I am pleased enough with the surfaces

woman walking barefoot

“I am pleased enough with the surfaces – in fact they alone seem to me to be of much importance. Such things for example as the grasp of a child’s hand in your own, the flavor of an apple, the embrace of a friend or lover, the silk of a girl’s thigh, the sunlight on the rock and leaves, the feel of music, the bark of a tree, the abrasion of granite and sand, the plunge of clear water into a pool, the face of the wind – what else is there? What else do we need?”

– Edward Abbey

Jackson Pollock: 3-way inspiration…


  1. Jackson Pollock #3 by Jackson Pollock
  2. Rachel Kanigan’s Jackson Pollock inspired pumpkin (2012). Beautiful Honey!
  3. Leroy Pollock’s quote to his son Jackson Pollock via Hammock Papers.  See entire 1928 letter @ BrainPickings.org

Learn to be quiet

Noell S. Oszvald - Silence - Art - Photograph

You need not do anything.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen, just wait.
You need not even wait,
just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.
And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.
It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Franz Kafka

Artist: Noell S. Oszvald: “Silence” via artlimited.net via yama-bato.

Quote Source: blogut via creatingaquietmind

Other related Kafka posts:

My dentist once told me that letting go is like…

my dentistballoon and let go

Sources: curious-ginger and wewanderandwonder.com

4:02am and Inspired…

We’re kicking off Hump Day with the 2012 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips…and this will be followed by several inspirational posts by my favorite bloggers.

Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home
Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home
Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

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3:51am and INSPIRED!

Today’s kick-off song is a tribute to Robin Gibb who died on Sunday at 62 years of age after a long battle with cancer.  And then on to inspiring posts from some of my favorite bloggers…

From South East Queensland, Australia: Tracie Louise @ Tracie Louise Photography with her inspirational post titled “You Can Change the World”: “Maybe it’s not the job that is the problem. Maybe it’s you…DN changed his reality by changing his attitude…He did 3 things which turned his life around in record time…” 

And after reading Tracie’s post above, if you do nothing else today, check out Tracie’s Challenge Wins & Top 10 Photos.  INCREDIBLE.  AMAZING PHOTOS. If you think the Birdie photo to the right is a great shot, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  Bucket list here we come…

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Hump Day: 4:12 am and inspired…

Kickin’ off Hump Day with Fleetwood Mac and “The Chain” and several of my favorite posts of the week…


Kurt Harden @ Cultural Offering with his post “In Praise of Life.”

Here is the thing about life:  From the moment you are ejected out of your mother’s womb, it is coming for you.  Life is unrelenting.  It is experiential.  Smells, sounds, sights and senses constantly bombarding you.  A fire hose dousing you every single moment of every single day.  At some point we get to decide: Are we going to manage life or are we going to be managed by it. Is this the most basic decision we make? …If I think to the most important decision I have ever made it has been this one: Swim versus tread water. One decision demands thought and action, another buoyancy.

Sarah Potter @ sarahpotterwrites:

“Plenty of things are conspiring to stop me, but I refuse to submit.”

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Here Comes the Sun…

Thank you Rob Firchau @ the Hammock Papers for sharing another great post.  This one…Lindsey Buckingham’s rendition of the Beatles’ classic: “Here Comes The Sun.”  Amazing guitar and vocals.  You can hear, see and feel Fleetwood Mac coursing throughout…

To arrive at the unshakeable…

More inspiration from my stops at Steve Layman‘s and Luke Storm’s blogs…

Nothing in the realm of thoughts or ideologies is absolute. Lean on one for long, and it collapses.  Because of this, there is nothing more futile and frustrating than relying on the mind. To arrive at the unshakable, you must befriend the Tao. To do this, quiet your thinking.  Stop analyzing, dividing, making distinctions between one thing and another. Simply see that you are at the center of the universe, and accept all things and beings as parts of your infinite body. When you perceive that an act done to another is done to yourself, you have understood the great truth.

~Verse 42.  Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Sayings of Lao Tzu


Image: Thank you crashinglybeautiful:

Today in Bangkok: Thousands of Buddhist monks chanted during a lantern lighting to celebrate Makha Bucha day, which commemorates Buddha’s first sermon on the essence of Buddhism.

It is not easy…

The Process of Pivoting…

“Anytime you feel negative emotion, stop and say: Something is important here; otherwise, I would not be feeling this negative emotion. What is it that I want? And then simply turn your attention to what you do want… . In the moment you turn your attention to what you want, the negative attraction will stop; and in the moment the negative attraction stops, the positive attraction will begin. And—in that moment—your feeling will change from not feeling good to feeling good. That is the Process of Pivoting.”

~ Abraham





Thank you Life in the High Desert and for-redheads


To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever…

“There are some good things to be said about walking. Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed. I have a friend who’s always in a hurry; he never gets anywhere. Walking makes the world much bigger and thus more interesting. You have time to observe the details. The utopian technologists foresee a future for us in which distance is annihilated and anyone can transport himself anywhere, instantly. Big deal, Buckminster. To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever, if you ask me.”

– Edward Abbey (via Whiskey River)

I am Grateful…

I’ve never met Francine.  I’ve never spoken to her.  She was one of my first blog followers.  I don’t know how she found me but I’m glad she did.  Every morning (early) Francine finds something good in my posts and bangs on the LIKE button.  This morning she also shared this video with me.  After my last post, this is exactly what the Doctor ordered – inspiring Francine, very inspiring.  Thank you.  I’m grateful for you…


Check out Francine’s blog @ Francine In Retirement

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