Poetry | Travel

What Place Is This?

This form, this face, this life Living to live in a world of time beyond me; let me Resign my life for this life, my speech for that unspoken, The awakened, lips parted, the hope, the new ships. What seas what shores what granite islands towards my timbers And woodthrush calling through the fog My…

Philosophy | Seasons | Stoicism

Drink Up Before the Dregs

“Lay hold of to-day’s task, and you will not need to depend so much upon to-morrow’s. While we are postponing, life speeds by. Nothing, Lucilius, is ours, except time.” – Seneca “What is the state of things, then? It is this: I do not regard a man as poor, if the little which remains is…

Philosophy | Stoicism

Merely Time

“Life will follow the path it started upon, and will neither reverse nor check its course; it will make no noise, it will not remind you of its swiftness.“ – Seneca, On The Shortness Of Life I re-read Seneca’s On The Shortness Of Life again over the last few days. Its a quick read but…

Habits | Language | Lifestyle | Philosophy | Productivity

Keep it Simple

I quietly shelved plans to hike yesterday. Thunderstorms in the forecast, friends coming over, yard work to do… you know: excuses.  Instead I did projects and regretted not getting out there and hiking.  Lesson learned.  But the bulkhead looks better than it ever has with a fresh coat of paint and the lawn has been…

Philosophy | Stoicism

On Setbacks and Moving Ahead

“Show me that the good life doesn’t consist in its length, but in its use, and that it is possible—no, entirely too common—for a person who has had a long life to have lived too little.” Seneca, Moral Letters Preparing to sauté a holy trinity of onions, celery and peppers last night, I found the…

Lifestyle | Philosophy | Stoicism

On Seizing the Day

“Let us therefore set out whole-heartedly, leaving aside our many distractions and exert ourselves in this single purpose, before we realize too late the swift and unstoppable flight of time and are left behind. As each day arises, welcome it as the very best day of all, and make it your own possession. We must…

Birds | Lifestyle

Defer or Dance?

“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” – Seneca The other night I was walking alone on the street.  Except I wasn’t alone at all.  Two great horned owls were calling out to each other high in the pine trees, moving silently in a dance of their own around…

Lifestyle | Stoicism

Part of the Eternal

“Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What…