Miracle. All of it.

Behind me the sun settles
into the sea but I’m facing
a fire flickering in a great stone
hearth not big enough to roast
an ox, but big enough.
It’s taken the universe fifteen
billion years to get me here
and I find I’m grateful.

Nils Peterson, “Christmas Eve By the Sea” in A Walk to the Center of Things



  1. Happy New Year, David, thanks for all your great posts.

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  2. Indeed – grateful as we ring in 2018. For sunrises with friends. Happiest of New Years, my friend.

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  3. yes. grateful for all of it. in contrast to the beauty of hot ball of fire, my post today shows the beauty of the cold. (i can say that, as i’m inside).

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  4. Grateful, indeed!


  5. Thank you for another year of laughter, learning and reflection, DK. Grateful to have found you and this little community you have built and for the friendships I have found here. Wishing you and Susan a very happy New Year!🎊

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  6. So so Beautiful…
    Yes, Thank you for everything you do here, David.

    Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family. I wish you all the blessings your precious heart desires. And a hearth big enough!

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  7. Lovely poem, David. Have a great New Year. Stefy🍸

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  8. I’m grateful too, David. Happy New Year! ♡
    Diana xo

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  9. Thank you for your wonderful sharing and the community you have formed! We appreciate you and each other as a result of what you have given. What an image…and poem! The sea seems to call us all back to some barely conscious beginnings.

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  10. Happy New Year dear David, Thank you, Love, nia

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  11. roseanne333 says:

    Happy New Year, David. Thanks for a year of beautiful and inspiring posts. 🙏

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  12. I find I’m grateful too, David. Happy New Year and thanks for your wonderful blog.

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  13. Lovely photo. Tonight the sun sets on 2017. Tomorrow, may it rise on the beginning of a wonderful year for us all. Happy New Year, David, to you and your family.

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  14. Happy New Year, David…
    Come join us in 2018, you slow poke! It’s already 8am January… 😉 😉

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  15. from the depths of mybed
    THANK YOU for everything you brought us and which touched our eyes, minds, hearts and funny bones

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