Postcard from Up North

Thaw, with her gentle persuasion, is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces. ~ Henry David Thoreau (Little Traverse Bay responds beautifully to gentle persuasion, as we all do…. ) Thank you for your patience these months of work on my book, my dear friends. First draft is…

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Postcard from Up North

  Should you fall even fifty times a day, never on any account should that surprise or worry you. Instead, ever so gently set your heart back in the right direction. ~Saint Jane Frances de Chantal (Morning mist rising off of Pickerel Lake. Gazing on gentle beauty encourages the gentle recalibration of the heart.)

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Postcard from Up North

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand: Rejoice, for your soul is alive. ~ Eleanora Duse (Blue sky, fall grass, and red barn in the…

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Postcard from Up North

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. ~Carl Jung (Red tugboat in the bay’s blue fog. Looking outside here, even in fog, leads one to the great inward journey.)

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Postcard from Up North

  People don’t notice whether it’s summer or winter when they’re happy. ~Anton Chekhov (We hate to see her go, but we’ll hold her close until next time.)

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Postcard from Up North

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming. ~ Goethe (Last light on Little Traverse Bay. Even in clouds, the bay is capable of great beauty. As are we.)

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Postcard from Up North

Each day asks this of us: that we live it. That we breathe while there is air to float upon. That we move while there is earth to hold us. That we not grieve our too crooked paths, That we not shirk from the beauty of being. ~Thomas Lloyd Squalls (Harbor Springs gardens are in…

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Postcard from Up North

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. ~ W.H. Murray (Someone dreamed of a different life. She began it: she moved north, planted lavender, and it grew. A story of genius, power, magic.)

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Postcard from Up North

I thought of that while riding my bicycle. ~ Albert Einstein, in reference to the Theory of Relativity (The bikes of summer are everywhere Up North. They help a mind wander.)

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Postcard from Up North

Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. ~Pablo Neruda (Happy summer to you from the Bluff’s glowing wet light. May the season’s poetry be yours.)

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