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connecting things

well spoken, Steve Jobs:

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”


river love

i’m no kayaker, but his love for rivers – and maybe especially this river – resonates deep in me. just watching, my heart beats faster as it would meeting a love of mine. i’m always amazed by the emotion river evokes in me. i know these rapids as dear friends and playmates. in fact, i know some of these specific holes and waves as if they were in my back yard. whew. my smile doesn’t have room on my face.

it’s fun to be able to share it even in such a small way. what a wild trip he must have had.

** my most recent trip through the grand canyon was in april of last year. it’s also the trip when i experienced my first flip at the oars (second over all) – in Upset Rapid. watch for it at 7:50.


importance of mystery

“Some things were too mysterious for words…In this world are very few things made from logic alone. It is illogical for man to be too logical. Some things we must just let stand. The mystery is more important than any possible explanation. The searcher after truth must search with humanity. Ruthless logic is the sign of a limited mind. The truth can only add to the sum of what you know, while a harmless mystery left unexplored often adds to the meaning of life. When a truth is not so important, it is better left as a mystery.” – Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

a certain kind of eden

A Certain Kind of Eden

It seems like you could, but
you can’t go back and pull
the roots and runners and replant.
It’s all too deep for that.
You’ve overprized intention,
have mistaken any bent you’re given
for control. You thought you chose
the bean and chose the soil.
You even thought you abandoned
one or two gardens. But those things
keep growing where we put them—
if we put them at all.
A certain kind of Eden holds us thrall.
Even the one vine that tendrils out alone
in time turns on its own impulse,
twisting back down its upward course
a strong and then a stronger rope,
the greenest saddest strongest
kind of hope.

again, thank you gill. or sister of gill. or both.

the mechanics of beginning a story

the mechanics of beginning a story

the slightest things

“Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives. There merest breath of a circumstance. A random moment that connects like a meteorite striking the Earth. Lives have swiveled and changed direction on a chance remark.”  – Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

This particular truth has always made me feel like I could levitate, but to have it spoken so beautifully has, so far, been the highlight of my week. I like the practice of enjoying a moment, and then tracing back through decisions and events and speculating on how easily a moment in my life could have been entirely different. And without thinking about whether any one possibility as best, better, or worst, I feel the gratitude fill me for what is, for what has been, and for what will be. Isn’t it wonderful to relinquish control? After all, its always been the slightest things that have made the biggest difference.

Thanks, Gill, for suggesting the read.

THE time

“When you are peering deep inside at what it is you truly want it is definitely not a time to limit those desires by what other people have done, or think is possible in this world.  It is THE time to believe that EVERYTHING is possible.” -L.C.

(a wise friend’s response to my fears regarding whether being a surgeon and a present wife & mother is possible)



Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
-Kahlil Gibran

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