The Watering Hole; Thursday December 24 2015; Peace

Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember
what peace there may be in silence.
(Max Ehrmann)


My wish for everyone I know and for the rest of the world as well, is

Spruce in dawn's mist - mod 1b

Not sure why it is that Peace is so tricky to come by, but in my 73 years it hasn’t shown itself very often, if ever, on anything approaching a global level. There are places where it prospers, however — the above photo (doctored a wee bit for use on our Christmas cards that year) was taken during the summer of 2005 on a foggy morning in the high mountains of E. Arizona, at the wooded edge of a wild place called Horseshoe Cienega. It’s a mountain meadow with an old barbed wire fence still wrapped around part of it, and though it was once a holding pen for cattle, in ’05 it was the haunt of elk, deer, wild turkeys, an occasional pair of Mexican Gray Wolves, crows, the infrequent black bear, wildflowers — and under surrounding trees, the two of us “superior” lifeforms, plus tent and campfire ring. In shorter summary, it was definitely one of the most peaceable and tranquil scenes one might ever dare to imagine.

Peace IS refreshing; it scrubs the soul, refreshes both mind and spirit. I know. The elk, deer, wolves, turkeys, even the wildflowers understood, they said it every day. ‘Listen’ carefully to this peaceful fellow — he knows all there is to know about it . . .

Spike -1-Peace Defined-

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you…
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
(John Muir)


Peace to all creatures everywhere, humans included, and

Merry Christmas!



21 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday December 24 2015; Peace

  1. I still can’t believe I have the windows open on Christmas Eve. The rain moved east and it’s got to be the most gorgeous day out there. For the people still shopping at the last minute you couldn’t order better weather.

  2. I’m in Boise at my daughter’s house for xmas, watching the snow coming down, and my grandsons going nuts with anticipation because Santa comes tonight.
    To all Zoosters, have a wonderful holiday with minimal stress but bountiful joy.

  3. Merry Christmas to gun nuts everywhere.

    Estranged Arizona Husband Kills Daughters, Shoots Self

    A father shot dead his two young daughters before apparently turning a gun on himself in Arizona, police said late Wednesday.

    The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that a mother called 911 on Wednesday evening to report “a threatening phone call from her estranged husband” who had their daughters.

    Second Amendment=Insanity

  4. Terry the Turtle was talking about identifying actors from other shows in Doctor Who episodes. Voyage of the Damned has Geoffrey Palmer, Lionel from As Time Goes By, and Hyacinth’s long suffering husband Richard, from the series Keeping Up Appearances, played by Clive Swift. Kylie Minogue plays the companion in a one-off appearance in this one.

    • Geoffrey Palmer …. “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin” I think ….. long time sitcom actor in UK. Yes Kylie Minogue in a one-off … she did well.

      Watching the Snowmen now (the aforementioned Richard E Grant) with the Sontaran, Strax, who gets all the best lines.

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