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Testimony...and a fabulous weekend in photos

Monday, March 28, 2011

A few photos of the great weekend in Eureka Springs, AR with dear SparkFriend Stephanie (SLASALLE) and her delightful partner, Beth. We both drove around four hours to get to Eureka Springs, a delightful village in the Ozarks of NW Arkansas; they drove south from Kansas City and I drove north from Conway, AR.

I stopped twice in the Ozarks -- first upon arriving to Leslie, at Serenity Farms Bakery, where I bought two Sourdough Multi-Grain Brick Oven-Baked Baguettes (which went well with the cheeses, veggies, and fruits we munched on Saturday evening) and oatmeal raisin cookies:
and then on to the Amish Bakery in Harrison, where I purchased some unnamed goods (and if anyone tries to pin any specific purchases on me, I'll vociferously deny them):

Saturday evening was particularly special as we enjoyed a delicious meal by candlelight in our rooms, celebrating WWF Earth Hour .

Here we are setting off on a 2+ hour Saturday hike at Lake Leatherwood, a spring-fed waterway situated inside 1600 acres of hiking trails:


I'm prepared for rain with my yellow rubber parka!

Stephanie at the dam

More views of the dam:

A sneak preview of the redbud in the Ozarks

Back at the room, Steph cleans up purdy durned good


Sunday morning we went to the fabulous Local Flavors Cafe and shared a wonderful brunch with new friend Carmen, the Inn keeper (with her cool-esque husband Robert) where we stayed at Tall Pines Inn.

I loved being a part of Stephanie and Beth's 10th Anniversary, which is actually on April 1 (they're no fools!!!)! We also found out that Carmen's birthday was Saturday!

A few photos from that lovely experience:

Here we all are

Me'n Carmen

Carmen's pumpkin waffle and my huevos rancheros

Beth's eggs benedict and Stephanie's vegetarian omelet

Beth's favorite -- creme brulee...but she did share it with all of us!


Carmen extrapolating about something profound, I'm sure! haha

Stephanie sez "...and furthermore!" haha


And matter where I am or what I'm doing...there is always this, cutting through my soul:


I want to tell you that the world
is still beautiful.
I tell you that despite
children raped on city streets,
shot down in school rooms,
despite the slow poisons seeping
from old and hidden sins
into our air, soil, water,
despite the thinning film
that encloses our aching world.
Despite my own terror and despair.

I want you to know that spring
is no small thing, that
the tender grasses curling
like a baby's fine hairs around
your fingers are a recurring
miracle. I want to tell you
that the river rocks shine
like God, that the crisp
voices of the orange and gold
October leaves are laughing at death,

I want to remind you to look
beneath the grass, to note
the fragile hieroglyphs
of ant, snail, beetle. I want
you to understand that you
are no more and no less necessary
than the brown recluse, the ruby-
throated hummingbird, the humpback
whale, the profligate mimosa.
I want to say, like Neruda,
that I am waiting for
"a great and common tenderness",
that I still believe
we are capable of attention,
that anyone who notices the world
must want to save it.

~ Rebecca Baggett ~
(Women's Uncommon Prayers)

Rebecca Baggett

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    Ahhhh... the prose that speaks to you speaks directly to me, as well. Sounds like a magical weekend... So glad you enjoyed it with kindred spirits:)

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DARKTHOR 4/2/2011 3:23AM

    I really, really want that pumpkin waffle!

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2011 3:06PM

    Loved the blog about your weekend and your friends old and new; loved the pictures; love the poem.

And: thank you so much for the incredible exposition on the new moon in Aries! you are the "one inspired person [who] makes a big impact, with a ripple effect".

Wow!! Slender new moon -- and so much meaning attached to it, clearly resonating with me!!

I do notice the world, I am capable of paying attention -- and primarily want to do just that, patching together a few words --as the Mary Oliver poem indicates, be the doorway. But another voice such as Rebecca Baggett's that speaks of saving the world is OK with me.

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JUSTBIRDY 3/29/2011 11:05PM

    Great photos!

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SLASALLE 3/28/2011 9:00PM

    And I can MOST definitely attest to the fact that a good time was had by all ... great pics, my dear. Thanks for sharing them with me. I will now try to fit it into my hectic life to change my SP profile pic!!!!


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CARRAND 3/28/2011 7:17PM

    I love the poem! You always share such good stuff.

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GREENCAT1 3/28/2011 7:11PM

    Thanks for sharing your travels! Everything looks amazing! LOVED the poem.......

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GOANNA2 3/28/2011 4:50PM

    Such a wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing
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DOR2BFIT 3/28/2011 4:40PM

    Love that you go a visiting your Spark friends- let me know if you come by my way (Southern CT.) and that poem! Speaks to me! emoticon emoticon

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EMRANA 3/28/2011 1:44PM

  Oh wow! Such a wonderful poem and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them with us! I'd have wanted to sit in meditation next that lovely water sound. OM.

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ABURRIS2 3/28/2011 1:09PM

    I am smiling! Thanks for spreading your joy. ~a

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JMSURPRENANT 3/28/2011 1:00PM

    Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed the photos and the poem - very inspiring!

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DAISY443 3/28/2011 12:24PM

    I could almost feel like I was there with you and your wonderful friends. Wonderful pics, wonderful friends, wonderful memories!

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DDOORN 3/28/2011 12:10PM

    Testimony...what a gracious way to preface the wonder of Spring!

Thx for sharing the pics (testimony! :-) ) of your special times with friends.


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MISS_VIV 3/28/2011 12:03PM

    Look at that.
Look at you and Steph and the inn keeper.
What great smiles. IT MUST BE SPRING.

We have SUN, BLUE SKIES and thank you ever so much for your unfailing
love and presence in my life.



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VEEJAY3 3/28/2011 11:57AM

    Spring in your part of the world makes April just glorious! I'm so excited that you got out there in the middle of it and "noticed the world."

You're an excellent "noticer."

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    how beautiful!! and that food looks amazing!

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EAT, PRAY, PLAY -- in photos and prose

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I feel like carbohydrates get such a bad rap and rep. And so I hereby proclaim my allegiance to -- THE GOOD CARBS!

Whole grains

Why? Not all carbohydrates are created equal. Whole grains, fruits, and veggies supply us with prolonged energy, fiber, and multiple nutrients that our bodies need for optimal health. Good quality carbohydrates can also trigger serotonin synthesis. Recognized as the "happy hormone," serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that affects our mood and sleep. The next time you feel blue, instead of reaching for that bag of chips or sugary cookies, opt for unrefined, unprocessed carbohydrates that will provide you with sustained energy and an improved mood. Toss that muffin and enjoy a whole grain cracker with a tablespoon of natural nut butter for a delicious and uplifting snack!



It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

-- Mary Oliver

St. Scholastica Benedictine Monastery, Ft. Smith, AR

This was my FOURTH retreat at the monastery with gifted teacher, poet, writer Sister Macrina Weidheker (a family of monks, priests, and wine growers ).

Here is her blog: www.macrina-underthesycamoretree.blo
(I've enjoyed sitting in that swing many times on the monastery grounds.)

The winding path of the labyrinth served as a metaphor for our spiritual journey. And we also explored other forms of walking meditation, as well as sacred journaling,

My friend Marilyn, who shared the retreat experience, as well as the ride to and from the retreat, caught some lovely images while there:

At the entrance to the labyrinth

Saturday afternoon of the full moon (March 19, 2011) on the labyrinth; I also trod it in the glow of the moon

The monastery

Love the feminine aspects of the divine

Can you see the dirt and grass on the bottom of the feet?

The pond is home to several huge bullfrogs


Some photos of me with/on MY NEW BIKE KaliMa, out-and-about, enjoying the day:

Kitty Rama wants in on the action too!

Aha! She has snuck into the frame again!

I rode just under 16 miles yesterday, including campus and downtown:

I definitely wasn't the only one out-and-about!

I am rendezvousing with dearest SparkFriend Stephanie (SLASALLE) in Eureka Springs, AR over the weekend, as well as wonderful Beth, finishing up my spring break in style! They are coming down from Kansas City; our drives are about the same (around 3+ hours).

Tall Pines Inn, Eureka Springs, AR

We'll be staying at Tall Pines Inn, which I found out about because Carmen, the Inn keeper with her husband Robert, attended the labyrinth retreat as well. I had originally met her a couple years ago at a sacred journaling silent retreat at the monastery.

We're thinking of having Saturday lunch here:

...and Sunday brunch here:

Local Flavor Cafe, Eureka Springs

The current plan is to eat the rest of our meals "in." I'll have a simple sandwich and salad ready for their arrival on Friday evening. I'm picking up something decadent at the Amish Bakery on my drive there: for Saturday morning breakfast with Greek yogurt and coffee and we're talking about fruit salad and cheeses, etc. for Saturday dinner.

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STILLPOINT 4/10/2011 1:19PM

    Pure JOy and Beauty!! Thank you.

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    Ya just can't go wrong with Mary Oliver... and the dirt on the bottom of the feet...

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KAKIPOPUP 3/26/2011 7:31AM

    Thank you.

Enjoy your weekend -

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JESPAH 3/25/2011 8:37AM

    Look how beautiful and strong you are.

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PEACEFULONE 3/25/2011 8:20AM

    Wonderful Blog! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and looking forward to a blog on that! Blessings, Elaine

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BISCO_ 3/25/2011 2:12AM

    Thanks for sharing! Love the pics!

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DDOORN 3/24/2011 10:14PM

    Thank you for sharing the pics along with your other slices of your vibrant life...!


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WATERMELLEN 3/24/2011 10:11PM

    What a blog!! Loved the pictures, glad you shared the Mary Oliver more generally -- wondered if the bull frogs are feminine (and divine): pretty sure both of these.

Scrabble addict?? oh, my: lots of Scrabble here!!

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PELESJEWEL 3/24/2011 9:50PM

    emoticon Fantastic blog Maha!

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SHANNYMEDIC 3/24/2011 8:41PM

    I just came back from a weekend in Eureka with a good friend! A local told me Local Flavor is a great restaurant and he recommended it. We didn't get to try it though. If you love Italian, try Emilio's. It's on the historic district route. Yummo! And if you girls feel like a massage, go to Eureka Massage Center. They are awesome!!! Have fun!

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CARRAND 3/24/2011 8:21PM

    Great blog! Love the poetry.

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GIRANIMAL 3/24/2011 7:54PM

    Positively dreamy! Just what the soul ordered after a long winter, I am sure. emoticon emoticon
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SUNNY332 3/24/2011 7:34PM

    What an awesome blog.

Do enjoy your weekend in Eureka Springs. It is one of my favorite places.
Outside of Eureka is a sweet little All Glass Chapel (Thorncrown). If you have never seen it, it is well worth going there. If you go, be sure and get a photo for me.

Here is the link - which you will have to copy and paste. Do have a lovely time.


Hugs, Sunny

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VEEJAY3 3/24/2011 4:23PM

    Oh you've gone and made me homesick!!! I miss the dogwood. Thought I saw one here in Denver last spring, but it couldn't have been (I couldn't get up close, as it was inside someone's walled garden).

Oh: and PS: I just made myself the healthiest lunch on the planet -- a green smoothie, with 59 grams of the finest carbohydrates known to man. So there.

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GOANNA2 3/24/2011 3:40PM

    Great uplifting blog as always Maha.
Thanks for sharing the poem and
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DAISY443 3/24/2011 1:38PM

    My grandparents lived in Sallisaw, OK and I remember the springs with the redbuds and dogwood, homemade ice cream, well, I could go on and on!
The campground where I spend a lot of time has a labyrinth and Daisy dog and I have traversed it many time. It always gives me a sense of well being and peace. Not sure what it does for Daisy, but she frequently squats when we are finished!
Salud, the mighty carb!
Enjoyed your pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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SWDOTB2 3/24/2011 1:36PM

    love you

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EARTHSEAME 3/24/2011 1:29PM

    emoticon I really enjoyed reading the Mary Oliver poem and then seeing your pics.

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KALIGIRL 3/24/2011 1:23PM

    Wonderful post on so many levels - love KaliMa and the Red Buds - oh my a 'feast' for the eyes!

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    beautiful pictures! i sure love spring!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I am a lover of spring. Many of us have acknowledged lately that we feel ourselves coming alive out of our winter hibernation, feel the earth moving under our feet, feel life coursing through our veins.

Ah spring! How it caresses us back to life.

And...I guess you could say that I have in recent years become a Mary Oliver devotee...and here is just one of the many reasons why:

Look, it's spring. And last year's loose dust has turned
into this soft willingness. The wind-flowers have come
up trembling, slowly the brackens are up-lifting their
curvaceous and pale bodies. The thrushes have come
home, none less than filled with mystery, sorrow,
happiness, music, ambition.

And I am walking out into all of this with nowhere to
go and no task undertaken but to turn the pages of
this beautiful world over and over, in the world of my mind.

* * *

Therefore, dark past,
I'm about to do it.
I'm about to forgive you
for everything.

~ Mary Oliver ~
from WHAT DO WE KNOW: Poems and Prose Poems

Oliver and beloved Percy


I Ask Percy How I Should Live My Life

Love, love, love, says Percy.
And hurry as fast as you can
along the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust.

Then, go to sleep.
Give up your body heat, your beating heart.
Then, trust.

~ Mary Oliver ~
from The Truro Bear and Other Adventures


Mary Oliver's poetry is grounded in memories of Ohio and her adopted home of New England. Influenced by both Whitman and Thoreau, she is known for her clear and poignant observances of the natural world. Her poems are filled with imagery from her daily walks near her home in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Maxine Kumin calls Oliver "a patroller of wetlands in the same way that Thoreau was an inspector of snowstorms" and "an indefatigable guide to the natural world." Oliver has also been compared to Emily Dickinson, with whom she shares an affinity for solitude and interior monologues. Her poetry combines dark introspection with joyous release. Oliver is also known for her unadorned language and accessible themes.


A "taste" of Dickenson:

Friday I tasted life.
It was a vast morsel.

A Circus passed the house --
still I feel the red in my mind though the drums are out.

The Lawn is full of south and the odors tangle,
and I hear today for the first time
the river in the tree.


A lovely interview with Mary Oliver:

Thanks, Vivian (SMASHY1) for sharing this with me!

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    Thank you for sharing this... needed and found here on this day.

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/24/2011 11:36AM

    Gracias mi amiga. A mi me encantan todas las estaciones, pero la primavera es mi favorita! Huele magnifica! emoticon

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GREENCAT1 3/24/2011 11:02AM

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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JESPAH 3/24/2011 10:28AM

    Oh lovely.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 3/24/2011 1:20AM

    Beautiful to immerse myself in your blog, Mahalakshmi. I feel touched by the unfurling energies of Spring.
And I'm reminded of the wise life lessons from my dog, too.
Thank you,

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CARRAND 3/23/2011 9:23PM

    Wonderful poetry. Thank you for sharing.

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    Love "the river in the tree"...
woosh, woosh
drip drip drip
mmmmmaple syrup

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Thank you for the introduction!

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WATERMELLEN 3/23/2011 6:02PM

    Thank you!! The O mag also has a very interesting piece about WS Merwin including a picture of him with HIS dog -- a chow named Peah!.

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GOANNA2 3/23/2011 5:13PM

    Love your blog and the beautiful
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PEACEFULONE 3/23/2011 4:03PM

    Love, love the poetry!

Now I have to know what is that in the photo. Perhaps a piece of a fern? Beautiful and amazing-what ever it is!

Thank you dear Maha for all your delicious blogs!
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EMRANA 3/23/2011 3:11PM

  We have snow here in southern Alberta ~ ick! ~ so I especially appreciated this!

My favorite is forgiving the dark past for everything. That is truly poignant.

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MZZCHIEF 3/23/2011 3:03PM

    Really some wonderful poems!
Great blog!

: )

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KALIGIRL 3/23/2011 1:02PM

    "dark introspection with joyous release" - so in keeping with the re-new-al that is Spring.
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SUNNY332 3/23/2011 12:50PM

    Awe, Two of my very favorite poets. I love "The Journey" by Oliver and anything by Dickenson.

Nothing is as vivid as Spring can be....Nature in her finest hour awakening once more after a long winter's nap. I truly believe it is God's finest example of the "Circle of Life".

Love ya and love the person I am when I am around you.

"Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver

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MISS_VIV 3/23/2011 12:27PM

    I truly love spring as well.
and I really WOULD LOVE to see a full day of it, or maybe two in a row would be nice.. The trees and flowers are thinking it should be already. But whoa
is me - I am a bit weary of the rain.

LOVE Mary Oliver
Thank you for posting this.

I will treasure this blog and go back to it often... until I get some reality of SPRING here on the coast.


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DAISY443 3/23/2011 11:46AM

    My mind, body and spirit long for spring. Although the calendar says it is here, the snow on the grass says something else. It will happen and we can again go "walking out into all of this with nowhere to
go and no task undertaken but to turn the pages of
this beautiful world over and over, in the world of my mind".

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DDOORN 3/23/2011 11:30AM

    I can't wait! We may have another foot of snow dumped on us today...ugh!

There is something so enticing and exciting about ALL the changes of our seasons. But the hanging on of has LONG overstayed it's welcome...!


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    I love spring! That picture is so cool!

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Photos: KaliMa, My New Vita Sport Road Bike!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Today I picked up the Specialized Vita Sport from my local bike shop, The Ride! I'm astounded at its responsiveness, speed, lightness...and sleek beauty!

Carol (DAISY443) a nice way, of course: "Well, Maha, my friend, we need pics, please!" And Maha acts!

I loved MZZCHIEF's feed comment: "So happy you have found yourself a special stead to ride into Spring!"

(BTW, The Three Faces of not-Eve are "Ms. Chef," "Ms. Chief" and, most emphatically, "Mischief"!)

Don (DDOORN) said, "VERY nice news of your new ride!"

Isn't she lovely!

Vita Sport features and specs:

Don must have a Specialized, because he said, "I might be a tad partial to the, but there are great reviews of it too!"

To answer Carol's question about beloved Trek, not on your life "RIP!" As Vivian (SMASHY1) said, part of the motivation to replace the Trek is that a friend has been using it quite a bit lately and is in need of a bicycle. The Trek has many more service-ful miles ahead.

Some photos of the beloved 14-yr. old Trek, with maintenance, new seat, and other miscellaneous spiffing up completed, as given to my friend. And the owner of the bike shop did not charge me for the maintenance, knowing what I was doing with the Trek!

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And just-for-fun, some bumper *graffiti art* on my "other" rides, the Honda Civic and Toyota Dolphin:

Between "Kill Your TV" and "Live Aloha" is a co-exist peace symbol with a car on one side and a bicycle on the other. The faded one between two Obama stickers is "Stretch Your Horizons" referring to yoga.

"Harmony" is on one side of "Coexist" and "Yogaville" is on the other side.

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BOBBYD31 9/15/2011 8:39PM

    d dorn (don) is a specialized man, he rides a tricross. because of him i also ride a specialized tricross. you'll love your new ride they are a great bike

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CASSIOEPIA 9/15/2011 8:25PM

    Nice ride!

Outdoor cycling would definitely be right up there with my running. I really had some great rides this summer, and surprised myself with their distances. I should update and get myself a road bike too - yours is very nice.

Good luck with your Cycling Tour this weekend. How far are you riding? That would be so cool.

I've always wanted to take my hubby on a cycling tour of Holland. However, he doesn't share that dream!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Gave me a big smile!

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CINDYC53 3/29/2011 3:31PM

    Beautiful new bike!!! So happy for you. I've been really busy lately - spent a week with my daughter & two little grandsons while my son-in-law was in Brazil picking up his mom (who will babysit when Jenna returns to work this week, after her maternity leave). Such a fun week - but now I have a lot of catching up to do at home. (And TAXES. blech.)
Wish I were out on my bike instead! Have fun - I know you will!

And - I love your bumperstickers! Wonderful :)

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GREENCAT1 3/24/2011 11:00AM

    Congratulations on your new bike! It is beautiful! BTW, the back of your car looks like the back of my car..... :)

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    gasp... she's lovely!

...and for that matter, so is your friend's new trek!

(and oooo, the Dolphin)

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/23/2011 7:56AM

    Oh boy! I hope it will see the Burlington bike trail again with DOKEYOKEY & I ! ENJOY mi amiga!

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STLRZGRRL 3/22/2011 6:46PM

    The TREEEEkkkkk... Hello, Lil Buddy!

And lookityew with your SPECIALIZED ride... For a SPECIAL one, you are you are!

And so sweet you are to find somene who can love the Trek as much as you do... Awwwww...

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GIRANIMAL 3/22/2011 2:01PM

    Eeeek, I am so happy for you! I have to admit, I was nervous that you'd blame me if she turned out not to be for you! LOL

"...responsiveness, speed, lightness...and sleek beauty!" EXACTLY! For a not-too-extravagantly priced bike, I am kind of blown away by the quality of this baby so far.

Your Trek looks amazing! You clearly are a woman who takes great care of the things she loves. emoticon Awesome bonus from the bike shop. Your friend's gonna love it.

I need your car/bike "coexist" sticker so I can hand them out around Chicago. It's much kinder than my idea to start chucking Rules of the Road books at aggressive drivers. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/22/2011 1:06PM

    Love it. I too ride a Specialized albeit older (in many ways). May you and your trusty stead have many wonderful moments together.

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MZZCHIEF 3/22/2011 11:42AM

    She's a beaut... just like her owner!
So whatterya gonna call her?
"trek 2"? Or sumpin more personable?

: )

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VALERIEMAHA 3/22/2011 11:08AM

    YES! The COEXIST sticker on the Civic just came to me last month in my birthday package from Stephanie!
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SLASALLE 3/22/2011 11:01AM

    She's a beauty!!! Does this mean you won't get to do any off-road biking (like on trails) since it's a road bike?

And I got a HUGE smile seeing the "Coexist" bumper sticker on the Honda Civic (did you know that I used to have one also AND it was silver too!!!).


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DAISY443 3/22/2011 10:30AM

    So glad Trek will continue to be used and loved!

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ONEDROP09 3/22/2011 10:28AM

    love it!

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SUNNY332 3/22/2011 10:04AM

    What a great new ride! I love it.

Enjoy my friend.

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PENNYAN45 3/22/2011 7:31AM

    A new bike - and a new spring season. What fun!!

Happy riding to you, my friend!

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PEACEFULONE 3/22/2011 1:16AM

    Enjoy your splendid new set of wheels!

My bumper sticker reads "War is NOT the answer!" It's from the FCNL.

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DARKTHOR 3/22/2011 12:39AM

    Your new bike looks like it will treat you very well for a long time and many miles to come. I am so happy that you were able to pass on your trusty Trek to someone who can appreciate it. Safe and happy biking to you!

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    love it! and the bumper stickers!

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LYNNANN43 3/21/2011 11:41PM

    LOVE the new bike and all the great bumper stickers!


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    Happy Trails! What a beauty but I want a pict of you on it!

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KALATHIA 3/21/2011 9:02PM

    LOVE your new wheels!!!! My happiest days are the ones I can speed flying on my bike! I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!


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CREATIVEJOY39 3/21/2011 8:52PM

    That's a fine set of new wheels you have! I'm sure you will have many hours of enjoyment in the days ahead. I loved my old red Specialized so much but gave her away to my nephew who really needed a bike at the time. It's definitely time to go shopping again for a new one - I'm thinking purple or blue for me this time around!

Happy riding!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/21/2011 8:51PM

    Happy pedalling! This looks gorgeous indeed!!

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DDOORN 3/21/2011 8:50PM

    GREAT PICS of your even GREATER RIDE! :-)

Even has 2 water bottle must be planning some nice LONG rides!

I've got my SparkPeople bumper sticker

SparkPeople: The WEIGHT is OVER!

Sadly, reluctantly, I've pulled my Obama stickers off...


ps...I've got a Specialized Tricross Double. Technically a cyclocross bike but doubt I'll ever bother with cyclocross. But it is supposed to be a tad more versatile than a regular road bike.

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EMRANA 3/21/2011 8:50PM

  Wow, that's a beautiful bike! You're gonna adore that! emoticon

It's lovely that beloved Trek will be well loved by your friend too.

As for the bumper, the "kill your TV" is my favorite. We canceled cable in September 2009 and don't miss it.

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MISS_VIV 3/21/2011 8:41PM

    what an exciting ride. Beautiful make-up.... and a cute little place to put your books on the back. HAHAH... Yes it is everything you need to get your slim trim self down the road and back. Can you pick it up with 1 hand like they show on the ads?? As for your Trek, didn't you say you had it gone over and preparing it for a friend in need??

What a wonderful way to start the spring.
Enjoy - you so deserve it.


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BISCO_ 3/21/2011 8:25PM

    Thanks for sharing!! Enjoy!!

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 3/21/2011 8:24PM

    You should enjoy!

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CARRAND 3/21/2011 8:20PM

    Very nice!

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DAISY443 3/21/2011 8:11PM

    She is beautiful, but what about poor Trek? RiP??? Ahh, enjoy, but remember Trek with fondness!

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Monday, March 21, 2011


~ walking the monastery labyrinth Saturday night under the full moon's shimmering glow shining through the trees, occasional passing clouds adding graphic beauty and striking shadow-shows

~ the warbling of unnamed birds going crazy with joy

~ light breezes caressing my sun-warmed skin this morning

~ my new *ride* ready to be picked up, a Specialized 2011 Vita Sport road bike

...all this (and more) contributes to my celebration today -- along with Delmore Schwartz's variation on a theme by Rilke of the glory, the feeling of the newness of life, and the hopefulness -- of SPRING!

Cliff Lake and the Tatoosh Range, Mt. Rainer National Park, WA

The Spring
(After Rilke)

Spring has returned! Everything has returned!
The earth, just like a schoolgirl, memorizes
Poems, so many poems. ... Look, she has learned
So many famous poems, she has earned so many prizes!

Teacher was strict. We delighted in the white
Of the old man's beard, bright like the snow's:
Now we may ask which names are wrong, or right
For "blue," for "apple," for "ripe." She knows, she knows!

Lucky earth, let out of school, now you must play
Hide-and-seek with all the children every day:
You must hide that we may seek you: we will! We will!

The happiest child will hold you. She knows all the things
You taught her: the word for "hope," and for "believe,"
Are still upon her tongue. She sings and sings and sings.

~ Delmore Schwartz ~
(Last & Lost Poems)

Such beauty Schwartz shared from within his tortured soul:

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    Now look who is in a happy place. I'm running to catch up.

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2BMYOWN 3/22/2011 8:40PM

    Wow, I miss Mt. Rainier, used to spend many a lovely day in that park years ago. ****siiiiigh**** I could always look out my picture window and see it in the distance. Beautiful view, for sure. Thanx for posting this, Maha, it's great!

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PEACEFULONE 3/22/2011 1:01AM

    Love all of it-the photo, the poem and Spring!

Thank you again dear Maha for your generous sharing.

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GOANNA2 3/21/2011 11:09PM

    Spring sounds so wonderful.
I love the west coast.
Thanks for another wonderful poem.
Enjoy Spring. emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 3/21/2011 8:48PM

    Lovely thoughts, lovely poetry.

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WATERMELLEN 3/21/2011 6:42PM

    Love your mood of exuberance and joy!! Coasting along . . . on your new bike!!

Loved the poetry too!!

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CARLI_MAE 3/21/2011 5:16PM

    Lovely, as usual. Mt. Ranier is an interesting choice following disaster in Japan, as it is at once most beatiful but at the same time even more dangerous and precarious than Mt. St. Helens. Unlike it's "cousin" Ranier is capable of producing horrendous mud flows (called Lahars) with no warning and no detectable seizmic activity. The devastation would demolish the bucolic towns surrounding it, similar to the scenes we saw from the recent tsunami in Japan.

Golly, I'm just a bundle of sunshine, aren't I? LOL ... well, why stop now ... also from the walking encyclopaedia: you are LATE! Spring actually began at 6:21 p.m. yesterday!


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SUNNY332 3/21/2011 4:41PM

    I am singing with you today. Loved the poem and loved reading about the Poet's life.

Do have a Marvie Monday. I have biked and will be taking a walk down by the pond/lake as soon as DH get's home from the accountant's office. From the call I got, he may have to "let off some steam".

Take care, Sunny

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KALIGIRL 3/21/2011 1:01PM

    Here's to singing to the newness of Life!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 3/21/2011 12:11PM

    Ready! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 3/21/2011 12:06PM

    Oh to find, cherish and celebrate that "happiest child!" Your last blog still lingers so...let it go...

VERY nice news of your new ride! It sounds like "hybrid" doesn't really do it justice...I see Specialized considers it a "Road" bike:


I might be a tad partial to the, but there are great reviews of it too!


Cheers to many happy rides to come!


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DAISY443 3/21/2011 11:58AM

    Spring, bring it on!!

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MISS_VIV 3/21/2011 11:52AM

    send me some spring, dear heart. I am really getting tired of the liquid sunshine.

We had a few moments of sunshine earlier, but now it is black and dark again.

Oh well, before we know - it will be summer and we will be complaining about HEAT........................and dry..................... emoticon

I hope you are going to enjoy that new lightweight ride. (will you be able to take it with you to Equador?)

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    I LOVE spring!!!

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