Today’s Quote: Black


“Life is absolutely about the choice; we either define our realities by the choices we make, or our realities become defined by the choices that we don’t make — choices that others make for us.

That’s fundamentally what freedom is all about. Being free is a choice … one that’s backed up by small actions.”

— Simon Black, Sovereign Man

Tanka – Autumn – 秋

Now the light grows dim
Earlier than it once did
Only days ago;
Glowing beams that filter down
Warming, though the air feels crisp.

*   *   *

Ruby-red and gold,
Orange, yellow, russet brown,
Leaves from high above
Settle on the woodland floor
Like a rug of jeweled tones.

*   *   *

Smoke from burning leaves
Wafting through a bright, blue sky
Inky to the eyes
Now wakes up a different sense
By evoking scents of fall.

 © MMXV Douglas P. Kendrick, all rights reserved

Today’s Quote: Kondo


“Not every person you meet in life will become a close friend or lover. Some you will find hard to get along with or impossible to like. But these people, too, teach you the precious lesson of who you do like, so that you will appreciate those special people even more.”

— Marie Kondo, The life-changing magic of tidying up, p. 60

40-Word Challenge – October 2015

I love the peaceful feeling of floating down a river, lost in spiritual thoughts of nature, enjoying the autumn light. But on the anniversary of my first trek, I recalled circumventing an unexpected cascade—that left us screaming with laughter!

Here are the given words: love, light, peace, thoughts, nature, circumvent, cascade, laughter, scream, spiritual – Bonus: anniversary

©MMXV Douglas P. Kendrick. All rights reserved.

Today’s Quote: Yamakage


“…only religion has continued to transmit the same teachings largely unaltered, in many cases, for millennia. Only religion claims to have golden rules that can withstand scientific scrutiny. Certainly, there are some arguments in religion’s favor. Religious teachings provide continuity amid change and a sense of history. They have survived past challenges and stood the test of time. Furthermore, the human mind and its awareness of spiritual values have remained constant.”

—Yamakage Motohisa, The Essence of Shinto: Japan’s Spiritual Heart