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I think Violent Doughnuts would be an awesome band name. 

Do you ever do that?  Hear something and think, “Wow, that would be a great band name!” 

It’s always something really strange.  On a road trip last year, Kelsea and I decided that “Moose Hallucinations” would be an awesome band name. I still think it would be. Only I can’t play an instrument, so it can’t be my band.

Any band name suggestions you’d like to share?

Photo title: Watching the Sea

Big Bamboo, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Look at everything as though you were either seeing it for the first time or the last time.”  —  Betty Smith

Daily gratitudes:
Flocks of birds that dip and soar in unison as if with one brain
The flame-colored leaves in my yard
Soft clothes
The DCPA Bear
Lima beans

Photo title: Light of My Life

Rapid City, South Dakota.

Quote of the day: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”  —  Theodore Roosevelt

Daily gratitudes:
The white dog playing with the coyote on my way home yesterday.
This morning’s light.
Changing leaves.
Pink grapefruit.
Renewed determination.

Photo title: The Secret Door

White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river.”  —  Malagasy proverb

Daily gratitudes:
Mare’s tails
Alpenglow
Hand stuffed bleu cheese olives
Accidental color coordinating with co-workers
Barefootness

Photo title: Back To The Wild

Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

Quote of the day: “Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.”  —  Emile Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Daily gratitudes:
Getting off the bus yesterday
Sunrise
Clean dishes
Happy cats
A new project

Photo title: Peace

Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”  —  Mother Teresa

Daily gratitudes:
Not getting T-boned this morning
Gumbo
Lemon juice
Opals
Laughter
Consciously trying to do better work

Photo title: Spilling

Pueblo, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “In dreams and in love, there are no impossibilities.”  —  Janos Arnay

Daily gratitudes:
The smell of roasted chiles
Wonderful new women friends
Curb chats
Bliss
Diners
Showers

Photo title: River Art

Pueblo, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”  —  Rainer aria Rilke

Daily gratitudes:
Sunset from horizon to horizon
Exploring
Spicy mexican food
Wireless internet
Blue sky mornings

Coming to you from the stunning Clarion Inn in Pueblo, Colorado…

OK, not so stunning. More of a glorified truck stop with comfortable beds and very loud A/C and no elevators.  Not unlike Caribbean hotels, but Caribbean hotels don’t have the truckers.

It was a lovely drive down from Denver, beautiful sunset, singing along to the iPod at the top of my voice, crying at some songs, skipping others too tender to hear. And here I am, all bundled in, ready for the Pueblo Chile Festival tomorrow.

I had dinner at the highly recommended Cactus Blossom, except the vibe there was so loud and full of screaming children that I drank a top-shelf margarita and ordered my food to go and ate it in bed, realizing again why I dislike TV. The food was pretty good and very spicy. And now I’m sleepy. So I thought I’d say hello, and let you know you can expect photos from this, one of my favorite festivals in the next couple of days.

Pueblo is a strange little town with a big biker community (I refrained from heading into the biker bar to shoot pool tonight – it was tough, but I thought refraining might be in my best interest.) and a working-class, small town vibe, which I find endearing.

I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.

Sweet dreams, all.

Photo title: Between the Rails

Pueblo, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Patterns of the past echo in the present and resound through the future.”  —  Dhyani Ywahoo

Daily gratitudes:
Cool mornings
Cowboy hats
Hot air balloons in the morning
That the bus driver’s seat bounces
Old bank vaults

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