“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.” ― Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder andContinue reading “Words to Live By (Part 1)”
There is so much beauty in the world. I try to remind myself to be open, compassionate, and kind every day. We don’t know anyone else’s story. People are complex and have lived through things we will never understand. It’s important to remember that. A public piano was installed, and then a homeless man satContinue reading “Sailing Away”
I’m in a good mood. And maybe because I’m in a good mood I want everyone to be in a good mood. Happy speaks to happy, that kind of thing. I know, I know, there’s a lot of shit going on in the world. Yes, I said shit, I’m allowed to cuss once in aContinue reading “Be The Love You Want to See in The World”
We have no reason to harbor any mistrust against our world, for it is not against us. If it has terrors, they are our terrors; if it has abysses, these abysses belong to us; if there are dangers, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life in accordance withContinue reading “Words From Rilke”
When I was growing up I watched, like many of us, the holiday film “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town”. I was five the first time it aired. It’s amazing how something so simple as a young kid watching a fun holiday movie can stick with a person all these years later, and yet itContinue reading “Put One Foot In Front Of The Other”
Honesty. Being honest. I am afraid. Not always, but I am. I am trying not to be. I capture moments of joy, soaking them up, appreciating them with every part of my being. My honey doing something silly and wonderful and full of joy, which she does many times a day. Her smile. Sebastian’s laughContinue reading “Fear And Love in Illinois”
This is an amazing story about beauty, perception, art, and what we see, or don’t see, as we go about our daily lives. Do you stop and notice, enjoy, live in the moment with something beautiful or do you walk past without a glance, without a thought for what’s happening right in front of you.Continue reading “To See or Not to See”
I have a high aesthetic. Meaning that I have an extreme sense of the beautiful. I don’t want to say that I can judge for others what is beautiful, but for myself I see beauty everywhere. I used to say I saw photographs in everything, which is true since that’s my medium, but really it’sContinue reading “I See Beauty”
Across The Pond Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl Again… this place is just beautiful.
Walking In The Palace Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl A little perspective here… That’s Karen, walking around the palace.
The Ladies of the Palace Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl The Palace of Fine Arts. Haven’t been there for years. Not since I was in my early 20’s. At least, I think I was in my early 20’s. Maybe I was 19. Yes, THAT long ago. I love this place.
Renewing, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. The Davis Lake West campground is an amazing place. Several years ago there was a pretty devastating fire in the area. All the area right around the campground was burned to a crisp. When you drive down into the campground it’s like going through a forest ghost town. Dead treesContinue reading “Renewing”
Splash of Orange, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. I also took this one as we walked back to the truck from the fair. Loved the bright orange in this. Nature is fantastic.
November, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. Falling November leaves in Oregon. Taken on November 1, 2008 with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.