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Departure

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Tennessee Williams // "There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go

Blinders

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Meryl Streep // "Put blinders on to the things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head."

I see the lights of the school and the neighborhood houses blurred in the darkness.  This is the neighborhood where I take my nightly walks with the dog I really didn't want to get. The same dog who has quickly become my new best friend.

I see lights blurred by the blinders of so many changes that have taken place.  So many ups and downs.  These same blinders also show me the lights that lead me home.

Some people only see a blurry photo.

Some people don’t see anything at all.

Listen

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Rick Rubin // "If you listen carefully, people explain to you what it is that they need."

Frames

Looks like someone is making some frames.  

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Step one for me to get some of my photography out into the world is to make some cool frames to show them on. I enlisted the help of my friend Bobby and we spent the day making some sweet wooden frames. It was very rewarding to get these done. And no, I was not allowed to use the saw. A full day of work was followed up with some refreshments at Icarus Brewing in Lakewood.

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Good thing Bobby knows what he is doing.  

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Ready for pictures.  

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I am not sure that Cooper approves of all of this.  

cherish

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Mary Oliver // “Do you love this world?

Do you cherish your humble and silky life?

Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?”

I am a newcomer to the words of Mary Oliver. Every time I read a poem, it becomes my favorite thing in the word. I was reflecting on the simplicity of life while out for a walk after dinner. Taking the dog for a walk, an empty schoolyard with lights in the distance. The quiet of the night and the distant smell of the ocean in the air. All found while living in the present moment. How easy it is to enjoy the simple gifts that fill our lives all day long if we only take the time to see them. And how easy is it at the same time to ignore all that lies beneath the surface.

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Philippe Petit // "Believe marvels exist around you, inside others, within yourself."

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 “I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.”

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“They say you got a fake it at least until you make it, that ghost is just a kid in a sheet”

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Spring is in the air

Flowers wake from winters grip

Love is all around

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 Mary Oliver // “Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.”

Daniel Island, SC

I took a trip to California with my daughter as an early 16th birthday present. We flew into San Diego last week and stayed at a cute little cottage in Carlsbad. Our main plan was to drive up the coast and check out Mavericks because that is my daughters favorite movie and she wanted to see the wave for herself. 

We left early on Saturday morning and made a pit stop in Venice Beach for breakfast which was a very cool place and we could have easily spent the whole day there people watching. 

Venice skate park

Venice skate park

Morro Bay

Morro Bay

Bixby Bridge - Big Sur

Bixby Bridge - Big Sur

Big Sur

Big Sur

Mavericks beach

Mavericks beach

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Ragged Point

Ragged Point

We made a pit stop at Ragged point on the way home so that Hudson could make a new friend.

Hecho a Mano, Encinitas

Hecho a Mano, Encinitas

Two California Burritos, please.

Carlsbad beach

Carlsbad beach

Could not have had a better road trip with my best girl and cannot wait to get back out to California.  

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Maya Angelou // "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

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Shel Silverstein // There is a voice inside of you That whispers all day long, "I feel this is right for me, I know that this is wrong."No teacher, preacher, parent, friend or wise man can decide What’s right for you..... just listen to the voice that speaks inside.

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John Steinbeck // "If it is right, it happens. The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away."

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Mary Oliver // “So come to the pond, or the river of your imagination, or the harbor of your longing, and put your lips to the world. And live your best life.” 

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Henry Miller // "What I want is to open up. I want to know what's inside me. I want everybody to open up. I'm like an imbecile with a can opener in his hand, wondering where to begin...to open up the earth. I know that underneath the mess everything is marvelous. I'm sure of it."

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Walt Disney // “That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. “

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Anais Nin // "You live...sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book…or you take a trip…and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure... Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this...without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death

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Frida Kahlo // "Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away."