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Sometimes the body is simply unable to contain the splendor of the soul. Never forget — depression lies.

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Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “But poetry, romance, love, beauty? These are what we stay alive for!” — N.H. Kleinbaum

Daily gratitudes:
Being alive
Helping strangers
The full moon
Laughter
That Kelsea and I think so much alike

 

Rest well, Robin Williams. You made me laugh in the darkest times, and for that I thank you. I wish you could have seen that depression lies.

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Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.

Quote of the day: “Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive.” — Louisa May Alcott

Daily gratitudes:
Sunbeams
My bed
MKL
Kelsea
My new salt and pepper shakers

I’m still psychically reeling from the Marathon bombing yesterday, so it was good to be able to work from home today, and watch the snow outside. My migraine passed in the night, but the frozen okra that I used as an icepack will never be the same. I guess many things will never be quite the same after yesterday. On a lighter note, I discovered today that if you put a plastic bottle of root beer in the freezer and forget about it, and then remember it, and open it, it produces evil, sickly sweet, bubbly, tube-y things that look and taste and sound as if they come from a cafeteria in hell. Okay, maybe that wasn’t on a lighter note…

Today’s rose is in remembrance of all those lost in body and spirit yesterday.

A Rose for Remembrance

Denver, Colorado.

Quote of the Day: “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” — J.R.R. Tolkien (and with my thanks to Elsa.)

Daily gratitudes:
Big fat round robins
The bald eagle that flew over me as I was shovelling the walk
Warm blankets
Grey light on white snow
My red sweater

A field of my favorite flowers.  Very special.  And now only a memory until next summer.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”  —  Rumi

Daily gratitudes:
Two bow-tie sitings this week
The amazing spinning vole
Fire-roasted hot Hatch chiles
A lovely day today
Maintaining hope
The spirit that touched the back of my neck at lunch today

I don’t know what kind of flower this is (other than a red one), but I love the fact that the bloom has a backbone.  Indeed, we blossoms are all strong-spined.

Llanhennock, Wales.

Quote of the day: “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”  —  Albert Einstein

Daily gratitudes:
The teams of kids in colors today, exploring the historic buildings of LoDo
The white bird on the bare branch, spotlit by the first sun rays this morning
Music tonight
Poetry
My chicken doorstop
Getting to see MKL today

A touch of love on a tough day, courtesy of MKL.

Denver, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” —  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Daily gratitudes:
A lovely weekend
Melynie Campbell’s amazing voice
That Jimmy has a new friend (welcome, Bubba)
Kelsea’s sweet text last night
The scent of a spring night

 

No, it’s not Texas (are you listening, idiot?). It’s Portland. And it’s another shot in our “C’mon, Spring!!” series.

Portland, Oregon.

Quote of the day: “Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment.”  — Ellis Peters

Daily gratitudes:
Later twilight
Swearing at the gas pump
My orange cover-up
Broccoli
Being able to support my kindred spirits

Photo title: Welcome Home

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Update: I, the prodigal wanderer, have indeed returned to my Colorado home after what felt like months, but what was actually only 11 days in the Caribbean sun.  While this is not the flower that welcomed me home to my little bungalow – that was 23 beautiful  yellow roses – this was one of the flowers that greeted me on my first morning in St. Thomas after the first long day of travel. I’ve never seen one like this before. Even though there is much work/life catching up to do, I hope to share travel tales and new pictures with you all in the coming weeks, doing my little bit to stave off the chill of winter.

Quote of the day: “Peace – that was the other name for home.”  ~Kathleen Norris

Daily gratitudes:
Sabbaticals that seem far longer than they are
Having someone love me enough to pick me up at the airport
The existence of warm, sunny, tropical places
Being back in my own bed
A most excellent tan

Photo title: Sunset Silhouette

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Photo title: A Flower For Loss

This could be anywhere in the world.

Quote of the day: “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”  —  Albert Camus

Daily gratitudes:
The snow (yes, the snow)
That I figured out how to get my heater to work
Friendships that can’t end
That Charlotte is celebrating her birthday in London and Paris
Earl Grey Tea

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