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In The Presence Of God


 

Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

 

I'm waving to the Conductor.

I’m waving to the Conductor.

—One of my greatest joys this summer has been putting on my Bose headset and listening to books like:  Wild,  Eat Pray Love, Sharp Objects, The Story Teller,  Lolita, The End of Your Life Book-Club, Life after Life, Sisters, The Rosie Project, The Bell Jar, & Girl on a Train while I take my morning walk.

The Yellow Brick Road Does Exist!

The Yellow Brick Road Does Exist!

Quite honesty,  it’s a beautiful thing.  Prayerful. Mindful.  Peaceful.  It clears my mind of insanity & madness.  In fact,  I can’t live without it now.

One of My Faves!

One of My Faves!

And being a girl of habit and familiarity,  I walk the same route, wear the same walking shorts with numerous pockets for batteries, tissues, sunscreen, and the little black camera my boys bought me for my birthday.

Plath is Delectable.

Plath is Delectable.

I’ve been clicking photos all summer.  I’ve been allowing words to overflow inside my ears and mind like sweet maple syrup seeping.

Such Joy!

—“I loved you. I was a pentapod monster, but I loved you. I was despicable and brutal, and turpid, and everything, mais je t’aimais, je t’aimais! And there were times when I knew how you felt, and it was hell to know it, my little one. Lolita girl, brave Dolly Schiller.”  Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

 

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.  Are you swept away by Nabokov’s words like I am?

Kay's Headstone is in row ee, which is quite symbolic for ee Cummings.

Kay’s Headstone is in row ee, which is quite symbolic for ee Cummings.

 

My heart leapt!  My pulse quickened!

My heart leapt! My pulse quickened!

 

Cat on Porch!

Cat on Porch!

The last photo was shot by  Mandy From South Africa! This is what she sees on her walks.  Breathtaking.  Majestic.  Spectacular.  (That is, if you appreciate the most beautiful animal in the freaking universe!)

GOD LIVES.

GOD LIVES.

—-Darling,  Readers,  What are some of your simple Joys?  In which ways do you see GOD’S presence on earth?  xxx

~~~~~ I just signed a Care2 petition demanding justice for Cecil, the African Cat.  Will you sign too? Here’s a link to the SIGN HERE.


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53 Comments

  • Reply
    Debbie
    July 28, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Kim, I do love your peaceful walks. I harness darling doggie Dallas in the early morning, and off we go. Generally, I pray, imagining Jesus walking beside me, thankful my Guardian Angel is near. ‘Tis a splendid way to start my day, and like you, I don’t know what I’d do without its calming presence!

    Mandy’s photo is phenomenal — looks like a real-live Aslan, don’t you know?! And there’s something wonderful about a train and that path with its colorful chairs!

    Hugs to you from boiling Central Illinois! xx

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Aslan.
      Yes, I imagine if GOD were an animal, He’d look just like him! xxx

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    Debra Reilly
    July 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

    My dear Kim,
    Because of this spectacular universe we live in. Not the evil that dwells within, but the trees, sky, flowers, and things that were not given free will to choose! Humanity I grasp onto every thread of joy and love, because it’s so hard to find anymore! Have I told you I loved you, lately??❤️

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    Gary
    July 28, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Ah, my lovely lady friend, keep on clicking. Love your thoughts and the ideals that can be found within the photos.

    Hugs and hope,

    Gary 🙂 xxx

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    Philip Haros
    July 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    If that path were by me, I would never leave! I think my biggest joy comes from seeing either my god kids, or a giant bowl of spaghetti. It’s really a toss up.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:36 am

      I love your joys!
      Simple and sweet, Philip! xx

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    Carrie Rubin
    July 28, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Books are a part of my simple joys too. I’ve read Girl on the Train. Loved it. I’ve had Sharp Objects on my bookshelf forever. Really must get to it soon.

    Lovely pictures!

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Carrie,
      I loved it, too, but talked with others who have not. WTF?? xx

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    lisa thomson
    July 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Sometimes I feel it rather than actually see it. Your pics are beautiful, Kim! I want to read a few of those books you mention. I have never read Lolita! Can you believe that? I’m missing out. There have been two movies made of it and I’ve seen one of them but they won’t compare to the book, I’ve no doubt. “I’ve been allowing words to overflow inside my ears and mind like sweet maple syrup seeping.” Beautiful <3 xoxo

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:39 am

      Feel it!
      I like that.
      Lisa, Lolita is naughty, but Nabokov makes you feel sorry for the monster.
      Now, that’s good writing!! In fact, when I reviewed it, I could not rate it, cuz it’s off the charts.xxx

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    Amy@SoulDipper
    July 28, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I love the lion photo, Kim. I spent time in S. Africa and have contacts over there. I “shared” it and found the woman who originally posted the photo and I have mutual friends. That just blows me away, but that’s the unexpected joy of the blogosphere.

    Kate Atkinson’s book has been a God Send for a friend of mine who’s incredibly gorgeous 22-yr old daughter was killed in a stupid car accident – followed by the sudden death of her husband (not the father of the daughter) a couple of years later. She felt blind-sided to the point of paralysis from living. Fortunately Life after Life put some salve on her soul and now she blows us away with the brilliance she shares through that sadness.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Amy,
      You’ve told me about your friend before. It’s something one NEVER ever gets over. People don’t’ seem to understand this.
      Without God, I’d be gone.

      xxx miss you.

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    Trish
    July 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    One of the best parts about all this driving time is that I am finally getting a chance to “read” my long list of suggested books that I promised other people I would read. One of the best parts of that, is trying to listen with their ears to try to hear the words that were inspiring to them (enough so ti get the “Ooooh you have GOT to read…” )- I swear I hear them differently when I try on other’s ears!

    I just finished “The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time” and I just started Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom”.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

      The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time! Yes, loved it!
      What are you listening to now? xx

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    Elephant's Child
    July 28, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Wonderful walk – glorious photos.
    I have just finished a book which made me think of you.
    Pain, Parties, Work Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder. A very early Sylvia. Still finding her voice – and her way…

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 7:17 am

      Dear S,
      I’ve read it! And then wrote to the author! xxx

  • Reply
    Jann
    July 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Loved walking with you, Kim!!! Such fun to see your ‘hood. And yes, Nabokov sweeps me away. xxxxxxxxoooooo

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Jann,
      one day I shall meet you in Sicily, sweets! xx

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    nan @ lbddiaries
    July 28, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Darling friend – I so loved this post! I have two fave places, depending on weather. One is in my giant rocking chair on the front porch watching the cows meander, play and stand in the ponds. In winter, it is in front of the fireplace in my lovely chair with ottoman, side table for my tea, reading lamp, faux fur coverlet for chilly feet, and books. Lots and lots of books! Sometimes for meditation because it is so peaceful.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:41 am

      YESSSSSSSSS.
      Nan, what are you reading now? XX

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    Deborah Batterman
    July 28, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Oh, the joys of summer reading (though it’s listening, in your case)! Have not caught on to audio books but I will say this: So glad to know someone with such an appreciation for Nabokov in general and ‘Lolita’ in particular. And speaking of Bose, one of my great joys this summer was upgrading my Bose Wave radio to the newer model, with WiFi, and getting an additional wireless speaker. Maybe a not-so-cheap thrill, but listening to downloaded music, as well as radio stations I get best via streaming, throughout my house makes me very very happy.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Dear, Deborah,

      The first time I hear Lolita, I felt the words physically affect my body. When I reviewed it, I could not rate it. It’s off the charts. I mean, how can Nabokov make us feel sorry for that monster?!! Make us see him as Human?

      xxx

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    Hotly Spiced
    July 28, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I do love that image of Mandy’s. You certainly are reading a lot of books! I always see the presence of God when outdoors and just being still and taking in the beauty of His creation xx

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Charlie,
      it seems utterly apt that Mandy would take that photo when Cecil was murdered. When I observe the lion, I see God, so killing them is like killing God.

      xxxx

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    Balroop Singh
    July 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    One simple joy of summer is sitting on the couch with a nice book, undisturbed! Love those pictures.

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    Anna @ shenANNAgans
    July 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Yes…. how amazing was Mandy’s picture, i cant even imagine being that close to so much awesome. WOW!!!

    Absolutely loving that my new food delivery service means I don’t need to think about what to eat after a long day at work. Having that extra time to do things like writing or social media = BEST! 🙂

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    Chris Carter
    July 28, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    OH, how I miss my long walks listening to books or music…soaking in the words, the tones, the rhythms, the message… feeling the heat of the sun, or the chill of the wind…. praying….lots of thinking… and more praying…catching beauty as I glance around… in the Presence of God.

    I can’t wait to get back to that… there is nothing more filling, is there? Cleansing. Very cleansing.

    I just loved your pics and your words and envisioning you on that path. I love that you and I have this in common. SO love that.

    I think I would have peed my pants if I came upon that majestic beast! Or cried. BUt I would have tried NOT to scream.
    WOW.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Chris,
      yes, I pray, too on my walks.
      I pray to live in the moment!!
      God is AMAZING.
      Isn’t He? xx

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    solidgoldcreativity
    July 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I like your daily path with the pink and blue chairs. Very alluring, I feel I want to see what’s around the bend, and around the next and the next … I see God in flowers and hear God in trees. Love flowing from MLB xxx

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

      God in flowers.
      God in trees!
      Lovely, darling. xxx

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    Mandy
    July 29, 2015 at 12:36 am

    I absolutely squealed with delight when I saw the pic of where you walk every morning – absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! You walk in heaven everyday and I know Kay walks beside you.
    Thank you for sharing my photo hon, very kind of you! Seems to be quite a popular shot the past couple of days, and I am overwhelmed with the love I have received! I promise to submit it to a magazine or 2 and will keep you posted.
    I am ashamed of the 2 South African men who helped the American Dentist! DISGUSTING – CRIMINAL! I cannot explain the rage is stirs up in me! Why hunting is even a sport or legal astounds me! Best I stop before I say nasty things.
    Love, love, love to you.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Mandy,
      I’ve been so upset.
      and this murder lives about 2 hours from us.
      What a despicable monster. So sad.
      Love your photo so much, darling.
      Doesn’t it make you wonder how a Human Being can KILL a God?

      xxxxxxxxx

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Mandy,
      Your photo will be on the cover of a magazine. Especially now with the slaughtering of Cecil.
      It should be captioned with “When you murder one of these majestic creatures, you murder God.”

      xxxxx kISS and Love.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    July 29, 2015 at 2:17 am

    I would love to take a walk with you on that beautiful yellow brick road.
    Mandy, great shot and lucky you, so close to the nature and wild animals.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:50 am

      …The Yellow Brick road has lions and tigers and bears. Oh My!! xx would love to walk w/ you!

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    Marie
    July 29, 2015 at 2:34 am

    What a beautiful walk! Outstanding Kim!
    God is there, everywhere. Finding joy in listening to classical music, reading poetry and looking at my little one enjoying life. Kids make life magical. They have their ways to let go and let the darkness flow away.
    Sending you a bunch of fresh and sunny kisses from Paris.

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    Valentine Logar
    July 29, 2015 at 2:56 am

    I love your walking path! I think if I had that path to walk I might walk more. My favorite time, it is far more lazy sitting on my back porch surrounded by my Lavender with a book in hand and soaking up the late afternoon Texas heat. I sometimes think I was an iguana in a past life.

    Your book list is fabulous! Everyone of them is in my library.

    (Petition signed)

    XXXOOO

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:51 am

      –wish we could walk together, darling, and solve the problems of the world.

      xxxx LOVE!

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    Kimberly
    July 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I’ve been trying so hard Kim to look — to filter through the things in which evil wants me to see. It’s a process. It’s so easy to fall into that pit to just stare at all the crap around you…but there’s bits…teeny bits in there and they’re always there. That’s why I’m loving little challenges on instagram. Everyday is a new challenge like say a photograph of something pink. So I look for pink. Not only do I look for pink but I journal pink — a feel good thing. And let me tell you…it’s good.
    I love your face dahhhhhling and your heart xoxox

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Kimberly,
      you know what?
      When I read your words, I see pink and hope and love and darkness and freedom. I see everything.

      xxxxxx

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    Little Chickie
    July 29, 2015 at 7:32 am

    I’ve always loved Lake Superior. Water does something awesome to my spirit. And animals which I call fur angels turn me to mush. I love to rest my face on a cat and listen to it purr. I love to look into the eyes of a dog, talk sweet to it and watch it collapse to the ground and put it ‘s belly face up so I can scratch it.

    God is everywhere. Our creator has graced us with beautiful trees and gardens. He speaks his awesomeness during a great thunderstorm. I recently watched Heaven Is For Real with my bf. If you haven’t watched it, you’ll love it. And I posted a you-tube video on my page about creation. It’s lengthy, but so worth watching. Our God is so awesome that there is MUCH to b said about his creation.

    Blessings,

    Little Chickie

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    Sandra
    July 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I’ve been walking outside steadily and my day isn’t complete without it. I’m also trying to convince myself that I will continue once the temps start to fall. Fingers crossed!

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Sandra,
      I don’t walk in winter. I despise COLD.
      Where do you live? xx

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    Jeri
    July 29, 2015 at 11:29 am

    One of my simple joys is listening to Audiobooks as well. I’ve had an Audible membership for a year and a half now, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I listen when I walk my dog. My favorite narration has been The Prince of Tides, though Irons’ narration of Lolita is tops on my list as well. Another simple joy I have is sitting under trees and watching the sun filter through the leaves. I could do that for hours on end and sometimes do!

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      My Inner Chick
      July 29, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Jeri,
      that sounds heavenly!
      Yes, Iron’s voice is pure, shall I say, sex?! xx

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    Minnesota Prairie Roots
    July 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I would love to walk in that garden. A public space or yours?

    What gives me joy? Prayers answered. An encouraging word. My husband’s unexpected gift of a dozen roses because he knew I needed them. The sweet scent of phlox drifting through my office window. KTIS (Christian radio station). My laundry flapping on the clothesline. Homemade pizza and a beer every Friday evening.

    So much to bring me joy…

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    Sandra
    July 31, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I see God every day at work when I look into those newborn faces. Oh Kim, I have too much going on, and every time I hear or read about someone having a new experience, I want that too. I would love to walk and take pictures, and listen to books. As it stands now, I can’t even get through The War of Art, which is not terribly long, but I keep picking up other books that I stop and start. Reading your blog gives me the peace that my life lacks on most days. Thank you for being a reprieve from the world’s chaos and an angel of kindness.

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