Photos ~ First Day of Fall, Gig Harbor, WA ~ Sep 2020

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~ Unknown

“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” ~ Shira Tamir

Quotes ~ Journeys ~ Photos

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us ~ Marcel Proust

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome ~ Arthur Ashe

The only journey is the one within ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

In school, I could hear the leaves rustle and go on a journey ~ Clint Eastwood

Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages ~ James Madison

The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, who has started upon his quest for the source of his being ~ Dag Hammarskjold

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

Favorite Photos ~ Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine ~ Pacific Palisades, CA

One of my favorite places to walk about when I visit the Los Angeles area is the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine near Malibu, on Sunset Blvd. As I was not able to visit LA this year, thought I’d share some favorite photos of this beautiful site that I’ve taken the past several years.

Should you have the opportunity to visit now, please do check their site as due to the corona virus, reservations are now necessary. https://lakeshrine.org/

I am eagerly looking forward to visiting next year. It’s a marvelous place to take the time to stop and smell the roses, meditate and breathe in the beauty. Save time to explore their gift shop where you may find special treasures.

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things ~ Henry Miller

Cat Quotes ~ Jameson ~ A Beautiful Cat Who Loves to Nap and Relax

If cats could talk, they wouldn’t ~Nan Porter

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats. ~Albert Schweitzer

Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia. ~Joseph Wood Krutch

The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it. ~Doug Larson

Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience. ~Pam Brown

Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives. ~Stephen Baker

Quotes ~ About Trees ~ Photos

Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky ~ Kahlil Gibran

Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish ~ Munia Khan

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world ~ John Muir

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year ~ Chad Sugg

Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness ~ Herman Hesse

To really feel a forest canopy one must use different senses, and often the most useful one is the sense of imagination ~ Joan Maloof

Trees are as close to immortality as the rest of us ever come ~ Karen Joy Fowler

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike ~ Paulo Coelho

Armchair Traveler ~ Ancient Greece

As an armchair traveler, your only limit is your imagination. You can explore not only contemporary, world-wide destinations, but also different times. Be a time-traveler and let’s journey to Ancient Greece.

You can start your adventure viewing some of the many fascinating videos on YouTube. Search “Ancient Greece” or narrow it down to Delphi or the Acropolis. You may find some so intriguing that you will subscribe. And don’t forget to check out the Ancient Greek language videos on YouTube.

A favorite book when I want to renew my acquaintance with Ancient Greece, plus gaze at modern day photos, is “The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece” (General Editor: Carlos Gomez). There is a wealth of information that will keep the reader enthralled for many hours. There are photos below to give you an idea of its contents.

Your journeys exploring the ancient world may well lead you to explore and perhaps plan a journey to present day Greece and its islands.

As an aside, my first journey to Europe was to Greece (primarily Athens, Corinth and Delphi) and Rome. This trip with a friend has very special memories, including a terrific dinner in Athens with a spectacular view of the Acropolis and being at Delphi and feeling the presence of the Gods. It is a mystical place, well worth a visit – even if for now, it is only via YouTube or books.

And of course, while you are exploring Ancient Greece online and with reading material, take time to discover Greek food (Moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, as a start), crisp Greek wine, its incredible history, the origins of western philosophy … you get the idea! Immerse yourself in your armchair traveler country of a different era … explore the possibilities.

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things ~ Henry Miller

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man ~ Heraclitus

 True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us ~ Socrates

 Know thyself ~ (inscribed at Temple of Apollo at Delphi over 2,000 years ago)