Sunday, September 27, 2009
Growing up I heard the name Colby only as it referenced Aunts Emma, Anna and Hortense or cousin Minnie Mae. My mother’s jaw would tighten when she mentioned the Millers back in Wisconsin. William had disgraced them and ruthlessly altered the history of his wife and children by walking off the Rockland farm one day during the Depression. Decades later word trickled down that he had another family in California.
Even more decades have passed leaving only the famous orange cheese, made in Wisconsin since 1882, as a reminder of what might have been. I’ve kept an image of my grandfather wrapped in the cooler drawer of my heart. He’s in the field behind the plow pulled by his faithful mule when he stops to watch a flock of geese pass overhead. Then he drops the reins and follows them.
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Friday, September 25, 2009
One of my favorite late summer occurrences is when the new sparrows have fledged and now travel in clusters of family and friends [am I anthropomorphising again?]. They are always eating on the ground or perched in trees in ten or twenty at a time. There is something so precious and communal about this ordinary behavior that gives me a certain feeling of security. That all's right with the world, even if it really isn't. Anyway, I caught these guys on a lovely bird bath recently. The photo is worth enlarging to see those down inside too.
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Last night as I floated above the treetops
Clouds were forming to the north
Grace gazed at the river’s edge
Shaking out her skirt, small birds flew
And with their beaks wrote new chapters
From the ink the river spilled under the stars....more
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
September 21, 2009
International Day of Peace
**title quote from Desmond Tutu & Mutts comic strip by Patrick McDonnell 9/21/09
Sunday, September 20, 2009
These guys seemed happy enough to be real. Pie or not!
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Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
These are a few of the rocks I found while walking on the Lake Michigan shore. I always look for heart shaped rocks and wasn't disappointed this time. As you will recall from Geology 101 [which I barely passed with a C] these are predominately igneous rocks [the others being your metamorphic and sedimentary types]. Below are some good examples of the variety of 'wash up' I found, including two pieces of sea glass...most likely old beer bottles...plus wonderful little shells and fragments of shells.
Monday, September 14, 2009
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I planted this light pink mini fuchsia plant at the end of the greenhouse season [read: half price sales] knowing it would thrive as the earth tilted toward August and September. Its been a beautiful addition and has just now come into its prime while the other annuals are suffering heat exhaustion.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
This is a Maine Coon Cat who owns Audrey and also lives in the lap of luxury in Chicago. Before she came to Audrey, she had a neglected past, and was later rescued by someone who named her Squirrel. Dave and I especially like playing volley ball with her--she sits, we throw a sparkly ball which she spikes across the room, we go get it. . .and so on.
More beautiful creatures here.