Tag Archives: Life

“…Seeks to Understand Other Men and Women…”

The spirit of liberty is the spirit that is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit that weighs their interests alongside its own without bias.

Judge Learned Hand, 1944

…and alas a spirit that is noticeably absent from the current
political and cultural landscape of the United States.

Photo Challenge, Satisfaction: A Summer Sun’s Invitation

Always satisfying when the summer sun sends you an invitation to walk out on a woodland train, and the more so when awaiting you at the end of the trail is a pond mirroring the sky.

Photo Challenge:  Satisfaction 

The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.

-Erik Erikson


Photo Challenge, Satisfaction: Watching the Seasons on Parade


The changing of the seasons is a satisfying perk  for Michigan natives, as these scenes from a nearby lake show.

Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower.

–Albert Camus


Photo Challenge:  Satisfaction  



newburgh lake, michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Photo Challenge, Satisfaction: Serenity Coasting on the Summer Breeze

 A broad river mirroring a summer sky or a two-track lane’s invitation to explore a pine forest  each whisper satisfaction to me.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

Henry David Thoreau


Photo Challenge:  Satisfaction 


au sable river, michigan

Au Sable River, Michigan

Pigeon River forest. Michigan


Photo Challenge, Unusual: A European Time Traveler Visits Michigan

Time-traveler Sophia, Princess Palatine, left her home in 17th century Netherlands to visit one of my favorite parks in 21st century suburban Detroit as part of the Institute of Arts’ novel advertising campaign.  She seems to be enjoying the floral bloom of spring.

Photo Challenge:  Unusual

Photo Challenge: Delta Ducklings

These little guys are a month or so late arriving; they’re tiny enough to float on lily pads.   But, they still represent the change of generations.  It’s just that their mother has apparently mistaken July for May.

Photo Challenge:  Delta 


Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Late arrivals–Newburgh Lake, Michigan