January 04, 2021


The Swimming Hole 11/06/2006 Oil Paint Rendering — Midnight Hole, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Big Creek District, Waterville, North Carolina
There is the kind of winning
that takes place on tennis courts,
and football fields,
and golf courses,
and chess boards,
and poker tables,
where somebody wins 
and somebody loses.

And there is the kind of winning
that takes place 
in a small circle of jazz
or bluegrass musicians
making music in ways
that everybody wins
and nobody loses.

Winning does not require losing.
But that requires people
who know how to play
without keeping score.



October Corn Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center Farm, Cherokee, North Carolina
Do you know noise and static?

Stillness and silence?

In sync and out of sync?

Pace and timing?

Place and time?

Rhythm and flow?

Smooth and easy?

Movement and rest?

Peace and at-one-ment?

Sincerity and spontaneity?

Security and stability?

Balance and harmony?

Center and ground?

Source and goal?

And how to move
from where you are
to where you need to be
without moving at all?

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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