Friday, May 30, 2014

Fresh air, gentle soul and warrior for peace

- Spotted in the New York Times Book Review:  “My father was a very disciplined and punctual man; it was a prerequisite for his creativity. . . . No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk and then work, he’d say, because the demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air.” — The novelist Linn Ullmann, in an interview with Vogue, discussing the influence of her father, the filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.  Good advice, that.

- As you can see, my head is still in the mountains.  I am always struck by the sheer niceness of everyone I meet there.  There was even a polite and well-trained dog, all alone, along the road on the drive back to the house.  As I approached, he flattened in place on the side of the road, until I passed.  When I looked in my rear view mirror, he had stood up again and was on his way.

- There have been many tributes to Dr. Maya Angelou, during the last few days since her passing, but I love the words of her family, about her passing, "She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace."  I can't think of a better description than that.

Photo 1 - the walking path alongside Chatuge Dam on Lake Chatuge, Hayesville, NC side.  Photo 2 - beside the Hiwassee River.  Photo 3 - taken at the antique shop in old town Lilburn, Georgia, that I frequent on Saturday mornings near home.  Time to go to work, but it's the weekend!  Hope you have a wonderful one, my friends.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn .. wonderful photos and glad the dog worked out what to do .. and all was well.

Maya Angelou's family said it well .. I must now read up more about her ..

Thanks for posting these snippets ... I really must get up early! Cheers Hilary

Elephant's Child said...

The demons aren't a fan of peace and beauty. And add lack of taste to their other negatives.
Have a wonderful weekend.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Lovely pictures, my dear....I wondered where the cat was in that sweet shop you frequent....Maya Angelou was, indeed, a warrior with a heart that was filled with love.
hope your weekend is a really good one!

Chatty Crone said...

Your photos look so relaxing! Maya Angelou was a woman pioneer in a lot of ways.

Granny Annie said...

My father always insisted the everyone arise early. I adopted the habit for life but my sibling did not. They both fight the mornings.

The loss of Maya Angelou is a great sadness.

Sparkling Red said...

If you ever get tired of your current career, I think that you could be a professional photographer. No kidding. The photos are fab.

Riot Kitty said...

That does seem a fitting quote. And sweet story about the dog!

sage said...

I like Bergman's idea of a walk first thing--love being out in the early morning. Nice photos.

Joanne said...

If only we could all be warriors for such important things!

Lynn said...

Hilary -

I went back and added a link for Dr. Angelou. Yes - I've never seen a dog do that - flatten on command.

Cheers to you!

Elephant's Child -

So true.

Naomi -

The owners of the antique shop live in an apartment above it. They already had two cats up there, but decided Whiskers needed to move there, too. He was constantly escaping out of the front door - causing the owner greet anxiety. So he's safer now, but I do miss visiting with him in the shop.

Sandie -

She certainly was.

Granny Annie -

I would like to sleep in sometime, but can't. My day goes so much better when I get up early and exercise, but I like my afternoon walks, too.

Lynn said...

Sparkling Red -

I am so tired of my current career, I can't tell you. :) Thank you - I don't really have any aspirations to professional photography, but I like being an amateur.

Riot Kitty -

That quote spoke to me for some reason - I wrote it down immediately.

Sage -

I was just out watering plants again. I love it, too.

Joanne -

I'm with you!

LL Cool Joe said...

Yes I was saddened by the news about Maya Angelou. She seemed like a very special lady. I've ordered her book from Amazon, "I know Why The Caged Bird Sings".

Lee said...

Sorry, Lynn...I don't know how I missed this post...but I'm here now. I must have become lost in your wonderful photos of a lovely area!

Fine words uttered by Maya Angelou's family...they summed her up perfectly.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Beautiful lake with mountains n clouds scenery. The intense thought provoking words of Poet Angelou will always be remembered. She leaves a beautiful legacy.