the worth of risk

“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”  ~ unknown~

_MG_2702 curdie webTo me, the quote is saying, if you play it safe and never take risks, then you will never have lived life to its fullest.

I took this photo of little Curdie on a day when his two brothers left him alone. I watched them leave and when I turned around he had burrowed under his blankie and looked so sad.



“Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.”     William Hazlitt

IMG_5555 swanpond webThe word “grace” came up recently and I’ve been dwelling on it’s meaning, apart from it’s biblical meaning. I came across the above quote and it resonated with me. Someone else wrote: “Grace is undeserved favor.
Grace is loving someone who’s so unlovable; being courteous to someone who’s rude; being merciful to someone who’s merciless; forgiving someone even before he or she repents; being willing to reach out to someone who doesn’t want to have anything to do with you, even rejects you.”

Wow – if only we could aspire to living  lives full of grace – peace and beauty would abound!

Photo of swan on pond taken at Hummingbird House in Templeton, Ca.


“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.”       Frederick Buechner

IMG_8656 webI took this at Robin’s in Cambria. My bff Bonnie took me out for my birthday. I am so fortunate to have some super special friends in my life, and like F.B. says, “the party wouldn’t have been complete without you!” I especially dedicate this to my adored friend Theresa in honor of her birthday. Theresa, no party is complete without you!.



“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o’er wrought heart and bids it break.”     Shakespeare

_MG_1174 sorrowTo the friend of someone grieving, I would advise less words and more hugs or just sitting with them and letting them cry, or not . . . But as someone who has had her heart broken by a shattering loss, at some point it does help to begin verbalizing and allowing some expression of the intense pain to come out. It does lead one to begin wanting to live again.

Possibilities . . .

“I don’t know what I may seem to the world, but, as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”   Isaac Newton

IMG_0876 6x6 webOh to be open to the possibilities and potentialities that lie before us if we have eyes to see . . .

Photo taken at the dog beach between Morro Bay and Cayucos, Ca.

Love is better . . .

“You can never know your cat. In fact, you can never know anyone as completely as you want. But that’s okay, love is better.”     Caroline Paul

IMG_0899 copyI think we would be better off sometimes if we could set aside always having to “know” or “understand” and instead live in the moment and allow feelings to flow . . . If we could revel in the mystery of what is and not have to analyze every word or action – live with less judgement toward each other.

Photo of my kitty, Pearly, the sweetest natured cat I have ever known. She was rescued and then fostered by a wonderful woman named Annette. Pearly could have ended up a wild feral cat, but because of caring people, the best of her loving nature has been brought out. My gratitude goes out to those out there who give of their time, money and love to help make better lives for homeless animals.

being yourself

“My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads. ‘Why don’t you have a straight job like everybody else?’ they asked me the other day.

I told them this story:  In the forest, there was a crooked tree, ‘Look at me – I’m tall and I’m straight and I’m handsome. Look at you – you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.’ And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, ‘Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.’ So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, grower stronger and stranger every day.”  Tom Waits

239_3944-webGreen Grass by Tom Waits

Great cover by Cibelle . . . I love how we can influence and be influenced . . .