Today is a holiday in the US–an occasion for taking time off from work and responsibility and spending it instead with friends and family.
This weekend, my partner Sara and I have been doing just that–celebrating my nephew’s high school graduation, attending a retirement party, and hiding inside from record-breaking heat. We’ve tried to work less online and focus more on the moment–on the here and now.
For me specifically that has meant a weekend away from the blogosphere, a simple post today, and an opportunity to share a few of my favorite photos Sara has taken in recent weeks.
She took the first group of photos on Saturday, as our family enjoyed Johnny’s graduation, his stepping into the future, tipping his wings in the direction of his dreams.
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The photo below Sara says reminds her to truly look at life with a careful eye–reminds her how seeing the delicate details allows her to focus on what matters most.
Sara posted the next image on her birthday. It’s based on a collage I created about her obsession with the number 5. Sara was born on the 5th day of the 5th month.
Sara says the following photo is about her having lost perspective by doing too much and not being in the moment, about how photography allows her to slow down and focus–to put the particulars into perspective.
This photo from last week is a close-up of the daylilies blooming in our back garden. Sara shares it along with an Annie Dillard quote: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
The final image is one that was ’Spotlighted” on the BlipFoto equivalent of Freshly Pressed. The black walnut tree, featured in the photo, towers over our back yard, a reminder of constancy and strength, a reminder that trees can be nature’s road to God. Sara posted it along with a quote from Joseph Campbell–”God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying “Ah!”
I hope you will visit my partner Sara’s BlipFoto site,”Que Sera Sara,” and if you’re in the US, have a happy (and cool) Memorial Day. I’ll be back reading blogs again tomorrow. Sorry to have missed your wonderful words this weekend.
How do you “tip your wings” toward tomorrow? What is your road to “Ah?”
Note: If you haven’t read the revised version of my memoir’s first chapter and want to check it out, click here. The book’s working title is “Kids Make the Best Bookies“–about growing up in an organized crime family.