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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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Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest. Sri Chinmoy The post Happiest appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau The post Nourishment 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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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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