Flower Petals

Flower petals


and fall



to the ground.

Lying there



they beautify

the landscape

with floral rainbows

of rest.

Tread lightly on them

if you have to

tread at all for

they have given

their life

their livelihood

for a grander


not to fade

for quite


Silhouetted Joshua trees and sunset. Joshua Tree National Park. California

Photography © Dennis Frates Photography

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When I’m not sure what I’m doing,

the most rewards come.

More challenges, harder work,

esp., to adjust to the newness of it,

is all very stimulating and


I can do it but it takes a lot of

work to make everything gel.

I fall short often.  That just means

I get to learn like everyone else

in life.

Mistakes show progress.

I am more experienced each time

I try.


The Ghost Forest at an extreme minus tide with sunrise and fog. Neskowin, Oregon

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Make Room

Why do we hold on?  Letting go

makes room.  That’s enough in

itself.  Room to move.  Room

to breathe.

It’s not like you won’t have

anything if you let some of it

go.  We’re obsessed with

having, with possessions,

like we won’t get caught

“without” if we have some

in “reserve”.

It’s hard to develop if we’re

always provided for.

Lean times show us we can

prevail, make it through

what seems like impenetrable


It’s not like we haven’t

“practiced” this over and over.

And here we are–still in

one piece!  Amazing!

Life seems to want us

to do our part & it tries

to find ways to give us

what we need to do that.

No one likes a slacker.

Everyone has to pull their weight–

in one way or another.

Look for those gems in others–

They’re there.


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Count backwards from


The year in review

in preview

or just be in the now.

The past is or was what

it was

the future is

promised to no one.

God himself doesn’t

know what’s coming down


Or maybe he does, but

he’s not telling–

especially us humans

what we’ve decided to do

with the fate he’s handed


Somehow we can choose

a timeline, a color shoes

we like.

God doesn’t too much

care one way or the


Change is up and


Will we embrace it


or go kicking &

screaming all the

way to enlightenment?


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A Flower

A flower grows out of the ground

until it reaches its full height.

It then stops, basking in the sun

the rest of its days.

Humans could sit up and take

a lesson from the “lowly”, lovely


All its needs are met.  It is looked


It will give its life to adorn

someone’s home, possibly

or become the ground its

offspring will spring from.

Close up of Foxglove flowers.

Close up of Foxglove flowers.

Photography © Dennis Frates Photography




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Kiss of Death

The sun kissed the trees-

that same sun which allowed them

to grow large and tall

is now is now turning their leaves brown.

Do we curse the sun for such behavior?

Life is good, made possible by death

and renewal.

Everything recycles–even bikers!

The sun won’t change.

So we might as well honor its

role in our evolution, our growth,

change and transformation.

What goes around comes around.



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“Forward” Progress

I walk , facing forward, yet I’m not

always sure, I’m going forward.

Am I getting better & better?

2 steps forward to every one back?

Or is it the other way around,

seeming to proceed ahead

yet sliding into a previous learning

that I had thought I had gone past?

It’s good to take time, to

stop & reflect, where I am

& where I think I’m going

or even where I’ve been.  Was it

my “choice”, or did I end up in

a situation not easily backed out

of I would’ve never chosen in

the first place?

Life is never even close to being

certain.  When you choose, the

dice are on the way.  Where they

stop is sort of out of your hands

so to speak & you let the wind

or the vibration of the surround-

ings determine how far they

roll before coming to a stop.

You go in one direction away

from where you’ve been

and expect a different,

more favorable, possibly,


But forward you must go,

never the less.








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People help me when I need help.

Of course, it’s helpful to ask for it.

Not everyone will know you need


Not to chase after it

but if you need something

like this writing

to calm down

then do it

and let the unsure,

scary feelings pass

out of you.

They will go.

Just because there’s a little

pressure that is new

is not a reason to

cash in all your chips

and go home.

Keep going in the

direction you’re going in.

There’s no reason to

give up making

‘conscious’ forward



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Letting Go

What’s it like to let go?

Completely?  Would you just

wander around in a daze?

Not knowing (ever!) what to do


Maybe for ‘practice’ for a while,

but for everyday life?

Where would it lead you to

just follow your nose,

pick up the scent of the unknown?

Maybe for the brave & adventurous.

Maybe for me.  I’m brave &

adventurous mostly, I’d say…

Let go.


See what all that activity you’re

feverishly whisking past your

consciousness is keeping you

from seeing, avoiding

feeling something you know

is there (we all have those) but you’re

‘afraid’ to leave time for it to

rise into awareness & be felt,

whatever it is.

Letting go from one trapeze bar

to the next requires…? are you

up for it?


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Chaos Reigns

Today was a day like no other.

I couldn’t have anticipated all

that went on around me.

My wits were tested.  I’ve fallen

before, where I didn’t this time.

I’m learning to control my

extreme reactions

under pressure, whereas

before I would have not had

such patience.

I  modulated my responses when

previously I would have ended up

losing it, and blasting some

little kid out of his seat for maybe

good reason, but still not worth a

blast.  I’m surprising myself

at confronting these difficult

situations.  It feels good!

I passed many tests–and I was the


Off the battlefield a little wiser

maybe, to try to be even more

effective the next time, and with

greater fulfillment.


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