Posted by: narrowcompass | October 4, 2010

“Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all.”

Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now

Posted by: narrowcompass | October 2, 2010

“Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air

And feather canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way.

But now they only block the sun, they rain and snow on everyone.
So many things I would have done but clouds got in my way.

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall.

I really don’t know clouds at all.”

Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now

Posted by: narrowcompass | October 25, 2009

A Walk Through The Garden

“I hope I never become so used to the world that it no longer seems wonderful.”

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Posted by: narrowcompass | October 22, 2009

More Chasing Butterflies


Posted by: narrowcompass | October 20, 2009

Chasing Butterflies

My butterfly garden has rewarded me many times over with visits from all sorts of beautiful guests.

Posted by: narrowcompass | October 19, 2009

Seasonal Magical Moments

Plumes of steam fog dance across the lake.

Plumes of steam fog dance across the lake.

The arrival of the season’s first cool front this weekend presented an opportunity to relish everyday routines with a transformed perspective.  The simple and mundane became magical moments triggering feelings of comfort and joy, like:
•    Savoring the aroma and taste of the day’s first cup of coffee;
•    The buzz of cool air against your face;
•    The invigorated prance of the dogs on our brisk walks;
•    The overnight spike in color of the ripening citrus; and
•    Rising plumes of early morning steam fog across the lake

Nature’s bounty to delight in free of charge.

Posted by: narrowcompass | October 9, 2009

This year’s gingers have been especially hardy.  The pinecone ginger crop is impressive.  The blue ginger is starting to fill out.  Curcumas put on their usual dazzling show.  Butterfly gingers are slow to pop this year.

Pinecone gingers are everywhere!

Pinecone gingers are everywhere!

A curcuma.

A curcuma.

A dancing lady.

A dancing lady.

One of the orange hedychiums.

One of the orange hedychiums.

Posted by: narrowcompass | October 6, 2009


Welcome to my blog.  Why narrow compass?  For me it’s a reminder to never lose sight of what is in front of you each day and enjoy every moment – in the moment.  And find joy and happiness in the comings and goings of daily life.  Dreaming, imagining, learning and planning are never limited, but embracing the NOW of daily blessings is vital.  Something as simple as a peaceful walk in the garden or the touch of a beloved dog can enrich the spirit.  Often these moments are overlooked during the day’s hurried pace.

I like this quote by the English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton
“What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach.”


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