28 April 2017

Sparkling Opener - Hot Springs, Montana

"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot."

- Clarence Thomas

(I can attest to this!  Thus, credit - & post-humous thanks - goes to my parents for work promotions over the years!)

27 April 2017

River Running Through - Plains, Montana

"It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves."

-  Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)

(Hmmm...I may have to chew on this one a while - but it certainly gave me pause...)

26 April 2017

Traveller's Rest - Hot Springs, Montana

"We shall not cease from exploration,
 and the end of all our exploring will be
 to arrive where we started and
 know the place for the first time."

- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

(Brain-sparking quote from Eliot's bio at the above text link: "...The only "method," Eliot once wrote, is "to be very intelligent."  ")

25 April 2017

Story Bloom - Missoula, Montana

"I hope you will go out 
 and let stories happen to you, 
and that you will work them, 
 water them with your blood 
and tears 
 and your laughter 
till they bloom, 
 till you yourself burst into bloom."

24 April 2017

Spring Signposts - Missoula, Montana

"...Already in glimpses of the tarnish'd sky
The sun is warm and beckons to the larch...
A million buds but stay their blossoming;
And trustful birds have built their nests amid
The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing
Till one soft shower from the south shall bid,
And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of spring...."

- from While yet we wait for spring, and from the dry

by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844 - 1930)

23 April 2017

Sanctuary And Silence - Paradise, Montana

"Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence within us...Not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. 
We are all hungry for this other silence. 
It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. 
Silence is a place of great power and healing. 
Silence is God’s lap.”"

- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., from My Grandfather’s Blessings