Believing is Seeing

I wouldn’t have seen it, if I hadn’t believed it.
Marshall McLuhan

Hartwick Pines, Michigan

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Knowing Yourself and Patience

The more you know yourself,
the more patience you have for what you see in others.

Erik Erikson

Michigan, early autumn

Gift from Athena

Athena sent them a favorable wind, a strong-blowing West wind that sang over the wine dark sea.
The Odyssey

 

Summer musings on a gray November day:  one of Michigan’s inland “seas,” Lake Michigan, the dunes that line her leeward shore, and the visitors who play there at the invitation of  warm temperatures and blue skies.

Warren Dunes and Lake Michigan

Warren Dunes and Lake Michigan

A World in a….Drop of Water

This day, in 1757, William Blake was born

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
—William Blake

Or, he might have said, in a drop of water, suspended in time on its path  between underground springs and the great river which is its destiny.

Iargo Springs, Michigan

Last Full Measure of Devotion

155 years ago today, Lincoln spoke briefly at the national cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The Civil War’s greatest battle  had taken place there several months before Lincoln’s Address, now considered perhaps the greatest speech in American history, though it lasted just over two minutes.  It was reported that a group of battle-tested soldiers wept as Lincoln acknowledged the nation’s debt to them.
“…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…” I’ve visited several times, and each time get a little choked up reading Lincoln’s words in the palpable presence of those who gave their last full measure of devotion.