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Dean Kirkland

Under a Red Roof

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Located in Portland

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Good morning from a slow unspooling of morning in Avon. We rose with the sun and sauntered along the Eagle, reveling in the rich light. How lucky I am, truly – to have such fine companions, to be able of body, light in spirit, and have the infinite glory of the beloved West at my […] The post

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Hey there! Off we go on last weekend’s most beautiful almost fall road trip. The best traveling dog we know takes time to savor the view – literally! How cute is Juniper carrying her own weight?! The one downfall is her lack of awareness about her increased girth, bashing into legs (mostly mine), trees, and [

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The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. Joseph Campbell The post Nature appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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The wound is the place where the LIGHT enters you. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī The post Enter appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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 A playlist to represent a little bit of everything I love: Ella Fitzgerald – “Blue Skies” – My favorite singer of ALL TIME. The scatting! Look it up and whose photo does it show? ELLA! The queen. John Coltrane – “Blue Train” Miles Davis – “Stella by Starlight”

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Oh gosh, the morning air lately. I wake up chilled and cuddle the hubster while the light changes. Sometimes we chat of all that woke up swimming in our brains. Funny stories, dreams – little and big, rages and raves. Then we’re up and out and walking and taking in the beauties of this great and […]

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Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land. Walt Whitman The post

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The living can’t quit living because the world has turned terrible, and people they love and need are killed. They can’t because they don’t. The light that shines into darkness and never goes out calls them on into life. It calls them back again into the great room. It calls them into their bodies and [

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Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. Thomas Merton The post Purity appeared first on

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Orange Horned Poppy Hummingbird Moth Moon Carrot Wabbit This and the one above – Apache Plume Colorado Springs – home of my dreams… Well, we did it! We hosted our cousin’s birthday party Saturday (and took not one photo of the actual festivities, only the frosting, which was Y U M) and yesterday,

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Oh gosh, we are so tired around here. After hours and hours of landscaping and gardening, all that moving to and fro, to and fro, fingers sore, arms so very brown from such labor, I am ready for stillness. To not wonder if I have time to walk with Greg and Juniper come morning or […] The post

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The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic, as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.  Alan Watts The post Meaning appeared first on

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Hello! Juniper models for our latest bit of progress. I spread the remainder of the mulch this morning, woot! What a relief to have that behind us. And now, we are t-minus three days to the reason for the BIG push to get all these home projects completed. We’re hosting our cousin’s seventh birthday party [

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  Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Hunter S. Thompson The post

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red hot poker volunteer sunflower foxglove horehound, with bumble bee crocosmia milkweed echinacea rudbeckia evening primrose << >> We’ve entered the sun in the morning followed by afternoon rain pattern of my dreams. Well, except when it hails. I used to think a wicked wind was my least favorite of

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Greetings from the Protestant Nave of the Air Force Academy Chapel, probably my most favorite work of Modern Architecture in the world and in the neighborhood, too. Lucky me. We took our cousin Cynthia (Hello!) for a tour, who was here for a most fabulous few days of adventure, good eating, and stellar conversation. Than

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The past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past. Virginia Woolf The post Past appeared first on

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If you’re local and haven’t tried the I-Cool Thai Ice Cream, do yourself a favor and do it! They use super cold frying pan-looking surfaces to make liquid turn to ice cream, lickety split quick, which is then rolled up like a super thin crepe. Boy is it delicious, too! We shared a banana nutella […]

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Happy Monday, dear reader, and welcome to our June 2016 garden! Though, it would be FAR more accurate to say our 2016 weed patch. A very small portion of the plants here were anything but the insidious and horrible little boogers. This was after pulling the mega weeds that were as tall as the hubster and filled […

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Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world. Pema Chodron The post Flood appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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The hubster and I both dreamt about my Grandpa last night, of him being with us before realizing the reality of his death. Both of us reminded of the truth that the dead never leave us. He is here, beside us, as we type, move, and breathe. Always. There is serendipity in the dreaming, too. […] The post

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  Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. Rumi The post GIANT appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain The post Great appeared first on

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After much consideration, I believe I have finally, at least for now (life is fluid, after all), come to the point where I understand my purpose, or at least part of it (I am open to more). It’s to be as kind and generous as possible, open heart, open mind, and to love everybody. EVERYBODY. […] The pos

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My visit to Portland. I never thought I would return – a twofold fear of the BIG one and the notion of visiting a city I would no longer know. A city that is no longer mine. But I did it, without a moment’s hesitation. For Solveig, my daughter from another mother and her sweet […] The post

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We are all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities. We are eaten up by nothing. Charles Bukowski The post Trivialities appeared fi

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A dear friend lives here! We ate and talked and enjoyed Fifty Licks of ice cream. The time whooshed and the sky turned starry. Luna graduated from preschool! Aloha! Lucky to have had these fine folks as my Portland neighbors. It was like I never left. Zoran likes workbooks. His Mama does, too. Super Girl […]

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I don’t post many recipes anymore, mostly because there are PLENTY of places to find them, and I don’t necessarily feel like I have anything special to offer. By the process of deduction, I hope you’ve realized this strawberry rhubarb cake IS something special. I’ll give you three reasons. 1. It c

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You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you. Isadora Duncan The post Wild appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Direction: Northwest!! Hood * Jefferson * Three Sisters And Mt. Hood, all by its lonesome. The most wonderful reasons for my return to Portland! Solveig’s little Luna had her third, and we sure hope final, open heart surgery, the Fontan. Our girl (now age five!) is a true heart warrior, having the strength to come

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