Sunday, May 15, 2016

In Praise of Air : And Kites


The maiden voyage of the pirate ship kite from his Great Uncle!






Let us bless the air,
Benefactor of breath,
Keeper of the fragile bridge
We breathe across.

Air waiting outside
The womb, to funnel
A first breath
That lets us begin
To be here,
Each moment
Drawn from
Its invisible stock.

Air: vast neighborhood
Of the invisible, where thought lives,
Entering to arise in us as our own,
Enabling us to put faces on things
That would otherwise stay strange
And leave us homeless here.

Air, home of memory where
Our vanished days secretly gather,
Receiving every glance, word and act
That fall from presence,
Taking all our unfolding in,
So that nothing is lost or forgotten.

Air: reservoir of the future
Out of which our days flow,
Ferrying their shadowed nights,
The invisible generosity, that brings us future friends
And sometimes stones of sorrow
On which our minds refine.

Air along whose unseen path
Presence builds its quiet procession;
Sometimes in waves of sound,
Voices that can persuade
Every door of the heart;
Often in tides of music
That absolve the cut of time.

Air: source of breath
That enables flowers to flourish,
And calls the dark, rooted trees
To ascend into blossom.

Air, perfect emptiness
For the mind of birds
To map with vanishings;
Womb of forms
That shapes embraces
To hold animal presence.

Air makes the distance kind,
Opening pathways to free the eye
To reach the affections of things,
Yet never lets its invisible geography
Come anywhere near though
Or the voyage-edges of the eye.

Air: kingdom of spirit
Where our departed dwell,
Nearer to us than ever,
Where the gods preside.

Let us bless the invigoration
Of clean, fresh air.
The gentleness of air
That holds and slows the rain,
Lets it fall down.

The shyness of air
That never shows its face.
The force of air
In wall after wall
Of straining wind.

In the name of the air,
The breeze,
And the wind,
May our souls
Stay in rhythm
With eternal
Breath.

- John' O'Donohue



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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hints of Gladness: Ancient White Oak




When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world 
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”

The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,”
they say, “and you, too, have come
into the world to do this, to go easy,
to be filled with light, and to shine.” - Mary Oliver

On the way back from Monticello, we had a meeting with an "Ent".  In today's world of so many screens and so much busy, I find the I have to work harder at refueling the wonder-meter.   This White Oak was majestic and when I told my son that it took root more than 200 years before Jefferson was even born, well I think we were utterly enchanted. 







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Friday, April 01, 2016

Spring Break : Road Trippin' 2016


Wherein we drove to Florida to visit our beloved uncle. We stopped in Savannah on the way down to see Live Oaks Ave and enjoy a vegetarian reuben at Green Truck.  We arrived in Florida to huge, amber full moon.  In St. Augustine we visited the Castillo de San Marcos, met some gators, found a live sand dollar and released it back into the ocean. Found an alligator tooth on the beach and had a baptism by a dolphin named Tomo. On the way back we stopped in Charleston to have Easter Brunch at Hominy Grill...fried green tomatoes and grits...we visited a 500+ year old live Oak called Angel Oak, and drove over the Ravenel in the rain.

 

Stopped to fuel up and Nowhere Man had a run in with a bear...



Oh Savannah, you are so magical...











    Morning cuppa 'fore hittin' the road...



Thursday night moon...



Breakfast at City Coffee...




















The day we saw the gators and...



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a tree full of Egrets...





A funky hotel sign near a magic beach...


Next stop Charleston..






A snooze in Myrtle Beach granted us a rain free scenic route homeward...





As we approached home, the clouds were so low you could practically touch them.



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Friday, March 04, 2016

All the Little Things 2



The first tornado watch of 2016.  The sky that next morning.  The spontaneous trip to the Renwick to bask in the wonder.  The delicious vegan lunch at Evolve.  The detour to hear the Spring Peepers.  The perfect gift for his pal.  The lemon tree blooming in the kitchen.  The homemade harvest Buddha bowls.  The beginnings of the dawn chorus.  The farewell kiss of Winter.








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