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Taking Beauty with Us
The images on this page are all from the California coast.  As so often
happens with my pages, it didn't begin that way.  I started searching for
photos of the Pacific Northwest, as suggested recently by a Friday's Journal
subscriber.  But, along the way, I came across an image of Morro Bay,
California.  It brought back memories of a dinner my mother and I
enjoyed at a restaurant, overlooking the Bay there, many years ago.

Just for the sake of nostalgia, I went to Google Earth and retraced our trip
along the Coast...and before I even realized it, I was collecting pictures of
the California coast instead of Washington and Oregon, as I'd planned.
(That will be another page for another day!)

Meanwhile, I found some beautiful new places on my virtual trip to
California.  And I enjoyed a lovely sentimental journey.  -- Nancy
The quotes on this page are from three of my favorite poets:
Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The title of the page was suggested by a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Though we travel the world to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
I am my brothers keeper,
and I will fight his fight.
I'll speak the words for beast and bird,
'til the world shall set things right.
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Perseverance is a great element of success in any endeavor. If you knock on
the gate long enough and loud enough, you are sure to wake up somebody.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The six photos in this section were taken on Santa Catalina island.
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Above & below, Avalon Bay
Below image:  1909
Each morning, I awake with devout thanksgiving for my friends.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Above:  The photo that turned this into a California page...
On a misty evening, more years ago than I'd like to think about, my mother and I,
together with family we were visiting in California, sat in a restaurant facing Morro
Bay, watching the boats come and go, with Morro Rock as a background.  I'm happy
to report that the Rock is still there...and, more surprisingly, so is the restaurant!
A torn jacket is soon mended; but harsh words bruise the heart of a child.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
One ship sails east and another sails west, with the self-same winds that blow.
'Tis the set of the sail, and not the gale, which determines the way they go.
The winds of the sea are the ways of fate, as we voyage along through life,
'Tis the act of the soul that determines the goal, and not the calm or the strife.
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the
affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure
the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.  
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson