Snowy Owl

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A Snowy Owl is spending time at Nickerson Beach on Long Island this Leap Day. Although they breed way up in the Arctic Tundra, these owls, on occasion, show up in unlikely places – like New York. We were sure to stay at least one hundred feet from the well-hidden bird, to be sure not to disturb it.

“Be still, and the earth will speak to you.” – Navajo Proverb

Peaceful Sunrise

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Light begins to fill the sky on the rocky coast of Gloucester, Mass. on Sunday morning. Sometimes, to more fully appreciate a sunrise, you have to wait in the dark for a while.

“Every sunrise holds more promise. Every sunset, more peace.” – Anonymous

Traveling Mercies

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We admired an American Oystercatcher on the beach at Little Water Cay in Turks and Caicos after taking a short boat ride that crossed the incredible, turquoise-colored water of Grace Bay.

When we departed, our taxi driver wished us well with a local blessing; “Traveling Mercies,” she said.

With Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

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“Grace, growth, and gratitude. These are my highest aspirations.” — Gloria Arliss

Out and About

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“Sometimes I get nature to pray when I don’t have the words – I let a rushing river say my prayer. I let the mountain wind be my whisper. I let the chirping birds be my song. A day in nature is never wasted.” – Jared Brock from his book A Year of Living Prayerfully

Wonders Along the Way

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All photos © Tom Warren… With gratitude