We join spokes together in a wheel

~Foggy Lake Photo by Gabriela Palai/Pexel.com~

This is what I am thinking about this morning as I sit by the fireplace.

“We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.”

— Tao De Ching

 

But be gracious

Be pretty if you can, witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.  Elsie de Wolfe

Elsie de Wolfe  Architectural Digest

Elsie de Wolfe lived and died a long time ago.

Her words are timeless. Continue reading “But be gracious”

Loving an old dog…

I slept in on the first day of the New Year.

That is, until 6:30.

Usually I am up by 5:30 to read and relax by the fire on wintry days.

I headed downstairs to start my day.  I turned on the gas fireplace.

As I was settling in with my book and coffee I realized my dog Ginny was missing. Continue reading “Loving an old dog…”

Little Girl in Distress

As I was walking out the door this morning for an 8:30 appointment, my phone rang.

It was my 3-year old granddaughter calling for a video chat.

Of course I took the call. I was prepared to be late or miss my appointment.

A minute later her sweet little face popped up on my screen. Continue reading “Little Girl in Distress”

But be gracious

Be pretty if you can, witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.  Elsie de Wolfe

Elsie de Wolfe  Architectural Digest

Elsie de Wolfe lived and died a long time ago.

Her words are timeless. Continue reading “But be gracious”

The Only Prayer

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.   Meister Eckhart 1260-1328  Christian Theologian

Continue reading “The Only Prayer”

Parking fail but not mine!

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~Photo Lori Greer in Portland June 2019~

Seeing this parked car made me laugh out loud.

I could see me parking over the line with a car of this length.

Parallel parking is not a preferred activity especially on a busy street in downtown Portland!

I especially hate it when lots of people are watching me.

“Woman driver”  I can hear them muttering.  Continue reading “Parking fail but not mine!”

Lox & Bagel

The bagels at Spielman Bagels are delicious.

There’s nothing like lox, a bagel and cream cheese with a side of capers and tomato slices.

This morning, I enjoyed my nosh with a strong cup of coffee.  Love the artwork!

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Photo Lori Greer in Portland

 

Heresy

To  think that I used to buy bagels from the grocery store, toast them and eat them with cream cheese and jelly.

Now that I have discovered real bagels, there is no turning back.

I could eat them everyday!

Thank you Spielman Bagels!

Spielman Bagels & Coffee

 

Why I Walk…

Enjoy being outdoors.

Meet and greet other walkers.

Spend time with my dog Ginny. Continue reading “Why I Walk…”

Aiden

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Aiden eating a healthy dinner.

On Mother’s Day my grandson Aiden called me.

Aiden is six years old.

We have been planning his visit with his parents to Portland all spring.

He was excited to tell me about what he had learned from a book about Portland that I recently sent him.

It will be the first time that Aiden, who lives in Denver,  will see the Pacific Ocean or bridges over the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

In the midst of dealing with the crisis with my other son, it would be easy to postpone this trip.  Sad, Scary News

My Sweet Grandson

Somehow, I have to be back in Portland in time to make his dream come true.

He is so excited to visit me.

Oma, Do you know many bridges are in Portland?

How many Aiden?

Seven! Maybe more!

Oma, can we ride the train?

Oma, can we go to the beach?

My sweet grandson.

What a big boy you are now.

What a treat to hear your voice.

Oma, do you know what is missing from the book you sent me?

No, what?

There is not a page about Oma!

Oh, I guess we will have to add one, won’t we?

Ok, Oma!