Alive

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Photo by Anne Bondi

  When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

~ Marcus Aurelius

Well, fall has certainly arrived and in fact it seems like we have passed the peak and are on the downward spiral towards winter.  This photo is from a great hike that we took – Anita, me, our brother Joe and his wife Anne.  Have you ever been up to Skytop Lodge in Canadensis, PA?  It is one of the most beautiful spots in the Poconos, at least to me. I have lived here for ten years but have never hiked up there.  We did 2 fantastic hikes – one was to Indian Ladder Falls and the other was the Beaver Dam Trail.  This photo is from the Beaver Dam Trail.  Hiking with family and friends is certainly one way to remember that we are so lucky to be alive and at the same time soak in the beauty of everything around us.  If you have never been, head up to Skytop and take a peak around. While you are there, take a nice deep breath in and as you let it out, say “thank you”.

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Friends

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  The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

~ Henri Nouwen