We recently made a stop in Kentucky to hike among these incredible rocks in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of the old Appalachian mountains. My family is spread out all over the country now, but the first stories of us as Americans start in Kentucky. The COVID-19 maps show how much Americans move around on our celebrated highways, which probably also says something about how the branches of our families reach across the nation....my own branches reaching from Wisconsin to North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, California, Montana, Ohio, Iowa and Brooklyn, NY....it’s uncomfortable to be so far away with no sense of when we will be together again. But these weeks and months are nothing in geological time. I love this poem from Gary Snyder, taught to me by @zestinferna as a song: As the crickets’ soft autumn hum, is to us, so are we to the trees, as are they to the rocks and hills.
My dad, the ultimate adventurer, taught me how to ride a bike, and how to ride on the back side-saddle. I was always his side kick and I look forward to more adventures 🤞🏽soon.
We all scored. Actually I got scored on because I was taking this picture, but I feel lucky for other good reasons. #summersolstice
Half-way through just one game of Life, even before she had retired as a millionaire, Willa noticed, “I don’t think I’m actually that good at this game. I think I’m just lucky.” #lifelessons
A crumble has an oatmeal topping and a crisp is simple sugar, butter and flour. A buckle is a coffee cake topped with fruit and streusel, whereas a cobbler is fruit baked under a blanket of crust. I’ve seen recipes for fruit grunts and slumps, but we all know I’m making a pie. With @lbbecker48 ‘s crust, and I’ll be eating it for breakfast.
“Some of us know how we came by our fortune, and some of us don’t, but we wear it all the same. There’s only one question worth asking now: How will we aim to live with it?” -Barbara Kingsolver, Poisonwood Bible
“Look at what happened from every side and consider all the other ways it could have gone. Consider, even, an Africa unconquered altogether. Imagine those first Portuguese adventurers approaching the shore, spying on the jungle’s edge through their fitted brass lenses. Imagine that by some miracle of dread or reverence they lowered their spy-glasses, turned, set their riggings, sailed on.” -Barbara Kingsolver, Poisonwood Bible
The past few years, the cherries have succumbed to a fungus, but at the moment I’m feeling hopeful.
Revolution! This is not, maybe, how I pictured it. But maybe it is. If we see the gifts of time we’ve been given, to pay attention and participate, and the self-awareness that has grown in that time, showing us that we can change. We can change! I’ve drawn huge inspiration over the years thinking that the growing number of people drawn to yoga worldwide signaled the turning, the Phoenix rising. That collectively we have been in training for this moment, pushing forward a new vision for the world. “I’m still learning how to walk in my fire.” 🔥 @trevorhallmusic #blacklivesmatter✊🏾 #callingallyogis #callingallyogisandyoginis #phoenixrising