facebook, a blessing or a curse?

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”     St. Augustine of Hippo

IMG_0252 webThanks to one of my facebook friends for “sharing” this quote. Social media can be a blessing or a curse these days. Used with discretion and purpose it can be a great forum for the sharing of thoughts, ideas, questions, wisdom and humor (we all Need to laugh!), as well as for staying connected with loved ones who live across the country and sometimes the world.

When I don’t take the time to go out with my camera, sometimes all I need to do is step outside my front door to see what new painting will behold me, framed by the ever present oaks.


To have a sense of the mysterious

“The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavor in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind . . . To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness. In this sense I am religious. To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image of the lofty structure of all that is there.”     Albert Einstein

seagull in morro bay, ca.Albert Einstein was a fascinating man. If you ever have a chance, pick up a copy of Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Issacson and you will discover that he was much more than “just” a scientist.   I took this photo looking west over the ocean in Morro Bay, Ca.

who knows . . .

“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.”           Frederick Buechner

IMG_5867 pt actsWe never know what will be the ramifications that occur from our actions – we must be mindful of this . . .   I took this photo at the beach in north Morro Bay.

Letting Go

“Letting go has never been easy, but holding on can be as difficult. Yet strength is measured not by holding on, but by letting go.”     Len Santos

IMG_8190-webMy daughter Carly has set out upon a new journey, leaving the west coast for the east. Saying goodbye is bittersweet – I will miss her like crazy, but I look forward to watching her path leads.

Pushing Through!

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this, and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” Marissa Mayer

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I have found that to be true a lot in my life. By not always taking the easy way, by setting a goal without the assurance that I could achieve it but trying anyway – I found that there are Wow moments that boosted my self-confidence and helped make me a little bit more well-rounded with more to give of myself.  And know that I can’t rest on those moments – that I need to be open and ready for the next challenge.

Photograph of my boston terrier Jimi at the dog beach in Morro Bay. He is a little guy with a courageous spirit – he thinks he can swim far out with the big dogs while we stand on shore aware of the possibility of him being swept away to sea and insist on getting him back on shore!




“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools or oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen . . .”  Anne Lamott

IMG_8762 12x8 flare webAn excerpt from Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott.  I hit 65 and have reflected from time to time on where the time went . . . how I would have done things differently . . . missed opportunities . . . didn’t go for that swim . . . Do we always have to get here before we really start to get how quickly life passes us by?

A long windy road on the way to Lake San Antonio, Ca. Please don’t be in such a hurry that you take chances on a blind curve . . .

Remembering Thoreau

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal–that is your success.”  Henry David Thoreau

248_4809 walden flowers webThanks to a favorite website, Brain Pickings, for remembering Thoreau and for an excellent short article about him. You can find it here: Henry David Thoreau on Defining Your Own Success.

My photo of wildflowers taken at Shell Creek a couple of years ago.