It is winter.
In the early morning I place lichen-covered
twigs that have fallen from the old madrones
into the blackened stove, slowly
adding dry pine that catches quickly
to fill the cold, dark cabin with
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I reach for the tall
lilac mug you gave me
on your last visit –
the one with designs so true
mistake its flowers for
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A unit of time is as precious as a unit of gold, but you cannot buy back one unit of time with one unit of gold. ~ Chinese Proverb
[Image by Jimmie, Flickr, Creative Commons.]
I was tied to life and bound to death, tied to time and bound to eternity, tied to my limits and bound to infinity, tied to the Earth and bound to the stars. Joined to my parents, my grandparents, my ancestors, united with my children, my grandchildren, my future descendants, joined to every animal, every plant, every conscious being.
United with matter in all its forms, I was mud, diamond, gold, lead, lava, rock, cloud, magnetic field, electric spark, soil, hurricane, ocean, feather. I was anchored in the human and joined to the divine. Rooted in the present, united with the past and the future. Anchored in darkness, united with light. Tied to pain, joined to the delirious euphoria of eternal life. ~ Alejandro Jodorowsky
[Image: Sunset over Quito, Ecuador.]
Take time to laugh – it is the music of the soul. ~ From an old English prayer
[Image courtesy of Creative Commons, Susan NYC, Flickr.]
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo … Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
[Image: Town clock, Williams AZ.]
Summer’s lease hath all too short a date. ~ William Shakespeare
Look into the mirror and regard one more wrinkle, one more gray hair. The proper mono no ware attitude is not to call up for an appointment at the beauty parlor but to gaze, find things going as they must and therefore should and, if possible, smile.
[Donald Ritchie, Foreward to Vanishing Japan: Traditions, Crafts & Culture.]
Nothing can be more useful to a man than a determination not to be hurried. ~ Henry David Thoreau
[Old Flatbed Wagon, Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming]
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. ~ Bertrand Russell