Saturday Morning

A cluster of seals rises behind the skiff when I idle away from Peril Island. I feel as if they’re ushering me off, and as if the other animals are watching with relief while I depart: the seals stretched out on warm rocks; the blinking oystercatchers; the fretting gulls and shorebirds; the eagle who flew when I arrived; the peregrine, perched in some distant tree or soaring invisibly against the sun’s corona. I can almost sense the whole place breathing out as its tranquility returns. My deepest impression is that Peril Island and its animals belong to one another, and that there is no rightful place among them for humans.

Richard NelsonThe Island Within

 


Notes: Photo Credit: conservationaction.com.  Related Posts: “Richard Nelson”, The Island Within

Sunday Morning

When I found the seal pup alone on the far beach,
not sleeping but looking all around, I didn’t
reason it out, for reason would have sent me away,
I just
went close but not too close, and lay down on the sand
with my back toward it, and
pretty soon it rolled over, and rolled over
until the length of its body lay along
the length of my body, and so we touched, and maybe
our breathing together was some kind of heavenly conversation
in God’s delicate and magnifying language, the one
we don’t dare speak out loud,
not yet.

~ Mary Oliver, from “The Return” in From What Do We Know: Poems And Prose Poems.


Notes: Poem via Words for the YearSeal pup photo by gemma reddington

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?


Notes:

  • Photo: “You couldn’t have! To his fellow seal, this elephant seal seems in shock.” by George Cathcart
  • Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again

T.G.I.F.: Snow Day!

Do NOT quit before the finish…


Thank you Susan

It’s been a long day…

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This is one of the finalists in Smithsonian.com’s 12th Annual Photo Contest.  It was selected from over 26,500 entires by photographers from 93 different countries. This photo of a wave striking an elephant seal pup was taken by Anthony Smith on South Georgia Island in January, 2014. “Young elephant seals were sprawled all over the upper beaches in a remote sub-Antarctic region of the Atlantic, but for some reason this youngster had chose to lie down to rest right within the surf!” says Smith.

Don’t miss the other finalists here at Smithsonian.com: 12th Annual Photo Contest Finalists


Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Hello? Hello? You up Yet?

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Image Source: YourEyesBlazeOut

SMWI*: It’s easier to work-out with a friend

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Notes: SMWI*: Saturday Morning Work-Out Inspiration. Image Source: gifak

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Hello? Hello? You up yet?

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Image Credit: Themetapicture.com

Monday Morning Wake-Up Hug (and Kiss)

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Source: Mme Scherzo

Monday Morning Wake-up Call: Do you have any fish?

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Image Source

T.G.I.F.: It’s True! I’m starting my diet today.

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Northern Sea Otter and baby

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4:45am. And, Inspired…

Good Wednesday morning.  Two missions today: sharing inspiring posts of the week from my favorite bloggers and blogger award nominations.

Mindful Diary with her post “Random Act Of Kindness.” “…in the middle of eating and making pancakes, my 4-year old son says, mummy let’s give some pancakes with strawberry jam to Sonja (our 86-year-old neighbor)

Blurb My Enthusiasm with her post “Don’t Should on Yourself“” “…I really should have done my laundry yesterday, but I didn’t. I also should have gotten my MBA, eaten healthier in the last few weeks, and put the kiddie pool away before it left a big, brown circle on my lawn. I should have done a lot of things in the past 20+ years, but I didn’t. I also have a lot of regrets and guilt, the results of a lifetime of ‘should haves.’ What is it with this word ‘should’ that makes us all so miserable?

MindfulStew with his post “Striving for Balance–Enforcing Work Boundaries”  “…There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet screaming desperation where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate, to enable them to buy things that they need to impress people they don’t like…” 

And now, on to the awards nominations…

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5:37am & Inspired

some trees and a sunrise by Master Pedda


Good Wednesday morning.  Two missions today: sharing inspiring posts of the week from my favorite bloggers and blogger award nominations.

Renplus with her post “Stop Pushing Me.” “the journey of 12,000 steps starts with the first one. I believe I’ve just taken it…”

Peter Cook @ TheRock’n’BusinessBlogger” with his post “I get knocked down, but I get up again.” “…The differentiator between these two poles (living in regret / reflection / rumination versus crashing on through life regardless) is the ability to learn from setbacks.  Not so much ‘Shut Up, Move On’…but ‘Stop, Learn, Adapt, Move On’…”

Hemouse with her post “Thirteen Reasons To Be Happy.”  “…Thanks to my nose…it makes me breathe fresh air…Thanks to my eyes, and then small again squint, I can be seen sunrise, sunset, flowers, flowers bloom…”

Tobey Days with her post “Dance to the Music You Hear Right Now.” “…Some days are great; filled with laughter, great food, and comfortable shoes…Some days are not so great; filled with regret, heartburn, and blisters…”

And now, on to the awards nominations…

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5:30am & inspired…


Good Wednesday morning.  Two missions today: sharing inspiring posts of the week from several of my favorite bloggers and blogger award nominations.

In the bucket of put-your-mind-to-it-and-get-R-dun is Lesley Carter @ Bucket List Publications with her post “I Knew I Was Going To Succeed! Creating a Success Blog.” “…When I first started Bucket List Publications a year ago, I knew that it was going to be a success! I am driven; I am passionate; I am a dreamer and I do everything in my power to make those dreams come true. Life is worth living, after all, and I’m making it happen…When I started blogging, I heard people say that it would be impossible to break into the field and be a success. Why would I even waste my time? Why would I want to be another “blogger”? Well this is what I have to say to all of those skeptics. 8,432,439 views speak for themselves! 36,111 followers agree! (Read on for more)

Keith @ Keith The Green’s Blog with his post titled: Lighten Up, A New Beginning. “I wrote about making one change per month in our lives a little while ago, as we need time to make changes in our routines permanent. Since I started that one, I recently added being observant about the people I pass on the streets, if they look lost, I will ask if they need directions. A few have been tourists, another was an elderly gentleman who it turned out was looking for an address that was part of a larger building, he was having trouble as he had forgotten his glasses that morning. My point is that not all our acts have to be ones that change society, for the people we help, it has made a difference, now imagine if everyone did one more act of kindness everyday. To borrow a line from a Ray Charles song; “What a wonderful world it would be.” 

Another wonderfully crafted and stop-and-make-me-think post by Jeff @ A View From the Ledge with his postDigging In”: “…Writing and weeding are not that much different. There are times we swing the blade widely cutting with a force bordering on violence – and there are other times when we work surgically with a finer tool carefully extracting the word or the phrase without disturbing the surrounding growth. There are other times when the weed is so entangled, that we have to take bits of the healthy plant with it…

Anita Mac @ TravelDestinationBucketList with her post “On the Road Again” – Anita is doing something that I’ve dreamed of doing…”SHE’S WALKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO.” 

And now, on to the awards nominations…

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4:39 am & inspired…

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Good Wednesday morning.  Two missions today: sharing inspiring posts of the week from several of my favorite bloggers and blogger award nominations.

In the category of just so-very-good, is a post from Thomas Ross @ “Only Here Only Nowwith his post titled: Affliction.“The worst thing, the most terrible thing, was to see the reflection of my critical gaze in the people I love the most- to understand how I had fed their self doubt all those years.   How I had harmed those I loved so deeply…” 

In the bucket of yanking on my heart strings, Ray Visotski @ Simple, Village Undertaker with his postButterfly Kisses”: I remember Kelliann playing it for me for the first time when the song was a hit. We decided that it would be the song we danced to at her wedding…It may or may not be the first song, as I cannot listen to it without sobbing…)  Me too Ray.  Me too…

In the bucket of growth and re-birth, Brenna Gee @ Space2Live with her post title Steven Tyler and an Introvert: Expanding Through Music, Stillness and the Inner Garden:(Steven Tyler) Just recently my dad came over to the house – he’s ninety-three now!  And I sat down next to him at the piano and he played Debussy’s Clair de Lune…  It was so deep and invoked so much of that early emotion laid on top of my adult emotions that I wept like a baby…(and then Brenna)…As for me, I went through a withdrawal process that started with caring for my body…”

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Friday night with Andrea…

We were introduced to Andrea Bocelli at a concert in Miami.   Now the American Airlines Arena isn’t a night with Andrea in Tuscany…but the evening was memorable nonetheless.  There are those that perform – and then there is Andrea Bocelli.  A man in a league of his own.   Several weeks later, I recall driving over the Miami causeway out to Key Biscayne.  It was a blistering summer, Sunday afternoon.   The sun roof was open.  There was acqua blue velvet water glistening all around me.  Warm tropical winds rushing through the car.  And Andrea belting out this song.  Andrea and me on Key Biscayne…fantasy island.


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