Postcard from Minnesota

What day is it? It’s today, squeaked Piglet. My favorite day, said Pooh. ~A. A. Milne (Ice fishing on Lake Minnetonka, Orono, Minnesota. View from a new baby’s room, where today is always a favorite day.)

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Happy New Year, a Postcard

Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion. It has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration. ~Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese poet (Thank you, 2012, for your abundant gifts. You gave me Lebanon, and for that I will be forever grateful. Happy New Year to all…

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Postcard from Up North, A Moment of Silence

He who learns must suffer; and even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom by the awful grace of God. ~Aeschylus (In broken-hearted memoriam. Read by Robert Kennedy, on the assassination of MLK.)

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Happy Thanksgiving, a Postcard

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~Melody Beattie (Happy, happy Thanksgiving. May the fullness of our lives…

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Postcard from Up North

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. -Japanese proverb (Glowing dock in fall, twilight on Little Traverse Bay, our great teacher.)

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Postcard from Up North

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. ~ Lau Tzu (Birch tree in town, cut down for reasons not obvious to the naked eye. Yet it’s good to see that birches are beautiful to the core, inside and out.)

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Postcard from Up North

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (Words not for the cows lining up for hay in their colorful, happy barn on Pickerel Lake Road, but for us during election season.)

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Postcard from Up North

It is not we who seek the Way, but the Way which seeks us. That is why you are faithful to it even while you stand waiting, so long as you are prepared, and act the moment you are confronted by its demands. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld (M-119, our tunnel of trees. It is the Way,…

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