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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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The post Whole lotta love… 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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Up early for an excursion to the Paint Mines. Forty five minutes and a world apart, Indians roamed here, made pottery from the clay, killed buffalo, lived well. My goodness, what perfection, the two of us, the birds and Pilar and Pedro’s cousins, hopping up a storm. Can you spot the second one in the […]

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Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there. Rumi The post Stay appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Hey there, ho there, hi! Much of the random and sundry this Monday afternoon, list style: Pilar, neighborhood rabbit. Thusly named by enforcing sexist stereotypes of size. Pilar is a small bunny. Her larger companions are named Pedro. They woo us daily with cuteness and by gobbling dandelion after dandelion. Teeny-tiny c

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  There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts. Neil Gaiman The post Fragile appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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All the best angles of our new yard! Our lot is huge, almost double the size of our Portland house and more than double that of our Pittsburgh place, though most of that was taken up by our ginormous house. It is a shambles at the moment. After years and years of neglect, the back […] The post

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For a long time now, the hubster and I haven’t bought each other gifts. We’ve got the love of our dreams and the life we want, so it seemed unnecessary. Until. Until we bought this house and have been working almost every single day for thirteen weeks to fix it up. Knowing that we have […] The po

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Every single pleasure I can imagine or have experienced is more delightful, more of a pleasure, if you take it in small sips, if you take your time. Amos Oz The post Time appeared first on Under a

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Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep going. Don’t freeze up. Thomas Wolfe The post Freeze appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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We went to the library last night, returning a heavy bag of books, one of which, rather sadly, went unread because of a lack of time. Dorothy Parker, I may just have to buy your complete stories! It rained, fiercely, sheets plummeting from the sky, with the whitest flashes of thunderous lightning and little bits […

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The two of us celebrated our anniversary, twenty-three years wed (huzzah!), with a very fancy dinner at The Broadmoor’s Penrose Room. I wore a beaded cardigan and a pearl ring that was once my Grandmother’s. He wore a jacket for the first time since New York city, circa 2004, when we saw A Raisin in […]

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We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil, the second when the internal inflorescence, already steeped in every kind of fluid, condenses and crystallizes—a magical second, like the moment of generation, and like that moment concealed in the warm i

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