The mockingbirds, that pair,arrive, one, and the other; glossily perch, respond, respond, branch to branch. One stops, and flies. The other flies. Arrives, dips, in a blur of wings, lights, is joined. Sings. Sings. Actually, there are birds galore: bowlegged black birds brassy as crows; elegant ibises with inelegant cows; hummingbirds' stutter on air; tilted over the sea, a man-of-war in a long arc without a feather's stir. Josephine Jacobsen(b. 1908)
Masons, when they start upon a building, are careful to test out the scaffolding; Make sure the planks won't slip at busy points, Secure all ladders. tighten bolted joints. And yet all this come down when the job's done Showing off walls of sure and solid stone. So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be Old bridges breaking between you and me Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall Confident that we have built our wall. Seamus Heaney(b. 1939)
thursday challenge entry Building
the garden of delight Lucille Clifton
for some it is stone bare smooth as a buttock rounding into the crevasse of the world for some it is extravagant water mouths wide washing together forever for some it is fire for some air and for some certain only of the syllables it is the element they search their lives for eden for them it is a test
moody monday entry Weird
karma Lucille Clifton
the habit is heavy. you feel its weight pulling around your ankles for a hundred years. the broken vows hang against your breasts, each bead a word that beats you. even now to hear the words defend protect goodbye lost or alone is to be washed in sorrow. and in this life there is no retreat no sanctuary no whole abiding sister.
macro-day entry Wet
Riddle Nan Fry (born 1945)
We are animal cries, groans the body makes, the shrill keening of grief, pain and rage howled out, grunts of satisfaction, someone crooning to her young. We're animal cries becoming human, five daughters of your mother tongue.
What are we?
one of the founders of exercise medicine for special populations in the country, a tireless expert on diabetes and cancer wellness, Eric Durak is at the forefront of research on cancer and the benefits of exercise and funding for that research. more information can be found online at Medical Health and Fitness
photo tuesday entry Learning
moody monday entry Raw
The DNA of God Yehuda Berg
Consider an empty glass. What happens when you fill it with hot water? The glass itself heats up. This is analogous to what took place in the Endless World. As the light continued to fill the Vessel, attributes of the light were passed on. We might even say that the Vessel inherited the nature of its Creator. This inherited nature is the power to create fulfillment, share fulfillment, and play an active and causal role in the ongoing process of Creation.
wish I knew the name of these, they're about 1/2 to 3/4" big. I remember endless fascination with them as a child. If you look to Zaelia Bishops site in the sidebar you will find the inspiration for this under her photographs
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. Arthur Schopenhauer
lensday entry Macro
the day after the national election the sky cleared and the sun found it's guitar. i ran to the plaza and soon discovered myself dancing in the middle of a jubilant crowd. a nation of song, a nation of thousands pushing like the sea to the cathedral. i felt the sweet sweat of arms, legs and chests. i found my place among the living, the dead, the ghosts, the children waiting to be born. something more powerful than victory was in the air. i could breathe again. my prison door was open. my country was outside. she had been waiting for me. E. Ethelbert Miller (b.1950)
i-gizmo entry Snapshot
'He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.' Plato
macro-day entry Fruit
She loves the smell of coffee, according to my friend this donkey has been effective in keeping the coyotes from killing any of the animals on his farm. Taken last spring, and come to find out, this spring she had a baby. Pictures to come soon.
For the ignorant, old age is as winter; for the learned,it is as harvest. Hasidic saying
i-gizmo entry Animal
"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it" William James
thursday challenge Devotion
How can a person make herself go to work, drive the car, wash her hair, change her clothes, get up, sit down, get up again, and so on, without a kiss to break up the monotony? Sometimes it's impossible to go on without a kiss, as if your life were a run-on sentence, as if your life were the Berlin Wall with soldiers guarding your openings, as if there were not enough mouths to go around in the village, and your lips were swollen with hunger scrabbling with your sister for one dried up kiss the size of a silver dollar. Marion Winik from Foreign Exchange
photo friday entry Hot
If the body is sick, the mind worries and the spirit grieves; if the mind is sick, the body and spirit will suffer from its confusion; if the spirit is sick, there will be no will to care for the body or mind.
thursday challenge Food