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Thinking About Work On the Day After Labor Day

My son's band performing to a full house in Toronto

My son’s band performing to a full house in Toronto

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs

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My colleagues in the English department of the highschool where I taught in Hong Kong

Motivation comes from working on things we care about….with people we care about. 
― Sheryl Sandberg

My Dad putting in the dock at our family cottage at Moose Lake

My Dad putting in the dock at our family cottage at Moose Lake

We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work
― Thomas A. Edison

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My husband with a sculpture called Coolies Take A Break in Singapore

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.       -Anne Lamont

With one of my students at the tutoring centre where we worked in Jamaica

With one of my students from the tutoring centre in Jamaica

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.
― Plato, The Republic

My daughter-in-law with her patients in South Africa

My daughter-in-law with her patients in South Africa

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. 
― Theodore Roosevelt

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My son with the highschool basketball team he coached

Whatever your life’s work do it well. -Martin Luther King

My daughter-in-law conducting her boys choir

My daughter-in-law conducting her boys’ choir

Let what you love be what you do.  – Rumi

My father-in-law tending his greenhouse plants

My father-in-law tending his greenhouse plants

Without work nothing prospers. – Sophocles

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The Pool of Bethesda

Housework

Visiting a Teacher in Borneo

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Costa Rica Inspiration

iguana costa ricaIt is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.      Charles Darwin

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Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.      Nathaniel Hawthorne

river costa ricaEventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it. – Norman Maclean

grove of treesWhen you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees….. shutting out the sky with their thickly inter-twined branches, does not………… the stillness of the place………. strike you with the presence of a deity?    Senecabirds' eye costa rica

Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. Stephen Kinghorses costa ricaHorses bring us in contact with the elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. -Sharon Ralls Lemon

clouds costa ricaI’ve looked at clouds from both sides now. – Joni Mitchell (click on the photo to see a video I made of clouds moving across the cloud forest)

rainbow arc costa ricaLife is full of wonders, but you can’t have rainbows without rain.  O.S. Hickman flower bush costa ricaThe earth laughs in flowers.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

IMG_2435Leaf shelter- the tentative crosswise cover which a thousand light ideas give.  Josephine Miles

Other posts…….

Tree Inspiration

Inspiration in Quebec City

Elegant Words

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Inspiration at The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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Mask by Alfred Pellan -photographed at the The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.
― André Berthiaume

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Quebec Village – St. Hilarion- By Arthur Lismer – photographed at the The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. -Stanley Horowitz

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36 Shades of Grey by Fernand Leduc- photographed at the The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

When I learned about the gray existing between the black and white of absolute terms, I began to experience more peace. The more I expanded my gray areas, the more peace I experienced in my life. ― David W. Earle

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The Little Anglers by Napoleon Bourassa-photographed at the The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. ~Washington Irving

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The Good Samaritan by Charles Huot- photographed at the The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Not everyone is your brother or sister in faith, but everyone is your neighbour, and you must love your neighbour.― Timothy Keller

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Portrait of a Seated Young Woman by Prudence Heward-photographed at the The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself. -Plato

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Drunkeness by Alfred Pellan-photographed at the The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Ignorance is a lot like alcohol: the more you have of it, the less you are able to see its effect on you. ― Jay M. Bylsma

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Turned Towards the Cosmos by Jean Paul Lemieux-photographed at the The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Ye stars! Which are the poetry of heaven. -Lord Byron

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Quebec City Inspiration

Lynch Family and Lead Belly

The Beginning and End of Life

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Elegant Words

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery is an excellent read.  Here are some illustrated quotes from her book. 

At the Museum of Modern Art in New York

At the Museum of Modern Art in New York

What does art do for us? It gives shape to our emotions, makes them visible, and, in so doing, places a seal of eternity upon them.

Women on a beach in Borneo

Women on a beach in Borneo

The peace of mind one experiences on one’s own, one’s certainty of self in the serenity of solitude, are nothing in comparison to the release and openness and fluency one shares with another, in close companionship.

At a tea ceremony in Hong Kong with my Mom

At a tea ceremony in Hong Kong with my Mom

The tea ritual……. has the extraordinary virtue of introducing into the absurdity of our lives an aperture of serene harmony.

My favorite Winnipeg band Royal Canoe

My favorite Winnipeg band Royal Canoe

In the end, I wonder if the true movement of the world might not be a voice raised in song.

Hiking in Akaka Falls State Park Hawaii

Hiking in Akaka Falls State Park Hawaii

There’s so much humanity in a love of trees, so much nostalgia for our first sense of wonder, so much power in just feeling our own insignificance when we are surrounded by nature…

Dave's Mom with one of the Royal Doulton Figurines she loved to collect

Dave’s Mom with one of the Royal Doulton figurines she collected

Beautiful things should belong to beautiful souls.

Woman praying amid a crowd at the Wailing Wall

Woman praying amid a crowd at the Wailing Wall

Those who seek eternity find solitude. 

Along Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto

Cherry blossoms along Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto

Perhaps the Japanese have learned that you can only savor a pleasure when you know it is ephemeral and unique

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Rise Again

Behind Every Pair of Eyes

Inspiration in Sioux Lookout Ontario

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On Love and Courage

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You don’t find love. It finds you. -Anais Nin

woman on camelLife shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin

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Meeting Wayan From Eat Pray Love

Dancing in Shang rila

A Listening Love

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Easter Inspiration at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory

 

And then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils  -William Wordsworth

The magic is inside you. There ain’t no crystal ball.  -Dolly Parton

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.   – Buddha

Elephants walk as if they have music being piped into their ears that no one else hears. -Jodi Picoult

The earth laughs in flowers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

If there is a single lesson that life teaches us it is that wishing doesn’t make it so. Lev Grossman

Are not flowers the stars of the earth? -Clara Lucas Balfour

Just like hopes springing high… still I rise. -Maya Angelou

If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul. ― MohammadA kind heart is a fountain of gladness. -Washington IrvingConsider the lilies….. how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. -Matthew 6: 28-29

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Flower Inspiration

Australia Inspiration

Fiji Inspiration

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Inspiration on a Walk in Sedona

arched tree trunk sedona cathedral rockAll experience is an arch to build on. – Henry Adams

above ground tree rootsFor a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots.- Nietzschephotographers at cathedral rockYou don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. ― Ansel Adams

woods near cathedral rock sedonaThe woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep- Robert Frosthollow log sedonaDead trees are homes for birds, insects, animals, flora and fauna. Dead trees are full of life. – Mother Earth Newslog bridge cathedral walk sedonaThe hardest thing in life is to decide which bridges to cross. – David Russellfoot print in the sandIf you have a footprint be happy because it means you are not a shadow. -Mehmet Murat ildanwater wheel on cathedral rock hikePeople think life is a ladder but its really a wheel. – Charles De Lintriver cathedral rock

If it weren’t for the rocks in its bed the stream would have no song. – Carl Perkinstree cathedral rock sedonaBe strong enough to stand alone. – Mark Amend

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