A Soldier’s Dream

Posted in Poetry on November 11, 2014 by allisonlabine

You dream of the scent of a woman’s skin;
Your woman’s. Her legs
Entwined with yours, her hair the
Music your fingertips play.

But you do not sleep.

You dream of eyes that only speak the
Language of love;
Your child’s. Soft cheek against your bare
Chest, gentle baby slumbering to the steady
Beat of your heart.

Still, you do not sleep.

You dream of silence you do not fear;
Sound you do not run from.
Sacrifice that keeps you whole, but
Still you do not sleep.

Still, you do not sleep.

Tucking a crinkled letter in your pocket,
You stand. On bruised legs,
Inside a shattered body
Blood-stained as the setting sun,

You rise and do not sleep.

 -Allison LaBine

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Happy Halloween 2014

Posted in Photography 2 with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2014 by allisonlabine

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Meaning and Purpose

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2014 by allisonlabine

“Fire and hunger are inborn. To believe in the fire within is our religion. To give it shape and meaning is our purpose.” – Unknown

“I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love…my soul is not contained within the limits of my body; my body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul.” – Jim Carrey

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My Sister’s Wedding

Posted in Photography 2 with tags , , , , , on October 13, 2014 by allisonlabine

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Under a Cerulean Sky

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2014 by allisonlabine

Braided gold
Flows through liquid hands
Summoning the world to
Rise.

Rumbling,
Nourishing,
Whispering…
Rivers carve
Mountains
Under a
Cerulean sky.

Crisp air,
Deep,
Deeper
Breaths.
Absorb. Inhale…
This
Sacred
Space.

Sweeping
Sentinels
Through the
Ages
Stretch, giving
Birth
To Nature’s
Luminous faces.

-Allison LaBine

Image: © Mac Stone

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Howl at the Night

Posted in Animal Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by allisonlabine

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” – Ancient Indian Proverb

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AURORA BOREALIS/ NORTHERN LIGHT FACTS

An aurora is a natural light display. Colorful blue, red, yellow, green, and orange lights shift gently and change shape like softly blowing curtains. Auroras are only visible at night, and usually only appear in lower polar regions.

In the ionosphere, the ions of the solar wind collide with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen from the Earth’s atmosphere. The energy released during these collisions causes a colorful glowing halo around the poles—an aurora. Most auroras happen around 60-620 miles above the Earth’s surface.

MOON FACTS

The moon orbits the Earth at an average speed of 2,300 miles an hour.

The moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth is the main cause of the rise and fall of ocean tides.

The airless lunar surface bakes in the sun at up to 243 degrees Fahrenheit for two weeks at a time. Then, for an equal period, the same spot is in the dark. The dark side cools to about -272 degrees Fahrenheit.

The shape of the moon appears to change in a repeating cycle when viewed from the Earth because the amount of illuminated moon we see varies, depending on the moon’s position in relation to the Earth and the sun. We see the full moon when the sun is directly behind us, illuminating a full hemisphere of the moon when it is directly in front of us.

WOLF FACTS

There are five subspecies of gray wolves in North America. Their coat colors can range from pure white to brown, gray, cinnamon or black.

Wolves live and hunt in packs within territories, ranging from 50 to 1,000 square miles.

In the lower 48 states, gray wolves were hunted to near extinction, though some populations survived and others have since been reintroduced. Few gray wolves survive in Europe, though many live in Alaska, Canada, and Asia.

Social creatures, gray wolves have a complex communication system that involves body language, barking, growling, “dancing,” howling and scent making.

Wolf pups are born blind and deaf, and must be cared for until they mature at around ten months of age.

New research has revealed that the common ancestor of dogs and wolves was a large, wolf-like animal that lived between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago. Based on DNA evidence, it lived in Europe.

Imagination

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by allisonlabine

“Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

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