Wednesday, February 28, 2018


“We ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the universe. 
The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the skies so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.” 
Johannes Kepler

Sunday, February 25, 2018

"This Vitamin 'I'..."

The Ancient Ones forever mused over the wonders within being in-spired: To breath in that which would keep us going.
As Adventurers, we know about the importance of many kinds of sustenance, be it food, water, sunshine, even friends. Sustenance for the ephemeral kinds of endurance we need out there, would seem to be as much an essential element as any other; this 'inspiration' - this Vitamin 'I'.
What a critical substance for our wanderings, for discovering the meanings within the why we do what we do out there.
I believe it is something we would seem to need daily. Do we not desire, even crave this on so many levels? Seeking inspiration in itself can become a wanderers dream, a pilgrimage of endless purpose.
There are so many avenues for inspiration. It is so very abundant. A few sources that fellow adventurers and I have evoked include: Simply getting out there, for the wild places themselves offer endless gifts that inspire, even take our breath away; within dreaming & vision questing; from others wonderful stories & experiences; images & memories; readings & quotations; and especially within those potent unexpected moments of serendipity & mystery we will most surely find ourselves in.
Such inspiration is truly a fundamental energy within motivation for setting out upon any path, an energy needed to understand all challenges, and an energy essential when wandering towards any chosen horizon.
What fuels; that which drives our enthusiasms is drawn from this well with no bottom.
Inspiration is an elemental energy that is indeed priceless, ageless, timeless, and boundless - and yet available to every one of us.....  DSD 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

"A Narrow Ribbon..."

“Going to the beach means walking in fresh air, listening to the sound of waves, feeling the grit of sand beneath our feet. 
The narrow ribbon between land and ocean is a perfect place to understand the mind of wisdom”.  
Deng Ming-Dao

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