Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour. from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
In the early hours on the morning we were leaving, my mom and dad were waiting for us when we arrived at the airport to catch our flight. This in itself was an omen because they had to drive the 50 miles in the pre-dawn to see us off. My dad was teary eyed and my mom smoked a lot while we waited. Then she put out her cigarette, reached in her pocket and pulled out a crumpled piece of tissue paper. Unwrapped I found three Christmas ornaments from my childhood in the 1950's. They were my favorites; ones I helped put on that special place on the tree each year and she wanted me to have them. A peace offering?
Only two remain thanks to what seems like endless moving in my life. Knowing that the holidays rearrange our feelings of nostalgia and longing for those weeks in December every year, I still can't help smiling when I find these in the decoration boxes. This year they seem especially dear to me, enough to have their own photo taken. Can you see me in the one where some of the color has rubbed off? A metaphor for the sweetness of life?
The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming,
Thursday, December 17, 2009
See more seasonal skies at Skywatch Friday.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
So, I am now making my first and only resolution for the new year: I vow to finish more books (unless they are just too awful). But what about on-line reads like Slate, NY Times and Washington Post? No, that doesn't count. And keeping up with other bloggers? Necessary.
Now I feel better knowing I've made up my list of resolutions(s). . .but there's still that one from last year where I promised to keep on top of the moldy grout in the shower. Sigh.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The color of springtime is in the flowers,
Saturday, December 12, 2009
To inhabit the world with my heart,
and not my ears. Just knowing.
When the sap loosens and there is a groaning
In the top branches
Does the whole stand reply in silence ?
Her tail flashes and her spotted-one listens.
Their fear is quelled by recollection
of the meadow
and their own salty runestone.
Behind velvet eyes,
Pain and beauty coexist; without my words.
They feast on wild plum trees.
I wish to be
free of my desire to give them a name.
Visit Misty Dawn's meme Camera Critters for more animal pleasures. Happy December Weekend, my bloggy friends!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Last Sunday I visited the Cathedral in St. Paul and took this photo of the sunrise from the steps of the church. The Excel Center is in the foreground with a bit of marquee showing.
See more sky views from all over our planet at SkyWatch Friday.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Visit Luiz Santilli, Jr.'s virtual flower shop, Today's Flowers for more Monday beauty.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.