I take Rowdy to Riverside Park almost every day before work. It’s a time to be outside in the quiet morning air, to center myself, and to let Rowdy run around off the leash. Sometimes I sit down and try to actively focus on my breath, and other times I walk and just try to be in that moment. It's my favorite way to start the day.
"There is a part of me that will forever want to be walking under autumn leaves, carrying a briefcase containing the works of Shakespeare and Yeats and a portable chess set. I will pass an old tree under which once on a summer night I lay on the grass with a fragrant young woman and we quoted e.e. cummings back and forth."
- Roger Ebert
“People with the name Laura have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition.”
This definition of my sister’s name is perfect for her. Laura deeply loves traveling and is down for any adventure. She marches to the beat of her own drum and is confident with who she is, and because of this shines a little brighter. I took this picture on a train in Boston last month, where we got to spend a few days catching up and exploring the city. It was wonderful to see my beautiful sister after being so many miles apart for the past year!
I am in love with the beautiful architecture in New York City. No matter what street you stumble down, there are guaranteed to be unique structures, carvings, and details. These are contrasted by trees and parks, modern amenities, and unfortunately trash. The city possesses continuous juxtapositions: old and new, pristine and grit, elegance and junk, wilderness and concrete. These pictures were all taken within a three block radius of my apartment, which just goes to show how much New York has to offer!
My sister and my pup, aka two of the cutest things in the world. My sister spent the last four months in Argentina, and I am so happy she is back safe and sound!
And another thing I love about New York is the beautiful churches that peek out and up between the brownstones and skyscrapers.
"Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
- Robert F Kennedy
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” - Shel Silverstein
My parents have an affinity for adopting lab mixes from the local animal shelter. They scooped up this bundle of joy two years ago. As a baby, Rosy suffered from parvovirus and pneumonia and most likely would not have survived in the pound, had my parents not taken her home when they did. Today, Rosy is one of the happiest and love-filled dogs that you will ever meet.
"Now I lay me down in the southern sunset
Where it rest far out to sea
But I know it'll soon be rising
Any place close in my memory"
"The cure for anything is salt water - tears, sweat, or the sea" - Isak Dinesen
My favorite flowers are blooming! I especially love daffodils because their sunny yellow heads start to appear at the same time that spring weather does in Georgia. Even though it's only February, the sunshine is warmer and the evening air has lost its chill. I am ready for it!
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." - Albert Schweitzer
Can't you see that it's just raining
Ain't no need to go outside...
But baby, you hardly even notice
When I try to show you this
Song is meant to keep ya
From doing what you're supposed to
Like waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
I'll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it's the weekend now
It snows in Georgia maybe once a year, and it sticks even less frequently. On Tuesday Atlanta got hit with the winter storm Leon, which brought two inches of snow to the city. This might seem like a laughable amount to those accustomed to trudging through several feet of snow for weeks on end, but the South isn't prepared. Twenty minute commutes turned into twenty hour ones, cars were abandoned on the highway, kids spent the night at their schools, police could not respond to all the wreaks, and a child was birthed in a traffic jam.
Despite all the stress and chaos, the fallen snow was beautiful, but what was even more beautiful was the compassion that radiated throughout the city. People took to Facebook and Twitter to offer food and beds to those unable to make it home, braved the ice to push strangers' cars out of ditches, and rode ATVs to rescue families stranded on the highway without gas or warmth. I am grateful that we were reminded this week of the innate goodness that humans possess.
Five years ago, my now-husband and I went to the Fulton County Pound in Atlanta hoping to fall in love. When the fourth dog we took out, a scrawny spaniel mix crammed in a cage with a litter of pit bull puppies, brought us a stick and then demanded a belly rub, he had our hearts. The pound employees called him Killer; we called him Rowdy, after the taxidermy dog in the TV show Scrubs.
Rowdy has brought infinite laughter and love to our lives. I truly believe he has a soul and intelligence comparable to humans. He's our friend, protector, entertainer, and unconditional companion.