It is officially summer! I am excited because it’s my favorite time of year. I love all things summer, even the heat. Summer always seems so much shorter than the other seasons, and this year, I plan on making each day last as long as possible.
To celebrate, I created a free summer printable for you about the tides, the ocean, and the sea. You can download the .jpg file by clicking on the image above. A .pdf file, sized 8 1/2 x 11″, can be downloaded by clicking here.
Enjoy, and feel free to share with your audience, feeds, and friends.
What an emotional roller coaster of a week, and a paradoxical one at that. It is quite a week of new beginnings, both intentional and unexpected, for so many. There’s the happiness of graduations and the sadness of immense loss. There are those spouting judgment and those calling for compassion. There are the helpers and the hinderers. I am trying to wrap my head around the state of so-called society and civilization we all live in, and I have not liked most of what I have seen this week. I believe it’s time to put the human back in humanity, and instead of just saying that as an empty phrase, I’m working out an idea that might help. Somebody’s got to do something, and while my idea might be small, perhaps it will be the push many of us need to overcome the negativity and just be there with each other and for each other, sans judgment and shaming. More to come…
This weekend’s roundup of links has a beach/shore/summer feel to it, as it’s finally my favorite time of year and we all need a bit of a mental escape right about now. Enjoy and please check back often as I will be posting more now that summer is here…
And just like that, April is over. One-third of the year is behind us, but I believe the best is ahead of us. I’m feeling a little more grounded this week, more focused and more positive. I love seeing the beautiful cherry trees in bloom, as well as the leaves sprouting and the clover growing. I already need to mow the lawn, which is a sure sign that spring is doing its thing. The goldfinches have changed to their vibrant yellow summer feathers, and the house finches are as red as ever. It’s a great time of year, one of my favorites!
Today’s blog photo gives a clue as to some of my exciting plans for the summer, which I can finally talk about since the reservations have been made. Sometime during the week of August 14, I WILL be sitting on the James Joyce Balcony at Bewley’s Oriental Cafe in Dublin. The cosmos (along with a special spirit) are leading me there with a mission, and there will be a lot more coming about this amazing journey.
Hope you enjoy some of these interesting links I saved for you this week!
I am pleased to share that SoulSEAker now has a monthly newsletter! Newsletter content will be a bit more personal than what I post here on the blog. Also, if you sign up, you will receive a free electronic copy of my new book, Escape: Lessons from the Sea, containing soothing beach photos I’ve taken over the years, along with tidbits of wisdom from the sea.It will be sent as a .pdf file within 48 hours of signing up.
Fresh off the presses! I am pleased to share that SoulSEAker now has a monthly newsletter! Enjoy content that will be a bit more personal than what I post here on the blog. Also, if you sign up, you will receive a free electronic copy of my new book, Escape: Lessons from the Sea. It will be sent as a .pdf file within a day or two of signing up.
Another week in the books, and it went by so fast. I am still adjusting to my schedule, and it sure seems like there aren’t as many hours in the day as there were before for some reason. Here’s my roundup of interesting links from the week. As I am heading out to celebrate the life of a friend today, I ask that you hug those closest to you and let them know how much they mean to you. You never know when it is going to be too late. The Links:
DISCLAIMER: Unless otherwise stated, I do not endorse any product or service in any of the links I provide. I merely found the page to be interesting in some way, and thought you also might find it interesting or that you might learn something from it.
One of my favorite writers/authors is journalist Bob Greene. I have been a fan since I was in high school, a mere 26-plus years ago.
During the summer, some of my favorite books make their way into my reading rotation, four of which are by Greene (and yes, I’m a HUGE creature of habit and most times would rather re-read a book I’ve read a hundred times rather than read something new…one of my many quirks…and it’s tough to read for pleasure during the school year).
“Once someone told me that we should regard the best moments in our lives as pebbles in a jar. The assumption should be that the pebbles are finite – even if we can’t count them by looking into the jar, we should assume that one day they will run out. We should withdraw them with care, one by one, never doing it by rote or distractedly. If we withdraw them too rapidly, we are being greedy, and will hasten the day when they are gone; if we hoard them, if we are miserly in keeping them in the jar, then we will rob ourselves of the experiences the good things should give us.
So it is with summers. If all of life were summer, then our world would have no texture, no context. Summer would not taste the way it does if we thought it would last forever. There’s no perfect way to remove the pebbles, no foolproof timetable. The closest we can come to perfection is to know just how precious those pebbles are, and to value each one.
I know that Jan [Berry] did. More than anyone I think I have ever known, he never took a single one of those pebbles for granted. He withdrew each one of them from life’s jar with gratitude, and with love.
The plane lifted off. Savor every day, every summer night.” (Greene, Bob. When We Get To Surf City: A Journey Through America in Pursuit of Rock and Roll, Friendship and Dreams. New York: St. Marten’s Press, 1998.)
When I want to really remember a moment, I will take a rock or a seashell from where I am, write the date on it with a Sharpie when I get home, and put it in my memory jar. In addition to taking the pebbles out and using them, like Greene describes, I also add trinkets that are now memories to my jar.
For the pebbles I have spent, the memories I have collected, and the pebbles left in my jar, I am eternally grateful.
With only a few weeks left in summer, my wish to you is that YOU savor every day, and every summer night. Use a pebble, then replace it as a memory.
What a whirlwind of a week! I will be writing about all of my wonderful excursions and lessons I’ve learned over the past few days in upcoming posts. Until then, enjoy these Internet finds when you are tooling around or just need a break.