Saturday, February 22, 2014


“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.” ___ Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1

At first it's too much, too fast: growing, studying, wondering, people,  coping, driving, working, driving, working, settling, moving,  constant adjusting to the new.

Now there are places I would like to be maybe for a few days, but I don't wish to go there.  (Be, not go -- kinda like the hot springs)
Now I have time to discover  if, in fact, the only drum solo Ringo ever did was on side 2 of Abbey Road?    And to  wonder how long the old barns will last?

And wait for the next surprise! 

Or as Wordsworth would have it: 

"Therefore let the moon
Shine on thee in thy solitary walk;
And let the misty mountain-winds be free
To blow against thee: and, in after years,
When these wild ecstasies shall be matured
Into a sober pleasure; when thy mind
Shall be a mansion for all lovely forms,
Thy memory be as a dwelling-place
For all sweet sounds and harmonies; oh! then,
If solitude, or fear, or pain, or grief,
Should be thy portion, with what healing thoughts
Of tender joy wilt thou remember me"

--------------- excerpt from "Tintern Abbey"



  1. Just dropping by to say "Hi" and thanks for being the only one to make comments on my blog from time to time. ;o)I'm not concerned though about comments. I've had my blog for about 9 years now, do you believe that?

    I suppose many people are on Facebook now, which I don't care for. It's like an "assembly line" of people. Like this blog post of yours I just read, I'm more of a "solitary" person but love music, movies, walks, writing in my journal and singing to the songs I love. So I guess that means I'll be around a while on this earth hey?

    Beautiful pic on post. Have a good spring when it comes.

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  3. It surprises me at times how busy my life has become. There is nothing world shaking in these countless activities except that they never seem to stop coming. Just this weekend my wife and I had to drive down to my mom-in-law's old house, we had to go clean out the remaining stuff that was left behind.

    It puzzled me greatly, when my mom-in-law finally moved out it was with no intention of ever returning. Why she and her son would leave anything behind important didn't make any sense to me.

    I guess if I ever have too much free time on my hands I might then regret not having these stupid tasks to perform.

  4. What a glorious photo! And I do love Anais Nin.

    I hibernate all the time...and know fully aware of it because I do it choice. I'm very choice...and love it! :)

  5. May your life
    be full
    of joy
    and beautiful surprises ....

    Wishing you wellness ...

  6. Oh how I would like to walk into that picture. It looks delightful. I love the first passage from Anais Nin. There are so many of us just existing - hibernating. It's nice to be solitary sometimes, I crave it after long episodes with people but it's easy to fall into a sheltered existence and that doesn't help us grow.

  7. "Pretty Moonbeams" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

  8. At some point I discovered it was way more fun listening to oldie goldies than keeping the TV tuned to CNN. Then I discovered it was a lot better having friends as intermittent diversions rather than constant companions. That's when the sun began to shine on my solitary walk.

  9. Made me think of swimming in the lake under a full moon, the water like silk against bare skin, the air like a caress.

  10. winnebago stuck in the sand hehe

  11. How lovely that was. :-)


  12. I delt so sad seem you are talking about my life ..Time goes so fast I worry that my time is over before doing having achieved

  13. Gosh how I wasted life with the things I thought I wanted or needed to do, only to find out it was all there right in front of me if I had only opened my mind. To stop and smell the roses has made all the difference in the world.
    Hi slowly creeping back into blogging again....missed the deep-thinking folks like yourself.

  14. Drop out of blogging and I miss all the good stuff!

    Loved the ducks post. So sweet to see commitment and love still counting in this world.


  15. Love this blog and the words you have shared. Happy Spring to you..