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Dean Kirkland

Under a Red Roof

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Captain Fantastic follows the unusually rigorous life of a family living on the outskirts of society. They are survivalists, skilled at killing and growing their own food, living thoughtfully and intellectually, all while keeping at the peak of fitness. They know so much, yet so little. All is upended when their mother

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  I must learn to love the fool in me – the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, master

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Virginia Creeper in fall flame and a rather nice bit of vintage signage a short hop from our house. We admired it while enjoying dinner and coffee and cake at the newly minted Good Neighbors Meeting House. How I love having fun places with kindly people a walk a way from home. And the blueberry […] The post

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We have not come to take prisoners, But to surrender ever more deeply to freedom and joy. We have not come into this exquisite world To hold ourselves hostage from love. Run my dear, From anything That may not strengthen Your precious budding wings. Run like hell my dear, From anyone likely To put a […] The

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Breaking from the prison of the day-to-day to look at leaves! How funny that sounds, the simplicity of it. And then there is the actuality, nature in full flame, with only time to burn. This is in Canon City, by the by – pretty cool looking for an actual prison. Rolling down highway 69. These fantastic clouds o

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Doggy cuddles. Only on the sheets, never on the bedspread, because dirty paws. The things we tell ourselves…. The post Dog Days appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself. Alan Watts The post Aperture appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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  So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute…Give your approval to all you cannot understand…Ask the questions that have no answers. Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years…Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts

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Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal fr

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Early Saturday morning hike up Cheyenne Canyon to spy on Seven Falls and give hearty greetings from Helen Hunt. Breakfast lattes at the Ivywwild. Juniper rockets between us, back and forth, back and forth, four, maybe five times? She will walk afterward, spazzy as ever, not so much as a pant. The post

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Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak. G.K. Chesterton The post Humility appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Welcome to a midday jaunt to Palmer Lake a week or two ago, the sky ultra clear, sharpening the edges of our vision. We wandered a bit, spying one of the best street names ever, walked around the namesake lake, sipped iced lattes at the Speed Trap, and had a rather nice bit of lunch. Our sweet Juni […] Th

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Appreciating the efforts of the labor movement by showing my own work – I made soap! Clockwise, starting at the top left – chai pumpkin (with actual tea and pumpkin puree), ginger calendula, goat milk & oatmeal (which the hubster suggested I call goatmeal, but I worried it would sound a little Sweeny Tod

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One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you [&

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Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. Thich Nhat Hanh The post Kissing appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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For a a very long time, and for no reason good enough to fathom, I didn’t like red-hot pokers. I’d see them on our Portland ambles and regard them with disdain. Silly me, because, as I have obviously come to know, they are pretty fabulous. Hummingbirds and bees love them, too! Since the garden is […]

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The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. Bruce Lee The post Immortal appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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To my LGBTQ, Native, Black, Asian, Latino & Latina, Muslim, Jewish, Indian, Disabled brothers and sisters: I see you. I honor and respect you and our differences. I am, in my sometimes very quiet way, fighting for you and the rights of us ALL. We can do this! The post

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The things that we love tell us what we are. Thomas Aquinas The post Things appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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sunset Our crooked campsite at Joyful Journey. It didn’t look so bad when we were setting up, but the wedged backpack next to the hubster’s sleeping bag to keep him from rolling down hill confirmed otherwise. Moving, keeping still, exposing what I can’t see. This was Juniper’s first camping trip

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And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” Kurt Vonnegut The post Nice appeared first on

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This fire hydrant is just around the corner from our house, emblazoned, delight of delights, with Portland’s area code. The area code which, nearly three years after moving, I have yet to change. The first time I saw it, I took it as a positive sign – a reminder that everything I am and ever […]

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Be easy. Take your time. You are coming home. To yourself. Nayyirah Waheed The post Easy appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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  H o m e Also, I changed the lamp. Juniper and best pal, Juneau. That tongue! Milkweed – I have two spritely sprouts that I hope will look this lovely next year. Early morning walks puddle gazing ratibidia R U N ! Someone had a birthday. I made cupcakes. The post

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i have found what you are like the rain, Who feathers frightened fields with the superior dust-of-sleep. wields easily the pale club of the wind and swirled justly souls of flower strike the air in utterable coolness deeds of green thrilling light with thinned newfragile yellows lurch and.press —in the woods which stut

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  Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which gives value to survival. C.S. Lewis The post Value appeared first on

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  When I say it’s y o u I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers […] The post

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We spent the weekend with the mountain branch of my family, and after a twenty year absence, I was pleased at all that hasn’t changed – stunning views and wildflower laden landscapes. Sneaky me, and what sweet cousins I have, holding hands without anyone asking. shooting stars… Blue River Sunrise hike

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Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. Anne Sexton The post Listen appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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