Friday, August 31, 2012


RIC_9059-2 by rchoephoto
RIC_9059-2, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Not everyone can become a great artist,
     but a great artist can come from everywhere. 

        Anton Ego, Ratatouille (movie by Pixar)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


RIC_9215-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9215-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want
of a little courage. 

Sidney Smith

Monday, August 27, 2012

For Peace

Five Oaks Island 2 by rchoephoto
Five Oaks Island 2, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     If there is
     a divine spark
     that is in me,
     let it flame;
     that I might be
     for peace.

        Erice Fairbrother

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Pebbles by rchoephoto
Pebbles, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Wisdom is slippery.
It comes in many forms and guises.
Sometimes it is intermingled with a certain amount of unwisdom.

Henry Alford,

How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Fancy Rider, Paris, Ontario by rchoephoto
Fancy Rider, Paris, Ontario, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

The danger of framing 
leisure in terms of work is
that we begin to assume
that leisure exists merely
to refresh us so that we
get back on the job.

Cecile Andres,
Slow is Beautiful: New Vision of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre

Friday, August 24, 2012


Cloudy Day 7 by rchoephoto
Cloudy Day 7, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

If you gaze long enough into an abyss,
the abyss gazes into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Winged Clouds by rchoephoto
Winged Clouds, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     There are two ways to live your life.
     One is as though nothing is a miracle.
     The other is as though everything is a miracle.

        Albert Einstein

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Loving, Hopeful & Optimistic

RC1_9263 by rchoephoto
RC1_9263, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

Jack Layton [July 18, 1950 – August 22, 2011], his last letter to Canada in 2011

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Sky Blue Sky by rchoephoto
Sky Blue Sky, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     I pray shalom
     for you
     that you wake
     each day
     eager to meet

        Isobel De Gruchy

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Savoury Grounds 3a by rchoephoto
Savoury Grounds 3a, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     The camera is an instrument that teaches people
     how to see without a camera.

        Dorothea Lange

Saturday, August 18, 2012


Wet Lamp by rchoephoto
Wet Lamp, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Learn and obey the rules very well, so you will know how to break them properly.

The Dalai Lama

Friday, August 17, 2012


     You cannot depend on your eyes
     when your imagination is out of focus.

        Mark Twain

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Night Light by rchoephoto
Night Light, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Second Naiveté

Flowers on Scarborough Road #3 by rchoephoto
Flowers on Scarborough Road #3, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Beyond rational and critical thinking, we need to be called
     again. This can lead to the discovery of a "second naiveté,'
     which is a return to the joy of our first naiveté, but now
     totally new, inclusive, and mature thinking.

        Paul Ricoeur

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012


Five Oaks 78 by rchoephoto
Five Oaks 78, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     May the eyes of your heart be enlightened.

        Ephesians 1:18

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Five Oaks 6 by rchoephoto
Five Oaks 6, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Perseverance is the name of the path that leads
     from uncertainty to celebration.

        Mary Anne Radmacher,
        Honey in Your Heart: Ways to See and Savor the Simple Good Things

Friday, August 10, 2012

You are

Five Oaks 54 by rchoephoto
Five Oaks 54, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

You are your compassionate purpose,
made visible in the world.

Mary Anne Radmacher,
Honey in Your Heart: Ways to See and Savor the Simple Good Things

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Short Memory

RIC_2263 by rchoephoto
RIC_2263, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

A lot of people mistake a short memory
for a clear conscience. 
Doug Larson

     On August 9, 1945, Nagasaki was the target of the United States' second atomic bomb 
     attack at 11:02 a.m., when the north of the city was destroyed and an estimated 70,000
     people were killed by the bomb. According to statistics found within Nagasaki Peace Park, the
     death toll from the atomic bombing totalled 73,884, including 2,000 Korean forced workers
     and eight POWs, as well as another 74,909 injured, and another several hundred thousand
     diseased and dying due to fallout and other illness caused by radiation. [from Wikipedia]

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Five Oaks 1 by rchoephoto

Five Oaks 1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

A sentence of words is a marvelous thing. Words reveal. We are presented with reality, with truth that makes our world larger, our relations richer. Words get us out of ourselves and into a responsive relationship with a larger world of time and space, things and people.

Eugene Peterson, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

What must I myself keep on remembering?

RIC_5746-1 b/w by rchoephoto
RIC_5746-1 b/w, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

In this age of nuclear weapons, when their power gets more attention than the misery they cause, and when human events increasingly revolve around their production and proliferation, what must we Japanese try to remember? Or more pointedly, what must I myself remember and keep on remembering?

Kenzaburo Oe, Hiroshima Notes

On Monday, August 6, 1945 the Atomic Bomb was dropped by the United States Army Air Forces on Hiroshima. The Cenotaph, an arched tomb for those who died because of the bomb either because of the initial blast or exposure to radiation, in Hiroshima holds a register of over 220,000 names.* It is not clear how many more have died due to the Atom Bomb dropped in Hiroshima.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Five Oaks 42 by rchoephoto
Five Oaks 42, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Long Life.
     Honey in the Heart.
     No Evil.
     Thirteen Thank You's.

        Guatemalan Native Blessing

Friday, August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Sleeping Angel 2 by rchoephoto
Sleeping Angel 2, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Yet without community there is certainly no
     liberation, no future, only the most vulnerable and
     temporary armistice between me and my

        Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals