“There’s always going to be someone out there…

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who doesn’t believe in you or who thinks your head is too big or you’re not smart enough. But those are the people you need to ignore, and those are the times you need to just keep doing what you love doing.” — Jimmy Fallon

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Photo by Jan Logozzo © 2015

“Without touch we are but hunks of wood.” — Jim Morrison

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“Just as our ancient ancestors drew animals on cave walls and carved animals from wood and bone, we decorate our homes with animal prints and motifs, give our children stuffed animals to clutch, cartoon animals to watch, animal stories to read.” — Diane Ackerman

The seahorse, as carved here by Bill Kelsey of Branford, CT, has kept its body shape since its inception. Geared for ambling motion rather than speed, they are seemingly content to roam the seas, wrapping their tails around the nearest object to anchor themselves. Loved by youngsters and oldsters alike, they are symbols of patience and contentment, happy with being where they are, in no hurry for advancement.

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Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2015

 

“He prayed for clear skies and discovery,

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for danger and heartache and laughter, for a life beyond fear, a life that got bigger, really got bigger, as it receded.” — Jonathan Evison

IMG_1122“We should not be afraid to go into a new era, to leave the old beyond.” — Zack Wamp

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Leaving Tanzania, heading out over Indian Ocean to coast of Zanzibar. Photos by Mary O’Connor © 2007

 

“People create their own questions

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because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk.” — Ayn Rand

And, to paraphrase the words of author Anne Lamott when she said that the road to enlightenment is long and difficult, be sure to bring snacks and magazines on your journey!

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Stone wall-lined road through Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, CT. Photo by Jan Logozzo © 2015

 

“Something I like to do a lot is just sit by the water when there’s a current

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and just stare into the water. I don’t fish, I don’t hunt, I don’t scuba, don’t spear, don’t boat, don’t play basketball or football   ̶  I excel at staring into space. I’m really good at that.” — Iggy Pop

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“Kingfisher meditation”—watercolor painting by Mary O’Connor © 2015