Dog Mirrors

“Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music…

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Then Agains

“Mortality makes it impossible to ignore the absurdity of living solely for the future.” ― Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals “We’ve been granted the mental capacities to make almost infinitely ambitious plans, yet practically no time at all to put them into action.” ― Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management…

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Stillness Instead

Have I lived enough?Have I loved enough?Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?Have I endured loneliness with grace? I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.Actually, I probably think too much. Then I step out into the garden,where the gardener, who is said…

Sea Foam Consultation

I go down to the shore in the morningand depending on the hour the wavesare rolling in or moving out,and I say, oh, I am miserable,what shall—what should I do? And the sea saysin its lovely voice:Excuse me, I have work to do. — Mary Oliver The ocean is indifferent to our schemes and stumbles….

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Through the Darkness and the Light

And consider, always, every day, the determinationof the grass to grow despite the unending obstacles.— Mary Oliver, Evidence We are change agents, creating new iterations of ourselves with every action. But so is everyone and everything else, which makes change exponential and complicated. There are some things we simply can’t control. One moment we’re celebrating…