october views: lingering in happiness




This in-between time when the weather can't quiet make up its mind yet. And once again, I'm chasing the sun, seabound. A guy with his guitar, serenading the sunset, may be one of the sweetest things I've heard in awhile.

The type of work that I do involves dealing with other people's suffering and sometimes its easy to get weighed down by it all. But I have to dwell on the things that bring me joy or I'll end up going home feeling tired and defeated all the time.

Tonight, I had such a wonderful evening hearing Mary Oliver read her poetry at a local theater. She is truly a gifted writer and I am still floating in the air, my heart full with everything that she shared with us. I never even knew about this reading until today, only to find out that the tickets were already sold out. But I called the box office anyway and what do you know, someone donated a ticket this afternoon and I got the last one!

When she read one of my favorites, Wild Geese, I had tears streaming down my face. Her words still ring so true to me as when I first read it, especially these lines:

"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things."

Big hugs, my friends. I hope the sun is also shining where you are.


  1. i love that second photo, so beautiful.

  2. Beautiful Odessa! The last pic is breathtaking.

    Camila Faria

  3. (i AM wearing pants in that picture! i AM!)
    can't believe you saw Mary Oliverrr...my golly. where?

  4. this post is a gem odessa, both in words and images. but the words linger the most. hugs right back to you.

  5. hello there,
    wow, you were meant to be there.

    oh that's a beautiful excerpt... in the family of things... sigh

  6. sarah, camila, hila -- thank you, ladies. glad you liked it.

    holly, i saw mary oliver at the hearbst theater in van ness. she is amazing.

    monica, hello to you too. thanks for visiting.