#smallstone 5 : 1/5/2014

Early dawn,
Sun not yet risen.

Everyone’s still asleep
but me.

I feast on the silence,
the stillness that fills me
with peace,
even though knowing
that it is only temporary
and will be broken

Utter chaos will erupt all too soon
but for now,
there is quietness within.

The stillness of the dawn
surrounds and fills me
with Serenity.


Rainer Maria Ri…

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Some quotes just beg to be remembered and to be placed somewhere they can be seen often. This is one such quote. I find so much to be garnered from this one quote and want to take the time to think about it and decide how it fits into what I see as my life at present.

2014 — A Time for Change, A Time for Transformation

Guess the word for today
could be “Change”….

…have to think about it, though
cause I am resistant to change….
I hate change…….
…..I don’t wanna change
…..and yet……
it is very much a part of our every day life….

….every day,
every moment……
……..every second even…
……………..things change …

….many of those changes
…… we are not even aware of ….
……………..and yet

they still change,
or without
our awareness,

so it really behooves us to
become more
aware of
what is going on
….in our lives,
……..in our bodies and
………….in our relationships..

Change is all around us

and we may as well
get used to it and
……accept it and
…………………even run toward it

with appreciation and anticipation.

@Joan Walker 12/29/13


#smallstone 4 — 1/4/2014


Why aren’t you tucked away,

feasting on your secret stash of nuts

instead of dashing madly

from tree to tree

as if you’ve forgotten

just where you left them.”


“Inquistive squirrel

pausing in his mad dash

from tree to tree, glaring,

as he spied me picking up pecans.

‘Mine  — all mine,’

he chattered angrily at me.

#smallstone 3 — 1/3/2014

 The chill air captured me immediately as I opened the door, yet  still I ventured forth. I shivered, hugging my arms close to me, bending down to greet the cats who came running, thinking that I had food. I did not. I tried to coax the shyer one to me, but she was having none of it. “No food; no hugs,” she seemed to say.


Regretfully, since my toes were now icicles and my ears felt as if they were close to breaking off, I retreated back inside to the warmth. “No wonder”, my husband told me, “What did you expect when you stepped outside, barefoot and without a sweater.”

Deer Posing for picture ?

Deer Posing for picture ?

This was taken on Mt. Nebo, the same week that my first photo was taken. Even though we were iced in, it did not keep the deer from coming around and passing through the yard of the cabin where we were staying. It did seem as if the deer were posing and the doe was grooming her child for the picture.

Actually, there are three deer there but only two were bunched close together; that was an incredibly touching sight for us and very moving…this was the third time we saw the deer, but the first time that the doe had stopped and was busily grooming the other deer….we were standing there in the window going ooooh and ahhhhhh, oh, wow.

I didn’t think I was able to get a shot of this, because about that time my camera lost charge. Of course, isn’t that always the way it happens. At least for me, it seems to be. I actually got two more shots in but though you could make out the deer, it looked as if there was a white fog over the shot. The first time we saw the deer was the first afternoon we were there, and we just happened to glance out the big back windows out over the deck and we saw about six or seven deer just casually walking across the yard. Of course, my camera was not handy, so I missed that shot, but I am hoping that my sister sends me one of that. The last deer just stopped, as if pausing or posing for the camera — then walked on casually as if to say, “okay, you had your chance……I am tired of being cute for the day, so I am going to look for some food.” *grin* 🙂

Actually, I had the feeling that as the deer in the picture walked off, the mother deer was muttering under her breath, “Okay, that was a total waste of one of our best tourist bits; I know they were there, staring at us, and taking pictures of us, so why not come out and bring us food. I can’t believe they totally blew off one of our best moves. Hmmmph!! Silly humans, anyway. ”

Okay, I am bad about putting words in animals mouths, but it sure seemed as if that would be what the doe was saying as she stalked off? Well, okay, maybe not stalked, for she was still very gracefully picking her way over the ice.

What a miraculous and awesome five days those were for us and what wonderful memories we made.

Sunrise over Spring Mountain

Sunrise over Spring Mountain

the photo is taken from Mt. Nebo, Arkansas, during the recent ice storm. We had arrived just as the ice was moving in, so we were iced in for five days.

This was actually taken the morning that we were getting ready to leave. I do have a picture of the sunrise but this shows how it looked just after the sun rose and then went back behind a cloud or perhaps it was fog.

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