Growth Through Adversity

As well as our small kite, all the kitesurfers were out at the beach today — about a dozen of them plus that again on windsurfers were racing across Cherry Beach. There are a lot of amazing things in this world that we take for granted, and the wind is one of my favorites. How many oxen on ropes does it take to budge the oak tree that the wind effortlessly rips from the earth? How static would the world be were it not for the wind? But still, especially in the period of my life I’m going through right now, I think of Winston Churchill’s observation that “kites rise highest against the wind, not with it,” and welcome the wind in my life — as cold and bitter as it may be — that brings much needed change.



  1. Caitlin wrote:


    Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 7:43 pm | Permalink
  2. Nicole. wrote:

    Is kitesurfing the same as windboarding?

    Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
  3. Susan wrote:

    Kitesurfing uses a huge kite, you are the connection between board and kite, windboarding uses a board with a sail. :-)

    Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
  4. Nicole. wrote:

    Thank you!
    Never seen kitesurfing before.

    Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 3:14 pm | Permalink
  5. cirrin wrote:

    Love the new picture to the left. You look calm and happy.

    Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 7:27 pm | Permalink
  6. Shannon wrote:

    I’ll introduce Caitlin formally soon as she’s coblogging on this site (she’s an artist as well for those of you who don’t already know her).

    Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 8:13 pm | Permalink
  7. Erin wrote:

    You and Caitlin have a beautiful daughter! I hope we see more pictures of your family outings!

    Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
  8. estrojenn wrote:

    gorgeous pic of you and caitlin. cutest couple ever :)

    Monday, October 29, 2007 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
  9. Wldfire_1 wrote:

    Kitesurfing sounds like a ton of fun! I havent even flown a kite in years, i really should with my son sometime. Glad to hear Caitlin will be joining on in on things! :)

    Monday, October 29, 2007 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  10. Joe wrote:

    Erin, Caitlin is NOT the mother of Shannon’s child.

    Monday, October 29, 2007 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  11. Jay Prince wrote:

    Nice Tom Waits clip! I have to say though, as an avid cyclist, the wind is mostly my enemy. Unless its at my back, of course, haha.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 10:03 am | Permalink
  12. Jes wrote:

    :) I always loved flying kites. The other day I was out with my son trying to find one to buy. We ended up having to craft one ourselves which in a lot of ways was far more enjoyable and cost us a whole dollar something to buy. He’d never seen a kite before ( he’s 17mos old) and I’d never made a kite before so we were both surprised to see it fly up into the air, haha

    Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
  13. Billy wrote:

    A friend of mine is currently reading Heaven’s Breath by Lyall Watson. What he says about it sounds like this post. Either you’re reading it already, or you should be…

    Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 5:33 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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