Virginia Aquarium/ John Muir/ Wallace Stevens/ Kahlil Gibran/ Matthew Arnold

D's Photos, Well-known Quotations

Virginia Aquarium/ Estuary, originally uploaded by Davidlind.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. ~Wallace Stevens

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~Kahlil Gibran

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. ~Matthew Arnold

William Blake/ The Tiger

D's Photos, Well-known Poetry

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

On what wings dare he aspire?

What the hand dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

And when thy heart began to beat,

What dread hand and what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?

What the anvil? What dread grasp

Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’d heaven with their tears,

Did He smile His work to see?

Did He who made the lamb make thee?
Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake

Baseball/ Jim Bouton/ Dave Barry

D's Photos, Well-known Quotations

, originally uploaded by Davidlind.

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base. ~Dave Barry

I’m convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile. ~Tom Clark

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? ~Jim Bouton, 1988

A critic once characterized baseball as six minutes of action crammed into two-and-one-half hours. ~Ray Fitzgerald, in Boston Glove, 1970

Love Leaves A Memory/ Thomas Moore/ Richard Gilder/ Maya Angelou

D's Photos, Well-known Quotations

, originally uploaded by Davidlind.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland

Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth;
Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth…
~Thomas Moore

Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
~Richard Watson Gilder

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou

Richmond Folk Festival 2008 / Tezcatlipoca Voladores/ Mexican Sky Dancers

Blogs or Posts, David's Writing

One of the highlights from yesterday at the Richmond Folk Festival was the performance of the Mexican Sky Dancers, Tezcatlipoca Voladores.  This activity is a Mayan tradition going back thousands of years.  And it really gets your heart pounding in 2008 as they do this thing without safety ropes or a net.

Here’s a NextGen collection that pretty much goes through the performance from top to bottom.  They start out with a dance and prayers and then proceed to the top of the poll.  I have tried to capture some of their graceful and colorful flight to the ground.  They do look like they are enjoying themselves.

Presidents Born In October/ Dwight Eisenhower

D's Photos, Well-known Quotations

, originally uploaded by Davidlind.

Only Americans can hurt America. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech, American Society of Newspaper Editors, 16 April 1953

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Here in America we are descended in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, address, Columbia University, 31 May 1954

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

May You Always Have Walls For the Wind

D's Photos, Well-known Quotations

, originally uploaded by Davidlind.

The really nice breezes blow through my body and into my soul. ~Astrid Alauda

May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door. ~Irish Toast

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.
~Irish Blessing

Fathers and Sons/ Erma Bombeck/ Thomas Jefferson

Blogs or Posts

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.  ~Johann Schiller


The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.  ~Erma Bombeck


The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.  ~Thomas Jefferson


At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons.  ~Chinese Proverb

The Place Beyond the Words

David's Writing, My Poems

Dawn Rapture


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The good things begin

When we go beyond the words

Music is the train

That takes us there

Or love

Or a photo that touches the heart

Poetry can do it

Or a twenty mile run

So many ways

We want to go

We need to go.

Sitting here reading these words

Imagine you are standing

Behind yourself

Watching yourself

Reading this

In the place beyond the words.