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Winter

Winter doesn’t seem bleak to me.

I know it isn’t as colorful

or warm as other times of

the year–or even sunny.

It is just there in all its

stillness

standing guard over

the season-

a castle with many

guards, at peace in itself,

still, somber, composure.

It waits patiently

for things to start

happening–I wish

I had that kind of

patience!–more

visitors, ‘showing

off’ for them

and bearing

the fruits of inactivity

in the more dormant

times.

Snow covered trees with sunrise. Oregon Cascades

Snow covered trees with sunrise. Oregon Cascades

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A good day

Foggy, cloudy & cool

turned to warm, sunny

and blue.

If we waited long enough

the sun would dominate

the “pesky” fog that cast

somewhat of a ‘gloom’ on

the day.

I can see my shadow! I

exclaimed as we walked to

lunch!  I can make a

rabbit with my hands!

It was all good until we

had to go back for the

tickets for the drawing

at lunchtime.

Gathered up, on the way

back & excited to get

to lunch I said,

don’t…but too

late…as she rounded

the corner…run…

I mumbled to

myself.

Sunburst through rock arches. Bryce  National Park, Utah

Sunburst through rock arches. Bryce National Park, Utah

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Breakthrough

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Close up view of fall colored aspen trees. San Juan Mountains. Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado

It was cold & dreary

then the sun broke through.

There was still blue sky above

white, puffy chiffon-like clouds

floated by as carefree as the

wind they rode upon.

It warmed our souls, not to mention

our body, that selfless sun.

We played like it was summer or

spring–anything but the

cold winter day it had been.

The fog kept us company

earlier to remind us of our

place, and that it’s not

nice to (try to) fool mother

nature or anyone else’s mother

as if we really could.

So the sun had its way

with us while we learned

new games in bliss and joy

out from the stifling confinement

of 4 walls–a roof and a floor

“box” living–never meant

for humans or any other animal

for very long and they were out

of there, back to nature feeling

at home as anywhere else they

could build.

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

Pacific Albus (Poplar) tree farm, Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

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Nature

Nature is steady.

She never ‘modernizes’.

Comes out with a new

& improved model

next year.

She’s stable & changes

slowly, if at all–from our

perspective.

She’s always there.

You never have to hunt her

up.

She doesn’t hide.

A foggy day may

obscure her obvious

beauty but under those

wraps, she sparkles

and shines in the bright

sunlight.

Low tide  pools and rippled sand at Bandon Beach, Oregon

Low tide pools and rippled sand at Bandon Beach, Oregon

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Colorful

Japanese maple leaf in fall color.

Japanese maple leaf in fall color.

The last few colorful

leaves

are holding down

the trails’ beauty.

We’re hanging on

til the end

soaking in the sun

when all our

compatriots

have fallen to

the ground

long ago–

a virtual brown

out, we’re stars of

the show, by

default.

Soon we’ll leave

our tree naked

again to fend

for itself til

Spring.

But for now

life is delightful

in the sun and

breezes–gentle

as can be.

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Being Myself

I can only be myself.

There is no other way to go, to figure

out a better way to live.

Whatever I’m feeling in the

moment

is what is “true” for me at that

instant.

And from there I proceed.

Sometimes I really lose my way.

Confused & helpless, I don’t

know what I want to do

even next.

I muddle through those

days & hours

without a vision of what

I thought was still possible.

They’re only times to go through.

Passing through a storm

lasts until the storm stops.

Eventually it does.

It will come again, don’t worry.

But for now the skies are

clearing & a new day is

dawning.

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

Wood Duck in pond at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. Oregon

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Balanced

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

below.

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

orbiting.

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

flower.

All its needs are met.  It is looked

after.

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.

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Absent

The sun hid behind the clouds

today

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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