I love the river

Sometimes on the weekends I get on that small ship that some idealistic people here have bought. They offer transfer from one side to the other or small round trips. The small ones are 15 minutes, the so called “panoramic” ones which are only offered on Sundays are 30 minutes. I just love to get on that old ship, sit on the front end and take one or two trips up and down the river. It changes my perspective. I look differently at things from the water. I notice different things on the water. The small boats, the people sitting beside the river, the architecture of the villages along the river. The gentle rocking of the ship when another ship or boat passes by. The sound of the old ship engine. The huge trees along the river, the vine yards on the hills. Yes, I love to be on the river, it somehow soothes my soul.

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I wish for you … and me!

1. I wish you all the laughs in the world,
because it’s important to laugh.
Even when it’s at yourself.
And sometimes, it really is the best medicine.

2. I wish you warm tea and good coffee,
because everyone needs a pick me up.
When life seems to have you in a whirlwind
of things to do, and people to see.
For the days that getting out of bed seems like the hardest thing to do in the world.
Yes, in times like these I wish you warm tea and good coffee.

3. I wish you good company,
because those you surround yourself with
are a reflection of who you are.
You are so lovely,
make sure the rest of the world knows it.

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It is very important …

to go out alone, to sit under a tree — not with a book, not with a companion, but by yourself — and observe the falling of a leaf, hear the lapping of the water, the fishermen’s song, watch the flight of a bird, and of your own thoughts as they chase each other across the space of your mind. If you are able to be alone and watch these things, then you will discover extraordinary riches which no government can tax, no human agency can corrupt, and which can never be destroyed.”

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