Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Ocean Air

We are at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach.  Steve had a meeting in Cupertino, so on the way down, I spent a few hours at  the Cupertino Barnes & Noble.  A few books found their way into my care, and I sat for awhile watching people enter the store.  I wish I'd photographed their faces. People light up when they enter a book store.  Some turn left, some right, and some walk straight ahead, but all seem exhilarated with possibility and discovery.  There was a line of people waiting to enter at 9.  This book store has a wooden train layout for children in their huge children's section.  It was a lovely place to be.

And now we are here by the ocean.  I can sit and watch the waves.

Oddly, one of the books I bought is The Consolations of the Forest, Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga by Sylvain Tesson.  It might seem an unusual book for this environment, as this is partly business, so we were at an outdoor reception last night among fire pits, listening to a bagpiper, watching the sun set, and seeing hula dancers at a luau.  Some people seem to confuse Hawaii and Carmel, but maybe life has always been a mix.  Among the Coast Miwok native peoples, obsidian found its way in trade from Sonoma to Marin.

I've only just began this book, but it allows me to see why I gained so much in my silent retreat on Mt. Tam.

Solitude is a renewing gift, and now there is this, equally beautiful, and also a cherished gift.

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