28 December 2010

Go placidly
amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace
there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender
be on good terms
with all persons.
Speak your truth
quietly and clearly; and listen
to others
even to the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself
with others,
you may become
vain or bitter,
for always there will be
greater and lesser persons
than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements
as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career,
however humble;
it is a real possession in the
changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution
in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you
to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere
life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity
and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering
the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself
with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of
fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not
it is clear to you,
no doubt
the universe is unfolding
as it should.
be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery
and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

--Max Ehrmann

be a grump....

27 December 2010

The BAKW.....winter version....

I spent a good portion of the day in front of my 
Big Ass Kitchen Window
taking in the sites....

Yesterday's bird photos were all taken there....

And yesterday evening,
as my sweetie made us dinner,
I started the afternoon coffee and sat down to watch
a bit more of the bird soap opera...

People were venturing out,
walking dogs,
playing in the snow,
clearing their front porches,
getting their mail from last week....

I love my BAKW!
It is my window on the world.
The bird feeder is only a few feet outside and
the birds hardly notice me, inside.

Hope your day is calm 
and bright...

26 December 2010

Snow Birds....

this morning they came...
as soon as it was light....
they flew in silently...
at least,
for a while...
and then,
the crowd started to gather....
and they all had things to say.

They talked about the traffic...
the weather...
the kids...
the accomodations..
the relatives...
you name it,
it was spoken of...

and then they "broke bread"...
and scurried around the brunch buffet...
"Enjoy" said I....

24 December 2010

Holiday observations...

Do things seem slightly strange around your house?
Sounds that creep in from outside....Getting to you?
Maybe there are strange smells emanating from your kitchen.....
or even your fireplace...
What's it all about Alfie?

It is the Holidays....
it started way back in the early fall....
no more waiting until after Thanksgiving to think about 

And so it is...
hurried shopping-check
snarled traffic-check
crazed parents-check
excited squealing children-check
satisfied smiling grandparents-check

Here are some things I have noticed;
neighbors, who normally don't speak - talking and laughing
children, who would normally leave the table in a flash - doing the dishes
smiles from people who wear a frown 11 1/2  months of the year
strange sitings in the neighborhood...

One of those strange sightings was a 
partially "dressed" Christmas tree, lying on the curb,
Apparently thrown out in haste.

Now, that's odd....it appeared nearly a week ago....
it is a fresh green tree, with a string or two of
colored lights. 
And yet, there it is,
waiting for the dump truck.
Well, for a person with an enquiring mind....
this is food for fodder.....
what brought on this fit of 
Tree tossing?
Where is the culprit?
Was he/she mad at the difficulty with which lights are strung?
Was there a fight?
Someone wanted white lights, and the stringer wanted colored?
Who won?
What are they doing about Christmas now?
Why weren't we all informed, so that we didn't have to guess?
As you can see.... the person with the enquiring mind is in a dilemma

I was sitting with my sweetie at the coffee shop when a neighbor
stopped by for a chat.
Seems the person who owned the tree in question, had 
brought it home, set it up in a stand,watered it, let the limbs relax,
and then,
started to string the lights....when all of a sudden
they noticed 
everywhere....coming out of the tree!
apparently, some spider momma had laid her eggs
earlier in the year, and went off to die,
leaving her eggs to incubate for the winter,
hoping to hatch in the spring.
But NO@!
Mr. Tree Farmer came along in the fall and 
chopped that tree down,
wrapped it up,
and took it to town 
for sale.....

Ever hear of such a thing?
not me....smiles...

20 December 2010

Very popular in the 70's....

Remember Kahil Gibran?

He wrote The Prophet
which was particularly popular in the late 1970's.

He was a Lebanese-American 
who had a rather interesting life.

This is one of my favorite quotes...

Wake at dawn with a winged heart 
and give thanks for another day of loving
.- Kahlil Gibran

Doesn't that just paint the finest of all possible 
scenarios for you?

Is that the way you would always like to awaken?

me too...

Fortunately,... I did this morning.
Re-freshed and well rested
(don't hate me)
because my annual Christmas party is 
behind me now....

We had lots of fun..
we always do,
but as with most things
holiday, it required preparation 
weeks in advance.

We are blessed though...
friends that truly appreciate us,
and the effort we put into 
our holiday events.

I hope that your 
holidays are worth every bit of effort 
that you put into them.

and more.....

17 December 2010

And the word was...


"(in existentialist philosophy) relating to or denoting
 an emotionally appropriate, significant, purposive,
 and responsible mode of human life."

That is where I wanted to go this year, 2010.
I endeavored to place myself in a "mode"
of authenticity....

As I interpreted it,
it meant; to be 
who I really am,
without pretense...
false behavior,
or two-faced communication.

It was surprisingly easy....
to be me...
(no, I won't break out in song, promise)
but it had an unexpected consequence...

I started to become aware of the lack
of authenticity in the world around me.

It hurt.

I didn't like it at all....

I found
I have little tolerance for it, anymore.

I believe that we tolerate behavior
in order to 
"get by"...
and then we become immune to it.....
we fail to recognize it for what it is.....
we begin to think of it as the norm.

but that sucks.

I hope
that I never become immune to lack of authenticity again.
Even though, being acutely aware of it has 
some unintended consequences too...
it narrows your playing field,
your playmates become fewer,
and you may not even be able to tolerate your own family much,
that you 

12 December 2010

I'm dreaming of....

you can probably guess...

It simply does not happen here too often.
I have lived in the same city for most of my 53 years.
I can remember only one 
White Christmas.

So theses photos are from a snow that we had in January of 2010.