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I thought this was well worth sharing — Thanks David. See — there’s beauty right in your backyard, especially this one.
This is an iPhone/Hipstamatic image that I love. Something from nothing? Maybe there is more here than meets the eye.
After the horrible news of yesterday’s school shootings we have been mourning the losses and feel numb. Today The Chalice newsletter of the Unitarian Church of Barnstable arrived – the church we just joined last week — and Reverend Kristen Harper included the opening stanza from a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson to introduce her paragraph about mourning losses during the year. Unfortunately it is very apt today.
Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson
THE SOUTH-WIND brings
Life, sunshine, and desire,
And on every mount and meadow
Breathes aromatic fire;
But over the dead he has no power,
The lost, the lost, he cannot restore;
And, looking over the hills, I mourn
The darling who shall not return.
I mourn all the little darlings who shall not return because their lives were cut short. I will look for them in the hills and valleys, when walking through a meadow I will remember and mourn. I will see them in the sunrise and sunset and along the beaches we walk on old Cape Cod. I will cherish my children and the children I meet in my travels all the more. I will be patient with them all and with my self. I will look for them as I look for Walt Whitman who wrote in Leaves of Grass:
Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop some where waiting for you.
I hope the sweet martyred babies will wait for us until we have the wisdom to see them again.
In the aftermath of horror we try to continue our normal, mostly happy lives. Today that’s a challenge. We can’t allow ourselves to go numb. Carefully considered action must be undertaken. We must protect the children.
Off to a late start today. Could not fire the engines. Or the head. Temperature: Brisk 35F. Not a trace of wind. And gloriously sunny. Sunny but dark.
I skip the hat. Skip the gloves. Skip the extra sweatshirt. I needed cold. Needed to feel alive. Needed a new path. A fresh 5-mile route. Away from the familiar.
9:45 am: I’m heading North. (It’s quiet out. Eerily quiet. I don’t hear birds. Traffic seems to be moving slower. Everyone mourning? Newtown is North. Sandy Hook Elementary School is 39 miles due North. TV images flicker by: Mother holding phone, screaming. Children being marched out of the building. “Close your eyes. Hold your hands.“)
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I am sharing two lily photos because I was inspired by Vladimir Brezina’s post — Lilies
Vlad’s blog is usually much more ambitious and all his posts are worth a visit.
The first of my lilies was taken with my iPhone 4 and edited in the phone. I am so impressed with what’s possible in today’s smart phones. The other one is a Panasonic LX3 shot — I’m on the LX7 now — a great series of cameras in a compact form. A fine machine to put in your pocket for not much out of pocket.
Here are links in case you want to buy a print or a card.
Here is my gem of the day — a photo I took while hiking in the woods on Cape Cod. Its Wolf moss, or Lutharia Vulpina its poisonous I believe. (Its actually a lichen not a moss) It was used to poison wolves years ago. Intimate glimpses into the forest floor yield endless beauty; it pays to look.
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Matt Holliday slid into Marco Scutaro during yesterday’s NLCS game between the Giants and Cardinals. Holliday was trying to break up a double play — a normal tactic — except the slide was not into the base but avoided the base to go into the second baseman. An illegal slide. The runner can take out the second baseman if he can do so while sliding into the base — not directly into the baseman. Holliday claims he was not trying to hurt Scutaro — sorry but he is smarter than that. He knew his slide was very dangerous. He slid into Scutaro — 65 pounds smaller — he didn’t slide into the second base bag at all but directly into Scutaro who was behind the bag. He should be fined — we need to prevent this kind of play. Unnecessary roughness in sport threatens the players and the sport itself. It should not be tolerated.