A very full plate. TX

Monday, March 15th, 2010

"Today, see if you can stretch your Heart and expand your Love so it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much." [quote]

Fire-2  

Carol, Peggy, Jeff, Kent and let’s not forget Trip, one of the sweetest Dog met, a rescue like Spirit, today in a better World. "The Oasis" has had a crowd for a couple days, a crowd and food! Good food. Nothing was missing. The weather warm was custom made for my Friend’s visit, short sleeve T shirts throughout the day, conversations and laughter around the fire in the evening, it was a scene from what I would call "The Perfect Moments". Time lingered as it does with me, the question often arised "do we plan anything?", as the reply was "we are doing it". My kind of people without much difficulty living the moment of this present here without the shadows of an incoming wave from the thoroughfare of a past Life outsourcing all of us.

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The next plate has had some trouble with my last exposure of thoughts. I have suddenly experienced within other’s words how sacred, if I may say so, much riding for many is, as it is for myself, probably for Spirit also who enjoys it immensely. And that is of course just fine. But maybe I have not understood comments read, perhaps a couple of the authors have not understood my words written. My previous post was about my Friend Tyler which I expected if anyone was going to make a comment, to naturally feel a bit of complaisance toward a rider that almost lost her Life and by sheer inner power, and incredible support from the Community, surmounted and continues to transcend with inward and outward scars. The insensitivity took me back, shocked me, left me flat within my thoughts thinking there has to be some misunderstanding. Maybe these authors have not read it all, do not know who Tyler is and the circumstances of her riding in months past. Could these authors be so engulfed in their own riding as these were the comments…

Twin RV's  

“But the proposition of not riding is a dangerous one to a life well lived!”… “Too true. It would be safer to stay in a padded room, but would it be living? I don’t think so.” Do the authors of such comments truly understood? I am at a loss for words. I am all in between being upset to feeling angry. Of course every step in our Life is of a dangerous one, as they say, getting out of bed could be a precarious one. There is not doubt. My own comments were not truly of riding, but of care toward each other, toward a certain sense of consideration. Those are not the messages taking form in my mind, those are not the meanings I have perceived. And yet, none of this is “neither here or there”. I do not mean to offend anyone as I am myself feeling offended, as again as I stated, my words where not about “riding” but about another Human Being that has come so close to the edge that one could have, even if not knowing her, send out a bit of “gratifying thoughts” and not as above stated their own essence of thoughts toward the hobby or sport itself. Such as this other gentleman who understood…

“The day I learned of Tyler’s accident, I felt like someone had punched me in the gut. A woman, whom I had never met, and most likely will never meet, had the biggest impact on me that any stranger could have. It felt like it had happened to someone close to me, yet I only knew of her from the Pashnit website. As you said, the support and …”

Breakfast  
Breakfast Carol

Maybe times have changed too much for me. We talked about it all around the campfire these past two nights. We talked about the Human care which I felt so much was and is being dissipated. I just don’t know what to say, what to think or more to write at this point. Maybe the mainstream is spending too much time in the diamond lane skimming, skipping all that could be related to others with only a concern about their own. And yet I don’t want to think this way as I also know from experience being in the caring lane with so many that have shared their hearts and feelings toward everyone around them needing a simple care so well deserved by so many. I am only wondering if these authors maybe felt Tyler did not deserve such care as I can only read one’s own self toward themselves. It is a wake up call, we are talking about a “Human Being”, not machines. As someone else wrote “I don’t think that it was the best worded comments…”

Spirit  
Coals Bread and Garlic Oil

And the last plate these past days was served with even more of a shock, a punch so strong and so familiar in years past. My best Friend Bill, my buddy from Florida, who I lived with and his Wife Kammie for six months after loosing Lance, has been pronounced with a stage 4 Cancer. Early 50’s, just retired. How can that be? Is that time getting near again to loose another cherished one? More speechless moments at present times as I read his courage in his own words… “I am fine and feel great, I look at it as the cards dealt to me so now I have to figure how to cheat the game. I do plan to see you on the road somewhere this summer. Kammie and me will try to take 1 last ride out west. So don’t be bummed about this, I would ask you to think about the times we laughed so hard we could not breath and smile! I will give you an update when I know more.”

Dinner  
Before Dinner Dinner

Are we all so alone at the end of the day when all is said and done? Today again the cold winds have picked up, they are talking loud, the dark clouds are only letting the sun peak out at us in short bursts. It fits the moment, it is somber and threatening. Everyone has left as I stare at the horizon and gather up my strength to once again confront my thoughts and some of others unwelcomed these days. Life is always full of surprises. Isn’t?

Fresh Tuna Dinner  
Cobbler  

The Chocolate Cherrie Cobbler recipe…

Cobbler  
Cobbler Cobbler

Empty the cherries, sprinkle the cake mix and the soda, bake… One can use any combination desired. Amazingly delicious.

Till next time, you be well, always.

Ara & Spirit

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6 Responses to “A very full plate. TX”

  1. Zelda Says:

    Dear Ara & Spirit,
    I check your site for new posts regularly, not wanting to miss the joys, wisdom and beauty, seasoned with the sorrows of your life and the lives of those we come to know through your blog. I prayed for Tyler after her accident and rejoice at her miraculous recovery now. We motorcycle riders accept the risks of riding with a clear head. Prayers also for comfort and strength for your friend Bill and also for Kammie, his courage is truly inspiring. Last of all, your cherry cobbler pictures and simple recipe bring tears of pleasure to my eyes! Will definitely take that one on the road with us.
    You and Spirit ride safely,
    Zelda

  2. Carol Says:

    What a wonderful time we had! The Oasis is really a peaceful place. Love the photos … “Trip” says hello to “Spirit” … he misses his wrestling buddy. Stay safe until we meet again. C.

  3. John Says:

    Ara: Can’t read the “soda” label, don’t think its available in Maine….what ‘s a good (common) substitute…root beer? Txz, John

  4. Mark Says:

    My weekly bread for an adventures soul…thanks for posting a great site.

  5. Ken and Nanette Says:

    If you don’t mind we would like to repeat the line that really got our attention.

    “Today, see if you can stretch your Heart and expand your Love so it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much.” [quote]

    What a great goal for each day. The opportunities are out there — the question is do we seize them when we see them?

    Great post as always!

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    Ken and Nanette

  6. Jeff & Sandra Says:

    Hey Ara and Spirit,

    From those that have sight, feelings can come from the heart. From those that are blind, feelings can come from the heart. From those that have sight and are blind, feelings can come from the heart. But, along the trail of understanding, feelings can be misunderstood or misinterpreted, even if from the heart.

    Take good care.

    Jeff and Sandra

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