On my way to where I need to be, I try and look around. We are surrounded by everyday beauty and wonders. We see only a tiny fraction of what is offered us though it is all present; if only we would slow down. Look. Listen. Feel. This morning I paused to take in the first of the day’s light falling across the cold, still waters of shallow Baldwin Lake. Canada Geese were standing in shallow water streaming over a small dam. They watched me carefully and, judging I presented a possible danger, pushed off and into open water. Still water turned silver, reflecting the open morning sky. The geese had the lake, a place of their own. I had to move along, though I already was where I needed to be.
though there was a history before that.
Then someone built a farmer's barn from the wood.
Later, an architect came along and made it his studio.
After that it was reborn as a Tibetian Buddhist temple.
Does the circle of life apply to structures,
or is this part of the life journey of the trees?
Such a place in such a place as this is a real Buddha surprise!
I just watched an excellent program on PBS's NOVA tonight … Telescope: Hunting the Edge of Space. This was part one and entitled, "The Mystery of the Milky Way," but that really didn't matter. The film was a wonderful telling of the history of the astronomical telescope and the state of the science today. Part two comes next week. The program can be seen online or on your local PBS station. Check here for program details, local times, background, and much more: Telescope: Hunting the Edge of Space.
When I visited the PBS site I was surprised and delighted to see that, just in time for his birthday, the network will be broadcasting The Buddha, a film by David Grubin, premiering April 7 at 8 PM EST (check local listings). Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born about 450 BC and April 8 (Thursday, this week) is the day it is observed. Happy birthday! Yes, I'm thinkin' cake Buddhist style … cake with no attachments: you can't have it and eat it too!
This is good stuff! I guess I'm gonna have to renew my PBS membership!
Thank you PBS!
As the day progressed today (Thursday) I've begun to feel more like my healthier self. I'm still taking a cough suppressant/decongestant to relieve some cold symptoms: except for a little sniffle and the occasional clear cough, my outward symptoms are gone. No fever, no chills, and energy levels are coming back up. I'm feeling stronger and have more stamina. I'll be going in to work tomorrow.
After watching a 2005 Biography Channel program about the Dalai Lama today, I've also been reminded I've been increasingly off-center in my life recently, mainly thanks to work. Sometimes we lose track of how we should live even when we think we're trying to do the right thing. Enough said, here.
I received word this evening that my first of two ordered copies of the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade has been shipped to me via Amazon. I was actually hoping to have received it today –release day– so that I could mess with upgrading my notebook computer over the weekend. I doubt I'll get it before Monday and I'll be too busy next week to install. Oh well, sometimes the anticipation is more enjoyable than the activity… er, yes, in more things than this!
Oh yes, it's good to feel well again… or to be headed in that direction!
Above: Another photo from my Tuesday evening shoot along the West Branch of Rocky River… the Frostville Village Church.