We walked.  Golf balls littered

the ground.

The park was haven to

people having fun.

All except those parked improperly

getting tickets.

People were grateful, seemingly, in

the grocery store.  In a higher income

area, their needs were better met and

their food and lifestyle more healthy

than in the less affluent areas.

All these are generalizations,

but I experienced the people

more friendly and appearing

less stressed.  My imagination?

Hardly, I think.  Although, I

could be wrong as appearances

aren’t always what’s going on


We should have a gate that

you go through

measuring your stress

hormones and if they’re too

high, you should be sent home

to rest, eat some nourishing food

and do whatever you need to do to

get balanced and be in a fit

state to interact with others.


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Moon & Sun

The moon and the sun

were friends

like Frog & Toad.

They co-inhabited

our corner of the universe

without a lot of fighting

& bickering, in fact, none.

No one got in the others’ orbit.

The moon & sun were friends

going round and round

having a joyful existence just


No one hogged the others’

light, as there was plenty

to go around with them.

Two friends forever, or

for a very long time,

hanging out together

most days.


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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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The sun hid behind the clouds


too shy to come out.

It didn’t even try

letting the storm

have its way with us.

Do you like the rain?

a lady asked.

Yes, I said.  Me too, its

a good break from the heat

of summer.

The grocery bagger offered to

take my cart out.

She also knew the value

of fresh, clean, cool air.

I’d rather be outside

she said.

Still the sun hid.

Hide and seek would

do no good today.

Not if you were on the

ground, that is.

Made sure to take my

Vit. D.






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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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Day of rest/work

My house was a disaster zone

of dirty clothes &

unfinished washing that needed to be done.

So, I tackled it.  It takes me 8 hrs. to

do my laundry– a good day’s work

–on a Sunday when I had other

things planned I’d have rather

done.  Didn’t get to them

but my place is cleaner now & I

can feel it, smell it, & sense it

in all other ways.  Actually, I’m

cleaner.  Some how this day was

relatively effortless.  I made

some changes in my usual

routine & with all that’s happened

lately I was set up

for a day of enhanced energy

to handle a big day of


I missed walking in Nature

but I still got a lot of sun

being out to the laundry room.

I missed going to the farmers’ mkt.

but I only had one me

& it can do best only one

thing at a time.

But there was food still in the

house and I got to be

alone all day with my

thoughts which weren’t

so horrific & nagging as

they sometimes are.


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Nature’s Nurture

I walked at noon time

I walked at night,

cool both times

people were riding bicycles

dog bouncing on the trail

happy as can be looking.

Who says nature doesn’t

have something to offer

everyone at any time.

The air was rain-washed,

worth the trip all on its own.

Cars were oblivious to

what outside of them


Speed at going nowhere


My pace was much

faster to get me to where

I want to go–within.

Cloudy day dispersed

easily with the breeze.

Cedar Waxwings ate berries

from my tree outside.

15 min. later I walked out

to see them again and

they were gone!  Had their

fill apparently.  Many

berries left for tomorrow.

Soon the crows will come

and eat.

Nature’s treat–free and

unlimitedly (almost!)



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River Walk

I don’t have an inkling of whatsoever

I could or would write about, so

I’ll just begin.

I walked as early as I could this

a.m. along the river.

People were out.  NOT in church.

The river’s my church these days.

Where I find peace and solace

and rest–even though I’m

exercising, as such.

Hurt my leg trying to

beat a 6-year-old across the

school yard from a dead,

cold stop.  Warming up

is a good idea for any person

esp. an older adult before

sprinting all out.

So my exercise is walking

since my leg is sore &

needs to heal–yet I

still need some exercise–

and my mind needs a


So I go to the river.

I’m glad I walked early.

Gave me an opportunity

to nap later in the day

when I’d usually walk.

Teaching is very stressful

& I need more rest than

the average bear.


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I wait…

for no one


the sun.

He’s bigger than me

so I try not to

bully or manipulate

his presence in my


I wait willingly…


there’s little more

I can do

to hasten

his arrival.

It’s out of my


how I need to let

go of control.

Try as I might,

he’s not coming

until he comes–

on schedule–

a usual.
















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Rainbow Leaves

Being here

present with this

paper & pen

should bring some


Often my mind is trying to

recreate a scene that has

triggered an idea to write about.

But being focused in the here &

now, I find plenty to fill

the page with, as it rolls off

my brain, unrehearsed, as it


It’s cool out.  Summer is fading

fast, giving way to a rain shower

of colorful leaves leaving their

host for a heavenly demise.

Littering the ground with speckled

jewels, they stand out from

everything else which is mostly


Some warmth makes the day still

seem like summer and lets the

amazing sun do its healthy

thing on our exposed skin

for one last shot of a darker tan

and all the Vit. D we can make in

an hour.










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