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The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward. Carol Ryrie Brink   Save The post Silently appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Last night Joy Division was on a constant loop, on the hi-fi and my mind’s eye. I sat, positively agog that this music has been a steady part of my being for more than thirty years. What whaaat? T H I R T Y. I sat there, joyfully awash in the memories elicited. Of staying […] The post

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Palmer Park – a ten minute walk to paradise. Mountain Mohagany and the loveliest winter light. My Mom feeds her neighborhood pig and she (he?) smiles with gratitude. g l o w Our favorite canine. Not ours, but loved still. Go, Jimbo, go! Save Save Save Save Save The post

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2016 was a beast of a year. We moved into our sweet ranch on March 1st and plowed through the upstairs remodel as though our lives depended upon it. Which it did. Our comfortable lives, anyway. We did not want to wash dishes from a giant bowl while kneeling in the nasty basement shower for […] The post

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I love you because no two snowflakes are alike, and it is possible, if you stand tippy-toe, to walk between the raindrops. Nikki Giovanni   Save The post Love You appeared first on Under a

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If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. Martin Luther King, Jr. The post Run appeared first on

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Like a lot of people today, I was talking with a friend about the death of Carrie Fisher. We reminisced that Star Wars was, for each of us, the first time we’d ever seen a movie in a theater. I was six years old. The whole family dressed up for the occasion, and my Dad […] The post

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I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour […] The post

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Thursday evening, our inaugural fire, now that we’ve got the basement space all kitted out. It was cozy and lovely, the hubster saving his best smile of the day for me before playing a little ditty on the piano. I love this house, how, with each passing day, it feels more and more like home. […] The po

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Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else. Tom Stoppard The post Entrance appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. Meister Eckhart The post thank you appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Our dearest Colorado Springs friends trekked all the way across the street for a day of fun. I made chicken noodle soup for lunch, but it was difficult for everyone to eat because there were cookies RIGHT there and waiting to be decorated! I decorated each cookie to order and could scarcely keep up with […]

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And now, to Socorro (founded in 1598!), to begin the last leg of our trip and a mighty fine Thanksgiving feast with some of our besties, Michael and Mary. We spent Black Friday neither shopping nor among crowds, instead enjoying superb company and the wonders of science at the Very Large Array. Site of a […]

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Welcome to Sante Fe! La Choza is our favorite New Mexican Restaurant of ALL TIME. Whenever we’re in Santa Fe, we eat here every day. La Fonda Plaza pigeons This interior and the San Miguel Mission above are two of the oldest structures in the United States. This dates back to the 1200s and the […] The

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Remember, a stranger once told you that the breeze here is something worth writing poems about. Shinji Moon The post Taos Breeze appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Across the Rio Grande and down the road a piece lies Ojo Caliente, a home away from home going on twenty-five years now. It is as beautiful and restful as ever, and delight of delights, positively resplendent in the light of farolitos. It rained, something new for us, lying in the half light of evening, […]

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This land, this sun, the green gold of sage, tubleweed, and brittle grass is me. As much as flesh, as much as bone. It is love turned to dust to be blown and spread upon the field of my soul. My heart soars at the Zia of the New Mexico highway sign, sign that I […] The post

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Grandfather, Great Spirit, you have been always, and before you no one has been. There is no other one to pray to but you. You yourself, everything that you see, everything that has been made by you. The star nations all over the universe you have finished. The four quarters of the earth you have […] The pos

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It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. Anne Frank The post Sti

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We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something […]

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Morning The first full day of my stay, that helicopter from the DAPL side flew in low circles, observing the camp. More than 500 members of the Clergy came from all over the world. The banner is from Virginia. The man speaking above was from Polynesia. A ten minute walk from my car, this hill […] The post

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your life is your life don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is a light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer you chances. know them. take them. you can’t beat death […] The post

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You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope. Thomas Merton The post

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Taking the pictures for that last post and generally walking around our house fills me with joy. We did this! We surround ourselves with wonderful and meaningful objects. Some of them blend perfectly together, others are like a mix tape of all my favorite singers and bands, so very different individually but are wonderfu

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Looky what we did!! Damn. We’ve worked so hard over the past eight months. The only bit of work left to do in the living room is the light fixture, which is marked by blue tape that we keep forgetting to take down. Ha. I will be taking some more photos for the neon wall, […] The post

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Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Howard Thurman   The post Alive appeared first on

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Terri – A true to life story (though not actually true) about a boy struggling to fit in, to keep his unconventional and mentally ill uncle and caretaker above water, and to be a decent friend. Sweet and sad. Greta Gerwig has my number. I like everything she does, so surprise! Mistress America is a […]

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Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling. Walt Whitman The post Beams appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Lots of pictures, not many words. Me, as of late. Working on getting to a quiet place, one without so much house work. Ooh la la! We are on the home stretch, most definitely. The hubster had his final electrical inspection on the kitchen this afternoon. And photo documentation of that whole process is one […]

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