“Clearings. That’s what I needed” Slowly my brain righted itself into spaces unused for months.” – Helen MacDonald
Last year brought a lot of changes to my life. I was forced to stop running and had to face my fears when having major surgery. I was fortunate to have an amazing doctor and access to a teaching hospital. My surgery went as planned, and my doctor was impressed with my “quick recovery.”
Of course, what was “quick” for him was “painfully slow” for me. I had followed the pre-operation workout routine and completed the exercises assigned by the physical therapist afterwards. But I didn’t feel as strong as I thought I should. A walk to the end of the driveway and back felt like a 10k run. Not exhausting, but a workout.
The longer the recovery took, the older I felt.
"Events don't cause stress. What causes stress are the views you take of events." - Epictetus
The Bass River Beach in Yarmouth, Massachusetts has become one of my new favorite places. A short distance from my house, it’s a peaceful spot any time of year. The island of Martha’s Vineyard is only a few miles away, and acts as a buffer to the currents of the Atlantic Ocean. The silt from the river extends the beach and the shallow water. Even at high tide, the biggest waves are from the boats speeding by the shore.
“Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” - Hazel Rochman
It’s officially the summer season, and that means warm weather, trips to the beach, and more reading time! This year, I’m going to recommend 6 books that I’ve already read, plus 6 books that I plan to read over the next 3 months.
Reading and Books,
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” - Albert Einstein
My favorite time of the day is twilight.
The early morning sun transforming the shadows into colors. Birds chirping reminders that the time for sleep is over. Each moment bringing more activity and interaction into our lives as the dawn becomes day.
Dusk has its own claim on our senses. The purple hues of the setting sun transform the sky into a tapestry. The silent moon and stars begin their patrol through the heavens. The air chills, adding to the romance of the moment.