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August 31st, 2005


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10:17 am - Keeping up with myself
Sometimes, the natrual world has nothing on the city.

The rain in the forests and the mountains and the fields is cleansing, but it falls in the darkness and soaks into the ground. It has done this for millions of years, since before we crawled out of the slime pools that we came from.

But last night, as I stepped outside the grocery store, I looked at the rain. It fell in sheets, striking the asphalt and splashing in the puddles. A streetlamp was shining down upon the scene.

And the heavens were under my feet.

I watched the stars that were obscured by clouds above me fall to the earth: the light reflecting off the splash, each drop of water flickering and dancing in the streetlamp against the blacktop below.

I watched the scene for a moment, smiling.

Miracles and stars can be found in the strangest places.
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From:fred_smith
Date:August 31st, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Amen. I know I felt just like this when I got back from New Zealand into the blessed concrete of Estonia. Five minutes singing The Internationale in a council estate in the former Soviet Union, and environmentalism begins to seem like a waste of time. Its all natural.
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 31st, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
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It is all natural. If a natural creature creates something, how could it possibly be unnatural?
From:healing_coyote
Date:September 2nd, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
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"The unnatural--that too is natural." --Goethe, a poet (wrote Dr. Faustus...)
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From:edelweiss68
Date:August 31st, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
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That's beautiful. :)

I spent a bit of time yesterday at work just watching a katydid rubbing its wings and legs together to make music. It was wonderful...
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 31st, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Stopping and watching is, often, the best thing we can do. And we don't do it enough.

It helps us catch our breath and reminds us where we are.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Lots of people put their eyes to the ground and never look up. That bothers me.

More people should look up.
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From:qorinda
Date:August 31st, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Avery just said to me last night - There is so much beauty everywhere. I really don't understand why people are so unhappy.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC)
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"That's why it's still a mystery to me why some people live like they do.
So many nice things happenin' out there, but we've never even seen a clue."

I have to admit, it doesn't make much sense to me, either.
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From:rfunk
Date:August 31st, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)

Rain on the parade. And in the basement.

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OK, I'll be the one to spoil things, even though I love the city.

All that pavement prevents the rain from soaking into the ground underneath, so the water has to get redirected elsewhere. It ends up in places that have already soaked up all the water that fell there. Thus flooding.

The rural county just south of us has been getting hit hard with this because of all the unrestricted development around where I work.
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From:duriyah
Date:August 31st, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Rain on the parade. And in the basement.

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I gotta chime in in agreement with this.

Though that doesn't lessen the beauty that can be found everywhere, even while the ecosystem is unbalanced.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Rain on the parade. And in the basement.

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*nods* I agree.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Rain on the parade. And in the basement.

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Yes, but that doesn't change the absolute beauty I saw for about ten minutes on Monday night.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
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Some days, it just strikes you, out of the blue.
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From:lillassea
Date:August 31st, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm of the adamant opinion that there is just as much beauty in the city -- and just as much squalor and ugliness in the country -- as vice versa.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Anyone who's ridden through the backroads of Ohio will know about the squallor and ugliness.

Interestingly, I've just thought that those who live in the country are possibly less likely to be in contact with the ground they walk on. I've seen enough yards with garbage and trash and broken vehicles strewn around them that I'm now wondering if all that extra space doesn't encourage a more distant feel to the earth.

That's a totally half-formed thought, though.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 1st, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
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It really was inspiring to watch. Wish I could convey exactly what I saw.
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From:singingwren
Date:September 6th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
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I approve of this entry.

You may keep your LJ after all. *grins*

I believe I was moving in that rain, running frantically at first and then gradually resigning myself to walk slowly and let myself get cleansed.

The cynic in me scowls at the pollution in the air and the inevitable acidity it adds to the rain, but the cynic in me is fortunately completely unrespected and generally dismissed as worthless. So the rest of me saw it for what it was: water, sweet and clear, showering down from the heavens. So what if I were in the middle of an asphalt ghetto, listening to the rain drumming on rusted dumpsters instead of delicate trees? It's all the same, really. It's all sacred to me.

Funny how I never saw this until that one night I truly saw the MOON in Columbus and realized magic really IS everywhere... :)

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