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Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.
~Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1825 - 1921)

Monday, December 29, 2008

This day

"Nothing is worth more than this day."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Hope is a thing with feathers
that perches on your soul.
~Emily Dickinson

Friday, December 19, 2008


"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show."
- Andrew Wyeth

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mt Rainier Black-tailed deer

Wanton killing for sport, or euphemistically, for
"management" seems to me a poor way of demonstrating
our higher intelligence. Predators hunt to live.
Only man hunts for the sheer triumph of
killing. It is a fact that only man is uplifted
by the spectacle of an animal's death.
~Joan Ward-Harris

Monday, December 15, 2008

It Snowed!

"Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparking like a star in our hand--and melting like a snowflake." ~ ~Marie Beyon Ray

Friday, December 12, 2008


Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Timothy Leary (1920 - 1996)
~More quotations on: [Men And Women]

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


You must dare to disassociate yourself from those who would delay your journey... Leave, depart, if not physically, then mentally. Go your own way, quietly, undramatically, and venture toward trueness at last.
~Vernon Howard

Monday, December 8, 2008

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

The past is finished. There is nothing to be gained by going over it. Whatever it gave us in the experiences it brought us was something we had to know.
~Rebecca Beard

Friday, December 5, 2008

Keeping your soul alive

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
Scottish author (1850 - 1894)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Foggy morning

I dream, therefore I become.
~Cheryl Renée Grossman

Monday, December 1, 2008

Wild Horses

Nothing happens..... but first a dream
~Carl Sandburg

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fall Color on the Mountain

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
~Maya Angelou

Monday, November 24, 2008

Throw your dreams

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
~Anais Nin, The Diaries of Andis Nin

Friday, November 21, 2008

La Push

They’re just cliff diving, Bella. Recreation. La Push doesn’t have a mall, you know.
~Jacob Black, New Moon, Chapter 7, p.171 by Stephanie Meyer

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cold Water

The idea of perfect closes your mind to new standards.. When you drive hard toward one ideal, you miss opportunities and paths, not to mention hurting your confidence. Believe in your potential and then go out and explore it; don’t limit it.
~John Eliot

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dreams of a Dog

"For those who despair that their lives are without meaning and without purpose, for those who dwell in a loneliness so terrible that it has withered their hearts, for those who hate because they have no recognition of the destiny they share with all humanity, for those who would squander their lives in self-pity and in self destruction because they have lost the saving wisdom with which they were born, for all these and many more, hope waits in the dreams of a dog, where the sacred nature of life may be clearly experienced without the all blinding filter of human need, desire, greed, envy and endless fear.
~One Door Away From Heaven, Dean Koontz

Friday, November 14, 2008

Climb the mountain

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings...”
~John Muir

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sail Away

Make voyages! - Attempt them! - there's nothing else...
~Tennessee Williams, Camino Real
US dramatist (1911 - 1983)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fall Hummer

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged
bird that cannot fly.
~Langston Hughes

Friday, November 7, 2008

Grey Whale

To The Last Whale
~Graham Nash and David Crosby

Over the years you have been hunted by the men who threw harpoons
And in the long run we will kill you just to feed the pets we raise
Put the flowers in your vase and make the lipstick for your face
Over the years you swam the ocean following feelings of your own
Now you are washed up on the shoreline I can see your body lie
It's a shame you have to die to put the shadow on our eye
Maybe we'll go, maybe we'll disappear
It's not that we don't know, it's just that we don't want to care
Under the bridges, over the foam, wind on the water, carry me home
Over the years you swam the ocean following feelings of your own
Now you are washed up on the shoreline I can see your body lie
It's a shame you have to die to put the shadow on our eye
Under the bridges, over the foam, wind on the water, carry me home

please check out Animal Planet tonight and watch Whale Wars

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I Have a Dream

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."
-- "I Have a Dream" speech, August 28, 1963

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

For our country

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.

~Barack Obama, Nomination Acceptance Speech, 08-28-08

Sunday, November 2, 2008

For my mom

I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential.
~Shirley Chisholm (1924 - 2005)

Friday, October 31, 2008


"If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood / Who ya gonna call?"

~ Ray Parker Jr., Theme to Ghostbusters

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Silver phased Red Fox

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth." -
~Henry Beston "The Outermost House"

Friday, October 24, 2008

Spent flowers in the snow

One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
~Henry Miller
US author (1891 - 1980)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Spring Azure Butterfly in the fall

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Marbled Godwits

"You are a living magnet. What you attract
into your life is in harmony with
your dominant thoughts."
~Brian Tracy

Friday, October 17, 2008

Black Bear

You can’t experience success beyond your wildest dreams until you dare to dream something wild!
~Scott Sorrell

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Frosted Maple Leafs

"The World is not something to
look at, it is something to be in."
~ Mark Rudman

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sheep shearing

If someone wants a sheep, then that means that he exists.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "The Little Prince"

Friday, October 10, 2008

A Path

I wish you sunshine on your path and storms to season your journey. I wish you peace in the world in which you live... More I cannot wish you except perhaps love to make all the rest worthwhile.
~Robert A. Ward

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.

~John Muir (1838 - 1914)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Black Bear

I've never quite believed that one chance is all I get.
~Anne Tyler
US novelist (1941 - )

Friday, October 3, 2008


Constantly talking isn't necessarily communicating.
~Charlie Kaufman, Joel in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(with apologies to the pirate)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Spotted Towhee

I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Light House

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
Scottish author (1850 - 1894)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Grey Whale

We owe something to extravagance, for thrift and adventure seldom go hand in hand.

~Jennie Jerome Churchill

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

For Robin

She wanted something to happen - something, anything.

~Kate Chopin

Friday, September 19, 2008

Douglas Squirrel and Hank

Don't refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase -- that's what wild geese are for.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Beach

The prospect of a long day at the beach makes me panic. There is no harder work I can think of than taking myself off to somewhere pleasant, where I am forced to stay for hours and 'have fun'.
~Phillip Lopate

Monday, September 15, 2008

Green-winged Teal

Live the life you've dreamed.
~Henry David Thoreau

Friday, September 12, 2008

Tree Frog

"Joy is not in things, it is in us."
~ Richard Wagner

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ring-necked Duck

Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

~John Muir

Monday, September 8, 2008


Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
~George Eliot

Friday, September 5, 2008

Woodland Skipper butterfly

Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace within the storm.
~ Unknown

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The last hummer

"This is now, and now is all there is."
~ KerrdeLune

Beyond the Fields We Know

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Sky is falling

"The sky is falling"
~Chicken Little