A child’s definition of beauty.

A child’s definition of beauty is very simple: sunshine and smiles.

Sunshine made of chalk.
Sunshine face made of chalk.
Three happy smiling faces.
Three happy smiling faces.
Sunshine and a smile combined. Beauty defined. Great wisdom.
Sunshine and a smile combined. Beauty defined. Great wisdom.
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Time and age create new patterns of beauty.

Bright green leaves of Populus fremontii, the Fremont's or Alamo cottonwood.
Bright green leaves of Populus fremontii, the Fremont’s or Alamo cottonwood.
From green to brown. Time and age create new patterns of beauty.
From green to brown. Time and age create new patterns of beauty.
Close-up photo of mottled yellow leaf of one Fremont cottonwood. It is beautiful.
Close-up photo of mottled yellow leaf of one Fremont cottonwood. It is beautiful.

Living must be a pursuit.

Pursue beauty.
Pursue beauty.

Humans are mortal.  Our species is driven to survive.  We avoid pain and danger.  We gather comfort, security, food, a mate, social position, money.

During untroubled moments we banish our deepest–most difficult–thoughts.  So to allay boredom we golf, shop, watch television.

Through our short lives, that’s mostly what we do.

But certainly living should be more than escape from death or boredom.  I insist it be.

Living must be a pursuit.

The pursuit of what?

Wisdom?  Truth?  Greater compassion?

Beauty?

Beauty and its essence are the subject of this blog.  Join me.  What will we find?

Welcome to this tiny corner of the world!

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Hello!  Good day!  How are you?

Thank you for checking out my new blog!

Perhaps you’ve arrived from my established blog, Cool San Diego Sights.  I have many friends over there!

Life is too short to ignore beauty.  One might argue that nothing in life is more important.  Beauty uplifts, ennobles what is common, opens our minds and spirits to deeper things.  Fortunately, our small world is overflowing with beauty.  (If the beholder has eyes for it.)

I will be dedicating this blog to photography and writing–two of my favorite hobbies.  I’ll attempt to frame the beauty that I might perceive.  Where I’ll find it, I’m not sure.  I suppose I’ll just walk out and stumble upon it.