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When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash – at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the “newness,” the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.

Thomas Merton



If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

Will Rogers


Juniper has been our dearest dog for seven years! Happy, happy…


p.s. You can see my reflection in her eyes!


Wild Goose Chase

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.

Nathaniel Hawthorne



When done right, a sandwich can absolutely lead to transcendence.

A.D. Aliwat

This was a leftover extravaganza of sweet potato biscuit, smoked paprika chicken & gravy, and sharp cheddar.



Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.

Craig Claiborne


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