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One Single Impression: Borders

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From Topsail, April 2011

Dunes
Sea oats
And sand fence
Make borders
The sea
Remakes
With every breath
In every moment.
There are no limits,
No closing off,
No here and there,
Then and now,
Earth and water,
Love and loss,
This world and the one we dream.

There are only shifting sands.

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Skywatch Friday: On Fire

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From Topsail, April 2011
I thought I was up on time to be on the beach for the sunrise one day last week, but I was actually on time to be on the way to the beach. Every step, every breath, every moment, every single thing about being alive and well and face to face with a beautiful day on the beach is just right, though. Even the wild things growing through the stinking mud at low tide are perfect.
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Wordless Wednesday: Meet the Manager

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From Topsail, April 2011From Topsail, April 2011This sign is stuck in the mud in the intracoastal waterway behind my parents' home in North Carolina.  Always, always, always, there is a bird perched on the sign. Usually, it is a pelican.  The presence of this cormorant suggested me a shake-up in personnel.  Or an opportunistic cormorant who needed a rest.  With the subcontracting that goes on these days, you just never know. Wordless Wednesday

Header Challenge: Speed

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Rising to the head-banger challenge of speed this week, I have come up with these.  Here is a young man who was cruising along the intracoastal waterway on his surfboard. He went back and forth about a million times before his mother called him home for dinner.



From Topsail, April 2011

Then, along came this little ol' beauty, which also motored along pretty quickly with the help of the wind.  (The kid with the surfboard needs to maybe borrow one of his mom's sheets so he can put on a few more miles next time.) From Topsail, April 2011After a few short seconds, the boat was behind the cover of some brush on one of those little islands that punctuate the intracoastal.  The image tells you why Topsail is Topsail.  It's so easy to hide if you're a pirate! From Topsail, April 2011Across the street and on the beach, my daughter and her funny little Dachshund sped ahead of me to get some exercise and have some fun. From Topsail, April 2011Please speed along to the other headbanger…

My World Tuesday: Turtles, Turtles, Turtles

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The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital and Rehabilitation Center on Topsail Island in North Carolina is holding a fundraiser involving these and several other hand-painted and decorated fiberglass turtles that have been placed in various businesses, restaurants, and municipal buildings around the island and on the mainland. Every one of them is amazing, to say the very least. While we were down over April vacation, we came across these turtles. Come summer, we will look for the others; come September, we will make a bid on our favorite--which is the one greenish one decorated with the Cape Hatteras lighthouse on his back.)
Remember, sea turtles will soon be laying their eggs on the beach. Please respect this 12-million-year-old ritual and stay off the dunes, keep your dog from digging in the sand, knock down sand castles and fill holes, put your toys and furniture away at night, and turn off bright lights on the …

Today's Flowers: The Perfume of Spring

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From Topsail, April 2011
OK, Southerners, please introduce me to this fragrant beauty! It grows at my parents' home in North Carolina, and its fragrance seems to capture everything clean and beautiful and full of love and hope that makes April the wonderful month it is.
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One Single Impression: Place

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Grooves in the sand
Cross the dunes,
Stretch and fade and fan
Into the waves
That groove the mud
Until the breakers roll
Into  shrugs and turn
To return
And return again.
These patterns that measure time
Draw over and over again
A picture of that first breath
And the second
That shaped heaven and earth.

In every second
Every breath
Every beat
Of your heart (and mine)
The universe draws a picture
And the story is new.

Know your place.
Know your time.
Know the story.

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Skywatch Friday: Newtown, Connecticut

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From Miscellaneous
Deep in the woods across from my parents' home sits this beautiful field surrounded by fences and suggesting a time of agriculture and barely getting by on the land and I don't know. The sky was so busy, beautiful, and soft that it took my breath away. The ugly perk tests jutting out of the ground were a reminder that the quiet countryside will not always be the quiet countryside. Nothing gold can stay.  Thank goodness that what is beautiful now is beautiful now.
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Wordless Wednesday: The Dude Walks On

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"Must you take my picture when my feathers look like this?"
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Book Review: I Never Saw Another Butterfly

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I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Hana Volavkova

Recently reading about the Houston Holocaust Museum's planned 2013 exhibition titled The Butterfly Project, I read for the first time Pavel Friedmann's poem "The Butterfly" in which he remarks that he has seen no butterfly in the ghetto though some of the beauty of the natural world insists on itself even there.

The ghetto is the Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. Terezin was a bizarre experiment of the Third Reich, which set it up as a place to hold Jewish artists, intellectuals, and Jewish German army veterans of World War I. To these Jews and to the world it presented this depraved and dirty ghetto as a gift to these Jews who had greatly to German culture. In face, the Germans even succeeded in fooling the Red Cross into believing the place was OK.

Meanwhile, 15,000 childre passed through Terezin, but fewer than 100 survived.

While they were in that hellish bastion of cruelty, these children were never…

My World Tuesday: A Capitol Place

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From Mar 26, 2011
From Mar 26, 2011The Hartford Times building, above, is being renovated for future use as an annex to the Wadsworth Atheneum.  At the moment, it's a striking ruin decorated with allegorical scenes that suggest some lofty purpose the media.  From Mar 26, 2011The children's playscape in Bushnell Park is as lovely as it is whimsical.  Of course, the turtles in the little water park area caught my fancy.  This is one of the few that time and the elements have not yet decapitated.  The oversized reading material behind him form the benches of the square picnic tables that dot the playscape.
From Mar 26, 2011
What's a big city without an oversized elk wearing that deer-in-the-headlights look as it surveys the urban landscape?  I'll never know, because here's the big dude in all his glory.

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Today's Flowers: Sea Oats

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Topsail. A sunrise through the long legs of some sea oats.  Not a flower but a plant, and not even the whole plant.  Just the stems. These oats grow on along the length of the dunes at Topsail. When I am up in time for the sunrise, my first view at the beach is through the oats.  I just love it.

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One Single Impression: Shackles

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From Miscellaneous

Shackles: What holds me down What I hold onto: Surrender
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Skywatch Friday: Good Bye

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From Miscellaneous
Last week the 47-year-old daughter of my parents' very close friends died after a long and arduous struggle with cancer. I knew her when we were much younger and would be stuck together to play in the way that the children of parents who are friends learn to make do with each other. She was a lively and downright wonderful person. It's a tough thing. Reminds me to be grateful for here and the friends and family I have around me. After she passed, I told my daughter the news and asked her to make a picture for her parents.
My daughter's very lovely and gentle art teacher talks about art as thinking and expressing yourself in color. Here I see grief and hope and feel the pulse of a tender heart. Life was good. Life is good.  Life will be good.
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Header Challenge: Fire

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This week's header challenge is my suggestion, fire. It sure seems like all kinds of fires are erupting around the world--naturally, politically, disastrously. All kinds of heat. Stepping back from how big this topic is, I thought of that big old fire that has us running around in circles through the galaxy and racing through the vast darkness of the universe. Sometimes warm is good. Sometimes it's scary. But here we are.

Please stop by the other headbangers LannyimacGailsman, Tom-fishing guy and Sandy,  to see how they make do… for their headers.

Wordless Wednesday: Old Dogs

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Book Review: Carolina's Story

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Carolina's Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too! by Donna Rathmell

Carolina's Story, Sea Turtles Get Sick Too! by Donna Rathmell is a photographic essay the narrative of which describes the rescue of a turtle suffering from the flu from her first moments with a rescue team to the turtle hospital, to her return to the ocean. Carolina, who is a loggerhead, made a full recovery thanks to the Sea Turtle Hospital and the folks at the South Carolina Aquarium.
During her time at the hospital, Carolina came to recognize the people and the routines of the hospital, bonding with the people around her and with the other turtles. The book shows that turtles are sentient beings; love is not the private proprety of human experience but something that shapes all life.


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My World Tuesday: Hunting Tupperware in the Woods

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From MiscellaneousThese past few weekends, we've been geocaching in the Mulholland Preserve, acres and acres of open space lined with stone walls, filled with second-growth trees, and marked with streams and rock outcroppings.  We were hunting for Tupperware.  Filled with little toys.  We were geocaching.
From MiscellaneousI had the habit of lagging behind, reading figures in the rocks as if they were clouds. Here I saw the grim reaper slouching away from our direction.
From MiscellaneousFinding cache 5 on this preserve in Newtown, Connecticut, took three attempts and a request for another clue from the geocacher who hid it.  He obliged. The third attempt yielded this treasure trove:
From MiscellaneousGeocaching: Usinga $6 billion satellite to hunt for Happy Meal prizes and then leave them there for the next crew. And to say you were there. It's fun.
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Craig Lundwall: I Miss You

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From FlowersThe daffodils are coming up at my parents' after a long, steep, cold winter. Years ago I planted many of the bulbs that are thriving today. (I remember dad asking me if I'd come over after work and help him plant 500 bulbs. "Sure," I said. It sounded like nothing, but then sticking those bulbs in the rocky, unyielding ground made the task a challenge and a half. I planted many but far and away not all of those bulbs.)  I love seeing them blossom ever spring. They are my favorite flower. 
Noticing them today and thinking of you, I recalled that spring was not your favorite season, that winter was with its bright sunshine and crisp blues and whites. Spring seems such a dull evaporating of winter into something else. A time between times. I think of you on the anniversary of your passing, Craig. I think of what you loved. It is no wonder. You, too, were a bright light. A strong personality. A presence. Every year at this time I think the winter you lov…

Today's Flowers: Hydrangea That Was

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From Flowersand will be
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Wandering around outside yesterday, I found myself facing some winter damage to trees and shrubs around the wee humble abode.  It was good to see these stalwarts of the summer garden are back for another round.  In fact, it's amazing to me how much outdoors is business as usual this spring despite the hefty, heavy winter.  Aside from the odd dramatic breakage, just about everything bounced back.  There's a lesson in this. Today's Flowers

One Single Impression: Reciprocal

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Open arms, Wide universe Love, and love again
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Skywatch Friday: A Fine Line

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Early rain in the distance. You watch it. You know it's coming. You head straight for it. There is no struggle, and it feels very, very good. Morning comes.

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Header Challenge: Flight

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This week's header challenge, flight, brings to mind all those wonderful creatures I often find myself waiting to take off.  All that breath-holding that goes on when I am out for a walk and come upon some beautiful bird that I hope has not noticed me and will linger long enough for me to admire a bit.  This blue heron at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina, seemed unbothered by me and Adella last summer. We got off two whole shots before he blew!

Please stop by the other headbangers LannyimacGailsman, Tom-fishing guy and Sandy,  to see how they make do… for their headers.

Wordless Wednesday: Feeling Beat Up

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Keep Those Babies Warm

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My World Tuesday: Hartford Public Library

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We stopped at the Hartford Public Library after our visit to the Wadsworth Atheneum last Saturday. I like the building and the atmosphere it engenders. There are people everywhere doing or not doing things as they please. Many people sleep in the boxy club chairs, but nobody minds. There are others who seem to be there to simply be somewhere. There are dozens of folks poring over computer monitors. There are security guards making small talk with librarians. There are art shows waiting for visitors.



From Mar 26, 2011
The art shows are what brought us up to the third floor, where we saw this sequence of panels. If they had been orange, I would have guessed Cristo had been there. We stood and stared and wondered, "Is this the art?" A couple came up behind us and wondered that out loud. (This is my commentary on contemporary art. I have said it without saying it in the way some art is art without being it.)
Out the window, though, was art in the form of a cityscape the focal …

Today's Flowers: Spring Has Croaked

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From 179CANON
Brothers and sisters of the blogosphere, let's hear a hearty, "Amen!" The crocuses have finally pressed their way through the mud to bring a little color to spring here in sunny Connecticut. We came across clumps of these little guys in my parents' yard on Saturday, when we stopped in to do a little springtime cleanup and maybe work some winter-softened muscles. Our bedtime arrived early Saturday night. Maybe the muscles will forgive?

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One Single Impression: Epidemic

Everywhere, birds sing
As crocuses warm and break the earth.
Tomorrow: daffodils
And the laughter of children
Rising like bears
Craving the sweetness of summer flowers
In honey, in sunshine, in memory.
Springtime:
Everyone, everything, everywhere: hungry.

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