Monday, June 25, 2007

on the road again

On the road again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We're the best of friends
Insisting that the world be turnin' our way
And our way
Is on the road again

~ Willie Nelson, texas troubadour and poet

the mouse is hitting the road. we're off to for a vacation with some of our herd in the land of big hair, bluebonnets and horned toads. no new posts until july fourth! Namasté!

pictures: top-texas longhorns @ j&d's ranchette, virginia, september 2004; bottom-car with a message vermont, june 2007

Sunday, June 24, 2007

don't get down

for me sundays generally bring an abundance of simple gifts. if I happen to be sticking around the house (which is often the case on a sunday) some of my favorite sunday gifts are the radio programs which air on cleveland's npr station. today was a stellar day. on the early bob edwards program bob interviewed local 'plain dealer' columnist connie schultz. I have been a huge fan of connie since moving to the north coast; i appreciate her 'take on the world' and how she focuses in on people who are often forgotten. I sometimes get annoyed at the p.d's editorial positions and its typical corporate-media-take on reporting (or not reporting) the news but the paper isn't totally hopeless, after all, they have connie on the staff, have a fairly decent arts section and metro section, and a better than adequate selection of comic strips. there was one time, however, when connie & the comics weren't enough to keep me as a subscriber, in 2004 when the p.d. endorsed george bush for president, I was so pissed I canceled my subscription. it was hard living without a hometown paper, eventually my 'riles' * died down; I abhor tv news so to be without a local paper was very difficult (there are plenty of sources for national news and excellent internet alternative news sources) plus there is the issue of my being a life-long comic freak. after almost a year I called and re- subscribed. yes, it probably was the comics that finally broke me down, it's hard following the daily exploits of the gang in 'for better or worse' or from 'funky winkerbean' without the paper. but I digress - point is connie schultz is great she has mega-heart and she brings it to everything she writes. this morning's interview primarily focused on her new book - a memoir of the year she took a leave of absence to support her husband, sherrod brown, during his senatorial campaign. the book is entitled "And His Lovely Wife." it sounds terrific, as soon as I return from vacation I'll be putting a hold on it at the library who knows maybe I'll even buy a copy! I heard schultz is becoming (or is now) a syndicated columnist, I hope she's picked up far and wide! if you're not local check her out, if you like what you read, give a gift to yourself and your community and call your local paper and request that they carry her column!

the point of today's SECOND post was actually not to sing connie's praises but to mention one of my absolute favorite radio programs, the vinyl cafe, it's a cbc program and is relatively new to our station. from the first time I heard host stuart mcclean's voice and his stories about dave and morley, I have been hooked. it is old fashioned radio variety program and is absolutely wondrous. on today's show was a song that I have never heard before, but it affected me so much I feel compelled to put up a second post and share this song with my 'cyberhood' - the song is entitled 'don't get down' by hayden a singer-songwriter from toronto. again through the magic of the internet; not only did I find the lyrics I also found doing a search on the cbc radio 3's site for "don't get down" will allow me to listen to this song (and a few other hayden tunes until I get my act together and hunt up one of his cd's). hayden's musical style is the quirky, off-kilter and sometimes haunting and melancholic type that I favor and like to get lost in (think neil young, leonard cohen, jimmie dale gilmore, roy obison and jason molina of ohia/magnolia electric co. - hey, did I just describe a genre for male singer songwriters?) since I like to share here is my sunday gift to you! hope you give him a listen....

Don't Get Down

Don't get down
Don't waste time on things that you can't ever change
I know we all do

Write a song
All your new ones are the best you've ever sung
Write another one

And all you need to do
Is get away from everything
Quit this sad old scene
Come back when you feel the need
We'll all be here for you

Don't get let down
Don't spend time with people you don't even like
I know we all do

Write a song
All your old ones don't mean a thing if you don't sing
Any new ones

And all you need to do
Is get away from everything
Quit this sad old scene
Come back when you feel the need
We'll all be here for you

And find something that will make you feel
Like everyday's too short
we're only here for a little while
You'd better make your mark

*I'm pretty sure 'riles' is NOT a noun but as my university linguistics teacher said 'language is an open system' so today I'm making it so....

a silent meow

The cat is nature's beauty.
~proverb

in memory of our sweet feline companion gwen who brought beauty and delight to our family for 15 years. we hope your journey to the rainbow bridge
was short and without pain. we miss you so. until we meet again.

picture: gwen ~ june, 2007.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

in a land far, far away...


There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.
~Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat, Secretary-General of the UN (1997-2007),
in 2001 Annan & the UN were recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize

today's post is a for a couple friends I've never met. through the magic of the blogosphere I have discovered people that if I met I'm sure we'd be friends. since I started this habit of blogging my understanding of 'acquaintance' has grown in surprising directions and the boundaries and meaning of community have really been pushed out! yes, I know it's a trite expression, but it is fitting - we do live in a 'global village.' each morning with my coffee I travel the world and 'visit friends' in far off countries. some of my 'friends' know of me and my visits, but more do not, I don't always take the time to post a comment. that is also part of the 'magic' of the blogosphere there are many layers of presence, revelation and connection. I love traveling about and learn what's going on in the lives of my global cyber-community, 'hear' the musings of my 'friends' and see and be inspired by their arts and passions.

colette amelia posted this quote a while back her blog, I too am taken by annan's wise words and wish to pass them along. the picture is of some dolls my dad brought home for me from one of his trips to asia when I was a wee one. earlier this month florence posted a picture of a similar doll on her delightful blog I sent florence a comment that I had dolls like the one she found, but they were long 'lost.' florence found her dolls in a little antique shop in "Maleny... a lovely little town set among green rolling hills only an hour and half away from Brisbane city." last night I found my dolls in a box tucked away in the corner of our attic store room. in the process of looking for one thing, I found another. which is somewhat like what happens when I enter cyberspace....

picture: rosie checking out her new friends.

Friday, June 22, 2007

possibilities and necessities

"(H)istory, like nature, does not move in a linear way...it is characterized by long periods of time when, on the surface, little seems to be changing. Then all of a sudden, big changes can happen, much more quickly than anyone thought possible."

so begins an article by ted glick on the threat the world faces in terms of climate change. glick goes on to make a compelling case that unless we the people start doing something about this problem we're going to hell in a handbasket sooner than we think! of course ted didn't say it like that but the scenario presented shows where the road we are traveling on goes, we better change course or else .... and there's no time to wait, we need to make the change NOW!

we've been hearing about global warming quite a bit of late. a positive sign, yes, but the skeptic in me wonders if anything will come from this current round of situational media attention. I agree with glick when he states that what we need is a "massive, grassroots popular movement the likes of which the world has never seen...which forces the governments of the world to enact a justice-based, clean energy revolution." perhaps the events glick mentions along with the 'live earth' concerts scheduled for 7-7-07 (in venues all over the globe) are signs of the stirrings of a new mass movement. will the 'live earth' event rock the world as it hopes to do & raise awareness regarding the peril our earth is in? I certainly hope so, anything and everything to stimulate people to think differently, make serious changes, and change the road we are on.

one of this morning's big news stories was that the u.s. senate passed a 'controversial' energy bill last night. one aspect of the bill will require an improvement of miles per gallon to 35 mpg by 2020 for automobiles. I don't know about you, but going from 25 mpg (the current requirement which was enacted in 1975, I believe) to 35 mpg over a period of thirteen years doesn't sound very earth-shattering; especially considering that the technology currently exists to achieve a much better fuel efficiency standards than 35 mpg (and while I'm mentioning fuel efficiency, who killed the electric car?) the way the media and the politicians have been discussing this latest energy 'victory' one would have thought the senate just slew the fossil fuel dragon or at least seriously injured it. yes, a step in the right direction, but only a baby step.

so there you have a few of my thoughts on this first full day of SUMMER when even without the 'aid' of global warming the days are heating up. speaking of heat, how many folks know that it was on june 22nd 1969 that the cuyahoga river caught on fire in cleveland. this fire was caused by the build up of industrial pollutants (most of which were volatile petroleum derivatives) due to years of human thoughtlessness, corporate greed, and lack of stewardship regarding our earth. the fire is attributed to have stimulated the environmental movement of the 1970s and helped call attention to the problem of pollution which lead to the enactment of the clean water act.

p.s. the title for today's post comes from the slogan for of the upcoming u.s. social forum conference/event which glick mentions in his article:
"Another World Is Possible. Another U.S. Is Necessary"

picture: picture taken at the 2005 Burning River Fest. this is the fireboat which battled the blaze on the cuyahoga river in 1969. this year the annual burning river fest will be taking place on august 11th click here for info on the 2007 event
if you're in cleveland on august 11th be sure to check it out - besides raising your environmental IQ, the event promises great music, fantastic microbrews (it is afterall partly sponsored by the great lakes brewers), yummy food, and just an all round good time!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

a wild & crazy ...

visiting cleveland's 'kentucky community garden' last week with a friend, I encountered a plant which captured my eye. yes, I have perennials on the brain these days seeing that I'm finally putting in a perennial bed (we've lived in this house for 2 years, guess it's about time!). another reason I'm smitten with this plant as it's a bit like one of those crazy plants one encounters in a dr. seuss book - guess I have dr. seuss on my brain too since this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the cat in the hat! click here for info on how you can use the cat to support literacy in your community.

SEA HOLLY, Eryngium planum is from the Greek word eringion meaning 'thistle'. sea Holly belongs to the family Umbelliferae and includes some 200 species. indigenous to southern european sea shores and some native species occur in both south and north america. sea holly is a perennial herb that have been referenced in latin medical and herbal texts that date back to the late 12th century.

picture: sis' sea holly cleveland, ohio 2007

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

knock, knock

At the door of every happy person there should be a man with a hammer whose knock would serve as a constant reminder of the existence of unfortunate people.
~Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904), Russian author, playwright.

picture: menerbes, france, 2005

Monday, June 18, 2007

let rachel speak!

this weekend we continued our celebration of rachel carson's centennial. saturday dawned with em picking us up to go on a trip she planned to holden arboretum for a hike and an afternoon picnic at penitentiary glen reservation (which is by the way now home to the ducklings rescued by em now known as 'the duck wrangler'). em put together the outing as a father's day-weekend gift to f. a pretty perfect gift as our little 'family of creation' was able to spend the day together doing what we love the most - enjoying both the wonder of nature (à la carson) and each other's company. an added delight is the arboretum is dog-friendly so dixie joined in the fun (and she's such a good dog she didn't chase any of the wildlife! although we could tell she was tempted!). saturday evening, f and I headed out to cleveland public theater for a multimedia celebration of the works and spirit of rachel carson. the production was created and directed by kay eaton and cece miller of cleveland's sacred space with the additional assistance from artist director mershona parshall and a passel of talented performers. kudos to sacred space and their talented troupe - it was a wondrous evening!

when the performance finished sacred space provided a 'gift' to each member of the audience - a handout with advice on how each of us to keep the sense of wonder and awe alive.

"If a child is to keep alive an inborn sense of wonder, that child needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
- Rachel Carson

10 things to do:

1. visit and support our parks.
2. join your local watershed group.
3. plant a rain garden.
4. clean up a neighborhood vacant lot.
5. read books to children about nature and how to care for our environment.
6. write a poem, compose a song, draw a picture of your favorite flower, bird, animal or sea creature.
7. spend time outside every day. call it your 'green hour.'
8. give up the addiction to perfection. a few weeds are good. don't use harmful chemicals in your yard or home.
9. eat organic whenever possible. garden a few vegetables. start a compost. buy locally grown produce - support farmer's markets.
10. conserve energy, reuse, recycle, reclaim. give away on freecycle.com

excellent mouse medicine, wouldn't you say!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

happy father's day!

There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
~John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, 1994

dad hugging me and my brother. pensacola, florida ~ 1955.

dad, grandmam, grandpap, and me. san diego, california, 1958.

visiting thomas jefferson's home w/ dad and my sister. charlottesville, virginia, 1969.

dad delivering me to college. fort worth, texas, 1973.

I'm at an age where having a father alive and in reasonable health is a gift. this gift I cherish each and every day. like many fathers, my dad has given me many gifts. among these gifts, I want to thank my dad for:

giving me his sense of awe and wonder for the natural world.

instilling in me with his own quest for life-long learning and fascination with the ideas and lives of "great people" - it was through my dad that I first met the likes of plato, thomas jefferson, amelia earhart, st. francis of assisi and jacques cousteau.

fostering a connection to animals and animal spirits (my dad never chastised me for sneaking home strays and it's probably safe 'to drop the dime' and say my dad might have even 'encouraged such behavior') . somehow my dad conveyed the notion that we are all just 'part of a pack.'

putting me on the path of documenting just about everything. whether this was because I was often the subject of his own fascination with taking pictures or because he gave me a camera when I was young and impressionable, who is to say. but dad your love of gadgets combined with our shared love of taking pictures has left me with a case of permanent 'lens envy and accessory lust' - this gift I could have done without, thank you very much.

most of all I am most grateful to both my dad and mom for showing commitment and unconditional love toward family and the ability to 'hang in there' even if the waters get rough, the road bumpy or if someone you love happens to be driving you 'nuts' - my parents know that rough waters and roads will smooth out and we are each capable of 'being nuts' and 'driving someone nuts!'

happy father's day!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

colors of the day

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from sources of our strength.
- Rachel Carson (1907-1964), biologist, writer, ecologist

a of the few colors we encountered during our walk today at holden arboretum

pictures: 1) prickly pear cactus 2) late blooming azalea 3) bigleaf magnolia 4) bellflowers 5) little frog 5) rose. kirkland, ohio

Friday, June 15, 2007

garden man

the inspiration for today's image is random's recent 'nature is sexy link' . also, I just can't come up with anything clever or muster up the energy to go on a rant since I STAYED UP WAY TOO LATE only to see the cavs lose by 1 point! I was so hoping we'd get one more game played here - do you know how much money was being poured into cleveland during this whole circus? MILLIONS -- cha-ching!!!!

(wow just noticed today's post makes #100 since the mouse was born...isn't that some kind of landmark? off to eat some cheese to celebrate this momentous event!)

picture: judith's garden man, connecticut june, 2007

Thursday, June 14, 2007

flag day

5 daily remembrances

1. I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.

2. I am of the nature to have ill-health. There is no way to escape having ill-health.

3. I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.

4. All that is dear to me, and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.

5. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
-Thich Nhat Hanh, buddhist monk, teacher, activist

picture: prayer flags in kentucky community garden, cleveland. june 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

my fair city

yesterday quite by accident I ended up spending most of the day wandering around. the day started out 'productive' I went to deliver a quilt I recently finished. as you read in yesterday's post I got swept up by all the energy on the streets of cleveland; but cav fever aside, I think I really ended up wandering about because it was just one of those gorgeous june days when the sky was blue and everything looked sparkling.

the carl b. stokes federal courthouse, cleveland

mlk quote of note: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

view from the federal courthouse

view from the hope memorial bridge

rta station at w. 25th

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

rise up cleveland!

little did I realize this morning when I headed downtown that I would be entering the land of cav-mania! as I emerged from the underground train station at public square I thought perhaps I entered the twilight zone and ended up in manhattan instead of cleveland- there were people everywhere and the air was charged with a type of energy and excitement not often found on cleveland's streets on a workday. I soon encountered a gaggle of 'men in suits' sporting badges, don't know if they were 'the press' or 'nba officials' but I realized this was not a typical tuesday morning! the city obviously had a huge case of cavalier fever. tonight is game #3 of the nba finals. although I'm not a big sports fan, when your home team has made it this far it is easy to get swept up in the excitement! let's hope that some of the cavalier fever which has infected the area will spur the cavs on to victory. maybe this 'fever' will spill over and infect a renaissance in city pride and get translated into furthering efforts to improve our schools, help urban neighborhoods, enhance job-training programs and employment opportunities and ultimately bring people back to the region! cleveland rocks and maybe with hometown pride and a bit of national attention we will rise up!

paris, je t'aime!

last night the movie buds went to see paris, je t'aime. I've been waiting for this film to come to the u.s. for almost a year. last summer my sister sent a glowing review of it after she saw it in paris (her current 'hometown'). it's been a long wait and definitely worth it. in early may I read in the times that the film officially opened in the u.s. I immediately went to the cedar-lee website to see if it was on the schedule - it wasn't! next step I fired off an email to the 'contact us' address requesting that they bring it to cleveland! now I don't know if my email did the trick - the magical thinking part of me says 'maybe.' if cedar-lee did respond to this patron's request - thank you! if not, thanks any way for bringing the film to cleveland - I know life is busy, but you guys should really respond to emails your patrons send!

the film in case you haven't heard about it is a wondrous homage to the glorious city of lights. the film is composed of eighteen segments - each segment takes place in one of the twenty arrondissements that make up 'the snail' we know as paris (I don't know what happened to the missing 2 arrondissements, maybe when it's released in dvd format they will be added! you can beat your butin I'll be ordering a dvd as soon as its available.) it features an incredibly eclectic cast of french, british and american actors and the list of writers and directors is like the international indy all-stars - directors include: alfonso cuaron, gus van sant, the coen brothers, and nobuhiro suwa to name just a few. the vignettes were all marvelous - I can honestly say there wasn't one I didn't enjoy; the emotional range of the stories (and yes even though they were only each about 5 minutes in length they were stories) was much broader than I expected. we laughed, we wept, we sat on the edge of our seats!

based on the previews for current and up-coming films I think we're going to be making several cinematographic trips to paris this summer. the next film set in paris I am eager to see is la vie en rose about the extraordinary life of edith piaf - gosh, watching the trailer gave us goosebumps and made my eyes misty! we also saw a preview for angel-a which looks so bizarre we have to check it out - bizarre in a breath-takingly-beautiful- but 'odd' black and white sort of way. the preview was tremendously atmospheric and reminiscent of those captivating b&w art prints and postcards of paris landmarks and paris lovers (& cats) so even if the movie is a dud, I expect it will be a visual feast. alas, ma soeur is moving from paris in a couple weeks and I expect most of my trips to this glorious city are going to be virtual - but I do admit I am quite psyched about the next place she's going to live and have already begun my 'photo safari' fund - although given how much airfare is between the states and africa it might be a couple/few years before I get there.

Monday, June 11, 2007

cleveland bridges

for ms p and monsieur j (you are both the inspiration for this post!) if either of you are ever in cleveland, I can offer a futon so you're not stuck sleeping under one, lovely as they may be......

rites of spring

'symbiosis-a lyrical discord of harmonious contradictions' was the theme for this year's cleveland museum of art rite of spring. I don't know if it was because I attended accompanied by ms. t and her mama or if it was because the weather was absolutely perfect but this year's 'parade the circle' might have been the best ever! there is nothing like experiencing something through the eyes of a child and ms t eyes were wide open. the perfect weather (blue, blue skies and a high in the mid 70s)insured what must have been a record breaking crowd - yesterday's paper reported 50,000 people. enjoy the show!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

where to start?

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
-St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

photo: kids filled with hope. guaricano, dominican republic, 2002

Friday, June 8, 2007

what would jesus buy?

today while I was checking out a link a friend sent (on a totally separate matter!) I ran across a reference for 'reverend billy and the church of stop shopping.' I'm not one for religion (spirituality is another matter), but I must say here's one church I'm tempted to join! rev. billy and his apostles are actually a troupe of guerrilla artists who have turned their talents toward calling attention to the american (and global) problem of rampant consumerism. don't know about you, but there is nothing that gets my rant up like the mall-ing of america - no matter where you go there are mickey d's, starbucks, abercrombie and fitch, gaps, victoria secrets, and hundreds of other corporate spawn trying to convince you that desires are needs. the bottom line is that the high-priests of consumerism just want to separate you from your money - they don't tell you their goods most often come from sweatshops in third world countries and the only folk in their organizations who have benefits or a living wage is management. fair-trade, workers rights, come on now! in reverend billy's church I gather they are out to expose the high-priests of consumerism and show they are really just greedy devils and not priests at all!

open spaces are giving way to 'big boxes' or these new pseudo-communities which seem to be cropping up from sea to shining sea. these 'communities' combine the corporate spawn mentioned above with a slew of chain-restaurants, megaplexes (showing all your favorite multi-million dollar hollywood blockbusters) and high-rent condos or apartments - what they offer and promise is a homogeneous-stepford-wife kind of 'one-stop' lifestyle. ah, what can one say corporations and their quest for profit are certainly adaptive and clever 'creatures.' let's just pray that resistance will not be futile!!!

from the rev's site I learned a documentary based on 'the church's' actions is currently on the film festival circuit and may be even cropping up in independent art-film houses. until it shows up at my local cinema or at the local public library I guess I have to be satisfied with you-tube teasers!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

love's reflections

Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.
-Robert Louis Stevenson from Virginibus Puerisque, 1881

in loving memory of andreas ~ traveling & living in our hearts forever

top picture: judith reflected at twilight ~ simsbury, connecticut, june 2007
lower picture: morning

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

'tis a gift to ....

I got home late last night from my little jaunt to new england. the primary reason for the trip was to visit my dear friend judith whose husband died last fall, he was way too young and his death was way too sudden. I knew on some level the visit may be a bit difficult. I haven't seen judith since last june when andreas was alive and well, unfortunately I wasn't able to go to the funeral as I had gotten word late and was unable to make arrangements for travel. whatever sadness or difficulty I might have experienced, of course, paled compared to the my friend's situation - I am still with my love and my friend is a widow. retelling stories of one's loss and grief is hard, but I hope that it is also healing. I could offer little comfort other than my presence and my belief that there is truth in the saying 'sorrow shared is halved and happiness shared is doubled.' I hoped my visit would be a gift to judith as we engaged in a weekend together halving and doubling life's offerings.

in a way I 'prepared' for my visit with judith. a couple months ago judith told me she found joan didion's new book "A Year of Magical Thinking" to be a powerful and helpful aid for dealing with her own grief. the book follows joan's inner and outer journey during the year that follows the sudden and unexpected death of her husband john. it is a remarkable book, beautifully crafted and absent of any sense of morbidity or self-pity one might expect. knowing how important this book has been to judith I read it (actually I listened to an unabridged audio version of the book which is how judith 'read' the book and what she recommended I do.) in my studio I always have an audiobook going while I work. this 'read' I admit was a bit bizarre; I listened to didion's book while I was working on one of the 'healing quilts' which are in fact 'aids' for fran who is still in the midst of dealing with the loss of her much loved husband and I selected this book to 'prepare' for a visit with a friend who is actively wrestling with grief over the loss of the love of her life a mere six months ago. whew! doesn't it seem that life is surreal at times?

on my way to connecticut I was running ahead of schedule and found that I actually would make it to southern new england by early friday afternoon. never one to pass up a gift I immediately seized on the opportunity to visit hancock shaker village. hancock has been a spiritual touchstone since I discovered the place twenty-five years ago. when we lived in connecticut, I made frequent sojourns to hancock. I loved wandering the grounds and tried to visit once or twice a year and over the years made it there during all four seasons - june was always my favorite month for a visit. whenever I visited I would wander with camera in hand and reflect on the shaker affirmations which over the years have become some of my own affirmations for daily life ( e.g., ' if you would have a lovely garden, you should live a lovely life'; 'love is little, love is low, love will make my spirit grow.' 'hands to work, hearts to god'; and of course, the simple gifts song) . we moved to cleveland almost ten years ago and I haven't been back. albeit cleveland does have 'shaker heights' and it's own shaker historical museum, but sorry to say, it is nothing compared to hancock! hancock was on my list of places to get to this trip east - but I imagined I would end my trip with a visit. to begin my trip was definitely the best way to start - the place always centers and refreshes and taking pictures has long been a personal form of meditation and prayer. and now I'm digital how exciting is that! another gift for in the digital age 'film is cheap.' the visit was a simple gift and maybe a little more preparation for my days and years ahead.

Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.