Wednesday, October 31, 2012

and you thought pelicans only caught fish in their mouths.

The other birds called him "big mouth" all year long, but on Halloween, he ruled.

"trick or treat!"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

how is a beach like a beauty salon?

It's grooming time for the flock...

...and bedhead just isn't the look he's going for.

Sometimes beauty is pain...

... queue the violins, please!

"Don't hate me because I'm beautiful..."

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

did thoreau know this guy?

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. 
― Henry David Thoreau

Monday, October 15, 2012

anne morrow lindbergh, on suffering...

“I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and the willingness to remain vulnerable.”
― Anne Morrow LindberghGift from the Sea

Thursday, October 11, 2012

what does a lizard have in common with jim morrison?

once upon  a time,
a young lizard decided to experience life
on the other side of the door.
he was lithe and brown,
with a racing stripe down his back
and the arrogance of all young things.

he made it past the threshold 
and onto the rug 
in the middle of the floor,
before he was spotted 
by the old (but still beautiful)
woman who lived in the house.
being fond of lizards, (but not of the bugs they eat)
she resolved to help him escape.

he decided to hide under the bookshelf
(the dust alone would have smothered him)
but at the last minute he leapt onto a basket
of dog toys, opting to perch on
a stuffed tiger. it was a wise decision, 
for the old (but still beautiful)
mistress of the house carried the basket of toys
out to the garden,
where she proceeded to snap photos
for her blog.

and so the young lizard,
having learned nothing from his experience
except that he looked exceptionally well
next to striped velour,
lived, if not happily ever after,
at least long enough
to say, along with jim morrison,
"i am the lizard king. i can do anything."

Monday, October 8, 2012

sea, sky, and soul.

 There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; 
there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul. 
Victor Hugo

Monday, October 1, 2012

just down the road a piece, in paradise.

sometimes you get to hang your hat in a different place,

and take a walk in paradise.

sometimes a cup of tea in morning light can work wonders...

... or a good book and a spot of shade,

or a nap on cozy pillows,

 or a swim with friends.

 sometimes a sunset is a fragment of glory,

to remind us we are not alone.

 and sometimes treasures abound, when we least expect them.

 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, 
who does not change like shifting shadows.  
James 1:17