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Quote of the Day: Michael Perry

November 4th, 2012

Downstairs, and out the door. Eastward the gray band is lightening, but the sun remains well sunk. Drawing the cool breath of morning into my lungs I think of my father, whom I do not believe has missed a sunrise in some forty years and would be startled to find me up and about at this hour. I still love the dark heart of night when it is possible to believe you the world to yourself, but I can understand why Dad loves to watch the day come in. And I find I am a little less breathless working from this end of the cycle than I am trying to find my way through some some of bleary-eyed finish at 3:00 a.m. There is the idea that you have a head start.

Michael Perry, Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

One of the lovely featurs this about this place is that we can see the sunrise from the living room and I can watch the sunset from my desk in the office. Back in Ohio, we couldn’t really see the sunrise, I’m certainly enjoying it every morning now!

A head start, that’s exactly how I feel when I get up early. Especially this time of year when getting up early means being up before the sun comes up. There’s something wonderfully peaceful and quiet about being up before the sun, it is a lot like getting a head start. A perfectly wonderful way to start my day!

Can you see the sunrise from you house?

Finding Inspiration

November 2nd, 2011

Being the type of person that doesn’t sit still much, I’m always busy. Recently however, I’ve been feeling busy, which doesn’t happen often to me no matter how much I have to do in my day. When I get this way I have trouble finding my creativity. Not taking time to notice some of the intricate beauty around me is what bogs me down. Yesterday morning after working for a few hours I looked out the window and noticed the beautiful morning; the sun was shining and a heavy frost made everything shine. I took twenty minutes to head outside and take some photos and it made all the difference.

These photos will be a good reminder to take some time each day to notice something beautiful. I need this time as it’s my meditation time of sorts, oddly enough slowing down to notice beauty around me helps me accomplish more in my day. I’m incredible thankful that yesterday was such a sunny, bright, and beautiful morning and I’m thankful that I looked away from my computer to notice!

What is something you have found inspiring lately?

Quote of the Day: Morning

August 11th, 2009

I can see the orange haze on the horizon as the morning
exhales a yawn, and seems to be ready to rise.
~Jeb Dickerson

Mr Chiots and I usually aren’t early risers. We are usually up working late into the night and we sleep until we wake up in the morning, generally around 8-8:30. A couple weeks ago we were up before the sun (at 3:45 am) for a road trip.
Mr Chiots managed to snap these photos while zipping along the bumpy back country roads at 55 mph (he wasn’t driving). Not the clearest photos, but they still convey the beauty of the sunrise that morning. It was particularly foggy that morning in the low-lying areas which made the sunrise all the more beautiful.

Are you up early enough to see the sunrise?

Reading & Watching

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.