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A Leelanau Christmas

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  View From Empire Beach When I was a younger man,  He never told me ... There would be longings without fulfillment. There would be heartaches without healing. There would be questions without answers. But now, as an older man, I remember what He did say ... There would be love without conditions. Nothing else really matters.

A Stream Runs Through It ... In Leelanau

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A little stream runs fast and clear through Empire Village. Flowing from a spring-fed pond, ... It turns a waterwheel and tumbles over ancient rocks,  On its way to South Bar Lake. And from there to Lake Michigan. Sometimes I stare at the rushing water,  As if in a trance, Captivated by the sight and sound of it. Sometimes I dream of the stream .... And in my dreams, Drink from the cool, swirling pools along its bank. And sometimes, ... I just envy the little stream. For it knows exactly what to do, And where to go ... In life. See You In Leelanau Up North, Chris                     Visit A Leelanau Landmark:  The little stream in Empire Village                     - forever flowing  next to the Empire House Bed & Breakfast on                      Lacore  Street.  Look for the waterwheel amidst the cedar trees.

Leelanau Perfect Love

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Leelanau Coast At North Bar Lake This beauty  Seems inconsistent ... With the evil in the world. How can the Author of Nature  Create such a vista ... And allow the ugliness  Of human suffering? Perhaps, because ... A Perfect Love  Is not imposed. Rather, ... A Perfect Love  Is freely given ... And  freely received. Thus, ...  The risk of a Perfect Love ... Is that it may be - Rejected.

Leelanau Haiku "Autumn Eyes"

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North Bar Lake - Leelanau I look at my life Through Autumn eyes, recalling The Springtime of youth, Summer of midlife. Tranquil now in leaves of gold ... Before the Winter.

Consoled In Leelanau

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What if, ... After all is done and said, ... And the last breath escapes, ... There is nothing? No body. No feeling. No mind. No spirit. No memory. No reunion. Nothing. Nothing but fading footprints, ... On a windswept beach, ... In the shadow of the dunes. When darkness threatens, ... Our only consolation is the beauty of the here and now, And the I and Thou, In the 'Leela now.' See You In Leelanau Up North, Chris                       Visit A Leelanau Landmark:  The Leelanau Conservancy - helping                     to protect and preserve the beauty of Leelanau, one parcel of                      land at a time.  Find out how at  www.leelanauconservancy.org CLICK ON 'SUBSCRIBE' AND ENJOY A BIT OF LEELANAU UP NORTH BIWEEKLY.

Leelanau Haiku "Shore Work"

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Empire Beach, Leelanau Three little beach chefs ... Deciding what to make for lunch. SANDwiches, no dissent! (Tasted a little grainy.)