I think many more Americans are considering what it means to be a citizen and a patriot this year than in years past. What does it mean to be an American? What is America? And how do we contribute? What do you have to offer your country?
It’s a shame we weren’t reflecting harder on this earlier. But here we are.
Happy Fourth of July. This is our home. We’re working to make certain that you are so welcome here. I know it doesn’t seem that way… and we’ve started too late. But we are working. We haven’t, as we like to say here in PA, redded up as well as we might, but we’re working on it… promise.
All of us are needed to make Peace a reality.
Life seems to be largely about choices. I believe we’ve gotten lax about them in this country. We don’t always bother to explore consequences and if we do, we say oh, just this once…
But that’s something our brain learns… just this once becomes the default setting.
It’s not that there aren’t wonderful surprises, but mostly Peace is built on a lot of small, deliberate choices. May we choose wisely… The consequence we seek is Peace.
I don’t do this often enough. I suspect you don’t either.
I don’t go outside and just sit in the beauty. It’s important to do that occasionally.
To breathe in the Beauty of the Earth and its Peace.
To breathe in the Quiet and its calm.
To still our souls and minds so we can hear our thoughts and emotions.
To recognize Peace and to sink into it.
Peace be with you.
Birds gotta fly, goats gotta sing…
E.G. took a couple of these pictures, so apparently nosy goats try all sorts of ways to figure out what that silver thing is that result in pictures that look like the goat is a 40s crooner! And now for mellow tones of…
Goats are friendly, pushy folk to have around you… and they’re full of Love.
E.G. Kight is going to take us to some interesting places this month, beautiful parts of the US… and there will be a couple out of season shots…
It’s helpful to have things in our life that give us simple joy… and that, when pictured, give others the same spontaneous joy and laughter. Goofy goats are among those things.
Let’s keep finding the commonalities, in a world that wants us to be at odds with each other!
Peace can some times be encouraged by the shared laughter at goofy (crooning) goats. We need to encourage Peace every way we can. The goats don’t need any encouragement. Thanks for the tune, Tiny Tim!
The Moon is beautiful, but she’s far more powerful than we give her credit for being. She moves the tides, among other things.
I like that her light is softer and allows us to see things differently than we see them in the sun.
But what i really love about it is how it connects us. My dear friend in Sweden who took this pic and I look at the same Moon when she comes up at our houses. People I don’t know, all over the world, look at the same Moon.
The Moon fills me with Peace, and it fills me with Peace that she gently shines on all of us.
Summer is filled with color. Gardens explode with it. Tables are laden with it. Our clothing is often more vibrant. Skies are blue, grass is green, bodies of water are glistening. And we wear sunglasses so the Sun doesn’t hurt our eyes with its strong rays.
Every season brings something different, something special to Peace. Summer stands for outward manifestations. Have a party, throw a protest. Go OUT and change the world. Pay attention to what Summer is saying.
The color shows us the way to make Peace in the Summer!
Lorraine and I have walked a lot of shores together. I think this is the two of us at the Atlantic Ocean last Autumn. There are lots of shores I’ve walked on my own or with other sweet family and friends.
I lived at the beach for a summer. I ran every morning along the shore and walked several times a day. Heaven.
But the evidence of those walks was/is immediately erased. Footprints in the sand are so lovely and so temporary. So you have to do it again — knowing it will be erased again.
Which led me to remember that not all the impressions we make are so easily erased. We should think carefully about our impressions. Yes, my darlings, we must think carefully before we speak/act.
Because what we’re aiming for is lasting Peace. So think carefully, act appropriately, but keep taking those lovely (impermanent) walks along shores… Our job is to make and to receive Peace. Sand walking by the water gives me Peace.
I’m slowly making plans to be without anything but an electronic reader this summer when I go to Europe. My phone will come along, but only as a camera. Three weeks with no electronic input.
I think my brain needs it. We’ll see how I do.
But I realized, huh, I won’t have a watch. I stopped wearing a watch when I stopped my corporate job at 30. I am now 2x+5… so, I haven’t worn a watch for a long time.
So time goes back to more public displays. I will keep time only insofar as I need to be at a show or on a plane or a train. The rest of time it will be time for rest. Time for friends. Time for Peace. I am really looking forward to seeing how my relationship to Time adjusts. And what will I have to do if I see my relationship to Peace change?
I’m going to have to make more time for Friends and Peace. I think I’ll make better Peace.
This skeleton is so realistically placed, that it’s impossible not to know what it did during its life.
I find it a bit unnerving, but the more I look at it, the more I appreciate it.
We have to know what we’re made of, we have to know what the world is made of, if we’re going to make Peace effectively.
The more the social condition worsens in this world, the more I (and you) need to understand what is happening. I am beginning to appreciate that I need to look at life differently. I need to understand the bones of Peace and what enlivens it and us. I need to understand the bones of much of life. And if not understand, at least acknowledge.
Peace is worth the effort of change.
I get to go to a picnic today. It doesn’t matter what food is served; it’s always better for being outside food! Back yard food.
Food packed in your backpack and enjoyed on a bench. yum. Foods carried the short distance from your kitchen to your porch. It’s all good!
And Summer foods: foods that come from the garden, are scrubbed and plopped on your plate!
Barbecued bits of your choice.
Often served to chatting, laughing friends.
Making the Peace of Summer while enjoying its fruits!