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Groningen, Netherlands by SKYE user hansolo

Groningen, Netherlands by SKYE user hansolo

Jerusalem, Israel by SKYE user simsim

Jerusalem, Israel by SKYE user simsim

SKYE user rtsnance (me!)

SKYE user rtsnance (me!)

SKYE user LoganWing

SKYE user LoganWing

Waterloo, ON by SKYE user Joel Mieske

Waterloo, ON by SKYE user Joel Mieske

SKYE user timbo

SKYE user timbo

SKYE user John McCarthy

SKYE user John McCarthy

I've snuck one of my photos into this batch.


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POTD - Peonies by Mary Oliver

photo by flickr/Jessy Roos

photo by flickr/Jessy Roos

Peonies

by Mary Oliver

This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
to break my heart
as the sun rises, 
as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers

and they open —
pools of lace, 
white and pink —
and all day the black ants climb over them,

boring their deep and mysterious holes
into the curls, 
craving the sweet sap, 
taking it away

to their dark, underground cities —
and all day
under the shifty wind, 
as in a dance to the great wedding,

the flowers bend their bright bodies, 
and tip their fragrance to the air, 
and rise, 
their red stems holding

all that dampness and recklessness 
gladly and lightly, 
and there it is again — 
beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open. 
Do you love this world? 
Do you cherish your humble and silky life? 
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden, 
and softly, 
and exclaiming of their dearness, 
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling, 
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?

Mary Oliver will certainly be a poet I often reach for. She is a fearless and talented student of the world.


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2 - Insane Cliff Jump Rope Swing Video

On the whole, my adventure index is fairly low. Certainly in comparison with these CRAZIES!

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