Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT · Photography · Words Written
Imagine a country whose citizens—maybe even its leaders—are brave, calm, and open towards each other; a country whose people realize that all human beings belong together as one family and must act accordingly; a country guided by Common Sense.
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Poetry · Words Written

Words are Birds by Francisco X. Alarcon

Words are Birds

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are birds
that arrive
with books
and spring

the wind
and trees

some words
are messengers
that come
from far away
from distant lands

for them
there are
no borders
only stars
moon and sun

some words
are familiar
like canaries
others are exotic
like the quetzal bird

some can stand
the cold
others migrate
with the sun
to the south

some words
they’re difficult
to translate

and others
build nests
have chicks
warm them
feed them

teach them
how to fly
and one day
they go away
in flocks

the letters
on this page
are the prints
they leave
by the sea

Francisco X. Alarcon, “Words are Birds” from Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems. Copyright © 1997 by Francisco X. Alarcon. 

Photography · Words Written

Dew Drops Right Outside

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For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door.
Photography · Words Written

Prince Speaks

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Compassion is an action word with no boundaries. ~PRINCE

Photography · Words Written

Words of Amit Ray

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The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.
Words Written

Courage Doesn’t Always Roar…

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“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at
the end of the day whispering, ‘I will try again tomorrow.”  – 
Mary Anne Radmacher

Words Written


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“There is no small act of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world.” —Mary Anne Radmacher


Words Written


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“Maybe, maybe not. One thing you learn when you’ve lived as long as I have—people aren’t all good, and people aren’t all bad. We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives. Right now, I’m pleased to be in the light.” ~ Unwind, Neal Shusterman


Daily Ray of Hope · Words Written

Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.

~ Albert Camus

Photo by Fred Moore | Convict Lake, Mono County, California

Start of the day in the Eastern Sierras

Daily Ray of Hope · Words Written

Hope will never be silent.

~ Harvey Milk

Photo by Pam Sutton | Phoenix, Arizona


My little green world

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.

~ Maya Angelou

Photo by Beverly Zuerlein, Moon and Back Photography | Bull moose at Warm Springs, near Antelope Flats, Wyoming


Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

~ E.E. Cummings

Photo by Pam Sutton | Great blue heron in Scottsdale, Arizona

Muddy toes

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Photo by Karen McQuilken


Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

You’ve discovered a wellspring, simply allow it to flow and it will fill your world. Don’t try to keep a safe distance so as to see what happens. Don’t wait to be certain before you take a step. What you give, you will receive, although it might sometimes come from the place you least expect.

~ Paulo Coelho

Photo by Andrew Renkert | Kenai, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

Kenai Autumn

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

An intense copper calm, like a universal yellow lotus, was more and more unfolding its noiseless measureless leaves upon the sea.

~ Herman Melville

Photo by Darrell Robinson | Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Maui Sunset

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Come out into the world about you, be it either wide or limited. Sympathize, not in thought only, but in action, with all about you. Make yourself known and felt for something that would be loved and missed, in twenty thousand little ways, if you were to die; then your life will be a happy one, believe me.

~ Charles Dickens

Photo by Darrell Robinson | A view of Mt. Shasta reflected in Lake Siskiyou, Mt. Shasta, California

Sunrise with Mt. Shasta

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

~ Desiderius Erasmus

Photo by Andrew | North of Vesturhorn, Iceland

The Other Side of Vestrahorn

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.

~ Orison Swett Marden

Photo by Jim Maloney | The Metolius River, a tributary of the Deschutes River in Central Oregon

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo by John Behrends | Along the Oregon coast at Shore Acres State Park, Oregon


Daily Ray of Hope · Words Written

Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind.
Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things.
Their language has been lost.
But not the gestures.

~ Vera Nazarian

Photo by Tom Elliott | Sauk County, Wisconsin

Today's Mass Extinction and Holocene-Anthropocene Thermal Maximum

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Wander into the center of the circle of wonder.

~ Hongzhi Zhengjue

Photo by Alice Cahill | Sequoia National Park, California

How does a Black Bear cross a meadow?

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography

You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.

~ Ella Maillart

Photo by Mark Stevens | Mica View Trail, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona


I Only Went Out for a Walk... (Black & White, Saguaro National Park)

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.

~ William Wordsworth

Photo by Tony Varela | Prairie Creek Redwoods Sate Park, California

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa)

Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.

~ Alice Walker

Photo by Cheryl Strahl | Polar bear in the Arctic Ocean near Kaktovik on Barter Island, Alaska


Daily Ray of Hope · Photography · Words Written

Love is not consolation. It is light.

~ Simone Weil

Photo by Ronnie Goyette | Great egret at Morro Bay, California


Great Egret Reflections