Ripening into Bliss in the July Heat

Ripening into Bliss in the July Heat

A friend loaned me Thomas Merton’s Book of Hours. It makes perfect reading on these hot, steamy days when the only sounds outside are cicadas and the shout of children jumping into swimming pools. After a busy two weeks filled with company, meetings and deadlines, it was lovely to escape the heat in my studio, drinking in Merton’s words “The man who is unripe cannot get there, no matter what he does or does not do. But the ripe fruit…

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Sweet Summer and Fireflies

Sweet Summer and Fireflies

The fireflies are lighting up the night sky. I heard the first cicada chorus on my walk last night. I walked by two little girls eating an ice cream cone in their swimsiuts smelling of chlorine and suntan lotion. The sights, sounds, tastes and smells of summer. Sweet summer is here! What makes it summer for you? Leave a reply in comments.

Finding Free Beauty Right Outside Your Door

Finding Free Beauty Right Outside Your Door

Every year butternut leaves fall at the end of June. It reminds me of a favorite passage from Ted Kooser’s book, Local Wonders: “Gold in the grass, gold falling from above, even little flurries of gold that lift from the grass and rise back into the air as if they weighed nothing, and, in fact, nothing they weigh. And all for free.” Enjoy your weekend and all the free joy and beauty right at your feet.

Finding Beauty

Finding Beauty

Lately some things I see strike me as profoundly beautiful. This last weekend we criss-crossed the state and I saw so many beautiful scenes: rolling corn fields in emerald green, little girls in sequined dance costumes, a Venetian glass sculpture of Pegas, and this…the Travelers insurance umbrella at dusk. What strikes YOU as profoundly beautiful?

Do You Make New Year’s Resultions? Are They About Less Or More?

Do You Make New Year’s Resultions? Are They About Less Or More?

  “And so I fare forth into another year,  and it is a good time to take stock. Have I grown in understanding and love, in patience and generosity? Have I walked in faith and hope? Have I, in a small way, contributed to the world? And have I fully appreciated the wonder and beauty in every day?” Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Road Are you a resolution maker?  Do you make resolutions involving less, i.e. eat less, complain less, or resolutions…

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