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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans created a new blog post, How to Mourn

    How to Mourn

    Posted in Blogs on Saturday, 14 July 2018

      We stopped the clock a week ago while my brother slept on the couch. The ticking kept him up. I’m wearing my father’s watch But I can’t hear it.   Friends have come and gone. They didn’t stay but we have lots of food. I wish to remember but it turns me sad and I have work to do.   Here is my dream: Skating in circles on a frozen lake. If it melts I drown. If not I skate forever round and round.   For what should I wish? I wake.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, Peace

    What find so remarkable about the experience is that it occurred on my porch - I didn't have to hike three miles (or twenty) to some spectacular spot of natural wonder - it was just there - and just happening. How much we miss by not being aware.

    Since you quoted Alan Rickman, I will quote Ferris Bueller:

    "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Peace

    The late and much lamented Alan Rickman had this to say, and it does at least sketch an idea of the problem...

    'Do you know that moment when you paint a landscape as a child and, when you're maybe under seven or something, the sky is just a blue stripe across the top of the paper? And then there's that somewhat disappointing moment when the teacher tells you that the sky actually comes down in amongst all the branches. And it's as though life changes at that moment and becomes much more complicated and a little bit more boring, as it's rather tedious to fill in the branches.'

    We long for the return of innocence and that's increasingly complicated in our riven, driven world, when the objective of peace is sought through external, logical and forceful means. Ironically, for many, it means going to war, and all shades of lesser struggle, when all the time it is a state of being. And one that multitudes must catch simultaneously, and more in the spirit even than the heart.

    You are blessed.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans created a new blog post, Peace

    Peace

    Posted in Blogs on Tuesday, 03 July 2018

    I was sitting outside on my porch today reading for a few hours. All during that time birds came visiting. First there was a beautiful jay, stunning blue and quiet for once, nestled into a spot in the sun just a few feet away. Then a robin. Then a few grosbeaks. Some sparrows. Dad’s favorite wren who lives in the azalea next door. A woodpecker on the nearby tree. Others I couldn’t name. And now there is a doe settled in the shadowed grass about 100 feet away, testing the breeze, with a young buck standing close. Just living. All just living. Why can’t every place be this peaceful?

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, Oculus
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    Ken Hartke
    Ken Hartke commented on the blog post, Oculus

    "They return my gaze with timeless eye." -- If they had fancy uniforms they were the Carabinieri.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, Oculus

    The world is expert at demolishing pantheons, isn't it?

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Oculus

    No one would claim rivalry with ancient Rome, of course, but Georgian London did boast a fine Pantheon of its own (sadly now demolished). If you can locate your time travel passport, you could pay it a visit. The other might prove more challenging :-) x

    https://www.pilgrimrose.com/index.php/serial/685-the-wolf-and-the-lamb-3-the-finest-balm

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans created a new blog post, Oculus

    Oculus

    Posted in Blogs on Friday, 29 June 2018

    Suppose some day, some later time, I stand In the eternal Roma, beneath, you know, The Parthenon. No. Get it right. No. The other one. The. Palladium. No. No. Pantheon. Yes. That’s it. That’s it. Pantheon.   Beneath the Pantheon I shall stand, gazing At the gods and goddesses. (Are they Still there? I believe they are.) And stand Gazing. How will I feel? In that ancient place? Amongst that Pantheon of old.   Old. But not eternal. Is how. I. They return my gaze with timeless eye.

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    Ken Hartke
    Ken Hartke commented on the blog post, We Don't Say Goodbye

    I like that we carry all of those memories and people with us -- it is a healing thing, a first-aid kit. They say humans are the only beings that are aware of our own temporary existence. I don't believe that entirely. The "dumb animals" that seemingly don't know any better, don't fritter away their lives or procrastinate as we do but go about their business and make the best of it. Even cats in their own way...I guess. :)

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, We Don't Say Goodbye

    Much deep wisdom here. Thank you!

    To be honest, I'd rather never say goodbye...

    No matter what plans we have for the future, it's good to bear in mind that this might be the last day/ occasion we see that person, and to act accordingly and truthfully. It encourages us to live in the moment and make it the best we can, a lens through which we may swiftly sort out priorities. We're all on a pilgrimage, meeting, parting, paths diverging, rejoining... Some people and venues we carry always in heart and memory. I feel it keeps the bond closer if there has been no farewell. Their presence is ever with us and we know we shall meet again in another landscape. At all events, I find that consoling on many fronts.

    The Martin Luther quote is reminiscent of St Francis of Assisi who, when asked how he would change his life if he knew the apocalypse was imminent, said it would find him digging his garden as usual.

    The Ezra Pound quote, so true!

    btw, you haven't posted this before. You can always check by using the Search Box and filters :-)

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, We Don't Say Goodbye

    Sound advice Ken.

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    Ken Hartke
    Ken Hartke commented on the blog post, We Don't Say Goodbye

    I may have posted this before -- I sometimes need to revisit it. I occasionally need to give myself a kick in the pants.

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    Ken Hartke
    Ken Hartke created a new blog post, We Don't Say Goodbye

    We Don't Say Goodbye

    Posted in Blogs on Wednesday, 13 June 2018

    Some time ago I learned that a close friend's friend was killed in the earthquake in Nepal. He was one of the climbers on Everest when the avalanche engulfed them. He was a climber. He didn't have to be there. He was a visitor who chose that time and place; a once in a lifetime journey. He was doing what he chose to do. One never knows.  We take risks every day. We close the door. We don't say goodbye.   So, what does one do? "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." said Martin Luther.     Should we modify our behavior to avoid risk?  Should we hide in our house? "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying" says Woody Allen     No.  That is the last thing we should do. "When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself" said the monk,  Shunryu Suzuki     We must go on about our business, always.  You have something important to do...do it. If not now, when? If you have something to find, chances are that it will find you.  The Zen master Hui Hai said... "Search and you will lose it. Do not search and you will immediately find it. Stop and it will be right here. Run and it will not be anywhere."    A few times in my life I have waited too long. I was waiting for something to happen...for someone to find me...to get ready for something that didn't happen. I don't do that anymore. "A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him." said Ezra Pound         *    *    *

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor commented on the blog post, Rise

    I like it!

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor commented on the blog post, R. R. R.

    I hope you're right. Thank you for your comment.

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, R. R. R.

    The real strength you gained from this, I believe, is the interior knowledge, not necessarily recognised, that if you butt against a wall long enough, it will eventually fall, assuming it to be worthy of the energy. This is a triumph right across the board, not just in the context it began.

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Rise

    Some existential reflection here. Knowing you, I feel sure you won't miss an opportunity to take the rise :-)

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Castles on a Rainy Day

    Absolutely lovely, Rina. Delighted that you were inspired to give it a try. You certainly haven't lost your touch! Thanks for sharing :-)

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    Virginia M Macasaet

    Castles on a Rainy Day

    Posted in Blogs on Tuesday, 12 June 2018

       It’s been raining for days on end. The girls are back from their trips. Home is warm with their presence once again.   M1 bought all sorts of souvenirs. A paper weight of a castle she visited. I sat at the breakfast table this morning.   Indeed! the castle figurine caught my eye. Why not give it a try! I pulled out my sketchpad and pens.

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Stephen Evans Peace
06 July 2018
What find so remarkable about the experience is that it occurred on my porch - I didn't have to hike...
Rosy Cole Peace
05 July 2018
The late and much lamented Alan Rickman had this to say, and it does at least sketch an idea of the ...
Stephen Evans Oculus
03 July 2018
Could be
Ken Hartke Oculus
03 July 2018
"They return my gaze with timeless eye." -- If they had fancy uniforms they were the Carabinieri.
Stephen Evans Oculus
30 June 2018
The world is expert at demolishing pantheons, isn't it?

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