Month: May 2013

I think Kurt Vonnegut was actually talking about my mom

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things.” – Kurt Vonnegut

I read this quote yesterday and thought about my mom rocking me to sleep at 2 a.m. when I was a little kid and suffered from another puke-inducing migraine. I thought about my mom forgoing work opportunities when I was in high school so that she could be there when I got home from school. I thought about my mom coming over to my house late one evening a few years ago. I sat at her feet, my head resting on her knee. She gently stroked my hair and told me everything was going to be all right, even though I’d accidentally cut my hand really badly the day before and was buried in unending graduate school work.

Thanks mom for all the little things that are actually pretty big things. I love you.


The Guest House

Today’s inspiration comes from Rumi.

The Guest House
by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
translation by Coleman Barks

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whomever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Life is not always rainbows and sunshine. if we choose to consciously embrace uncomfortable feelings as our teachers, life itself is not disappointing. Rather, it is a series of moments to practice being with life as it is.


Search for Love

flower - Doug Wheller

Today’s inspiration comes from D.H. Lawrence:

Search for Love

Those that go searching for love,
only manifest their own lovelessness,
and the loveless never find love,
only the loving find love,
and they never have to search for it.

Ah yes… connect with the love in your heart and love others with abandon. That is how love works!

{Thank you Doug Wheller for the use of your amazing photo.}

Crack climbing in snake country

Royal columns at Tieton

This weekend I spent a day honing crack climbing skills in an area called Tieton. The temperatures soared into the 90s – perfect weather for a sunny nap if you’re a rattlesnake. We found them in the grass, on paths, on rocks, and – if you can believe it – IN the climbing cracks! I saw more rattlesnakes in one day on Saturday than I’ve seen in the entire rest of my life combined. That’s a lot of snakes!

Coiled rattlesnake at Tieton

After a day of trying to steer clear of death, I can now identify the size of crack by the reptilian danger that lurks inside. For those of you who have yet to visit Tieton, here is a handy guide:

  • Finger –> Garter
  • Hand –> Rattle
  • Fist –> Boa
  • Off-width –> Anaconda

{Thank you Laurel Fan for the photo of Tieton and Ben Bardill for the use of your rattlesnake picture.}

Furry Friday

Wherever we are going, the cats usually want to come. Their best strategy is to sleep in our bags. It hasn’t worked yet (so far).

Vespa in bag

They also frequently employ the” nap on leathers” trick.