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How It Is with Us, and How It Is with Them

by Mary Oliver

We become religious,
then we turn from it,
then we are in need and maybe we turn back.
We turn to making money,
then we turn to the moral life,
then we think about money again.
We meet wonderful people, but lose them
     in our busyness.
We're, as the saying goes, all over the place.
Steadfastness, it seems,
is more about dogs than about us.
One of the reasons we love them so much.


Dinah relaxing at the campground


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"How It Is with Us, and How It Is with Them" by Mary Oliver, from Dog Songs. © Penguin, 2013.

Thank you, Charlie my wonderful friend, for sending this quote from Mary Oliver's new book.


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  • October 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I am following your blog now, I love your writings. I am sorry about Dinah, she sounded so amazing. I have a retriever mix of my own and can't imagine what I'll do without her some day.

    • October 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and subscribing!

      Thank you for your kind comments about Dinah – she was indeed amazing and I will miss her forever.  I’m sure you understand what I mean – give your pup a scritch behind the ear from me 🙂

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