oh what fleeting moments I should capture, oh what memories I should still possess

Inspiration!

a bend in the road

This has always struck me as a pretty little spot, no less so with an absence of green and luxuriant foliage to adorn it. What I see is light and shadow dancing at my feet, a community of trees holding hands above my head, and the road before me rising up and disappearing into the woods. What I think is I'm so excited to see what awaits me around the bend.

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There is something to be said

for not having the path laid out straight before you.

I am starting to see the beauty and find the joy

in the winding of the road.

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Exploring

Louis and I went out to walk in the leaves this week, and just see what we could see. What I see is a lot: crunchy brown leaves carpet the ground, a fallen branch creates a little arch for Louis to walk under, and the sky...what a beautiful sight to end the day with. What I think is that I should be more like Louis and explore as much of the world around me as I'm able to.

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I used to dream about escaping

my ordinary life,

but my life was never ordinary.

I had simply failed to notice

how extraordinary it was.

– Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for
Peculiar Children


wherever imagination takes you

I took this picture while out on a cruise of the yard with my dog, Louis. What I see is the typical detritus of a woody landscape. What I think of is a sturdy shell being carried away on a river of rain, a tiny boat and an insect family, who are scared and thrilled and excited and wet, floating away to parts yet unknown...to wherever my imagination dares to take them.

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The world

is but a canvas

to our imaginations.

– Henry David Thoreau


A Tiny Tree

I like how the color of this little guy shows up against the brown leaves in the background. What I see is a tiny, tiny tree - or the beginnings of a tree - doing what all the big trees are doing this time of year. What I think is that just because you're small or young or inexperienced, doesn't mean you can't achieve greatness.

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I’ve decided

I’m unstoppable!

– Les Brown


Peyton Sings

This is my nephew Peyton, singing with The House of Burgess last summer. What I see is a 13-year-old who is trying something new, even though he was nervous about it. What I think of is determination; of willingly, even purposely, doing things that are daunting, or even scary, or even in front of an audience. What I feel is proud.

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He is strong

who conquers others;

he who conquers himself

is mighty.

– Lao Tsu


Proof

There's nothing special about this picture. But it speaks to me just the same. What I see is a pair of stockings that weren't meant to stay pristine. What I think of is an Easter Sunday filled with laughter and joy, and little girls who were allowed to be little girls.

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We may come home

a little dirty,

but isn’t that proof

we lived the heck

out of our day.


The First Picture

My niece Amanda. I love this picture! What I see is unreserved exuberance, joy, enthusiasm, wonder. What I think of is living a life wide open.

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Children are a blessing,

and the lessons they teach are many.

My aspiration is to pay attention…

and maybe learn a thing or two.