"However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?"
"The coming and going of the seasons give us more than the springtimes, summers, autumns, and winters of our lives. It reflects the coming and going of the circumstances of our lives like the glassy surface of a pond that shows our faces radiant with joy or contorted with pain."
"Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond."
-Hunter S. Thompson
“The little pig began to pray
But Wolfie blew his house away.
He shouted, "Bacon, Pork, and Ham!
Oh what a lucky wolf I am!"
And though he ate the pig quite fast,
He carefully kept the tail till last.”
― Roald Dahl
“A steampunk nation
Baby pollution rises up then the loving comes arraigning 'cause
Our art's official and only partially artificial
And our heart's in the middle of sharp hardened shards of metal but
There's not where it settles
Because it's beating to the steaming of God's hottest pot or kettle
And now we face it, this creation we made to
To save our craving for a synthetic rebelnation it's
Our safeway they make into a pathetic revelation
In our steampunk nation
Our steampunk nation”
― Criss Jami
Day 358: Infinite Scales
I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
e. e. cummings
Day 359: Broken Saucers
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!"
-Henry Ward Beecher
"Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate."
Day 362: That which was once owned...
"When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."
“There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.”
― Wendell Berry
Day 364: For the Bees
“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
― Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
Day 365: THE END - and the beginning...
Regarding my photo project of the last year (well, a little over a year!):
"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space."
Here's to building new things!
Day 326: Water Pathway
"Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision."
Day 327: Popovers and Anti-popovers
“Energetically speaking, antimatter is the mirror image of matter, so the two instantly cancel each other out if they come in contact.
Keeping antimatter isolated from matter is a challenge, of course, because everything on earth is made of matter. The samples have to be stored without ever touching anything at all—even air.”
― Dan Brown
Day 328: Baby food carnage
"To eat is to appropriate by destruction."
Day 329: Homeless
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
"Your memory is a monster; you forget - it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you - and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!"
oh they want to knock us down
'cos they think we're scum
but we will all be waiting when the
in a neighbourhood like this you know
it's hard to survive
so you'd better come prepared
'cos they won't take us alive
(From My Neighborhood - by Space)
Day 332: Buds and Lady Bug
"You can't get too much winter in the winter."
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
"Brute force crushes many plants. Yet the plants rise again. The Pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy. And before Buddha or Jesus spoke the nightingale sang, and long after the words of Jesus and Buddha are gone into oblivion the nightingale will still sing. Because it is neither preaching nor commanding or urging. It is just singing . And in the beginning was not a Word, but a chirrup."
-D. H. Lawrence
“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.”
― Alan Wilson Watts
Day 336: Sacred Spaces
"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again."
Day 337: ...and the tree squirrels all gathered for the prairie dog sacrifice...
“The modern habit of doing ceremonial things unceremoniously is no proof of humility; rather it proves the offender's inability to forget himself in the rite, and his readiness to spoil for every one else the proper pleasure of ritual.”
― C.S. Lewis
Day 338: Flightless x
"Each bird loves to hear himself sing."
– Arapaho Proverb
“What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul”
― Victor Hugo
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
"You owe me."
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.”
“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”
“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laughter broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”
― J.M. Barrie
"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day."
“I think this is a bodhi tree,” I said, “just like Buddha sat under! It’s so exciting. I’m feeling sort of enlightened just standing here. Really, I can feel ripe bodhies squishing between my toes.”
― Christopher Moore
Day 345: Three Sisters
“For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather;
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters down,
To strengthen whilst one stands”
― Christina Rossetti
"If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up."
-Hunter S. Thompson
Day 347: (Happy PI day!!! - eating pizza and pie all day!) Laser cut cubes from Levitated
"Nearly all inventions are not recognised for their positive side either when they're made. So, for example, scientists didn't go out to design a CD machine: they designed a laser. But we got all sorts of things from a laser which we never remotely imagined, and we're still finding things for a laser to do."
"Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings."
“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”
― Alice Hoffman
Day 350: Peach Blossoms
"One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite - that particular peach is but a detail."
"You see, sir, I've learned that although it's good to encourage your child to shoot for the stars, it's not always good to choose which galaxy."
“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.”
― Sylvia Plath
"Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought."
"If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut."
“Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
"The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists."
Day 303: Lotus Child Chooses Moon Mother
"As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world."
Day 304: Retro Illumination
"There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic."
“(...) you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the color of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat...”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
"Who has not sat before his own heart's curtain? It lifts: and the scenery is falling apart."
-Rainer Maria Rilke
“No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you've got, say "Oh, my gosh," and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It's not a question of choice.”
― Marisa de los Santos
"The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses." -Ovid
"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it."
-Henry David Thoreau
Day 310: I've been working on a series of photos for the Clark's website the last few days - it has been fun, and I've learned a lot about photographing the critters in not so great lighting situations I really liked this shot of one of the canaries; his posture reminds me of this, for some reason: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpPrtlYix24
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
Day 312: Penguin Tetras
"Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying."
“The roses under my window make no reference to former roses or better ones; they are what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Day 314: The skin you're in...
“There is a face beneath this mask, but it isn't me. I'm no more that face than I am the muscles beneath it, or the bones beneath that.”
― Steve Moore, V for Vendetta
Day 315: The Box
"Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow."
Day 316: Strange Sippy Cup
“Sleeping in a tinfoil suit keeps me warmer and helps prepare me for my voyage to the moon. Would you care for some licorice? ”
― Jarod Kintz
Day 317: Choppin' Froccoli
“One hand was behind his back, and he held it out, presenting a bouquet of white and smoky purple lilies.
“They’re straight from the underworld, by the way. They are everlasting. They won’t die.”
― Jess C. Scott, The Devilin Fey
Day 319: Parking lot sentinels
“Did no one ever tell you two that it is not nice to communicate telepathically with one another while others are present?”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout
“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”
― John Keats
Day 321: Sprung a Leek
"Leaks are not the problem; they are the symptom. They reveal a disconnect between what people want and need to know and what they actually do know. The greater the secrecy, the more likely a leak."
Day 322: The Adventures of Rainbow Bush continue...
Yes, Rainbow Bush visited the Sandia Man cave today - converting it to the Wo-man Cave, painting, redecorating and grunting at the visitors on the path...
"When I was a kid my favorite relative was Uncle caveman. After school we'd all go play in his cave, and every once in a while he would eat one of us. It wasn't until later that I found out that Uncle caveman was a bear."
- Jack Handey
Day 323: Accidental Selfie...
"There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed."
Day 324: True Love?
“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.”
Day 325: A gift from my dad for Mike and I's anniversary, back in December. It is the Mayan symbols for 12-21-12 on utility line marking flags.
"Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years."