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SHAKE OFF LOVE

Why do you shiver in your boots

in the heat of the day?

What could possibly take you

apart, Humpty-Dumpty

like, never to find your

way back?

There’s only life and

not living–just existing–

waiting to be struck

with cupid’s lightning

rod and every Valentine’s

Day will forever be changed.

Or you could traverse this

continent looking for love

and never finding it.

Where is the sense in that?

Staying alone because

you can’t get along

or your standards

don’t even get a

chance to be tested

–they sit rotting,

rusting in the clouds

too high for anyone

to approach.

Path at Seal Rock, Oregon

Path at Seal Rock, Oregon

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love and joy

I am alive

so much possibility, potential

living is joy

live what you love

and you will be joyful.

I am enough

this is enough–

Spider Web with dew and blurred flowers. Near Alpine, Oregon

Spider Web with dew and blurred flowers. Near Alpine, Oregon

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On a Walk

No.  I don’t have time for a walk, today.

Yes you do!  Get your butt out that door

and go walking.

Who knows what’s out there that’s new

or changed from yesterday?

I saw a tree that went (belly) roots

up as it fell over.  I don’t remember

seeing that before.  No strong wind

yesterday that I remember.

My memory is good and I’m very

observant–don’t like to miss a

thing I can take in with my eyes.

So the next time I visit a place,

years later sometimes, I remember

how it was then & I can see all the

changes.

I don’t remember this tree on its

side, half way in the river but

my mind is busy these days

with “problems” or puzzles I

try to sort out while I walk, so

I could have missed it, OR

I am just really waking up

to getting out of myself &

becoming more aware of the/

my environment.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

Demoiselle Crane or Lovely Lady crane. Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii.

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Re-Treat

I used to love junk food

feeling somehow that

what it subtracted was

less than what it added.

That was never the case

but when you’re a blind

sugar-holic, you’re not

really thinking too

clearly and emotions

overrule rational thinking.

Gradually I weaned

away

and now it’s only a

comfort (‘healthy’) food

retreat or treat from

all the foods I know will

give me more than

they take away

overall.

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Mustard and foxglove at Arch Rock. viewpoint. Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. Oregon

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Rolling Along

Life cannot be traded in for a prize.

Life is the prize.

****

Friends happen not by happenstance.

There’s a real attraction, undeniably so.

****

Think out of the box.

Think outside.

****

The universe whispers

doesn’t yell

to get your attention

unless you don’t pay it heed.

****

Shoes are fine

barefoot is brave

and much more

comfortable.

****

Every tree has your name on it.

Go and hug it.

Without arms, it can only love

you, as it is.

Historic chimney at Chimney Beach. Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Historic chimney at Chimney Beach. Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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PROcrastination

Get started writing.

Do you know a better way

than to just ‘get started’?

I don’t.

Sometimes when I wait for

inspiration, it’s like snail

mail.  I used to go out to the

mail box everyday waiting

for some word from my loved

one.  I had to wait.

Inspiration will keep you

on the line like that until

you give up exasperated.

So I try to follow the

rules I tell my students.

Because they’ll also take

forever if you give it to

them.  I say, “no rush.”

Let an idea come, there’s

lots of them all over the place.

Your imaginations are rich

with things to write about.

BUT if after a minute

nothing shows up,

you start writing anyway.

One kid actually took me

up on writing, “I don’t know

what to write about”, after

I told him to write even that!

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

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Blackjack

The dog knows.

We only met

once

but he remembers

you’d think we

were married

so excited he is

to see me–

a veritable, if

not actual,

stranger.

Inside,

our beings

connected.

Didn’t matter

what species

I was–

we were on

each others’

side.

His roughness and

my gentleness

almost didn’t match–

but we were being

who we were–

Soulmates of

a sort.

 

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A Crooked Path

I kind of like that I follow

some inner impulse–

most of the time.

I worry about not being

perfect.  The universe

chuckles over that all

the time.

I go in a rather jagged,

zig-zag course forward

trying to “feel” where

I’m going as well as

watch out for running

into poles while I’m so

engrossed in myself!

Sensible thinking also

comes along.  I’m not

sure how helpful it is.

It’s usually built with

guilt & fear which are

useless to me.

Yet I carry that baggage

& most of it sticks to

me like glue as much

as I try to shed it off.

At the end of the day

I get to let it rest

and I usually get

to go at it again the

next day.

Even with a map,

I still veer.

Field of yellow tulips with one red tulip. Mt. Vernon. Washington

Field of yellow tulips with one red tulip. Mt. Vernon. Washington

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Life 101

1 Ticket please.

The ride of your life.

Actually, it is your life.

What a trip.

Hold on.

Thrills, some spills.

Heart in your throat

dips

climbing to a view

only had by a few

before

a descent into

common everydayness

rubbing shoulders

with the ordinary

man.

The price?

Hmmm–so many

days & that’s it

for many.

So each one is a

jewel.  You do

the best you

can.

Sometimes it

doesn’t seem

enough, but

guess what?

It is.

It always is.

Fall colored aspen leaf and rose hip. Montana

Fall colored aspen leaf and rose hip. Montana

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24 hrs.

Everyday we do what we do.

Doesn’t seem we’ve been given

the gift of 24 hrs. to do with

as we please.

We look back on the day and

say, ” What was I so busy

for?”  I could have been

enjoying myself,

doing what I love.

My life is ordered of a

sorts.  If I change

the routine,

I may need to re-adjust

every other aspect affected

by it.

It’s often easier to do

the same things (that

keep me afloat) daily &

not skip because my

body knows it missed

out on a “treat” of some-

thing it enjoys and will

usually let me know

I haven’t become healed

or strong enough to move

on or away from that

most helpful activity

repeated day after day.

There’s a big chunk in

the middle that’s über

creative and almost

never the same, though,

for balance.

Crimson star flower (Adenium). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Arizona

Crimson star flower (Adenium). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Arizona

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