stand there


Mo looking at half dome
From my road trip archives: My friend Monica gazing at Half Dome in Yosemite NP after we hiked 4.5 miles up to Glacier Point; since it was past Nov. 1st, the access road was closed for the season, and the only way for us to gain this incredible vantage point was by foot.


  1. That is absolutely breathtaking! I love the quote as well, that is one of my favorite things about living by bike-I can’t rush around from place to place. I am learning to live a calmer life, biking gives me time to think, pray and have a place just “to be”. Great reminder, thank you 😀

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    1. Yes, I bet the biking lifestyle sure does help contribute to this mindset of just being present! – or “mindfulness,” as some more contemplative traditions would call it. I came across this quote yesterday in the book “Two-Part Invention” by Madeleine L’Engle, who said that a friend of hers had a coffee mug w/ these words printed on it. (Incidentally, my friend who’s featured in this photo gave me a pretty sweet coffee mug that simply says “Breathe.” on it as a gift a few years ago.) This quote about just standing there also made me think of another that someone told my senior lit. seminar a few years back: “Remember, you are a Human BEING, not a Human Doing.” M.L’Engle’s philosophy, as far as I can tell from her writing, would certainly affirm this, too.


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