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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Neither Snow, nor Sleet, nor...

We’ve been getting more snow this winter than we have in many years. Wednesday night we had another small snowfall – about 3 inches. That day it had been 70 degrees. So when it started to snow after midnight with a 50+ degree drop in temperature, it melted when it hit the pavement and froze.

I should have known better than to go for my usual twilight walk the next evening, when I stepped out the front door and saw the stairs and shoveled driveway covered in ice. I figured the snow covered sidewalk would be okay, if I could get to it. I was determined to make my twilight rounds. WHAT was I thinking!

I hadn’t gone far when my left foot slipped off the edge of the sidewalk, because I couldn’t really tell *where* the sidewalk was, and I fell onto my right knee – thunk. *&%$@. I felt the jolt go through my body. I felt like Pooh Bear who “stepped on a piece of the Forest which had been left out by mistake.” The sidewalk had just disappeared. I heard the neighbor lady out shoveling across the street gasp as I clunked to the ground, but she never said a word. Or maybe it was just the echo of my own grunt as I landed. :) I quickly popped up, brushed myself off, and continued on. Nothing hurt – surprisingly. But I didn’t go far – didn’t finish my self-appointed rounds. It was cold and my knee started to “bother.” I cut my “expotition” short, as Winnie the Pooh called them, and skipped a couple of twilight walks. My knee is fine. But I feel like a “bear of little brain”, and I’m not a spring chicken anymore, or Eskimo either for that matter. So I will have to employ a little common sense before going off on my twilight “expotitions” – if I still have any of that left - common sense that is...


Here are a few pictures from other twilight walks, in between snowfalls, that I didn’t want to have “slip” into the archives :)


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“The gift of Silence allows true listening to emerge.”


Joan Ruvinsky

Pathless Yoga





(see the little bird in the tree top!)



There is just being.
There is nothing else.
Being is totally whole just being.
It is the aliveness
that’s in the body;
pure beingness,
pure aliveness.

Tony Parsons
The Open Secret





Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive
and go do it.
Because what the world needs
is people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman






"Embrace the full measure of your life at any cost.
Bare your heart to the unknown
and never look back..."

“...awaken to yourself
as the radiant emptiness of spirit
...turn your attention inward
to the awake silence that you are.”


Adyashanti







15 comments:

  1. Oh my. So glad your are okay. Ice is treacherous. There are some things you can buy to attatch to your shoes to help keep from slipping. i seem to have lost mine actually.

    love the way you referred to Winnie the Pooh in your post.

    wonderful quotes as usual.

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    1. Thank you Suki :) I think it's best if this one just stays in on icy days... Bones are getting old you know... :)

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  2. So happy that your knee is fine. Phew. I love both of the photos where in one it's a bird sitting in the branches and in the other the moon!

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    1. Darla ~ Thank you :) Yeah, me too! Favored it for a couple of days, but everything A-OK. :)

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  3. Glad to hear things turned out okay. That icy element of winter can be so sneaky. But then...so can those tricky moves in yoga, having just bunged up my knee in class last night.

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    1. louciao - oh dear! "bunged knee!" That can be a hobbler... :)

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  4. Mmmm. Such peace and beauty! Glad your knee is happy and well.

    Curious about the first photo...

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    1. Thank you Kris! The top photo was taken right against the glass of our front window during a snow fall, and I *think* the flash went off by mistake - creating this effect. It's also laying on its side. Left side should be at the top. The light in the lower center is the street light.

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  5. glad to hear your bump was only a reminder to be careful! yikes that sounds like quite the weird weather! I fell and banged my knee before Christmas and it hurt for a few days but healed without any further reminders. It is good to hear whatever we are being called to hear in these instances. In my case, pay attention, no rushing required.

    Love the Howard Thurman quote.

    As always amazing photos!

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    1. Thank you ZDS :) Yes a definite reminder - to use discernment, and as always, to pay attention. Glad you're knee is okay too. :)

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    2. PS -ZDS -Yes, our weather has been oscillating quite a bit for January. Tomorrow near 60. Monday drops below 30 and possible snow... :)

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  6. Thanks for the visit and comment. I am glad your lesson on venturing across dangerous lands was just a hint! Stay save this winter because spring is coming.

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    1. Tabor ~ And thank you for coming by for a visit and leaving your comment. :) Yes, I know, but I love winter, and just discovered these twilight walks. But will be more discerning and safe about it. :) I loved your post today!

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  7. Uh oh. . . But such beautiful skies! Thank you.

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    1. Chris ~ Thanks :) I know, I just love being out at this time! Missed it tonight... :(

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