Saturday, August 13, 2016

At the Lake, with Quotes

Lake Cumberland 2016
"The enormous lake stretched flat and smooth and white all the way to the edge of the gray sky. Wagon tracks went away across it, so far that you could not see where they went; they ended in nothing at all." --Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie, Chapter One

Well, our recent journey was not in the winter as was Laura's nor to Minnesota, and yet our tracks did take us to a lake that stretched far and to a destination that offered new and memorable experiences: Kentucky's Lake Cumberland. This is where we went for a 'mini-vacation,' kids and grandkids all in tow. We did most of those things you do when you go to a lake--fishing, boating, swimming, hiking--but mostly it was all about good family time and beautiful sights and sounds. Sharing favorite snapshots along with accompanying quotes. Hope they brighten your day as the trip did ours.

"Instructions for living a life: Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell about it." 
--Mary Oliver, from her poem 'Sometimes' 

" 'Now shall I walk or shall I ride?'
   'Ride,' Pleasure said;
   'Walk,' Joy replied." 
--W.H. Davies, Welch poet

"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes." 
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, 
somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. 
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be." 
--Anne Frank

"Never be afraid to sit awhile and think." 
--Lorraine Hansberry, playwright

Where is your favorite place to sit awhile and think?


  1. Thanks, Mason--and thanks for stopping by :-)

  2. Interestingly enough, I saw a lovely bench at the library yesterday, a perfect place for sitting. Etched on it was a quote by Albert Camus: "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer." Beautiful quote -- poignant as I contemplate the end of this season.

  3. Love the quote, Peggy. Could it also speak of an approach to life as the years continue to speed by? Hmmm... And benches--great subject for 'favorite' places to sit and think! I know I can visualize a couple of benches in particular where I've passed some pleasant moments. Thanks for sparking some memories :-) Have a great week ahead...

    1. I'm afraid Camus was probably going for something deeper than "no more picnics, let's rake the leaves and shovel the snow." And I hope I'll feel that invincible summer when winter eventually hits. (But that doesn't mean I want to dwell on it.) :-)

      Happy writing!

    2. I'm with you, Peggy--there's too much writing to be done before we worry about life's winter, especially when we look at the projects we dream about and hope to complete. If only we could bottle up a little of that summer energy for the future... :-)

  4. Looks like you had a lovely trip! I've long thought we needed to visit there, and now I am sure of it.:) So glad you shared this with us - pictures, quotes - a whole package of delightful inspiration!