Autumnal Fruits: Patience, Faith and Purpose

After the exuberance of summer’s plenty, autumn offers groves of wisdom: Delayed ripening, Generosity of low hanging fruit, Richness is golden sunsets. —— G. Hill Step out on faith and walk into your purpose, At any time, At any age. —— Germany Kent The power that makes grass grow, fruit ripen, and guides the bird…

Peace and Balance

Be kind and gentle with yourself. You are a beautiful child of light. Precious as the stars in the sky. Keep peace in your heart During the chaos of life. —–Chantelle Rence The red rose with all its thorns knows how to balance beauty and pain, the fullness of life. —– Unknown I have said…

Hand-in-Hand: Walking My Grandson to School

Hand-in-hand we walked the blocks Picking up leaves and kicking rocks. Pressing each memory to record Swinging arms in sweet accord. The walk was slow As we came to know How quickly it all goes by. The feel of that touch Was so very much Like his mom’s hand in mine. All part of life’s…

Morning: Freshness in the Air

Happy Rosh Hashanah (the head of the year) to my Jewish Friends Every moment is a fresh beginning. ——T. S. Eliot Hope is like a balloon; it can rise to the heavens if you don’t hold on too tight. —– Unknown Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, There are still untapped…

Symbiosis

Symbiosis is a relationship between two or more life forms that is mutually beneficial, one of the oldest being winged insects and flowering plants needing each other for survival. An extraordinary example is the remora and sharks. The remora rides the back of a shark or a whale and feeds off floating leftovers from the…

When a Hummingbird Says Goodbye

Our hummingbirds are ready for their long migration. Flying Wings of Jewels They soar and dip, Pivot in mid air Buzz and flit Showing off such flare. And one came so near And studied my face With nothing to fear It fluttered in place. I watched contrite As he flew out of sight. A visit…

New Leaf

There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from trees—as if we are all allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again. ——-Ruth Ahmed Perhaps the earth can teach us, as when everything seems dead and later proves to be alive. -—Pablo Neruda Create in me a clean heart, O God;…

Live Oak Fern

Revitalizing, Renovating, and Renewing. You Don’t Even Know It’s There You never see this fern slumbering atop the branches of our live-oak tree. It is hardly noticeable, but after an overnight rainfall, it rebounds into a vibrant, leafy plant, covering the branches with lush green vines. It is aptly called “Resurrection Fern”—nature’s way of teaching…

The Unseen: Embracing Mystery

Unexpected Road Some of the best years of my childhood were spent on the Trionfo family farm in Southern New Jersey, not too far from the lush Pine Barrens, teeming with wildlife.  Adjacent to the farm was an obscure country lane, appropriated named, Unexpected Road.   As a child I would mosey down the dirt…

September is . . .

September is . . . Crisp as a ripe apple and, Tawny as a bronze pear. And nature’s hand Paints the land Golden everywhere. September is . . . Farms that grow Sweet potatoes And cycles to resume. Soup in the pot, And the equinox, Under a Pumpkin Moon. Autumn is a second spring when…