"You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods
that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns."



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"and that's why i have to go back
to so many places
there to find myself
and constantly examine myself
with no witness but the moon
and then whistle with joy,
ambling over rocks and clods of earth,
with no task but to live,
with no family but the road."

~Pablo Neruda


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A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen. 

~Edward de Bono


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Lost in the forest, I broke off a dark twig
and lifted its whisper to my thirsty lips:
maybe it was the voice of the rain crying,
a cracked bell, or a torn heart.

Something from far off it seemed
deep and secret to me, hidden by the earth,
a shout muffled by huge autumns,
by the moist half-open darkness of the leaves.

Wakening from the dreaming forest there, the hazel-sprig
sang under my tongue, its drifting fragrance
climbed up through my conscious mind

as if suddenly the roots I had left behind
cried out to me, the land I had lost with my childhood---
and I stopped, wounded by the wandering scent.

Pablo Neruda


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Hi David...This is my guess to your blog.Didn't know your such a poet!:) I have a love for nature as well.
-- Dana Tran, 2/2/10



To drift with every passion till my soul
Is a stringed lute on which all winds can play,
Is it for this that I have given away
Mine ancient wisdom, and austere control?
Methinks my life is a twice-written scroll
Scrawled over on some boyish holiday
With idle songs for pipe and virelay,
Which do but mar the secret of the whole.
Surely there was a time I might have trod
The sunlit heights, and from life's dissonance
Struck one clear chord to reach the ears of God.
Is that time dead?lo! with a little rod
I did but touch the honey of romance
And must I lose a soul's inheritance?

~Oscar Wilde


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Beautiful words and image! How is the book coming along? Do we get a copy? :)
-- Roger, 2/18/10



“No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. . ..”
~Isaac Asimov


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Gabriella Fiabane"It has come to me through the bushes that you are not yet all united; take time and become united" -Big Bear-
-- Gabriella Fiabane, 1/25/10



“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”

~David Harkins


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Gabriella FiabaneA secret winter gathering, it's a privilege to peek into your world.
-- Gabriella Fiabane, 1/24/10



" . . .suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape."



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A very powerful image indeed. I'd like to think the person that once sat upon the chair has gently ascended towards the light and is free. Great shot!
-- Wren~, 1/23/10



Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. 

~Anne Sexton


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"Four wheels move the body. 
Two wheels move the soul."


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“In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.”


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“If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.”



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“Is whispering nothing?
Is leaning cheek to cheek? is meeting noses?”

~William Shakespeare


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~ Love conquers everything even karma. ~


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Rebecca CunninghamI like this saying
-- Rebecca Cunningham, 2/5/10



"There are 3 types of people in life: those that can count and those that can't."


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“It is better to spend one day contemplating the birth and death of all things than a hundred years never contemplating beginnings and endings.”


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We are not enemies, but friends.  We must not be enemies.  Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.  The mystic cords of memory will swell when again touched as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature. 

~Abraham Lincoln


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The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

 ~William Blake


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"A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."



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now THAT is one gorgeous shot. The canopy of green trees and the lighting, PERFECT. *** Good eye!
-- Wren~, 1/12/10



"A tree is known by its fruit."


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“If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?”
~Chuck Palahniuk


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in the distance
mockingbirds with broken wands, empty cries
chasing us into the forest
a rustle, a flutter
followed by wings, casting faint shadows
in blinding sunlight
until then
all orphaned promises, waiting
for a new start
from a cliff high above
a hawk is born
the hollow mockery ends


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The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past..
We cannot change the fact that people will
act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do
is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude….

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.


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A little Snow was here and there
Disseminated in her Hair
Since she and I had met and played
Decade had gathered to Decade

But Time had added not obtained
Impregnable the Rose
For summer too indelible
Too obdurate for Snows

~Emily Dickinson


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Water, is taught by thirst.
Land -- by the Oceans passed.
Transport -- by throe --
Peace -- by its battles told --
Love, by Memorial Mold --
Birds, by the Snow.

~Emily Dickinson


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