29 December 2019

On Joy - Near Simms, Montana

"That we are designed for joy is exhilarating, within reach, now or perhaps later today, after a nap, as long as we do not mistake excitement for joy. 
Joy is good cheer. My partner says joy and curiosity are the same thing. 
Joy is always a surprise, and often a decision.
Joy is portable. Joy is a habit, and these days, it can be a radical act."
-Anne Lamott, p. 70-71 of Almost Everything

28 December 2019

On Light, Spirit,Hope - Marias River, MT-I-15, Near Shelby, Montana

"Light...illuminates both things we want to see and don't want to see....Light is energy you can't touch or corral, which is also the nature of spirit....Light, candles, full moons magnify spirit that is in the wings...." 
-Anne Lamott, p. 21 of Almost Everything

24 December 2019

Simple Christmas - Missoula, Montana

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
Wishing you a simple Christmas.... 

20 December 2019

Big Sky With Clouds - Flying Into Missoula, Montana

20 degree F overnight upsurge put us about back at temps in late September when this photo was taken - there's a happy thought!

“And I urge you to please notice
 when you are happy, and exclaim
 or murmur
 or think at some point,
 ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’
― Kurt Vonnegut, from A Man Without a Country

19 December 2019

Clinging Stubbornly - Missoula, Montana

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” 
― James BaldwinNotes of a Native Son

05 December 2019

Reflections On Change - Grant Creek, Missoula, Montana

“We talk about “circumstances over which we have no control.”
None of us have control over our circumstances, but we are responsible for the way we pilot ourselves in the midst of things as they are.Two boats can sail in opposite directions in the same wind, according to the skill of the pilot. The pilot who conducts his vessel on to the rocks says he could not help it, the wind was in that direction; the one who took his vessel into the harbour had the same wind, but he knew how to trim his sails so that the wind conducted him in the direction he wanted. The power of the peace of God will enable you to steer your course in the mix-up of ordinary life.” 

-OswaldChambers (1874-1917), from “The Moral Foundation of Life” and “Knocking at God’s Door” (via Discovery House Publishers' “Peace” devotion plan in You Version app or