Thursday, November 19, 2020

a time to be peaceful


If there ever was a time to contemplate our gratitude, it is this coming Thanksgiving weekend.  

We need to give special thanks and recognition to health care workers who are putting in long hours performing dangerous and often heartbreaking work.  Please keep a special place in your heart for them.

Be peaceful, be safe, stay healthy.

photo: (c) Bruce Behnke 2012

Monday, November 16, 2020

the advantage of action

(a diptych)

on display at
Cedar Street Galleries
Second Floor
817 Cedar Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
808 589 1580

November 20, 2020 to January 10, 2021
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday

photos: (c) Bruce Behnke 2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020

The advantage of nonaction


The softest thing under heaven
gallops triumphantly over
The hardest thing under heaven.

~Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching (6)



Yuya Onsen


Aichi Prefecture, Japan
 November 8, 2016

photo: (c) Bruce Behnke 2016

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

the world is waiting

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

~William Butler Yeats

Go outdoors.  The breezes are still rushing through the trees.  The birds are still singing.  Take in a deep breath and enjoy the fragrances of fall air.  The most important things are still there, unchanged.

photo: (c) Bruce Behnke 2011

Friday, October 30, 2020

singing still

What can I say that I have not said before? 
So I'll say it again. 
The leaf has a song in it. 
Stone is the face of patience. 
Inside the river there is an unfinishable story 
and you are somewhere in it 
and it will never end until all ends. 
Take your busy heart to the art museum and the 
chamber of commerce 
but take it also to the forest. 
The song you heard singing in the leaf when you 
were a child 
is singing still. 
I am of years lived, so far, seventy-four, 
and the leaf is singing still. 
~ Mary Oliver

photo: Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
© 2016 bruce behnke

Thursday, October 29, 2020

boldness has genius, power and magic

This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!*

~William Hutchison Murray

Scottish mountaineer and writer

*The "Goethe couplet" referred to here is from an extremely loose translation of Goethe's Faust

 lines 214-30 

photo: (c) Bruce Behnke 2014

Friday, October 16, 2020


We may or may not walk this way again, and even if we do, we will never be precisely the same people who experienced that journey in the first place. Travel is only ever about a moment in time and space, but it’s also about how we choose to hold that moment in our memories. It is always both present and past.

~Jason Wilson

The Washington Post Magazine

photo: (c) bruce behnke