The other day, I extended my walk another half mile or so and discovered more woodsy scenes, the twisted trunk of an old olive tree, another library box, and a pile of tree branches as thought-provoking as an art installation. I’ve lived in this town over 30 years and I never tire of its endless nooks and crannies – and reminders everywhere of its founding back in the late 1880s. No tract homes here. I passed a glass-walled mid-century home shaded by old-growth trees. From the roadside (I tried to be discreet), I could see that the back window had spectacular views of the valley below. On the other hand, around the block, the entire structure of a tiny decrepit wood-framed house – and its picket fence – leaned precariously in the same direction, as if a strong wind ALMOST blew it all down.
This morning when I opened my smartphone, I saw The Prayer, the timeless song written by David Foster. He has described the moving lyrics and music originally performed as a duet in 1998 by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli for the film, “Quest for Camelot.” He said the song means a lot of different things to a lot of people. So, in the quiet of the morning I played this virtual duet. Even at a low volume, I felt its power of safety and inspiration.