And isn’t the whole point of things – beautiful things – that they connect you to some larger beauty? Those first images that crack your heart wide open


  • Photo: Reiko Takahashi documented these dolphins near Mikurajima, Japan. She writes that they had “been floating for a long time staying close together.” National Geographic (August 2, 2019)
  • Post Title: “Only – if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things – beautiful things – that they connect you to some larger beauty? Those first images that crack your heart wide open and you spend the rest of your life chasing, or trying to recapture, in one way or another?” — Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch (via Beth @ Alive on All Channels, always an inspiration.)


  1. Beautiful. And ironically, I was just about to start to read “The Goldfinch” but a friend has asked me to beta read her book… later Ms Tartt!

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  2. I’d be huddling to a friend too if I were a dolphin in Japan.

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  3. This passage brought me up short. I have spent the better part of the afternoon floating around in the pool, staring at cloud formations and watching palm fronds wave in the breeze, marveling at the fact that I now have the opportunity to call such an idyllic setting home. Weird and wild for a girl who grew up in a small Midwestern farming community. More than a bit surprised at how things play out, but always and ever grateful….

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    • Beautifully described Lori.

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    • Oh Lori, I just picture you, beautifully, gracefully floating in a pool (JEALOUS!!!!), contemplating your life and how things alway turn out differently to what one thinks, but somehow, even if it’s not at all what one thought, it’s probably OK and as it should be – in the end, and all things considered! Lots of love to you!

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  4. Love the title inspiration. And it reminds me of few Mary Oliver lines I hold very close to my heart,
    ““We need Beauty

    because it makes us ache

    to be worthy of it.”

    P.s. I don’t eat Dolphin. I eat shark though!

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  5. I can feel this photo, David. ❤ ❤ Cher xo

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  6. Yes!

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  7. Beautiful image. Beautiful words. I loved that book.

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  8. Like

  9. Aeons ago, I’ve read that book – but all I remember really is that it was a very heavy hardback, falling three times on my face before I realised that I should probably go to sleep….
    What a really inspiring photo and poetry combo! Thank You

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  10. Christie says:

    Much beauty in this world…this touching photo of loving commendatory, hidden below the sea would be lost to the world if not for the photographer, Reiko Takahashi, across the world from most of us… National Geographic publishing it and for your readers if you hadn’t shared it with us…thank you 🙂

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  11. Christie says:

    Oh, that spell check – obviously I meant to say “comradery” …

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