Sea shells and staggering beauty today

Beautiful sunny day after a lot of rain and cold. I got up early and worked until 1 PM on the tiny houses book, then went to beach. Look at these shells. The beauty out there in the world sometimes staggers me. Years ago, when the kid in American Beauty said the below, it resonated:

“…when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude…”

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Sea shells and staggering beauty today

  1. Funny you mention it… it's been cold and snowy here, so I pulled that DVD out and watched it the other night. The line beautifully describes how I feel when I drive down Highway 434 between Mora and Angel Fire, New Mexico… Later I pulled out Off The Map : )

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