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Wild Geese

Mary Oliver wrote this beautiful poem about sensing and perceiving Nature through direct experiences. Maurice Merleau Ponty wrote about the phenomenology of perception which is the about the way body and its senses act as gateways in perceiving the world. Our body is not an only a thing, it is an object that researches the world.

When we “the soft animal of your body” experience and sense Nature, we are in Nature. We have images for our imagination that fill our hearts and souls so fully. We belong in ways that we cannot as an observer standing outside. We are part of a community that includes all of Nature.

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

Thursday’s Special: Breaking the Rules

ivonprefontaine:

Rules build boundaries. Sometimes we have to break the rules and find out what is outside those walls. It is always easy to play it safe, but so much more fun when we take risks and it works.

Originally posted on Ese' s Voice:

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I was thinking about breaking the rules…specifically and in general, and this photo seems to fit the theme. If it was me (instead of the snowman), I would probably consider a couple of things before getting to the action. For example, not cutting the branch you are standing under. Or how safe it is to hold the saw barely with your fingertips. What about staying around after all the snow in the town is gone for good…also against the rules, isn’ t it?!
On the second thought…”If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!” – Katharine Hepburn

Be inspired and inspire!
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Poem: Quiet Flame

ivonprefontaine:

Here is a wonderful poem. It reminded me of Judy Brown’s poem Fire. There are spaces between the logs where the fire finds additional fuel and adds to the different colours.

Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

Flames in Poetry Symbolize Love Quiet Flame: A Poem about Love. Photo: Umberto Salvagnin, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

This poem is inspired by a writing challenge called “Love in Ten Sentences.” Thank you to both Nicole at The Whispering Pen (check out her motivational posts!) and Sylvester at Syl65’s Blog (hello beautiful poems of faith!) for inviting me to participate in the event!

The challenge is to write a poem about love within ten sentences. Then, once complete, pass on the challenge to ten other bloggers. As I wrote my poem “Quiet Flame,” it was tricky to space out the idea I had with ten periods to the poem… but I did it! Here is the poem.

Quiet Flame

The fire was closer than
I realized, its flames licking my wounds of
Merriment in the rear window.
The glass broke when your hand reached for mine,
As your fingernails hid beneath my weighted palms.

Next were…

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Simply stunning

ivonprefontaine:

This is such a simple photo. Yet, at the same time there is complexity and mystery hidden in the folds of the rose petals.

Originally posted on kelzbelzphotography:

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Stop and smell the roses

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange (Find beauty everywhere)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange (Find beauty everywhere)

ivonprefontaine:

This post begins with a beautiful van Gogh quote and an inspiring mix of wonderful images finding beauty everywhere.

Originally posted on The World Is a Book... :

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

~ Vincent van Gogh

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 There are so many small beautiful orange things under the big orange sky. :)

WPC: Orange: What’s not to love about orange? It’s vibrant. It’s cheerful. It makes a statement.

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von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

ivonprefontaine:

I follow Lis`blog and do not always know what the text means. The pictures are always so serene looking. Today, there is text I understood from von Goethe. It is a wonderful thought to think that someone who is miles away can be with us and complete the world for us. “The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”

Originally posted on Gedichte, Zitate in Einklang mit Bilder......:

Am Teich bylis

Die Welt ist so leer, wenn man

nur Berge, Flüsse und Städte darin denkt;

aber hie und da

jemand zu wissen,

der mit uns übereinstimmt,

mit dem wir

auch stillschweigend fortleben,

das macht uns dieses Erdenrund

erst zu einem bewohnten Garten.

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The world is so empty, if you

only mountains, rivers and cities

it thinks; but every now and then

someone to know who is with us

matches, which we

also tacitly lives on.

This makes this earth round us

only one inhabited garden.

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Happy Birthday, Albert! | Catherine M Johnson

Happy Birthday, Albert! | Catherine M Johnson.

I am a big Albert Einstein fan and it is his birthday today. I enjoy his eccentric behaviour and wild hair.

Several years ago, a student asked who the guy was in a poster in our classroom.

Without hesitating, I said, “My Dad!” A second student expressed skepticism, but I answered with “Look at him. He has wild hair, is eccentric, and tells great stories. Its my Dad!”.

A third student responded, “It’s Albert Einstein. His name is on the poster.”

For the rest of my teaching years, students, parents, and I were always careful when I began to say something about my Dad. I clarified whether it was my real dad or my figurative dad. The two had interesting quotes in common.

My real Dad would say, “When you stop beating your head against the wall it feels better.” I shared that with students when we talked about Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

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