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One Of A Kind In The Middle Of A Quadrillion

I saw sailboats on a windless day recently at Crescent Beach. It was relaxing to watch them get nowhere bobbing gently in the water ... relaxing in contrast to events in the news. In addition to other horrors, there were earthquakes in California and relatively minor shakes along the BC coast. Luckily no lives were reported lost. Devastation occurs regularly in our world as do joyful moments, although life usually straddles the middle like the stairway (below) with a forest on either side and shore at the bottom.

In Ocean Park, the 1001 Steps had no walkers so it was up to me to make those wooden boards creak and to hear the birds sing as they darted from leaf to leaf.

Along Sandy Trail, there was a red door saying welcome that led nowhere except to where my imagination could take me as it did HERE.

A crow hoping for scraps found none ... on either side of the fence (below).

It occurred to me that even if there’s nothing to find and the going is slow it’s surreal just to lie on the grass and watch clouds drift over a remarkable world away from the news ... especially since the chance of being born to witness all this is as rare as 1 in 400 trillion or 1 in 400 quadrillion. Each of us exists improbably if not impossibly.


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Still the kid I used to be

Visit Postcards From Penelope Puddle and Penelope Puddlisms: BC Life Is A Whale Of A Ride to view more West Coast scenes.

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Happy Birthday, Canada: Forward Looking, Creative, Aiming High!

(Penelope Puddle waving the Canadian flag is original art
 that my daughter created for me long ago as a gift.)
July 1st is a day to celebrate Canada and Canadians, including one man who aimed extraordinarily high. Recently returned astronaut David Saint-Jacques wore the relaxed grin of a charmed adventurer who took a risk, survived and thrived. On Earth for just four days, after over 200 days on board the International Space Station, he spoke descriptively and poignantly to reporters about his experience. Whereas space travelers generally note what small specks we are here on Earth, he had another perspective. Viewing Earth from a distance, he marveled that the human mind, beyond the physical mechanics of the brain, can achieve vast, far-reaching wondrous things if focused and unified. We're all travelers on the same mothership even if we wave different flags.

See OUR WORLD to explore sights from around the globe.


Visit Postcards From Penelope Puddle and Penelope Puddlisms: BC Life Is A Whale Of A Ride to view more West Coast scenes.

Because the state of our planet is the most pressing issue of our time, link up and learn about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report.




Canada Day 2019, Crescent Beach, Surrey, BC, Photo by Maria Pavlik