The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry

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Photo taken in Cayucos, Jan. 2015

Step off the path . . .

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath the rhododendrons, to find the spaces between the fences.”      Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Well, not all adults, thankfully. And I am fortunate to be acquainted with a number of them. Oh, and if you haven’t read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I recommend it to you who like to find the spaces between the fences.

Photo taken at the Chapel on the Hill, east of Paso Robles, Ca.

Spearhead Coffee opening soon!

“Ah, that is a perfume in which I delight; when they roast coffee near my house, I hasten to open the door to take in all the aroma.”     Jean Jacques Rousseau

IMG_6702 cup 8x10 pt webDedicated to my friend Jeremy who is opening a unique coffee house and roastery, Spearhead Coffee in Paso Robles, Ca. They not only will offer great coffee creations, but will also feature musical performances and showcase various works of art.

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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.