“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand
The sky was gorgeous last night. The sky was beautiful today. The sky was beautiful tonight. I am completely exhausted. Goodnight, Moon. Goodnight, Venus, small dot in the dirty orange light. Such beauty.
“And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and privilege, not a right.” ~ Ray Bradbury
This was my view of last night’s worm moon from the Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital (ARH). I had enjoyed a day with mom, dad, and Aunt Janet. Headed home to Lexington on I-64, my phone rang at Mt. Sterling, and I headed back to West Liberty. Mom was in the ER at ARH. Fast forward a few hours, and I had her at the ER at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Fast forward another fourteen hours, and she was released, her pain passably under control. I have to say, if I had to spend another fourteen hours in the ER, I’d want to do it at UK. I can’t say enough wonderful things about their professionalism and kindness. As for my poor little mama, I said prayers for her as I cat napped bolt upright in the chair next to her overnight. I’ll say even more when I lay down tonight.
“You may be spinning on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam, but everyone you know, love, admire, despise or strive to be like is on the same ride.” ~ Holiday Mathis
It was a beautiful Saturday. I probably should have driven to the country and walked until my legs hurt. Instead, I rested in the morning, then cleaned the house in preparation for tonight’s Final Four showing of my alma mater, the University of Kentucky Wildcats. They were never supposed to make it this far. Every game in the tournament has been a nail biting, heart stopping, down-to-the-wire game. It’s made for some really exciting basketball, which is, in case you couldn’t tell, Kentucky’s favorite game. Win or lose, they’ve made The Commonwealth proud. Go Cats!
“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there’s going to be a way through it.” ~ Michael J. Fox
I awoke at 5 a.m. The ice hanging from the house had stretched closer to the ground, and everything was glistening in the moonlight; icicles, trees, yard, even the snow covered grill looked holy. This shot was the best I could do in the dark, but it’s not bad considering it’s only moonlight. When the sun rose, the temps hardly did, but she cast long, strong shadows for a few hours. It was a beautiful day.
“We cannot change the cards we’re dealt, just how we play the hand.” ~ Randy Pausch
I stopped at Stacy’s to photograph the leaves of Grace. I also got a beautiful moon, big and bright, placed just so. In ancient time, the Hunter’s Moon signified low vegetation so that game was more easily seen and hunted for winter’s food. Come spring, other beautiful moons shone, signifying regeneration and rebirth. The moon, by whatever name, is hauntingly beautiful: a reaffirming smile from out there, beyond our Earthly reasoning. Each moon reminds me of Lance, and that always makes me happy.
Today has been interesting indeed. It started with another great post from Lori-Lyn; “The first two, or six, or ten people you see every day are yours to love. When you gaze at them, gaze with love. Open at your heart and send waves of compassion to envelope them.” But the Daily Buddha’s quote really spoke to me and, as it happened, the photos I took today are centered around where I am right now – the University of Kentucky.
The photos aren’t indicative of how heavy where I am right now really is. That’s intentional and a good thing. I am in the process of figuring out where I want to be. Every day gets me a little closer to that answer. Starting my days with videos like this sets the stage for a day of laughter, and that’s the best medicine possible! It’s short and totally worth a watch (WARNING – there’s a dirty word at the end so, if you’re easily offended, you might want to avoid this bit of humor).