This Open Road

A season walking southbound on the Appalachian Trail


Eat Pray Run

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I love this.

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be brave with your life

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My new favorite quote!  Not My Circus Not My Monkeys. A Polish proverb that is another way of saying not my problem

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Mary oliver

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“This is what you shall do: be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter.”
– Edward Abbey

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“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin living it.”             

-W. M. Lewis

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Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.  – Pico Iyer 

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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

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“The sight of the world put mad ideas into me; as if I could wander away, wander forever, see strange and beautiful things, one after the other.”
– C.S. Lewis

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He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. – Socrates

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‎”Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena

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“Do not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now.” – Marcel Proust

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”   – John Muir


3 wise women

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People will forget

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Travel the world

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“If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.” – Harvey MacKay

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“Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another, to create eternal ripples of a life well lived.” -Mollie Marti




“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”  – Robert Louis Stevenson


“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
  – George Bernard Shaw


We will not forget you, sweet little ones, and the adults who tried to protect you. You are in our hearts and we grieve for you.

Newtown, CT

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“I never imagined that existence could be so simple, so uncluttered, so spartan, so free of baggage, so sublimely gratifying. I have reduced the weight of my pack to 35 pounds and yet I can’t think of a single thing I really need that I can’t find, either within myself, or within my pack.”

– David Brill, As Far As the Eye Can See


“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

– Ray Bradbury

“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes




While perusing Lesley Carter’s blog, I saw this awesome quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.


The life you have led


A good laugh


Another video, this time about Dick Proenneke, who built a cabin in Alaska in 1968, in the area that is now Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Here is another good review of the man and the video.

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My favorite flash mob video ad even thought it’s been around for a couple years:

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“Close some doors. Not out of incapacity or arrogance, but because they lead you nowhere… After closing the doors that lead you nowhere, throw away the key! Because our tendency is to look back and regret.” -Paulo Coelho

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“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Ray Bradbury

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This is your life

 Maybe not exactly inspiration, but made me laugh and pretty much sums up my view of the subjects. Ha!

that's not going to happen


Inspiration at its finest!

Yesterday, Graham Hughes, a British filmmaker, became the first person to visit all 201 countries without flying. In the process, he raised funds for the UK charity, Water Aid, hosted Graham’s World for the National Geographic Channel, kept his own blog, The Odyssey Expedition  and set a world record. Click on the photo to read an article about his achievement.

Graham Hughes


“I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.




I’m adding a new page today – Inspiration – pictures, art, humor, quotes, ideas – anything that strikes me as inspiring.

The best way to begin this is to share an anniversary picture of a couple who’ve been married for 50 years this weekend: My parents.

This photo was taken at my grandparents’ house (mom’s parents) after the wedding. Everything seems to be in motion around them. Someone pulled out a chair – a style that characterizes the early 60’s – and captured the moment. They’re young, classic and sophisticated, among the post-wedding clutter. Someone is just out of view. A box sits, ready for packing, or maybe unpacking. Gifts are scattered on the table.

The painting behind them was the backdrop of my visits there during my childhood, teen years, college and beyond. I often wondered about the artist and the setting. I don’t know where it is now.

My parents are thriving. They’re in good health, funny and smart. They make each other laugh, and kindness and thoughtfulness are routine.

This is where it began.

8 responses to “Inspiration

  1. Mom and Dad December 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Robyn, you made us laugh and puddle up with your sweet comments about us. The laugh part was referring to us as “classic and sophisticated.” Really? It’s exciting and fun for us to know that we have reached the fifty-year milestone. We feel that no matter how long we will have to be together, it will never be enough. We truly treasure each other. As for the photo, the picture behind us was a wedding gift to us from Uncle Tim, and we had it in our Hurst home for years until we redecorated. My parents had a different picture up there after we took that one to our new home. The person just outside of the photo with the crutch is Aunt Kathleen when she was still able to walk (to others: disabled by polio as a child, now in a wheelchair, but alive and doing well). And Tracy, how great to hear from you! I loved the many times you were in our home blessing us with YOUR warmth and cheerfulness. Wonderful memories.

  2. Tracy Willis November 30, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I will always have such warm & cozy memories of your parents. I’m so glad they are still thriving! oxo

  3. brickthomas November 30, 2012 at 1:58 am

    A nice addition to your already enjoyable blog. Keep up the good work.

    Snake Hips

  4. Judy November 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    This new page is truly inspirational. What a joy to view. Thank you!!

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