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On Tadpoles, Ducks, and Rainy Days


Get ready for rain drops on roses, puddles in driveways, and a small creek between our patio and the parking lot.

Get ready for rivulets on the windows, nonstop dancing on the roof, and mud tracked across the gray tile of our kitchen floor.

DunkingDrakeForget your rain gear and weather reports.
Slide into the water like a duck. Swim. Fly. Hop.
See the world like a tadpole: new, fresh and game.

Get ready.

The sky will be gray, relentless and constant.

Decide now to drown in its kisses.

Get ready.

The sun will be absent, tentative and weary.

Choose now to forgive its weakness.

Get ready.

The storms always come.

Resolve to meet them with love.


Today’s poem was inspired by “On Tadpoles and Joy,” a homily by Fr. Brian Zumbrum, OSFS. Oh, and the weather report.


Tadpole Photo credit: RayMorris1 / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Duck Photo credit: ViaMoi / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Sleeping through the #BloodMoonEclipse

Night owl I am not.

Fortunately my friends are. Or they had jet lag… I woke up to a pretty stream of pictures in my twitter feed. Of course there are some great collections via NASA’S Flickr group:



These are gorgeous triumphs of the photographic arts but I also love the simplicity of my friend Carmela’s shot, which she accomplished by playing with the settings on her point and shoot Elph:


via Twitter @bylinecarmela


Psalm 65 truly struck home this morning:

The ends of the earth stand in awe
at the sight of your wonders.
The lands of sunrise and sunset
you fill with your joy.

Combat Dreariness: The Cherry Blossom Edition


Earlier this week, I wrote about using internet picture sites to fight the grayness of a drab spring day.

May I also suggest some cherry blossoms?

Capital Weather Gang curated some beautiful photos of today’s sunrise around the tidal basin but these Foter Finds are also fun. Though older, they illustrate the fleeting beauty and eternal appeal of these gorgeous flowers.


Cherry Blossoms in DC

Top photo credit: Jeff Kubina, 2007 / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Bottom photo credit: Photo credit: JoshBerglund19, 2010 / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Combat Dreariness with Beauty

Scott's Run, March 2014

Scott’s Run, March 2014

Despite what the calendar says, an actual living Spring seems weeks away, which can be rough on your mental health. Here in Northern Virginia, it’s been either pouring rain or densely foggy for close to forever days on end. Not only do gloomy forecasts often lead to equally gloomy thought patterns they can also limit opportunities for physical activity. A hike in the rain on a muddy, hilly path to a river is fun exactly once, even if that river is the historic Potomac.

But photo sites like Flickr and offer a great way to lift up your mood — you can search for photos of things that make you happy and meditate for a minute or two. If you’re fortunate enough to partly earn your living with photography, revisit a few favorites. I was able to catch some great photos last week and really enjoyed the results.

How do you perk up your day?

April 11 Edition: Combat Dreariness with Cherry Blossoms

We’ve launched our new website!

I’ve done a lot of informal technology training for non-digital natives and launched a multi-generational tech tutoring program in my current workplace. One fabulous resource that I turn to over and over again is – it just can’t be beat for sound educational design meeting a variety of learner needs. And it’s free, just like the name says.

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