August 24, 2014

Sunday Quote

            A Brief for the Defense
Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies
are not starving someplace, they are starving
somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
But we enjoy our lives because that's what God wants.
Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not
be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not
be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women
at the fountain are laughing together between
the suffering they have known and the awfulness
in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody
in the village is very sick. There is laughter
every day in the terrible streets of Calcutta,
and the women laugh in the cages of Bombay.
If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
If the locomotive of the Lord runs us down,
we should give thanks that the end had magnitude.
We must admit there will be music despite everything.
We stand at the prow again of a small ship
anchored late at night in the tiny port
looking over to the sleeping island: the waterfront
is three shuttered caf├ęs and one naked light burning.
To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat
comes slowly out and then goes back is truly worth
all the years of sorrow that are to come.

- Jack Gilbert, A Brief for the Defense.  Refusing Heaven.

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August 7, 2014

Sunday Quote both late and early

Teach me, O God, not to torture myself, not to make a martyr out of myself through stifling reflection, but rather teach me to breathe deeply in faith.

- Soren Kierkegaard

July 31, 2014

Beach Day

very cranky seagull who was hanging around obviously peturbed about something (perhaps our lack of snacks?) who looked quite strange when he decided to take a small nap, head tucked under wing but eye wide open. 
what is better than a great companion at the beach? 

a drive around the Greenwich Park, just beautiful, and then the sunset....mostly golden light, God loved the sailors this evening.


July 21, 2014

Sunday Quote slightly late

The beginning is always today.

- Mary Wollstonecraft

July 13, 2014

Sunday Quote

People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved. 

- Anne Sullivan

July 5, 2014

Serendipity in the form of kabooming light

Stayed home with summer cold and missed the fireworks...well...not quite.  Brilliant surprise down the street, just glorious. 

Happy Independence Day!

June 29, 2014

Sunday Quote

Nothing can be more useful to you than a determination not to be hurried.

- Henry David Thoreau

June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there!

Love the alert Father stance in the third photo.  He's been a wonderful Dad swan protecting the eggs and his bride and the little ones as best he can.  Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there in all kinds of families, and to my own wonderful husband and Dad to my kids - thanks for being on this long parenting journey with me (to quote the great Jerry - "what a long, strange trip it's been").

June 1, 2014

Sunday Quote

And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly.  Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration.  Our sense, restored, never to be then same, whisper to us. They existed.  They existed.  We can be.  Be and be better.  For they existed.

 - Maya Angelou

May 30, 2014

Looks like Spring is going to stick around...

Between the Rhododendrens and the Wisteria, and my mother's day garden, it's beautiful here.  A brief storm late tonight, the wind roaring through the trees, the lovely wind on leaves sound, the rain pinging off of everything then turning into a drenching downpour mimicking the roar of the ocean if you closed your eyes....ah, the season is upon us, Spring to spill into Summer.  Yes, yes, yes.

May 19, 2014

Experiment 3

A house that should live in the forest, maybe with some magical bears.   Hmmm, is the app what was required? Experiment on phone wrapped.

Experiment 2

Photo option again an absolute fail.  And so small. Frustration.
  Can only get old photo and why is it snowing?


Trying to post from ipad. Unsuccessful photos...hmmm

April 29, 2014

Wind back to February

We left mid-February not expecting warm - we had planned to go and then reports were of unusual coldness in South Carolina and impending snow storms (on top of several inches previously deposited) in our town....we decided to go anyway after much debating and initially deciding it would be foolish to go.  But then we realized how bummed we would be if we stayed home and decided if Jet Blue was flying, so were we - so the morning we left South Carolina declared a state of emergency - and a day or so in - they got nearly twenty inches of snow back home in New York.  They were snowbound - and we had no snow, very little ice, just cold.  Well, more like COLD. 

Cold with palm trees.  Cold with people not used to cold or ice or snow so what seemed like nothing to us was unreal to them.  Everything was shut down the day we came in except the airport, hotels, and restaurants.  People were walking around in layers of light clothes - we were from snowbound NY, we had snowboots, parkas, polertec!  So we were toasty even though now when we ask about the weather in our house and if it is particularly chilly with a bite in it, we refer to that as "You know, like South Carolina cold". 

The lighthouse out on Hunting Island.  The outlines of the old buildings from a distance looked like bocce courts to me.  Yeah, um, no.  It was beautiful everywhere we went.  Going places off season is nothing new for us, we have gone to Cape Cod in early icy April (you have no crowds, great heated hotel pools, and stark gorgeous scenery - also clam chowder never tastes better than when it's cold).
We went to Maine in a post season very brisk October - and instead of summer tourists we had pretty great Halloween decorations, no crowds, and ...well, clam chowder, encore).  Florida in July (not as bad as you think), North Carolina in August (again, not uncomfortable).What did we get in South Carolina?  Amazing juxtapositions like peonies blooming out of frozen dirt, Spanish moss frosted.  Seeing how southerners rise to the occasion of inclement weather with grace and patience.  And the onion soup in the Charleston French Restaurant after walking in cold rain was divine.

great freezing cold walk down a long pier - the Nature Center at the end was closing but looked like it had some very nice offerings. 

Another couple were walking on the pier with my frozen husband and myself, they were kind enough to call us over as we were leaving to point out this little fellow in the marsh grass hunting for his supper.  They were from Virginia and told us tales of the frozen weather there...well, here it is late April and I have the house heater on so I guess we are still not out of it yet.   Bet it's a lot warmer now though in South Carolina.