“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you.”
-St. Augustine, Confessions
Can you name the different parts of a flower?
Today for the first time I walked to the river at 8 in the morning. It’s a pleasant 73 degrees with a cool breeze. It’s low tide and there were a few fishermen in the riverbank. I told Mrs.Abstract I was going birding.I’m not a birder but I like birds and their musical tweets.
This afternoon I cleared up a lot of books on the sofa and from my bedside stand and took them in 3 bags to the book bin next to the library for the Friends of Library’s book sale.
I had my 14,000 steps today.
note: Flowers at the entrance to Celadon, a restaurant at the Napa Riverfront.
the art of swimming
between strokes and form
she arranges tiny leaves floating on the pool
a fan, mountain summits, aurora borealis
“I thought about that man for the rest of my trip. I thought about him for the rest of my life. He’d been generous, yes, but lots of people are generous; what made him different was the fact that he’d taken responsibility for me. He’d spotted me from town and walked half a mile out a highway to make sure I was okay. Robert Frost famously wrote that home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. The word “tribe” is far harder to define, but a start might be the people you feel compelled to share the last of your food with. For reasons I’ll never know, the man in Gillette decided to treat me like a member of his tribe.”
-Sebastian Junger, Tribe, On Homecoming and Belonging
note: The community is divided. Our country is divided. We need a bridge, a bridge of empathy,understanding, and solidarity to connect the divisions.
I finished reading Tribe by Sebastian Junger.
I’m always fascinated by mountain climbers. Some climbers have climbed the Seven Summits, the seven highest mountains in all 7 continents. Their commitment and perseverance to their craft for optimum performance inspire me. They give me an extra push and deprive me of excuses of not doing my simple act of walking five days a week.
Highest mountains of each of the seven continents. List first postulated by Richard Bass includes Mt Kosciuszko, the highest mountain of mainland Australia. Reinhold Messner’s later list replaced Mt Kosciuszko with Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid
I do not know you are coming
I remember fragrance of your walk
I’m sorry I’m nearsighted.
A house with two doors: one for entrance,
one for departure, both lock automatically
on closure and open with one key.
I got lost once in a forest
I followed movement of the sun and flight of birds
I found the river and the bridge.
at the middle of the village
spouts jets of colored waters.
Our chance meeting
walking and sitting meditations on the beach
the tide touching our feet.
Our eyes entered each other,
a complete surprise,
a fusion of affections.
Not all stories have happy endings.
We sat on a booth
sunset painting our faces.
I’m writing to you every morning
after a solitary walk
to perpetuate my sanity.
I am intelligent
my mantra since childhood.
I am an architect
and future cities.
pieces of sturdy wood and bricks
from ruins and demolished buildings.
I am building a new house
from materials,new and remnants
a life in transformation.
I have told you my story
short and fragmented
now, it’s your turn.