4:15 am. And Inspired.

Autumn-colored Sedges in The Enchantments

Good Wednesday morning.  Here’s my selection of inspiring posts of the week.

  1. The photo above was taken by Lee Rentz @ Lee Rentz Photography Weblog.  Check out Lee’s other shots in Washington State at a post titled When We Walked Through the Forests of Gold.  Inspiring.
  2. Sheri @ The Other Side of Ugly with her post No Small Thing.Existence is no small thing. To be alive and made up of the very particles of the universe that you live in is no small thing. To have eyes to see, hands to feel, ears to hear, mouths to taste, minds to think and hearts to love is no small thing”…Terrific.
  3. Ofe @ Tropical Spice Living with her post What Every Boy Should Know where she shares 20 lessons that Mothers should impart with their sons.  On point and heartwarming…I won’t be a spoiler.  Check out her post.
  4. Ed Batista with his post The Meaning of Life.  I’ve been thinking about this post all week.  Haunting. Eye-opening. Here’s an excerpt: “…The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.  That is real freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default-setting, the “rat race” — the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing…” Check out Ed’s post.
  5. Space2Live with her post Introvert’s Love Affair With Solitude: Will It Always Be Taboo?  A siren call for all introverts.  An excerpt: “I began a conscious love affair with solitude five years ago.  I’ve been apologizing for it ever since…

And the Hump Day Inspiring Image of the Week comes to us from Cherie French (1934):

girl feeding turtle

Have a great Hump Day.


  1. Thank you David, passing my blog story on to your followers is no small thing! Hugs, Sheri


  2. Photographs by Lee Rentz were stunning! Also loved the banana-eating turtle……thanks for the Hump day posts.


  3. Thank you for sharing these posts I will check them out. Priceless picture!


  4. Thank you for including me in this lineup of breathtaking reads and photography. Ed Batista’s The Meaning of Life post on David Foster Wallace blew me away! I love the writing/reading I find through you David.


  5. I never got my email message this morning and was really beginning to worry…Relieved to see this in my reader..


  6. That’s the cutest image… And, coming from the 1930’s, one can assume it is without ‘photoshop’….! Now, that’s fabulous… 😉


  7. Thank you for these beautiful posts, David. You tied them together perfectly, starting with the Enchantments and finishing with Space2Live’s post on solitude (I would love to spend alone time in the Enchantments!) And who knew that turtles like bananas?


  8. Lovely share, David. 🙂


  9. I checked all of the posts and I really can’t say which one is my favorite. I feel like as if I know why Mr. David Foster Wallace committed suicide, I feel as if the “No small thing” post was a wake up call, I feel like a baby, a girl and a women all at the same time and I feel like to sit and contemplate. That’s all I want right here right now…


  10. Alex Jones says:

    Great photograph. Just to think if the tortoise is a family pet it could be handed down to the grandchildren of that child to be fed in exactly the same way.


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