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June 30, 2014 002


I am inviting you to go deeper,

to learn and to practice

so that you become someone

who has a great capacity

for being solid, calm, and without fear,

because our society needs people like you

who have these qualities,

and your children, our children,

need people like you,

in order to go on,

in order to become solid,

and calm, and without fear.

Thích Nhất Hạnh


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

June 8, 2014 swans 005

A child’s world

is fresh and new and beautiful,

full of wonder and excitement.

It is our misfortune

that for most of us

that clear-eyed vision,

that true instinct for

what is beautiful and awe-inspiring,

is dimmed and even lost

before we reach adulthood.

Rachel Carson

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

December 16, 2013 Naturalization 030

The only way

to make sense out of change

is to plunge with it,

move with it,

and join the dance.

Alan Watts

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

Control the Mind


To enjoy good health,
to bring true happiness to one’s family,
to bring peace to all,
one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.
If a man can control his mind
he can find the way to Enlightenment,
and all wisdom and virtue
will naturally come to him.

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha

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November 7 2013 030

A youth is to be regarded with respect.

How do you know that his future

will not be equal to our present?


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

July 20 garden photos 024

Holy Mother Earth,

The trees and all of nature

bear witness

to your thoughts and workings.


Photos by Woodland Gnome

Nov. 27 073“O child of Adam!

Whatever you have collected more than you actually need,

you are not going to use,

so you will end up only acting as its

trustee for another person.

If you want to pray to the Sustainer for a better way of making a living,

first give something in charity.”

Iman Ali, The Prophet’s son-in-law

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Oregon2010 246And a woman who held a babe against

her bosom said, “Speak to us of Children.”

And he said:

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,

And he bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Kahlil Gibran,  from The Prophet

Photo by Woodland Gnome

Lincoln City, OR, 2010