Life is wonderful

Singer songwriter Jazon Mraz understands. It takes a night to make it dawn,                                                                                                            And it takes some old to make you young It takes some cold to know the sun It takes the one to have the other,                                                                                                            fears to make you trust It takes those tears to make it rust It takes the dust to have it polished We live in a world of opposites, and I am glad of it.  The contrasts make life richer.  It takes the opposing side to foster a deep appreciation for what we have in a given moment. Opposites make life beautiful.  We hear them…

“No one’s going to walk through my mind with dirty feet”

Pure is a beautiful word, an old-fashioned word scarcely heard in today’s society outside of maybe the religious environment, yet still a beautiful word. My mind conjures images of clean simplicity, places that are clear of pollutants. It’s a place we all want, we all look for. Free of contamination. Is it possible to find such a place anymore?  In the physical world probably not.  The pristine farm land where my family lives, the one that looks so fresh is tainted with chemicals sprayed in abundance.  I go to the ocean to find clean air and am greeted with debris decorating…

Words and photographs

Spare One word is said or read and the memories come back, faded ones that are welcome in the remembering.  ‘Spare’ brings back times of my youth.  Pictures form of living in the country that was empty of the urban landscape, a land that my dad was partial to. Oh how he loved those open spaces, prompting a move for the family to Eastern Oregon. Life was good. Our days may have been meager by many standards yet there was an appealing simplicity to it. My ears still hear the sound of Roy Rogers on the record player with the lines of ‘give me land lots of land…