Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Words On A Wednesday

I wish I knew why I let the news of the world bum me out so much, because then maybe I could figure out how to rise above, be stronger, stay sane. I suspect it's already too late for that sane part, but I really need to work on rising above and being strong. We don't even have cable TV or a satellite dish to bring us the incessant news, but we do have these computers and they shout all the time. Even the sky has let me down. Not that it hasn't been beautiful (I mean take a look at these photos...hah!), but the joy I usually feel is diminished by the reality of the times we are living in. I'm working on it, or trying to, or something.

Here's the sky from three consecutive mornings. When I first saw this lacunosus formation, I thought this is what it would look like if the sky wrote us a love letter.
A Lacunosus formation
I don't often photograph contrails, but this display in the rising sun was pretty dramatic.
A Contrail sunrise
And, Tuesday's sunrise was the kind that makes you want to run out every minute just to catch all the changes.
Sunrise through the window
Even the cashier at the co-op asked us when we were checking out, "Did you guys see that sunrise this morning? I didn't even wait to turn on my big camera, I just started clicking away with my phone." Yes, it was that awesome.
Same sunrise from the front yard
How are you all doing?

25 comments:

  1. We had a similar sunrise yesterday here on the east coast! We can't see much of it from the bus stop, but there was a big enough gap to have us all looking and smiling.
    If the weather cooperates, go somewhere near the ocean and sit in silence--agree to a half hour at least of no talking--and just breathe with the waves. Concentrate on that and let everything else go for a little while.

    I've posted this quote before, but it bears repeating.
    "We humans have experimented with various social systems; some have endured and others not. I believe, however, that our well-being is tied not so much to the structure of our society and the politics that determine it, as to our ability to maintain contact with nature, to feel that we are part of the natural order and that we are capable of making a living within it."

    Berndt Heinrich in "The Snoring Bird"

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    1. CCorax-- Every now and then, in the dark rainy days of winter when the light is low, I yield to the season. But this, this is something different. This is a darkness that I fear, and do not anticipate a spring that will make it any better. And really, I'm not feeling clinically depressed just exhausted by the constant state of fear. Thank you for your kind words, my friend.

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  2. Like you, I am struggling with the anxiety brought on by the days to come. Trying to be strong. Hoping for the best.

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    1. Colette-- I'm trying to stay strong. My only hope is that the new president will yield to his inner desire to be wildly popular, and do things that will make a lot of people happy and his party very unhappy.

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  3. Robin, looking at your gorgeous skies, I feel fine. a reminder of how small we really are.

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    1. Sabine-- Ah yes, we are very small indeed. That's why I look up at the sky so often. It's such a good reminder.

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  4. Still struggling. Still. I wish I could say that I'm not. I have enjoyed your last few posts though. You've gotten some beautiful photos. We had a sunrise like that recently. One that everybody stops to notice.

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    1. Sharon-- I've been wondering how you are. Yes, it is a time of struggle and anxiety. I keep trying to find things that will lift my spirits. I hope you took photos of that sunrise!

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  5. I wrote my blog on depression-- not because I am feeling it but I know many are. On the political environment, I don't think it helps to have someone else say it's not so bad or it's okay. This is a time of change and that isn't easy on many who want what they have had or thought they had. The main thing with my blog on the subject of depression is realizing it's temporary. IF if it goes on too long, seeing a doctor is a good idea (I know this from experience) but generally speaking it's understanding it's part of the cycle of light and dark. We just enjoy the light more.

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    1. Rain-- I do recognize that this is seasonal and situational. I don't feel clinically depressed as much as I feel let down. I had a dream, I really did. And seriously, that dream is over. Now I have the nightmare. We all do. Looking forward to the return of the light.

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  6. Like so many, I, too, am struggling. I decided after the election that I would make a determined effort to offer kindness to someone in some way each day. This is the way I try to live my life, but I am really trying to be more intentional about it. Meanwhile, I found this quote recently that I am carrying in my pocket and in my heart:

    "My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness." Maya Angelou

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    1. Anonymous-- Thank you so much for this comment. I think while you were typing this, I was reading Naomi Nye's poem Kindness. We are on the same wavelength, my friend.
      http://www.elise.com/q/naomi.htm

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  7. Looking at your skies, I was reminded of this:

    “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
    (Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God)

    “If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don't keer if you die at dusk. It's so many people never seen de light at all.”
    (Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God)

    “It is so easy to be hopeful in the daytime when you can see the things you wish on. But it was night, it stayed night. Night was striding across nothingness with the whole round world in his hands . . . They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against cruel walls and their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.”
    (Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God)

    Our eyes are watching the sky and the ocean and the bay and the land and the birds and the trees. Our eyes are watching. As the man sang, "The whole wide world is watching."

    Don't recall ever yearning so much for spring. Saw a solitary Trumpeter Swan a few days ago. A Red-shafted Flicker has been a frequent visitor to my porch lately. It's been unusually warm and windy and rainy after weeks and weeks of below freezing weather. A most unusual and challenging winter in so many ways.

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    1. am-- I have always love Zora Neale Hurston's book Their Eyes Were Watching God. It's been a long time since I read it, but the title alone is enough to calm my anxious self. Yes, our eyes are watching. We are waiting for the return of the sun in so many ways.

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  8. Feeling the same way and heading to the state capital on Saturday for the march. We are the majority, keep that in mind!

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    1. def95485-- I love knowing that you are going to march on Saturday. Thank you for that, and for reminding me that we are the majority. So true and good for the heart to remember.

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  9. Getting to view skies like that is therapeutic and effective as meditation for clearing the mind. I like your hope that he will cave to his desire to be wildly popular. Perhaps he will be inspired by his low approval ratings and will want to appeal more to the majority---us.

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    1. Patti-- It sometimes surprises me how I still hold out hope in the face of such outrageous disaster. Keeping my eyes on the sky.

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  10. Nice skies.

    I wish I could be as optimistic as Obama claims to be, but this seems to much like a horrible movie that I can't get up and walk out of.

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    1. Mark-- Yes, a horrible movie and we are stuck in our seats with no way out. Ugh. Glad you liked the pics.

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  11. It is hard to tune out all the bad news. We don't have cable or satellite television too and you are right the bad news still finds you.
    But on the plus side nature is all around us to enjoy!
    Have a good Thursday.

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    1. Cat Lover-- We do have nature as a balance to the news, but sadly the endless rain here has made it impossible to go out for a nice long walk. We really need some sunshine in every way! Thank you for stopping by.

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  12. Yep, the news sucks these days, and does nothing but depress me. On a happier note, these photos are GORGEOUS!

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  13. Pat-- The only balance we have to the outrage is beauty. Your petroglyphs, my eye on the sky... it's how we stay sane.

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