I miss you Sam!!

I miss you Sam!!
I miss you Sam!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. ~Honoré de Balzac

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. ~Henry Ward Beecher

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. ~Author Unknown

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
~Author Unknown

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. ~Albert Einstein

You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion. ~Garrison Keillor

Shadow Shot Sunday!

With fall moving in, there may be less sun and perhaps less shadows, but hey! get creative! You can do it! And then join Tracy at Hey Harriet and the rest of us as we get into serious shadow hunting! Click here to sign in and join up! You'll love it!!

Ah, summer memories of leafy shadows on the sand at the beach!

The sun on the deck is a little lower, the shadows suddenly look smaller.

And there are always the fall shadows in the kitchen where we have big windows that catch every little ray of sun there is!

And finally the colored shadows in the basement have shifted from showing up on the bed, to a lampshade and the side of the window.

A wonderful friend of mine in Mumbai left these beautiful words on my post for the day and I want to include them here. To read more of her lovely words check out her site here

The Sun
its warmth
meets someone
but is stopped
in surprise
in its path.
Quietly ,
head down,
it goes round
it has met.
To meet and
shake hands
with a shadow....
Even the sun must learn
that there is
dark and light
in life,
and the way they meet
is wonderful....

Friday, October 16, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Swallow your pride occasionally, it's non-fattening! ~Author Unknown

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. ~Abraham Lincoln

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. ~Benjamin Franklin

Most of us retain enough of the theological attitude to think that we are little gods. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help. ~Author Unknown

It is always the secure who are humble. ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Window Through Which We Look

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they are eating breakfast,

The young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
"That laundry is not very clean", she said.
"She doesn't know how to wash correctly.
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry,
The young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a
Nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

"Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this."

The husband said, "I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows."

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others
Depends on the purity of the window through which we look.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! ~Emily Dickinson,

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~George Washington Carver

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

The poetry of the earth is never dead. ~John Keats

Sky Watch Friday!

Time to share skies from around the world! Hosted by Klaus and Team Members Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy, Louise, it is my great honor to have been asked to join the team! So, join us and share the beauty of your skies with people around the world! Click here to sign up!

For us here in Seattle fall is beginning to move in rather quickly now and we get an even greater variety of skies -- I've tried to capture a little of all of them over the past few days, from clear blue, to grumbling gray, to pastel beauty.

And what creature is that??

Ah, soft colors again!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. ~Andrea Boydston

Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within. ~Author Unknown

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am. ~Sylvia Plath

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. ~B.K.S. Iyengar

There is no god higher than truth. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's. ~Billy Wilder

Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out. ~Michael Burke

Time for a Laugh!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. ~H.L. Mencken

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. ~Aldous Huxley

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. ~Edmund Burke

What Can I Say?

What Can I Say?
I'm interested in almost everything. Use to like to travel, but it's too expensive now. I take Tai Chi classes, swim, volunteer in a Jump-start program for pre-schoolers. I'm an avid reader and like nearly everyone these days I follow politics avidly. I'm a former teacher and Special Projects Coordinator for a Telecommunications company, Assistant to the President of a Japanese silicon wafer manufacturing company. Am now enjoying retirement -- most of the time. I have two daughters, one son-in-law and two sons scattered all over the country. No grandchildren.

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