“The superior man understands what is right;
the inferior man understands what will sell.”
Confucius so got it. It’s amazing to me how we have all learned so much yet nothing seems to change. Or, Bill Watterson says something like this – Day to day it seems nothing changes, but suddenly one day everything is different. I’m unhappy about today’s politics and am ready for that “suddenly one day everything is different” thing.
YES, I will be voting. I vote every year, every election…even the midterms. But there’s something fundamentally wrong with Washington DC. I believe it’s when Citizen’s United was passed by the Supreme Court. And the gerrymandering. Now, we are an Oligarchy. Clearly we are no longer a Democracy. I love my country but barely recognize it these days. What do you think?
Pause to reflect on the goodness of Life.
Stormy beach 2016
Give me a wild sea with boiling clouds, wind that lifts my hair and shuffles the birds around willy nilly. Give me a wild sea with chocolate waves, briny foam and pelicans diving between large waves. Give me a wild sea in the middle of winter and an empty space where I can breathe. Give me a wild sea where salty air is forced into my nostrils, down into my lungs cleansing my body. Give me a wild sea.
Sunrise – August 2, 2017
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
* Working on accepting change whether I like it or not. *
June 10, 2018
This is the shower I loved.
As I shot the sunrising to the northeast
(because the sun moves in that direction from my vantage point in summer),
this shower was approaching from the south.
Tiny drops announced its arrival.
Tiny drops became bigger drops.
I ducked under a walkway and sat down at the base of a sand dune.
It felt good, the wind and light rain.
I laughed watching the pelicans, terns and gulls
feast on the running bluefish
as the rains kept them company.
The shower was short lived.
Pulling myself out of my lair I continued my camera-play.
Sunrise is fun.
June 10, 2018
Dead snake on the road.
Raindrop patterns in the sand.
Sudsy waves breaking.
Sand cool to the touch.
Rain shower coming from the south.
Ducking underneath a walkway.
Laughing at myself.
Pelicans, gulls and terns feasting on bluefish.
Shoot the sunrise many times.
“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.”
Jacques Yves Cousteau
I confess feeling hopeless today. Hopeless for our planet and for its people. Recently, I heard a scientist on NPR talk about climate change and how we are past the point of no return. “Get used to doom,” he said. I have been disheartened ever since. How does one “get used to doom?” I’m no good at that, being the eternal optimist that I am. So this morning I feel conflicted and hopeless.
I have a friend. A friend who challenges me while being nonjudgmental. Her critiques are honest yet delivered in kindness.
We’ve become estranged of late due to Life challenges on her part and mine. She is on my mind constantly. I miss her, yet currently our relationship is strained. The funny part is that I really don’t know why.
She would say that’s a cop-out and would grill me down to get at the root…but the last time we tried that it didn’t go very well.
We will remain friends – it’s just that our “new normal” hasn’t yet been discovered. Time. As all good things of value, it will take time.
“No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path.”
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