|At Chalice Well, Glastonbury|
Smile, breathe and go slowly. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another... that's entirely up to us. ~ President Obama, 12 January 2011If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1
The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. ~G.K. Chesterton, "Orthodoxy"
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. ~George Elliot
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
William of Baskerville: How peaceful life would be without love, Adso. How safe, how tranquil... and how dull. ~ from The Name of the Rose
A day of sunshine rapidly turned to rain. Just as the sky turned dark and wet, Dixie and I captured this shot of the small angel in our cemetary.
My first shot of this was at Easter last year with daffodils at her feet.
Easter seems a long way away.
Today is Umberto Eco's birthday. A photograph of an angel seems a good way to pay homage...
I have allowed myself to slip into that netherland of despair. I am trying to remember how hope feels and tastes. I am trying to remind myself of all I have yet to accomplish... of all that I have to offer my small world. I am trying to remember that life is a gift.
I saw an angel today
It was trapped in stone
I sighed with the beauty of it
I longed to see life in its wings
With a dog at my heels
and eyes firmly shut
I almost felt angel's breath
on my cold, pink cheek
When the sun turns warm
I will remember this day
And know that on a winter's day
full of despair
I was kissed by an angel
When people you greatly admire appear to be thinking deep thoughts, they probably are thinking about lunch ~ unknown
I didn't take a proper photo today.
This is a photo of lunch taken with my phone so I could try out a new Android app.
Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup: the lunch of champions...
without a pot
of red-brown soup
~haiku by Basho
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. ~ Buddha
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. ~ Buddha
One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. ~ Lao Tzu
Winter meditations: my statue of the Buddha reflected in the cold pond water.
watching the Buddha
I can hear the song of life
will quiet hearts dance
~ haiku by me
Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. ~T'ien Yiheng
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C.S. Lewis
O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention. ~ William Shakespeare
It is the first day
of this, another blessed new year.
I shall spend it reading.
I will be cheerful.
I will smile more.
I will whisper words
written by the Bard.
...if only seen on a cup.
So... if I stare at this ball long enough do you think she'll throw it?
In all things it is better to hope than to despair ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Waiting for the spark from heaven to fall. ~ Matthew Arnold
Waiting for the phone to ring
Waiting to hear a mistake has been made
Waiting for a miracle
Alas, a mistake had not been made. Dixie has Atypical Addison's Disease which basically means that Dixie's pituitary gland fails to stimulate the adrenals with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). It has made her very ill.
She has been taking prednisolone since Thursday. She will need to take it the rest of her life. She already seems a lot better but gets exhausted really easily. But it is so wonderful to see that doggy smile again.
This photo was taken the night we found out definitively that she had Addison's. We were both a bit depressed.
Even ill, I think she is the most beautiful dog in the world. I might be slightly biased...