Another woman

La Hague, France

La Hague, France

that has
happened to
is mine
Mine to
Mine to
Mine to
Mine to
I can hold
it close
cradle it
like a Beloved
I can bury
it where no
one will
ever find it
I can release
place it gently
or throw it
the waves
where tide
and time
will carry
it out
to sea
over to
a distant
on a moon
shells and
sea glass
and places
pieces of
my story
into her

A Summer of Sundays

Aother pairing of photos and quotes for you.  As summer is slowly drawing to a close and Sundays may no longer involve wandering and pausing outdoors, I thought I would share with you some of this summer’s images. May they keep us warm through the long nights of winter.

(if you click on each picture, they will appear bigger and maybe even more impressive!!)



Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.  ~St. Bernard

upside down marigold

upside down marigold

Everything that slows us down and forces patience; that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. ~Mary Sarton

you cannot dim this beauty

you cannot dim this beauty

We have stories to tell, stories that provide wisdom about the journey of life. ~Rabbi Saul Rubin

lobster traps...a symmetry reminding me of beehives

lobster traps…a symmetry reminding me of beehives

“Two things stand like stone: kindness in another’s troubles, courage in your own.”
~ Adam Lindsay Gordon

dripping in her royal appearance

dripping in her royal appearance

I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end.~ Gildar Radner

And because play should always be a part of our life….this is my playing around with feathers and there has been a multitude of feathers appearing this summer.


Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Thomas Merton

I’m a huge fan of the late mystic Thomas Merton and, recently, discovered he got into photography the last few years of his life.

This inspired me to take a series of images that I’m calling Tree Scars.  All these images were taken in the woods where I wander every day here.  I hope you enjoy the pairing of images with his words.  (the pics look more impressive if you click on them and see them in bigger size. just sayin’)

Branch broke off during a storm

Branch broke off during a storm

“Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success…” Thomas Merton

I love the swirls on this tree trunk.

I love the swirls on this tree trunk.

“It is precisely this illusion, that mechanical progress means human improvement, that alienates us from our own being and our own reality.  It is precisely because we are convinced that our life, as such, is better if we have a better car, a better TV set, better toothpaste, etc., that we condemn and destroy our own reality and the reality of our natural resources.  Technology was made for man, not man for technology.  In losing touch with being and thus with God, we have fallen into a senseless idolatry of production and consumption for their own sakes.  We have renounced the act of being and plunged ourselves into process for its own sake.  We no longer know how to live, and because we cannot accept life in its reality life ceases to be a joy and becomes an affliction…” Thomas Merton

fungus on dying tree

fungus on dying tree

“I want nothing more than never to have to argue with anyone again as long as I live!  Argument with words only strengthens us in our stubborn resistance to everything that gives us peace – only increases our own prejudices…” Thomas Merton

tree root

tree root

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived. Thomas Merton

a home for spiders

a home for spiders

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.  Thomas Merton

Life in the midst of decay

Life in the midst of decay

“I can no longer see the ultimate meaning of a man’s life in terms of either ‘being a poet’ or ‘being a contemplative’ or even in a certain sense in ‘being a saint’…  It must be something much more immediate than that.  I – and every other person in the world – must say: ‘I have my own special, peculiar destiny which no one else ever has had or ever will have.  There exists for me a particular goal, a fulfillment which must be all my own – nobody else’s – & it does not really identify that destiny to put it under some category’…”   Thomas Merton

growth on tree tree trunk in ground

growth on tree tree trunk in ground

“The language of revelation is mysterious not in order that its meaning may be concealed from us, but in order that we may be moved to seek it with a more fervent love…”  Thomas Merton

and this remains

and this remains

“To love another as an object is to love him as a ‘thing,’ as a commodity which can be used, exploited, enjoyed and then cast off.  But to love another as a person we must begin by granting him his own autonomy and identity as a person.  We have to love him for what he is in himself, and not for the good we get out of him.  And this is impossible unless we are capable of a love which “transforms” us, so to speak, into the other person, making us able to see things as he sees them, love what he loves, experience the deeper realities of his own life as if they were our own.  Without sacrifice, such a transformation is utterly impossible.  But unless we are capable of this kind of transformation ‘into the other’ while remaining ourselves, we are not yet capable of a fully human existence…”  Thomas Merton

Sunday Stillness Aug 16th

Bay of Fundy at Cap d'Or

Bay of Fundy at Cap d’Or

Every child has known God.
Not the God of names,
Not the God of don’ts,
Not the God who never does anything weird,
But the God who knows only four words.

And keeps repeating them, saying:
Come dance with me.

Come dance!

~ Hafiz ~

Burdening Ourselves

Road trip one window abbaye

We burden ourselves

so much

with expectations




The simplest task

the gentlest

sinking into self

becomes mired

in steps

in ways one

must be

Do we ever

stop to see

how silly

we humans are?

The rose does

not hesitate

to bloom

because she

might be unfolding

in the

wrong way

We need to allow

ourselves to

simply be

without seeking to

see if we

followed the

right map

to get to where

we are

3 steps to enlightenment

4 ways to lose weight

5 practices of leadership

6 days to liberate your soul

and on the seventh

we give up

realizing we are

never going to be

who we are

supposed to be

Let’s return to

our body

our breath

hand on heart

feeling our own


trusting in the


way of


of simply


Every question

has no answers

every problem

has no solution

every crisis

no way out

Every day has

a sunrise

every prayer

an emerging

every heart

its own rhythm

As we release

our need

to know

to be sure

we are getting it


doing it right

we allow

space for

the Holy One

to stir us

like the gentle

caress of

a mother’s kiss


you are

oh so loved

today, this moment

This love

this amazing


carries no


no burden

we cannot

get it or

do it


~Joss Burnel

Nurturing Thursday August 6th

It’s been months since I have participated and that’s okay.  Some great bloggers abound each week on Thursday. For a list, and for the woman who flies the Nurturing Thursday flagship, visit Becca’s blog here.

I’m always on the look out for blogs that make me smile and sigh and remind me of our connection to all life forms.  So, I’m happy to introduce you to Agent Clarice Starling, FBI aka my daughter’s cat aka Stinky!

She is the sweetest, prettiest, smartest –  oh, sorry for a minute I switched to thinking about my daughter! – cat I know.

Go visit by clicking here.  Subscribe and I promise you will be delightfully entertained.  Both my daughter and Stinky are quite magical.

Agent Starling's first day home with my daughter

Agent Starling’s first day home with my daughter