Tag Archives: exploring

light and shadows.

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kinders write by candlelight

find their own shadows

make a tiger on the ceiling.

“find beauty not only in the thing itself

but in the pattern of the shadows,

the light and dark which that thing provides.”

-junichiro tanizaki

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forts.

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bird hills park

dolph park

dhu varen park

eberwhite woods park

loving all the forts, both big and small that i’ve discovered as i continue my journey through the ann arbor parks. forts are very sacred places. lots of heart and hard work go into the making of them – special spaces to meet and hang out with your gang.

(i’m about half way through the parks now -through the letter ‘i’)

– 80 down and 80-ish to go!  –

onward.

“i have a lot of growing up to do. i realized that the other day inside my fort. “

-zach galifianakis

 

parks.

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as i’ve been walking and exploring

the parks and outdoor recreation areas around town 

i realize how many i have yet to visit

so i’ve decided to walk in each of the parks 

in ann arbor

all 159+ of them

to see what is unique about each

with more than

2,000 acres of parkland

 50,000 trees

a river, dams, falls, hills, ponds, gardens,

woods, meadows, prairies, and rec areas

found in spaces ranging from

tiny neighborhood green spots to wide open expanses

i see an adventure ahead

with no planned deadline or timeline

 so i began the list alphabetically yesterday

and have walked 2 of them so far

only 157+ to go.

“parks are works of art just as a painting or sculpture is.”

-thomas hoving

credits: ann arbor parks and recreation

live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. ― ralph waldo emerson

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we went outside

on a class hike

 touched stuff

 picked up things

 fell down

 rolled

ran

 played in the water

saw some pretty little stuff

and saw some big and beautiful stuff

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and tried to figure out

how to get way up there

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 then we found this

and

think it was a message

left for us

and decided it was true

 and our adventure

was even better.

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land is the secure ground of home, the sea is like life,

the outside, the unknown.

– stephen gardiner

left behind.

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i went with mg

to explore

the old greenhouse

 long

untouched

and

there

we discovered

all kinds

of interesting artifacts

from past eras

when

suddenly

he

warned me

not to

turn around

and

i imagined

every kind

of

horrible

gruesome

thing

lying there

but

i had to look

couldn’t

help myself

and

when

i turned

i saw

this

hideous

terrifying

clown puzzle

that had been

left behind

and

and i’d

venture to say

it was

abandoned

for a good reason

and

never missed

by anyone.

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courage is resistance to fear,

mastery of fear,

not absence of fear.

– – mark twain