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“…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

July 4th: “That Which Makes Life Worthwhile”

au sable river, michigan

Au Sable River, Michigan

On this 4th of July, a few words on America’s real wealth, from Robert Kennedy in his 1968 presidential campaign:

Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials.

The GNP measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.

And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.

Photo Challenge, Earth: Nature’s Kindred Touch

Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every hillside, every valley, every clearing and wood, is holy in the memory and experience of my people. Even those unspeaking stones along the shore are loud with event and memories in the life of my people.  Our bare feet know the kindred touch. The earth is rich with the lives of our kin.

Chief Seattle, 1854

Photo Challenge:  Earth  

 

Au Sable River, Michigan

Photo Challenge: Consider the Lilies of the Water

Consider the lilies of the field (or water), how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Matthew, 6:28

Michigan’s summer treasures include an  abundance of green, which often floats on local lakes as well as carpeting the land.

Photo Challenge:  Green 

 

Kensington Park, Michigan