24 February 2017

Everywhere Story - Missoula, Montana

"The trick to finding ideas is to convince yourself that everyone and everything has a story to tell. 

I say trick but what i really mean is challenge, because it's a very hard thing to do. 

Our instinct as humans, after all, is to assume that most things are not interesting. 
We flip through the channels on the television and reject ten before we settle on one. 
We go to a bookstore and look a twenty novels before we pick the one we want. 
We filter and rank and judge.  
We have to. There's just so much out there.
But if you want to be a writer [or insert  your aspiration], you have to fight that instinct every day. 

Shampoo doesn't seem interesting? 
Well, dammit, it must be, and if it isn't, I have to believe that it will ultimately lead me to something that is." 

- from What The Dog Saw and other adventures, Preface, p xiii, by Malcolm Gladwell

22 February 2017

On Impact - Missoula, Montana

"You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life."

 - Zig Ziglar (1926-2012)

21 February 2017

20 February 2017

Looking Beyond The Window - Lolo, Montana

"A German theologian once said that any number of things can serve as a window to God, to what he called 'the ultimate.' 

Humans, of ccourse, tend to be pane worshipers; we just stare at the window instead of the view. 

But anything that lets you look beyond the window to the divine—a kind act, a surprise, a coincidence—is a way of communicating with something bigger than we are."

 — Kate Braestrup, Minister and Author of Beginner's Grace 

16 February 2017

Melting 1 - Missoula, Montana

"Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul."

- Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

14 February 2017

Shady Side Of Sunny - Missoula, Montana

Within 5 minutes into my lunchtime walk, I realized that, despite the warming optimism of much-awaited sunshine, I should have worn my toque. Especially as a recent shearing has again left my little ears fully out in the weather. "Cold ears, warm heart" is not a meaningful mantra.  A belated temperature check revealed a still-brisk 26 degrees F - that's -3 Celsius, by the way. Loathe to turn back for a wee chill in the air, I was saved by the Aha! moment:  an ample scarf can cover both neck AND head!  Wrapped somewhat more elegantly than the scarf mummification of childhood, I carried on, ears intact and warming. Ah, the multiple joys of Pashmina!  

May your hearts be warm this Valentine's Day - and your ears, too!

10 February 2017