The Art of Living

We are not mere physical creatures, but spiritual beings whose highest motivation is to love, to give, to serve. The loftiest concept of living has nothing to do with making money, gathering intellectual knowledge, gaining power, or achieving fame even for a noble purpose. It is when we turn our back upon our own personal pleasure and profit for the sake of others that we attain real mastery of the art of living.Bhagavad Gita

The Art of Living

The Art of Life

At times I soar
Beyond highest expectations
Lifting, lofting, softly
Rising to the heavens
Touching God with fingertip
Smiling
And God back

At times I do not.
I fail to see my wonder, glory
Cease to hear my eternal story
Fall prey to critical words
My own
Lose sight of home

At all times, however
God’s perspective is steady, solid, universal, stolid.
If I reach, he reaches back
Smiling

To remind me of my spiritual self
Of my body, wondrous
Mind, emotions, inherent wealth
And the necessity, vitality
Of service

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Magpies

Magpies

“A magpie can be happy or sad: sometimes so happy that he sits on a high, high gum tree and rolls the sunrise around in his throat like beads of pink sunlight; and sometimes so sad that you would expect the tears to drip off his beak.”  — Colin Thiele, Magpie Island

Magpies

Quick sketch on watercolor practice sheet

Magpies

Which are you,
Magpie?
Deliriously happy?
Indescribably sad?
or
Does your mood vacillate
With the weather?
Whether
or not
U
Are aware
Of climate change

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Mood of Magpies, Tucson

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Mercado San Augustin

Mercado San Augustin
Tucson, Arizona
USA

Mercado San Augustin

Bag available at MAST, located in the Mercado San Augustin

 

On Thursdays, my grandson and I sometimes take a trip to the end of the Modern Streetcar line where the  Santa Cruz River Farmers Market holds a festive event at the  Mercado San Augustin. Live music beckons us into the courtyard, past vendors selling organic vegetables and fruit, local eggs, grass-fed meats, locally harvested honey and baked-today breads and pastries. Gardeners pick up plant starts and seeds, as well as advice from longtime growers and sellers. Revelers enjoy a glass of wine, a cold beer, a fruit smoothie, or a coffee drink beneath the shade of native trees and wide, covered patios. The best part? The children dancing barefoot in the grass as the music plays on. What’s not to love?

And just for you, a wee poem:

At the Mercado
We greet
Move our feet
To the beat
And know
Community

Mercado San Augustin