Sunday, June 24, 2012

God sees

this is my Grandma Clark
Cleo Call Clark
she birthed 13 children
blessed to raise 12 of them
i am honored to be her grand-daughter

“We must not drift away from humble works, because these are the works nobody will do. It is never too small. We are so small we look at things in a small way. But God almighty sees everything great. Therefore, if you just go and sit and listen, go visit somebody, or bring somebody a flower–small things, wash clothes for somebody, or clean the house, very humble work. That is where you and I must be. For there are many people who can do big things. But there are very few who will do the small things.” ~Mother Teresa


Thursday, June 21, 2012

it was 2:52 PM

we walked like this
a lot

we walked like this
all grown up

to walk just this way
each step
on my heart


Monday, June 18, 2012

climbing to view

(all photos taken by my brother Nathan)
many times in Paris
once in Switzerland
i found myself
 just what will i see?                                                                                              top of arc de triomphe

well worn stone steps
holding many travelers
pilgrims really
and clergy
a bird's eye view                                                                                                           top of sacre coeur
long before the Wright brothers
as man yearns                                                                                                            top of grossmunster
to see
and feel closer


Sunday, June 10, 2012

the hills are alive

with the sound of
rushing waterfalls

 cows at home in the Swiss Alps

 a Swiss chalet
 could Heidi live here?

thanks to Nate we have these amazing photos
 one of my favorite places

 singing..."the hills are alive with the sound of music"
a poor but lively rendition 
i will never forget this day
the church
maybe my favorite
the picnic on the mountain bench
the hike
the sunbathers
the mosaics
large key that let us in the church
little cemetery
oh, did i mention the delicious lunch
Nate packs the best lunch


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

how we got around

in Paris and then Switzerland
photos in no particular order

 before we ever left America I had a dream--
I had to jump down and snatch Liz out of the way
she had fallen in the path of a subway train
 “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling

 our flat was in Clichy
it took us 20 minutes to get to Paris

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
when we see this sign we know we can go underground for a ride
 that map is the bible of the subway system
 many times the cars were standing room only
Nate always made sure I had a seat
 someone is always needing a ride
 “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
 we started each day on the 13
it was good luck for us
if you can read and navigate this map you've got it made
lose this ticket and you have a headache
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac
this silver train took us from Paris to Zurich in just over four hours
with amazing countryside to view 
precision clocks---precision trains---welcome to Switzerland
my brother lives is Thalwil
any time we sat was a nice time to rest
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
 “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
i left my black sweater on the train
 “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
 Swiss and French have very efficient modes of travel
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
 don't even think about talking if you are in a quiet car

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
she was always tired
but tired
 “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

 on our way to church in Zurich
 she really is Swiss!
her great-grandmother and grandfather are 100% Swiss
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

getting around 
practice makes perfect