Fickle Fall

In the other gardens,And all up the vale,From the autumn bonfiresSee the smoke trail! Pleasant summer overAnd all the summer flowers,The red fire blazes,The grey smoke towers.Sing a song of seasons!Something bright in all!Flowers in the summer,Fires in the FallBy Robert Louis Stevenson I see that autumn is fickle, It can’t make up its mind.Continue reading “Fickle Fall”

A Season or Seasoning?

There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees–as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.” Ruth Ahmed It is hard to let go of summer with its picnics and camping out. You may have been busy with gardening or day tripsContinue reading “A Season or Seasoning?”

Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets

The words belong to a popular song written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for the 1955 musical Damn Yankees. I often felt my furry friend was aptly named. I moved to a new area a couple years after my husband died. New neighborhood–new pet seemed like a great idea.I had lost my lovable ChocolateContinue reading “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets”

You’ve Done It Before

“What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter, footsteps even lighter…” Song by Kelly Clarkson You’ve done it before, recovered from a blow, when you thought it the very worst. Yet here you are plodding along, your life isn’t really cursed. Remember the embarrassment in middle school and having to tell your folks? You thought they’Continue reading “You’ve Done It Before”

A Summer of Freedom

On a warm summer evening two weeks ago, As it seemed the pandemic and illness continued to slow, I watched people file into the park with their chairs, Eager for music and mingling and return of the fairs. But even then lurking around the hedges, Was the threat of variants as Dr. Fauci alleges. WeContinue reading “A Summer of Freedom”

Mothers of Varied Types

“The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” James E. Faust What sort of mother do you or did you have? There are homebody moms, executive moms, teacher moms and some who seem to do it all–and with grace and efficiency. My mom was a housewife most of herContinue reading “Mothers of Varied Types”

Holding Pattern

You don’t need more time… You just need to DECIDE Seth Godin Do you ever feel like you’re busy, but getting nowhere? I wrote this as I was pondering what to do next. I feel lately like I’m hovering in all areas of my life, There is hope for the pandemic, but still a lotContinue reading “Holding Pattern”

The Beauty of Spring

I had a few thoughts this week about what spring means this year. As a few green shoots appear in flower beds, along sidewalks, and near creeks, I feel hope bubbling in my soul. The same feeling emerged on the day I received my second COVID vaccine. We are not safe yet to resume ourContinue reading “The Beauty of Spring”