trunk.

I love the texture that only a palm tree trunk can have!

Of course my Florida relatives and friends will know the name of this place.  Not me.  Not yet...

And Happy St. Patricks Day to all those of us with a little of the Irish in our blood! Erin go bragh!
Sharing over on Weekend Reflections. 

Today's quote:

Having daily ritual or ceremony in our lives is very important to keep us connected to what really matters.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Poetry and children

Kahlil Gibran said...

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable

Children have been pretty active this week, on Wed. Mar 14, there were children in many schools in the US who did a "walk out" in honor of the recent loss of 17 to gun violence a month ago in FL.  But the thing is, children are leading a movement to change gun laws...and nobody can stop them, as they know these children will be voting very soon.  It's unfortunate that so many children have died due to gun violence.

Shoes or boots to memorialize the fallen.  I think the number of children killed has not been just "in schools."

Sepia Saturday says...

Japanese Canadian children being escorted by Vancouver policeman - 1942

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Chihuateteo, warrior goddess for women who died in childbirth?

Happy Ides of March today!
A deity who symbolizes women who died in childbirth...sounds like a good idea for all those women who didn't live through that trauma.  But how she would also be considered a warrior goddess, I'm not sure of the connection.  But the gesture of her hands and her mouth do lead me to think this woman is wondering, "why me?"

Today's quote:

Many paths lead from the foot of the mountain, but at the peak we all gaze at the single bright moon.
Ikkyu - Zen-monk poet, 1394-1481

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It's March in Black Mountain NC

March has had several storms (schools in Buncombe County have closed most of these days, as well as a few others when nothing much happened at all.) Ornamental Bradford Pears have been saying it's springtime with their white blossoms.

March 7, 2018, pear blossoms with sunset lighting

March 8, 2018 the Bradford Pear is not too happy

March 13, 2017 Lake Tomahawk

 Another Bradford Pear by the lake seems happy enough, though the higher elevations had snow last night.

 March 14, off and on snow falling early morning, with no view of the mountain on the other side of Swannanoa Valley.

March 14 Pear tree is still blooming. Glad it's not a fruit bearing tree...and hope the nearby apple trees have been ok.

Then the promise of blue sky, leaving us to see what has been dropped from on high, and up on the top of the nearby mountain there's still snow I can see from my bedroom window.  Tomorrow it will be gone again.


Someone was talented enough to make this non-functional piece for just the joy of the relationship people had with dogs (and still do!)  From the Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL

Today's quote:
Sometimes as adults, we just need a time out to refocus and gather ourselves before starting out again.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Deity of death - an incense burner as well!

I continue to post photos of my visit to the St. Petersburg Florida Museum of Fine Art.

Today's quote:

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.
Wayne Dyer