Monday, February 19, 2018


“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, 
but what they become by it.”   
John Buskin

Saturday, February 17, 2018

"What Emerges..."

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. 
Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”  Helen Keller
“There is nothing in life that does not involve trial. There is nothing worthwhile that doesn’t have a cost. There is nothing great that does not require a series of small acts. 
Rice suffers when it is milled. 
Jade must suffer when it is polished. 
But what emerges is something special…”.  Deng Ming-Dao

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"A Little Loving This Day..."

"I love this lake, basin of heavenly tears, tilted from lunar pull, jostling its shore... I love these mountains, stark rock outcroppings, sculpted by the oceans, lifted at some unknown time, isolated in a field of vetch, cleaved by silver falls. A sentinel owl regards me unblinkingly, and beyond alpine forests form a cadence, to a distant moon..."   Deng Ming-Dao  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"At A Distance..."

"To understand one's world, one must sometimes turn away from it! To serve better, one must briefly hold it at a distance. Where can the necessary solitude be found, the long breathing space in which mind gathers its strength and takes stock of its courage."  
Albert Camus

Friday, February 09, 2018

"Just Because..."

"An adventurous traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."
Lao Tzu

Saturday, February 03, 2018

"We Each Can Do Something..."

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." 
John Wooden

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


It was one of my most difficult solo climbs. The kind of experience out upon a mountain where we remember every detail, pretty much all the moments of our whole high place adventure. This stone has rested here at home for so long now, from that summit to our den, then in that old leather box with so many others. Years of seasons have passed along the way. So many times I have held it in my hand to recall again the challenges endured on that climb. I chose this cherished stone from that summit for a variety of reasons. It was first gathered up because I recognized it as very, very old rock. It was uniquely carved by the elements into a mountain shape of its own, there are also cracks, striations, and whorls upon it that reflect those of the ancient Scholars Rocks . It has now become a perfect medium as well to splash a bit of paint upon it, and to Mix In many special elements with that paint as well.
It seems only fitting now to return this wild touchstone back to its own summit home, as I have long intended to climb there once more...
Back then I had built up a small cairn as there was none there at the time so long ago, and I am hoping to see it too once again. Other than bits of new color on one side, this stone appears the same in most ways after so long, even though I have certainly weathered much more. So while these old legs can still make it up there, it is time to go back.
Like old good close friends, who have shared many long trails and unfolding climbs, and now have to part ways, I will miss this little stone, but it is time to now return it back home..... DSD  
My appreciation for your own images of your returning experiences my Friends.