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IMG_7765Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. ~ Hermann Hesse

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pinecovetreehagbI would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~ E.B. White

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age is no crime

but the shame
of a deliberately
wasted
life

among so many
deliberately
wasted
lives

is.

~ Charles Bukowski, from the poem Be Kind

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We need to revise how we think of aging. The old paradigm was: You’re born, you peak at midlife, and then you decline into decrepitude. Looking at aging as ascending a staircase, you gain well-being, spirit, soul, wisdom, the ability to be truly intimate, and a life with intention. ~ Jane Fonda

Aging is not ‘lost youth,’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength. It’s a different stage of life, and if you are going to pretend it’s youth, you are going to miss it. You are going to miss the surprises, the possibilities, and the evolution that we are just beginning to know about because there are no role models, no guideposts, and no signs. ~ Betty Friedan

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ~ C.S. Lewis

Yep, it’s my birthday. Hope you’ve enjoyed this little pep talk I’m giving myself. Have a great day!

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beachselfieaI do try to keep the selfies to a minimum but the reflective windows of just about every oceanfront home in Newport Beach are hard to resist. Have a great weekend, folks!

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IMG_20140715_0003Ben would go. It’s a message I saw displayed repeatedly around Newport Beach when I visited a week ago. A phrase originally coined in tribute to Eddie Aikau, a Hawaiian lifeguard and surfer who died in 1978 trying to rescue his crew when the boat they were on capsized, refers this time to 32-year-old Ben Carlson. Sadly, Carlson will now always be remembered as the first lifeguard in Newport Beach history to die in the line of duty. I took this shot with my Polaroid SX-70 at the entrance to the Newport Beach Lifeguard Headquarters a few days after the tragedy.