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The Music of a Different Drummer

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, no matter how measured or far away.

–Henry David Thoreau

On the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth, this view from northern Michigan’s forest primeval.

Pigeon River Forest, Michigan

Photo Challenge, Security: Memories of Lazy July Afternoons

In long ago July days, security was the gentle  sound of water lapping at the shores of this Michigan river, where my grandparents’ love enfolded me during lazy summer vacations…

Photo Challenge:  Secure   

au sable river, michigan

Au Sable River, Michigan

or the busy sound of this brook rushing over rocks…


pine river, michigan

…or the crunch of gravel under tires on rustic back roads.

Pigeon River Forest, Michigan

Divine Spark in Melody

Last night, I went to see the Detroit Symphony Orchestra play one of my favorite pieces, Beethoven’s 6th, or Pastorale.  The Michigan climate did not mirror the music–the April evening was more like February, complete with snow and blustery winds.  The music, by contrast, brought a warm glow to the hall.  The sublime melodies of Beethoven not only foretold spring and summer days to come, but gave voice, if only briefly, to that spark of Divinity we can touch if we are open to it.

kensington park, michigan

Kensington Park, Michigan in July