❝ I was seventeen, and no one knew what to do for me. The array of psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and others that had been seeing me had essentially thrown up their hands. I needed to choose recovery, they said, and it was something I clearly wasn’t doing. Until I did so, there wasn’t anything they could do. I would recover when I was ready.

I have, of course, many problems with that viewpoint. For one, there’s the ability of someone who is acutely ill to actually choose recovery. The other issue is that recovery is a choice — a single choice that you make and then the magic can happen. The problem is that you don’t just choose recovery. You have to keep choosing recovery, over and over and over again. You have to make that choice multiple times each day. You have to make that choice even when you really don’t want to. It’s not a single choice, and it’s not easy. ❞


Otho Lloyd
Plaça de Sant Agusti Velle, Barcelona, 1946

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Awkward Hill, Bibury | England (by flash of light)

One of the secret doors of the Stift Admont library, Austria.


Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland


The dog-days are almost upon us.  Keep your kitties (and even goggies) safe in the heat.

Some other tips:

  • Put out multiple water bowls for easy access.  Consider freezing one, or adding ice.
  • Tie ribbons to the grill of an oscillating fan to encourage your cat to play and cool off at the same time
  • Place some frozen cooler packs in a rolled up towel, then in your pets favorite bed
  • Make sure access to the bathroom is clear.  All of that porcelain, enamel and cold water plumbing can keep bathrooms a few degrees cooler than the rest of the house.  Basements too, if available


Dancer: Lonnie Weeks

Photo by Quinn Wharton