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Hearts Above

 

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“The superior man understands what is right;

the inferior man understands what will sell.”

Confucius

 

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?

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Spirit

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“Never lose an opportunity

of seeing anything beautiful,

for beauty is God’s handwriting.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

It’s raining today.  Nothing like rain at the beach.  It drives the crowds away and cleanses the air.  The Earth takes in the clean, fresh water and plants rejoice in the moisture.  I thrive in this abundance.  The peace it brings, the nurturing it brings as Spirit washes us clean.  Enjoy this day.

Be Kind

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We just returned from vacation in Colorado.  I love the beach but desired to see a completely different landscape.  You can’t get more different than the Rocky Mountains.  I saw a wild moose!  And elk!  Wanted to see a black bear but no such luck.  Nor did I see the longhorn sheep or mountain goats, but had fun looking.

Those mountains are gorgeous.  Humbling.  Massive.  Those ponderosa pines blow me away.  We visited Garden of the Gods and Pike’s Peak.  The best part was simply choosing a direction and driving mountain roads.  The views!  The snow!

We as individuals are served well by immersing ourselves into nature….where there’s no service to our phones … and breathe it all in.  We are so tiny and the earth is so large.  My belief is that Mother Earth will survive us, despite our attempts to kill it off. She will eventually shake us off and live her own life free from the fleas of humanity for her days are numbered, too.

Peace.

Friendship

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I have a friend.  A friend who challenges me while being nonjudgmental.  Her critiques are honest yet delivered in kindness.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Afternoon of Bluefish

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Under a blanketed, soft, silvery-light afternoon sky I sat alone, in my chair, reading.  Snuggled close to the dunes I didn’t want interruptions.  Just peace. The peace of being surrounded by the white noise of waves breaking with a soft light great for reading.

However, the bluefish were running.  Small, oily, silver arrows darting through the sea sheer numbers of them attracted sheer numbers of seabirds.  Gulls and pelicans and terns were circling over boiling schools of bluefish.  Once I noticed I couldn’t stop watching.  Pelicans dove from on high, coming back up time and again gulping down wriggling fish.  Gulls, scavengers and “rats” that they are, were observed landing on the pelican’s backs, trying to steal their meal.

Birds and fish.  Green sea, blue sky, muted clouds.  It was a great day.