The Raven’s Song

Again, just saying that I hope you’ll join me as I muse in both word and photo at my current blog: “Raven’s Song” here on WordPress. And I hope you’ll utilize the green “Follow” option … fill out the form, and be sure to later confirm, as you’ll then receive an email notice and link to the brief – and hopefully thought provoking or inspirational – writs as I post them.

This blog here is no longer be being written to, now that the long 30,000 mile, three-year, coast-to-coast meandering of “The Ride” is over. I’ve begun a new journey and a new path … a different one for me … settling down in northern New Mexico, and stepping deeper into the expanses of the heart … and the luscious landscape of a budding relationship.  I hope you’ll join me in the Song.


New Blog Announcement

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
~ attributed to C.S. Lewis

Now that “The Ride” is done, and I have begun traveling a new path and life in northern New Mexico, I’m beginning a new blog … “Raven’s Song” … where I hope to continue musing, and sharing stories and photographs along this new journey. Those of you who followed me on Facebook will find that the new posts will be similar to what I did there. And I hope that the rest of you – those of you who followed me here on WordPress – will now “transfer” over to that site. There is a button there for you to add your name/email, so to be notified of new posts (if you were following here, it will NOT transfer over to the new one … you will have to add your name/address to that site). I do so hope to see you all there … as a new “Ride”, of sorts, begins……

Raven’s Song @WordPress

To Sing with the Ravens….

“Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision.”
~ Herbie Hancock

As those of you who follow my Facebook page(s) may already know, I have decided to dramatically shorten this “Ride” and head from my current stop in Ohio straight to New Mexico … where I’ll be settling (well, “settling” as best as I can!) into a new kind of journey – and the beginning of the remainder of my years here on Earth. Though I’ve lived alone for the last 30 years and always had a good sense of self, the original “Ride” – and subsequent 13 months back in NY State – solidified that discernment and self-knowledge, and I came to recognize my spirit gently whispering that it was time to step into this last third of my life as a new creation … to truly begin to live full to who and what I am, and establish myself where and how I want to be. I’d known this intrinsically for quite some time, but as I’d received dozens of invitations and had acceded to do another Ride, I felt obligated to follow through. As time went on, however, I knew … or rather, I grew to accept …that this just was not the right time to meander. I do anticipate – and fully intend – to Ride again, as there are yet so many I’d like to share time and stories with, and hundreds of wonderful places to see ……… but next time it will be from a home-base, to which I’ll return afterward.

I truly believe that our Lives have many paths and trails, many roads and voyages to endeavour upon until our last heartbeat, and that final passage to whatever lies ahead. For most of us, our purpose changes over the course of time. No one segment – or other or prior direction – was “wrong,” but rather it is simply that we have an infinite number of gateways in our journey … and we enter these at different times of our lives. Some do have a singular path, an exclusive and unique purpose they are born into … no doubt, for many artists, scientists, priests and monks this is true … but for me, I find the upcoming evolution exciting and liberating. I have many passions and objectives that I’m looking forward to enjoying and fulfilling in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

I’ll continue to share the stories of my (more locally confined) wanders, along with the beauty I see both in the land, the skies, the waters … and in people. And over time, this blog will, no doubt, change as the human and spirit join together fully on this sojourn.  It’s a new day, a new journey, and I look forward to returning to where my Heart soars: To live, hike, photograph, paint and write in a land filled with unbounded Spirit, and to dance in that light. To putting my boots back on those trails and my voice lifting to sing with the Ravens once more.

And So It Begins Again….

if you move carefully
through the forest,
like the ones
in the old stories,
who could cross
a shimmering bed of leaves
without a sound,
you come
to a place
whose only task
is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening requests,
conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.

~ excerpted from “Sometimes” by David Whyte

As a new “Ride” begins again tomorrow morning, I thought it fun to re-post a short video I put together of the first part of the first Ride. I cannot share it directly to this blog (unless I upgrade), so you will have to check it out via a YouTube link. It truly was such a delight to have been a part of these moments and lives, now almost three years ago … and I look forward to more times of connection, conversation, and sharing in the the weeks and months that are to come with “The Ride II…”

Video link: The Ride, Pt. I

All My Worldly Goods…

“Someone asked me yesterday, What was the happiest time of your life?
I said, What? The happiest time?
Why do you tie ‘time’ with ‘happiness’?
I am happiness.”
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Just three more days to go, and The Ride II begins as my horseless wagon and I hit the road once again. Time for the final organizing and making-sure-it-all-fits before I start loading; a final load of laundry, a washing and waxing of Miss Gracie, and last lunches and dinners with friends. All my worldly goods – all I own – now lie within those silver lines (and just 28″ high) on the floor of my spare room. You know, the truth-of-the-matter is we don’t need nearly as much as we think we do to be deeply and genuinely happy. No, not even close.