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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
Maxim Gorky

Friday, January 1, 2016

Good morning 2016...

A sparkly frosty morning to bring in the New Year...Georgia has already been flitting about...
When the land is covered in a dusting of ice and the winter sun hovers along the treeline, 
it's me and the camera out to marvel at the cold hand of Jack Frost...
The term 'Wabi Sabi' in Japanese has no real translation but basically means 
perfection in imperfection, irregular beauty, things in their simplest, most austere and natural state...
The art of everyday life...
And on this first day of a New Year I am welcomed by all and any small thing out here in the cold...
I stare in awe...  the creative transformation these tiny things have undergone through a cold clear night... 
Many lie dormant ...
Asleep in frozen grace...
Our lives...are but a little while,
so let them run as sweetly as you can,
and give no thought to grief from day to day.
For time is not concerned to keep our hopes,
but hurries on it's business,
and is gone.
What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass
and loses itself in the sunset.
If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things in nature have a message you understand,
Rejoice, for your soul is alive.
~Eleanora Duse~
Hello...welcome to a new day!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Variations on a theme...

Bloodline TV Series Poster.jpg

Theme songs.
Especially tv series theme songs.
There's something strangely comforting about them.
Even as a kid, the opening music to 'Wild Kingdom' or 'Wonderful World of Disney'
brought you running to know that the show had just begun!
Some theme songs from shows like 'Hill Street Blues' or 'Cheers' will 
always remind me of my dad...they are some of his favourites.
I once watched the whole series of 'Lost' on DVD in about a week when I 
was down with a torn calf muscle and there, that music 
gave me some sense of comfort in my state of non movement.
And now we have Netflix to watch our faves at our leisure.
'Breaking Bad', 'The Bridge' (the foreign version) 'The Knick', 'Downton Abbey'
just to name a few.
We're watching 'Bloodline' right now and I love this opening them song
by Book of Fears...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Big deep breaths...

So hopefully the rushing to and fro and is over for you 
and life is winding itself back down to a sense of routine and calmness.
So for now...take some deep breaths and take a minute or 
two to gaze at some lovely winter will do you good...