John & Anne Wiley

2013/10/07

Passages

There was a popular book decades ago about the major passages we all encounter in this precious Life. We’ve just returned from a tender collection of passages that ended not long after this sunset out beyond the dunes of Oceano.

3991 Contemplative Light

3991 Contemplative Light

The critical health condition of a family member in the Sacramento area moved this cheerful and sweet woman to busy herself mowing the lawn on the small farm of her father as dark thoughts passed like clouds.

3835 Memories In Action

3835 Memories In Action

Leaving there we saw patterns in the sand reflecting the timeless river’s passage, mirroring the patterns we each leave behind in every interaction.

3840 Patterns in the Sand

3840 Patterns in the Sand

Stopping in San Jose for delightful moments with family there, the next generation paused in a family bike ride to say hi.

132752 Fresh Cycle

132752 Fresh Cycle

There were many feelings and memories to process during our beautiful passage from there, flying home to our little nest. A lonely lake in the hills above San Jose like one I used to ride my bike up to and swim several miles across and back as a teen.

3847 Lonely Lake

3847 Lonely Lake

In the golden glow of evening we took a detour past Mission San Antonio de Padua where generations passed before us.

3900 Mission San Antonio

3900 Mission San Antonio

Near the mission is Lake San Antonio where I once collected some memories that found their way into a screenplay named Lake Holiday. Today it is mostly a dry riverbed.

3916 Dry Memories

3916 Dry Memories

Flying on we passed more memories of our time on this planet, and of the Citizen whose childhood memories motivated him to build this coast view castle.

3926 Hearst Castle

3926 Hearst Castle

So it was that we met the sunset at the top of this post, and we now savor moments with loved ones as our paths mingle in this dance of passages.

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