Sunset and Steps

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As every flower fades and as all youth
Departs, so life at every stage,
So every virtue, so our grasp of truth,
Blooms in its day and may not last forever.
Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give.
In all beginnings dwells a magic force
For guarding us and helping us to live.
Serenely let us move to distant places
And let no sentiments of home detain us.

The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces.
If we accept a home of our own making,
Familiar habit makes for indolence.
We must prepare for parting and leave-taking
Or else remain the slave of permanence.
Even the hour of our death may send
Us speeding on to fresh and newer spaces,
And life may summon us to newer races.
So be it, heart: bid farewell without end.

Hermann Hesse, German Swiss Poet, novelist and                                                                                 painter.  1877 – 1962

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Travel Theme: Autumn

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Let the chips leaves fall where they may…

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,—
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band….
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky….

George Cooper- American Poet, 1840-1927   (from  “October’s Party”)

Travel Theme: (Magic) Numbers

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Saturday in the inner cities, brings out the creative cash collectors.

Some of these numbers make you wonder just how it works, it is less of an optical illusion and more of a little physics.

Kids watch in awe while, adults ponder the possibilities of pulling it off.

Levitation: Is the process by which an object is suspended by a physical force against gravity , in a stable position without* solid physical contact.

* In this particular illusion, the guy literally has a “stick” up his arm which leads to the “lump” in his backside, which hides the counter weight to pull of the trick(it took me a while to figure it out…)

For creativity, I give this number a 10/10.

Travel Theme: Numbers (8+1)

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Rowing Facts:

Rowing has one of the oldest traditions, it’s beginnings a method of transport and warfare, has become a sport with a very wide following and is a part of the cultural identity of the English speaking world.

Eight-oared shells are about 18 meters long.

An eight carries more than three-quarters of a ton and can weigh as little as 200 pounds

Physiologically, rowers are superb examples of physical conditioning. Cross-country skiers and long distance speed skaters are comparable in terms of the physical demands the sport places on the athletes.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

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Sun light

through the trees

casts

dark lines,

deep shadows.

The sudden

song of birds

enchanting

yet alarming.

The tang

of rotting leaves

alluring

yet repulsive.

The gate

both an

entrance

and an exit.

Conviction

offers

liberation

as well as

captivity.

At the threshold

a capacity

to touch

and be touched.

Sonnenlicht

durch die Bäume

wirft

dunkle Linien,

tiefe Schatten.

Der plötzliche

Gesang der Vögel,

bezaubernd

sowie alarmierend.

Der Geruch


verrottender Blätter,

verführerisch

und doch abstoßend.

Das Tor,

sowohl 

Eingang,

als auch Ausgang.

Überzeugung

bietet

Befreiung,

wie auch

Gefangenschaft.

Auf der Schwelle,

die Kapazität

zu berühren

und berührt werden.