David Haskell who observed a tiny patch of earth in the Tennessee forest - a few minutes each day for a solid year - and learned across the curriculum of life. Everything is connected was his great takeaway. I imagine there were October days when he observed something akin to Romare Bearden's collage here. Connections.
(Mecklenburg Autumn: October - Toward Paw's Creek. Romare Bearden, 1983)
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
The morning was for apple-picking at Sky Top Orchard. Mucking along rain sodden rows of Cortland, Fuji, Granny Smith, Johnagold and Honeycrisp, filling a red bucket while visions of cinnamon-sprinkled pie swirled through our heads. Rows of apple trees that seemed to go on forever, air smelling like perfume. When the foraging finished, there were hot homemade pumpkin donuts dusted with sugar. A picturebook autumn outing.
Then on to a favorite poet's house. Can you see it there in the misty distance? Connemara, Scottish for 'rock hill,' is the beloved home in Flat Rock, North Carolina, where Carl Sandburg lived with his wife and three daughters for more than 20 years. Today this historic gem and its 30-acre site are part of the U.S. National Park Service.
The family loved reading, playing music together and birdwatching. There are more than 17,000 books in the house. It's a little spooky to walk through the uninhabited rooms, but a feeling of love lingers.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
My niece is a newly-graduated, board-certified psychologist with so much knowledge and heart it's astounding. To know her is to adore her. Chloe's always sharing a great nugget, whether a book recommendation, a recipe for easy enchiladas or the kitchen timer technique, which is part pop psychology, part life hack brilliance. You can buy one lots of places and in a variety of shapes, including the perennially popular pomodoro. I just ordered this zesty lemon on Amazon. I'm supposed to set it for 25 minutes whenever there is a project I need to start but keep putting off (write a brochure, do some bookkeeping, clean out the basement, etc). That's enough time to get a chunk done and there's a good chance I'll keep going for much longer. Maybe even complete the dreaded task in one swoop. This lemon and I have lots of chores and projects to squeeze in over the next few weeks. Together, I know we can do it.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
It literally means letterbox. Not surprisingly, there are many images of mailboxes among my Italy pictures. This one seems to fit Rumi's words below on a Sunday morning:Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript oƒ a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
This universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want,
you are already that.