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  • Actual happiness looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand. - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
  • Education
    "Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education." -David Polis
  • "Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it... but by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one becomes to feeling ill... Thus if one just keeps walking, everything will be all right." -Soren Kierckgaard
  • Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus
  • How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard

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January 19, 2010



OMG!! Everything about this winter post was beautiful...i wish I was!


Michelle!!! That was just gorgeous!! I can't imagine a more peaceful place to spend your winter. I am motivated and might even make it outside today, after seeing your photos!! Your hair looks great, it has really grown long. The photo of all of you on the ice is a perfect family photo. So nice too, that you have neighbors around some. The photo of the road is really nice too. ALL the photos were great. My boys want more info on the double igloo, how did you build it??


Amazing photos!! I love snow and being out in it. Maybe you and Mark could build on to the house so Opa and I can visit!!???? I've always thought camp was the most beautiful summer place but now I'm thinking maybe winter is even better.
You are certainly living in a winter wonderland.


Thanks Al!  You can visit anytime!


Thanks Deb!  About the double igloo - the boys (including Mark) shoveled, piled and packed snow, then poured water over it for a couple of nights.  Then, they cut a hole and carved it out.  They havent spent a night in it yet, so I dont know how warm it really is.  I want to see what the Perkins boys can come up with.


Hi Marsha,

Wed love to do an addition, but were thinking about a yurt.  Maybe next winter!  There is always the queen-sized air mattress for now.

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