Dog Daze of Summer

amazed starring @ eclipse dog daze ~d nelson

Breathing easier right here
as wildfires across the west
are being put out
& smoke clears across my skies.

at beach without leash dog daze

Record August heat
& now cooler evenings
offer body & mind comfort, locally
as dog daze of summer.

street crossing dog daze

But, elsewhere people,
animals, plants & earth
violently uprooted by nature’s
undiscriminating forces.

Wishing comfort, assistance,
food, shelter & medicine
for those effected by tornadoes,
earthquakes, fires, floods,
worldwide.

May we all help each other
near and far,
as best as we can.

There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.
There is no greater guilt than discontentment.
And there is not greater disaster than greed ~Lao-Tzu

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70 thoughts on “Dog Daze of Summer

  1. Sunny

    Thank you for this compassionate post, David. We are in Pennsylvania but are very concerned for the wellbeing of our condo and car (in the garage) in east Naples. The storm shutters are up and its a concrete structure with tile roof. Thankfully most of our friends and neighbors have evacuated. The others are stubbornly staying put. May all beings be safe and free from harm! The rest is just stuff.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      so happy that your precious self
      is out of hurricane’s path, Sunny!
      a long time ago i visited Florida.
      I’m happy many have gone to higher ground
      and hope buildings and stuff stay put
      and as dry as possible πŸ™‚

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      1. Sunny

        Thank you, precious friend! I read this today on the Florida Community of Mindfulness email in SW Florida https://www.floridamindfulness.org/
        “In closing please remember the Three Fierce Mantras of Tsangpa Gyare:

        1. Whatever has to happen, let it happen.

        2. Whatever the situation is, it is fine.

        3. I really don’t need anything to be happy.”

        Love,
        Sunny

  2. Linda Arthur Tejera

    Beautiful photos and prose, David. Love the dogs. Having recently moved from Florida, we are praying hard for family, friends, and everyone in Irma’s path. We’re praying for nothing more than high winds in our Georgia home. We shall see. Also keeping prayers going for all of the calamities happening — floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m grateful for your kind words and personal reflection, dear Linda! I had a pleasant holiday in Florida decades ago. Thank you for bringing the place, people and other beings there into clearer view. wishing y’all near the storm
      safety, connection and spare batteries for the transistor radio.
      so many “natural disasters” at once. this cartoon seems relevant to me πŸ™‚

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2017/09/08/messaging-at-the-white-house-reaches-biblical-proportions/?utm_term=.557dc926f43e

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  3. JoAnna

    Thank God and Mother Earth for the change of seasons. I’m so glad the fires are being put out and appreciate your thoughts for those in danger. That quote by Lao-Tzu is a good one. I think lavish desires and greed have contributed much to the calamities of the world.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your kind words, Tom
      and generous contribution towards
      the well=being of others.
      yes, to controlling those corporations
      who now claim to be people πŸ™‚

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  4. Healing Grief

    Mother Nature is certainly revealing around the world the consequences of not giving back. We simply cannot continue to take from this gift of abundance. Beautiful reminder David. Glad the skies have cleared for you and your furry friends. β˜€οΈ

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  5. susanenholm32

    Clever . . . . the dogs seem pasted into the scene. How did you do that?
    Since I do not pray for anything, I always appreciate your expansive views and the comments you receive.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thanks, dear susan!
      the doggies didn’t seem
      to mind being photoshopped
      into the field, beach or street!
      as long as they were compensated
      with a few doggy bones!
      may all find shelter from the storm πŸ™‚

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  6. Betty Hayes Albright

    Smoke has cleared here too, replaced by the relief of actual rain clouds. Thoughts are with those in Florida though, as Irma closes in…and all those in Texas who are still suffering. And so many other disasters around the world.
    Thank you for your gentle, caring words, and your wonderful good humor. (Oh, and i enjoyed the doggy photos. πŸ™‚ πŸ• )

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      I’m happy to hear you can breathe
      cleaner and more relaxed, Betty!
      May all be safe and have adequate shelter
      from the storms, and
      rest soundly like the doggies
      in their beds πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you, dear poet for your thoughtful understanding. i’ve distant memories of hiking in beautiful places in Oregon & Washington that are now burned. Truly sad. Having been helped, I can appreciate the value of feeling connected, especially in times of real need. πŸ™‚

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  7. Annika Perry

    A reminder if needed of the crazy weathers and calamities affecting so many…I am glad you are safe now, David and my thoughts are with all those affected by the hurricanes. There have been so many wonderful tales of people helping each other and really it is the only way to cope and at times survive. Finally, I’m so taken with your first photo…so atmospheric, gorgeous dogs and wonderful ethereal lighting.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your caring, Annika! So many in need of help and finding consolation in knowing others are there for them.
      the doggies are wagging at your nice complement, even though they were photoshopped in πŸ™‚

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  8. Jet Eliot

    Your dog daze photos and words of wisdom, with the beauty of Lao-Tzu’s quote were gentle and lovely, David. It’s a fiery earth in some places, and terrifyingly spinning in other places, best we all just help each other.

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  9. Sue Dreamwalker

    I am late arriving here as per usual dear David.. And yes so much calamity around the world.. And I whole halfheartedly echo these words of yours
    ” Wishing comfort, assistance,
    food, shelter & medicine
    for those effected by tornadoes,
    earthquakes, fires, floods,
    worldwide.”..
    They are indeed in my thoughts, as are many around our world that are suffering right now..

    Loved your photos.. And sending much love, and Blessings to you and yours David..
    Take care..
    Sue πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      Thank you for just arriving
      at the right time, Sue!
      Even though our wordpress orbits
      have seemingly different timings
      I know that you are a bright star
      lighting up a part of the universe
      in need of light.
      Sending a smile as I again circle
      the wp galaxy πŸ™‚

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