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Things We Don’t Normally See

These are the things we’re enjoying this week…besides the beach…and the sun…and the pool… As you can see from the above picture, the grasshoppers are HUGE! Then there’s the resident peacock. And the plethora of lizards–too many to count… And the turtles… And the gardens (this is important because school was canceled back home today […]

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Inner Landscape of Beauty

I had to get out of the house yesterday afternoon, so I walked the dirt roads near our house and listened to Speaking of Faith’s September 17, 2009 podcast “The Inner Landscape of Beauty.”  [Click on the interview title to read the entire interview.]  Krista Tippett’s guest was Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, author […]

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Quietly, In the New Life

“Oceans” by Juan Ramon Jimenez I have a feeling that my boat has struck, down there in the depths, against a great thing. And nothing happens! Nothing . . . Silence . . . Waves . . . —- Nothing happens? Or has everything happened, and are we standing now, quietly, in the new life? […]

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Lady Bug Swarm

We entertain these visitors every year.  Usually they descend around the middle of September, but now that we’ve had ONE warm day, it happened today. Flying swarms of lady bugs everywhere (although they’ll tell you they’re asiatic beetles).  Whatever they are, they’re into everything, and they have the ability to slip through doorjambs and window […]

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Bearing Witness

If you’ve ever slid on an icy road, or rear-ended someone, or upended your car, or been a part of any number of mishaps, you’ll know that life seems to slow way down, when you’re in that split second before disaster.  I’ve always been fascinated by that.  Our brains must be so focused, so in […]

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