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The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. Aldous Huxley The post Spirit appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. Aldous Huxley The post Spirit appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Sunday afternoon, the Denver Botanic Gardens, every living thing humming along happily at its peak. We breakfasted at my Grandpa’s (Hello!). I made smoked salmon (from Alaska!) benedict on super soft challah, roasted asparagus, and a fruit cup of last hurrah strawberries, plums, and Palisade peaches. I was smart en

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Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it. Rainer Maria Rilke The post Far

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I don’t know that I’ve ever told you this before, but I am a gleaner. A spotter and collector of edibles, mostly fruits. Yesterday, while out with the hubster at the hardware store to buy a post hole digger (Oh, yeah! We dig.), I spied a passel of trees heavy with tiny apples. I’d seen […]

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And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye clear. What we need is here. Wendell Berry The post Pray appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Anchorage Only one in eight tourists gets this view of Mt. Foraker and Denali, apparently. I was super-duper lucky, as I got to see them every day! Also super-duper lucky to witness the mesmerizing magic of the aurora borealis after sunset. How I love this beautiful world… Moose! The post

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The Last Frontier. Land of the Midnight Sun and Dr. Seuss-like flowers. Alaska! Did you see the glacier in my last post? Giant and gorgeous, let me tell you. The mantra for the entire state, I think. I went to cuddle and bounce a sweet baby boy; jump and run and play with a delightful […] The post

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On plane journeys, the hum of engines and sight of the world from on high sparks a fire of words. I flip the magazine page, and it reads “journal.” So, this is what I write: I am soaring above the Pacific Northwest and remembering, a cascade of images and thoughts at once. Driving winding back […]

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Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. Lao Tzu The post

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This is what you must be like. Grow wherever life puts you down. Ben Okri <<>> A dear friend wrote to me about that last post, worried that I was feeling down. First off, what a wonderful outpouring of love! Thank you, Hef. Second, as I told him, I really wasn’t sadwhen I wrote it. […]

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When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. – Maya Angelou Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. – Unknown I am learning, both the potency and urgency of these quotations. A little late in the game, maybe. Maybe right on time. Either way, I’m ready. […]

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Sun and steam rising at the hot springs. They have teepees and a geodesic dome and positively stunning views, all the live-long day. A jaunt to Crestone, where the views are equally stunning! I love the time someone took to cut and paint trees, hearts, apples, and that sweet bird in the fence. We were […] Th

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Thirty-six hours, that is, driving, hiking, soaking, exploring; me and the hubster, the hubster and me. Part one begins in Florissant, at the Fossil Beds National Monument. Did you know there were giant redwoods in Colorado a bajlllion (maybe a slight exaggeration) years ago? The above photo is two fine specimens fossili

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Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything. Sherwood Anderson The post Road appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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And this – wedding bells for my sweet little-no-more cousin and his beautiful bride last Saturday. My goodness, Williams Peak Ranch is the most beautiful setting I’ve ever seen to exchange vows. We had a grand time – fun and silly and chatty and so much L O V E. Here’s to a lifetime of […]

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One week ago, in the great state of Colorado, we took three whole days off from housework. No painting, sawing, digging, cleaning, washing, shoveling, building, or destroying. It hardly seemed believable, zooting the Mini down our sleepy street before the sun had fully risen. Westward we drove, snaking through the canyon

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I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity. Nadezhda Mandelstam … Happy Birthday Grandpa and Mari! The post Scream appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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The world is big, and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. John Muir   The post Big appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Another glad to be back post for you! We saw Dolly Parton at Red Rocks on Wesdnesday, rolling along home at 1:15 in the AM Thursday morning, a late, late, late night for this pair who is usually in bed before ten. Hoot and holler was it worth it! I got an awesome hat! I […] The post

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Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off. But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you. Amelia Earhart … We saved EVERY cardboard box to come into […] The post

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  The deepest thing we can learn about nature is not how it works, but that it is the poetry of survival. John Fowles … Happy Birthday, Buddy! I love you more than ever.   The post Survival appeared first on

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Photos from a doubly grand Saturday. We rode our bikes downtown to pick up a new helmet (pink!) and bike light (old school headlight!) for me, so I may ride in both safety and style. It’s my thing. I am love, love, loving being able to bike again. Pittsburgh, unless you live in a very […] The post

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My grief is a hollow Sometimes inside. Sometimes out. A feeling that rises. A spot on the chair, waiting for me to sit. Other times, it darts, wild attack from around the corner. Hell from on high. M e r c i l e s s. Me sobbing — hideous, maudlin. It has tender moments, […] The post

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After sunset on the Fourth of July, we walked up to Palmer Park to watch the fireworks. There were a handful of us atop the hill, wind whipping and explosions in every color and every direction and nearly every distance (Yikes, that was close!). The best part, and yeah, broken record alert, wasn’t the fireworks, [&

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Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come. Bruce Lee     The post

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I think, perhaps, one of the best things in this life is to rise early and walk or hike or bike, while the world is mostly still and mostly quiet, and the sun hasn’t yet reached its zenith, steam rising, plants dewy, the air redolent of pine and damp earth. This, of course, is made […] The post

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To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again. Pema Chodron The post

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