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Somewhere Out There

Thursday, May 10, 2012

After work yesterday, I snuck off to the lake for the afternoon, hung out with my family, ate dinner, drank a bottle of wine, did pull-ups outside while it rained, went to bed early, and woke up at 4:00 AM to make it back to Charlottesville in time to open the coffee shop. It was one of those fast, quiet things in my life that mean so much to me when they're over.

 Sending more things home from Charlottesville.

 Majestic Cockapoo

Brother with a haircut, home for the summer. 

Red, red wine. 

We love artichokes.

The sun came up this morning while I was driving over Afton Mountain, and I was reminded of something I said on a road trip almost five years ago., which was "I don't know how someone can look at all of this and not believe in God."

I have since become less judgmental and absolute in my beliefs, but as I turned off at the edge of the highway, I looked across the valley and felt something. The mountains, the pink light coming up from behind them, the unknown purpose of life, the hope in spite of everything else--I guess that's what they call sublimity. You can stand alone, but you're not alone.

"Five years have past; five summers, with the length
Of five long winters! and again I hear 
These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
With a sweet inland murmur.--Once again
Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
Which on a wild secluded scene impress 
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky."
--From William Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey


  1. What a beautiful way to spend an evening.

  2. You know, I don't think I have ever eaten a whole artichoke. They look too cute to eat!

  3. woah! brother looks so different!

  4. "the unknown purpose of life."
    Spot on.

  5. what a breathtaking view! I love that saying, we truly are never alone.

  6. Sounds like my idea of a perfect afternoon! Er, minus the pull ups. Pretty sure I haven't managed one since Presidents pHysical Fitness challenge in second grade.

  7. brother with a haircut?! who is that kid?

    also, yes yes yes. i think that all the time about "how can someone see all this and not believe in God?". i mean, i do understand how people could not, but i also don't. either way, this is so beautiful. and moments like that are my favorite to come by.

  8. This blog post makes my heart happy. I agree with you 100 percent -- looking around at the beauty in this world makes God to be such an obvious choice. My views on religion and being told how a person is to believe in God is something else entirely. But in terms of flat out yes-or-no, I think it's one of those "beauty is truth" scenarios.

  9. Aren't artichokes just beautiful? (Is that an odd thing to say?) I think brussel sprouts are quite pretty too!

  10. What stood out to me the most is your brother's haircut! How bad is that? He looks like a different person and I'm definitely feeling the new look.

    I LOVE the overlook right past Afton Mountain. Maybe we could meet in Staunton sometime. :)


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