Monday, February 27, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Featured image: Big Pine and Chickadee
Today, pine tree covered
sheltering many birds
We rescued that little
pine along the road,
Over 15 years ago.
We were walking home,
along a dirt road
that led home.
that little pine
was doomed to be
vanished by spring.
The snowplow has no
So we scooped her up
with our hands and took
Planted her in our backyard.
Today she is our Queen Tree
so filled with beauty.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Featured image: Circus Lions and Acrobats
Another memory of my grandfather Emil was the story he told me about my freckles. He told me that for every good thing I did I got another freckle, and that I had so many freckles that they were running together.
I personally knew I hadn’t been that good, but I sure liked that story of his.
Monday, February 20, 2023
Featured image: Grandmother's Shawl
“Grandfather,” I asked, “Why do you have a mustache?”
Secretly, I didn’t like his mustache because it scratched when he kissed me on the cheek.
“My dear child, if I didn’t have one what would I dust off my cookies with?” I couldn’t answer that one. As I knew cookies didn’t need dusting because I didn’t have a mustache and I ate cookies all the time.
Shortly after that conversation with my grandfather I went off to camp. When I returned a month later my grandfather had passed away.
I never knew my grandparents very well, but have snatches of memories of them that have stayed with me my entire life like the cookie duster.
Memories are how we live forever, and the life cycle continues into infinity.
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Monday, February 13, 2023
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Monday, February 6, 2023
Featured image: Fences
I learned a long time ago that I need to live with integrity and my integrity should be guided by my principles.
While the word integrity is loaded down with many philosophical discussions and debate, I find it suits me so I describe myself that way.
I found this definition of the work integrity:
Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Wikipedia
Recently, in the local newspaper John Bates in his column ended with this quote and I thought I would share it with you in case you don’t get the paper or may have missed it. “Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” Stephen Covey.
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Featured image: Balance
My sense of the real, the nature of things, is the same as my sense of the natural. And my sense of the natural is linked to my sense of our/my spirit and soul, beauty. That is the beauty within us that shines throughout our spirit and our soul.