Saturday, March 21, 2009


Imagine. No Blog, Facebook, TV, Ringtone, TM, or IM.

Have you tried it for an hour, a day, a week, or a month?

I have and I like it.


Spring arrives sweetly, giving a gentle tap on your shoulder

- an invitation to untangle yourself,


go outdoors and see what's living right before your eyes


if you care enough…

It’s real life happening that many don’t notice.

No monitors. No wires. No intrusions. No annoyances.

By all means, leave your cell phone inside!

Life goes on without your connections, you know.


The world spins on its own.

Listen to Red-winged Blackbird’s oak-a-ree or

Common Grackle’s rusty wheel.


There’s a faint Chickadee-dee-dee voice in the distance.

Breathe deeply, watch the bees, and don’t hurry back to the technology. It makes us wild and sleepless sometimes.

Take some pictures instead. Take a long walk.



Deliberately, lower your shoulders and feel


Think about it. How good it feels. It's a sensual season.


Your blood pressure will respond in a good way and you might smile for no apparent reason! Trust me!


Perhaps a lawn mower or leaf blower echoes nearby

but you won’t mind, especially if the breezes are on the warm side.


Spring is pink and soft and warm.


The bees are back

and love is in the air.

This post is for you.
I'll be back when I get tired of untangling wires... ;-)


Kim said...

Fantastic post Mary. I felt as if I were right there beside you!! I try and do this every day because it is my therapy. I love technology but hate it at the same time!! LOVE the cardinal picture.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Beautiful photos,thank you so much. I hope you relax and get your wires all untangled. Enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts.

Dawn Fine said...

Howdee Mary,
You are right..We all need to get out there and enjoy of the most powerful relaxants around.
I love blogging and all the other stuff..but there is a time and a place for it...
Beautiful photos.

TR Ryan said...

Divine. Only problem: there is so much beauty out there and I inhale it and then I need to share it. Integration is they key.

Mary said...


I'm glad you are enjoying the bees. Hugs to all.

TR - Absolutely. You revealed a problem with my plan. Would I explode if I did not spend two hours "wired", composing this to share? Chances are, yes. :o)

Susan Gets Native said...

Amen, sister.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Love your pictures, Mary... And I agree that it's very important to get away from the cells, the computers, the TV's, etc. I don't do it enough!!!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Beautiful post, Mary. I love to see, (and take) pictures of the tree blossoms with the blue sky backdrop.

I just noticed that my current posts aren't showing up on your sidebar any more. Someone else mentioned that they weren't showing up on theirs either. Hmm... I wonder why they stopped updating. I think I'm about ready for a technology break too, this stuff can be so frustrating sometimes.

Unknown said...

Breaks are good and feel good.
Makes you appreciate everyone adn everything. Breath deep Mary and enjoy the spring.

RuthieJ said...

Great post Mary! I was surprised to see a couple of honey bees out and about this afternoon, but poor bees, there are no flowers here yet like you have down there.
I can already tell as the weather gets nicer that my indoor (at the computer) hours are going to become very limited....

Angie said...

Ah Mary, such a delightful post--those photos are gorgeous!!! And I'm doing a happy dance just seeing those honeybees in the tree blossoms! :)

Jayne said...

It is a magical time of year, no doubt. I agree with TR... I find I so want to share it. :c) Enjoy your unplugged time my friend.

Diane AZ said...

Enjoyed seeing your spring blossoms, bees, and birds. I imagine every blogger struggles sometimes with wanting to be in two places at one time. I like your "unplugged" solution, especially when the weather is nice. Happy untangling, see you when you get back. :)

Kerri Farley said...

Beautiful post Mary! It speaks to my heart! But all of your posts you are talking directly to me.

Rose said...

You've described spring perfectly, Mary--a sensual season that's best enjoyed outdoors! A beautiful post; I think my blood pressure went down just looking at these photos. Forget technology, just keep walking and taking more of these gorgeous photos. Then on a rainy day maybe you can share them with us:)

Appalachian Lady said...

Love your photos--makes me want to get outside right now (as soon as it warms up a little).


Enjoy the quiet Mary. Something that we all need to do more of.

I wanted to share this post with you from another blog I read ~ it includes photos of a hummingbird sitting on her nest on the blogger's outdoor chandelier. :o)

Anonymous said...

Recently I have been disconnected more and more! How quickly we fall behind!

Peg Silloway said...

Exquisite. Your photos are too good for words. Thank you, Mary.

MicheleRF said...

You are absolutely right about having to unplug once in awhile. It's sometimes difficult to do. I can't go outside for a walk without my camera or binoculars because I am convinced that because I don't have them I will come across something simply spectacular that I won't be able to share. Is there any hope for me, Mary:) ?

JeanMac said...

Incredible, Mary.

Heidi said...

Uh, it's been a long time since I've been unplugged... I'm looking into surgically attaching my phone to my body and using walking to generate the power, lol! Next up is a visual feed to my eyeballs.

Awesome spring photos though Mary!

Dog_geek said...

Ah, yes, I've been unplugged a bit more lately - of course, my hand has been forced a little by the new puppy! And spring is here, and the flower beds are calling, and the trails need to be trampled on! Wheee!

Gail said...

An excellent post Mary! ...and lovely photographs. It is wonderful to welcome the bees back to the garden isn't it? They symbolize garden health to me!

In the synergistic fashion that operates in the universe...I dropped my new Fuji FinePix S100FS and it broke (have dropage insurance)...the same day my computer died. I have been plugged in with my spouse's camera and miss terribly my own....I can do well without the computer, but the camera is a hard one to go missing! Your photographs are fantastic and you are an inspiration to me! Gail

Anonymous said...

Your pictures were just the break I needed this morning. Thank you. I could imagine being outside listening to the birds and feeling the breeze. Thanks again.

dguzman said...

I feel better already.

jason said...

Amen, Mary! I wish more people would get out and enjoy a little more quiet as they commune with nature. It's so rejuvenating and refreshing.

Your photos are marvelous! Spring has arrived and you captured that with grace and ease.

Wendy said...

I agree totally with Rose's comment. She often expresses herself the way I would.
Blogging is fun, but if the weather is nice and warm, the breezes blowing, the birds and bees twittering (oops!) and humming, I'm all for being outside - in the Real World.

P.S. But, I'm real glad you posted those lovely pics to share with us.

Decor To Adore said...

I am on day 8 of no posting and just a few comments. I feel recharged.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Mary! Beautiful post. Well said. And very good advise. With the change in the weather should bring a change in our lifestyle. There is so much to see, do and smell this time of year. I must go outside every day. Listen to the birds come alive. Look at all the buds on trees. Simply stand in the sun, eyes closed and take in the natural beauty around me. Lisa

Endment said...

Wonderful photos - can nearly smell their fragrance.
Still winter here so I am really enjoying every petal
Spring isn't really calling yet but - perhaps I hear a whisper :)

Vickie said...

Beautiful, Mary.

Balisha said...

Thanks for reminding us, Mary. Life's too short to miss all the beauty.

Donna said...

Beautiful post and photos, Mary. I love going outside and getting away from it all...just breathing in nature.

Hope you get all untangled and relaxed.


dmmgmfm said...

I find myself doing more and more of that, Mary. It is very good therapy for sure.

Anonymous said...

Sound advice and worth a try.

Anonymous said...

I am working on it, Mary. We are into mud season up here. Right now, I think I will stay indoors!

Your photos are inspiring.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I was unplugged for 8 days while in Oregon and Washington. It was wonderful! Never even downloaded photographs! I did not even listen to the weather!
I played games with my kids and took walks in the forest and laughed and read books and had so much fun!
I love seeing your bees! Wonderful!
I am waiting for a winter storm to come in...5-9 inches of snow...
Happy Spring.
I will enjoy your warm breezes.

Kathleen said...

Serendipity. I just blogged about not blogging. You know what they say about great minds.

Your photos are great as usual! Your spring is a few weeks ahead of ours. We have buds instead of blooms.

Mel said...

Hola Mary,
You are right (again!), life goes on with or without technology, ups and downs...
Lovely post, your pics are always an inspiration, motivation to go outside en enjoy :)
Too bad that I have no daylight on weekdays :(

A New England Life said...

I would detach in a moment if I didn't have kids. I can't even take a shower without bringing my phone in, just in case one of the girls texts from school : /

I'm so looking forward to seeing those flowers and bee's in person! Looks like it will be a while yet for us. Thank you for sharing your beautiful part of the world Mary : )

nina at Nature Remains. said...

I thought you were going to say,"stick your face in a flower!"
Those pretty blossoms against a blue sky are so lovely to get lost in.
Thank you!

Cathy said...


This was gorgeous! I mean GORGEOUS!

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