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Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you. David Foster Wallace The post Teach appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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We love you, Juniper Beulah!   The post Puppy Love appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Whenever she felt besieged by doubts, she would think of herself as standing valiantly alone, as almost heroic, so as to squash her uncertainty. Chimamanda Ngozi The post Valiantly appeared first on

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Say hello to our new girl! We have been wanting a dog for a while, but with all the work on the house and feeling like we needed a bit of down time, we thought we would wait a bit. But the stars had other ideas. I saw her sweet face online (L.O.L.A.’s Rescue) and […] The post

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The small man builds cages for everyone he knows… While the sage, who has to duck his head when the moon is low, keeps dropping keys all night long for the beautiful rowdy prisoners. Hafiz The post Moon appeared first on

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Colorado Springs lay shrouded in fog the whole of the day yesterday, with whimsical wisps of snow falling here and there. I wish I could have been a bird soaring over the frosted flake tree tops. This will have to do. And this? It is on in the basement, peeps. New floor installation begins in t-minus […] Th

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I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. Douglas Adams The post This City appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Hello! Welcome to our tiny bathroom. It’s been done for a while but I am just getting around to taking pictures. At 5′ x 6.5′, there isn’t a whole lot to show, at least space wise, and, as a result, we have kept it very minimalist, no cabinets, no shelving. Luckily, should you be worried about [&

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Up above the city, spikes on ice, reveling in silent communion, two friends (my pal Phoebe and me) happy to be out of the thick of it and into the pines, blue sky, scent of cedar and snow. There were minutes we listened, not a bird, not a breeze, not a single sound. Then juncos, crows, […] The post

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This morning I awoke with a hiking itch to scratch. Luckily the hubster is almost always game for adventure, so we hopped out of bed and dashed out the door, whiz-bang, and fifteen minutes later arrived here. How privileged are we to live in a place filled with such jaw-dropping natural beauty?! The Garden of The Gods

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Yes It could happen any time, tornado, earthquake, Armageddon. It could happen. Or sunshine, love, salvation. It could, you know. That’s why we wake and look out – no guarantees in this life. But some bonuses, like morning, like right now, like noon, like evening. William Stafford Save Save The post

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Good Monday to you, dear reader. Hello from Saturday’s March on Colorado Springs, where seriousness and a bit of levity walked in harmony. We represented pretty well for a smaller sized city, with about 7,000 women, men, children, and pooches marching proudly for a shared love of our fine nation, the rights of ALL

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Slow West – A wealthy boy from Scotland travels to America (Colorado, in fact!) to find his love, Rose. Unbeknownst to him, Rose has a price on her head, and his quest to reunite is unwittingly leading a pack of killers right to her door. The sweetness of first love, the innocence of youth, the wickedness of [

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I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again. Lewis Carroll Save Save The post

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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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