Posts Tagged With: springtime in Massachusetts

Day 498: Life, death, etc.

I like today’s post title:  Life, death, etc.  Why?  Because it covers EVERYTHING, and I enjoy looking at the “big picture.”

Also, since I was young, I’ve known how awareness of mortality can help someone

  • be more in the moment
  • appreciate every little thing
  • set priorities
  • overcome obstacles
  • be authentic
  • develop values and be true to them
  • let go of fear and other “baggage”
  • get clarity
  • learn
  • grow, and
  • feel joy.

Of course, awareness of mortality can also help someone

  • freak out and
  • get paralyzed

… but, like everything else, those things pass.

All in all, I am quite grateful for “the gift of mortality.”

Why this title, today? I thought of it yesterday, while visiting one of my favorite places: Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

According to Wikipedia, Mount Auburn Cemetery was

founded in 1831 as “America’s first garden cemetery”

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is credited as the beginning of the American public parks and gardens movement.

Here’s what I saw, yesterday, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery:

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One of the last things I noticed, before I left Mt. Auburn Cemetery yesterday, was this bench:

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Many years ago, when both my parents were still alive, I lived in an apartment very close by.  I remember sitting on the same bench, back then — reading, sunning, dreaming, feeling, thinking, etc.

Here are two views from that bench, yesterday:

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I love Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Today, I hope I was able to show you why.

I shall now ask myself a familiar question: Does this post feel complete?

It MUST be complete.  Didn’t I say, in my introduction, that the title had EVERYTHING?  And look at everything we covered, here!

However, I did leave out a lot of history, details, etc. about Mt. Auburn Cemetery. And many of my readers have told me that they don’t click on links within posts. So here’s one important fact, from that same Wikipedia page:

Mount Auburn’s collection of over 5,500 trees includes nearly 700 species and varieties.

Wow!  Imagine all the trees  I did NOT show you.  Well, as I  recover from recent physical ailments,  taking shorter walks than I usually do … I did the best I could.

One final Wikipedia fact about Mt. Auburn Cemetery:

The area is well known for its beautiful environs and is a favorite location for bird-watchers.

Hmmm. I didn’t see any bird-watchers, yesterday.   I’m sure they were there; I just didn’t notice them.

I know!  Let’s end this post with bird-watchers, in the here and now:

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Thanks to trees, flowers, people, benches, birds, cats, etc.  And thanks to you — of course! — for visiting today.

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Day 497: Beauty

My first choice for a title, this morning, was “Values,” but then I discovered I’ve already used that title in a previous post.

It’s time for “Beauty” to have the starring role.

When I’m open to it, I see beauty everywhere. Here are some recent examples, in the immediate vicinity:

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Sometimes, I just have to point and click, to capture beauty.

I’ve heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I’ve also seen less conventional instances of beauty, recently.

For me, beauty is often related to connection.  For example, yesterday I came upon this, connected to something that often happens to me:

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Harley was in bed, inexplicably wearing one of my socks.

I also saw beauty in connection, here:

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What’s that little girl doing? She’s on a zip-line, as I was a few months ago in Panama (here).

Two more images from yesterday, to end this post.  The first, at my son Aaron’s keyboard lesson:

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The second, also connected to Aaron:

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Boy, chinchillas are strange looking, aren’t they?

Thanks to springtime, blossomers and zip-liners everywhere, creatures conventionally and unconventionally beautiful, Harley the cat, Aaron the son, Tim Maurice the keyboard teacher, and to you the readers,  for observing all this with me, today.

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