Diversity: The Color of Life

Coming into the house, after what appears to be the last unseasonably warm October day, I glimpsed again at the magnificent colors punctuating the grey cloudy sky --- burgundy flowering plums, orange maples, yellow-green birches, tanned leather oaks, fiery red sassafras --- their leaves twirling in the wind then freckling the autumn ground.   Curious, …

Daily Prompt: Gratitude

I didn't think much about gratitude while growing up.  Actually, I'd say I was pretty ungrateful in those years.  Raised in a dysfunctional family --- although I didn't know that's what it was then, just that my father would rage at a moment's notice --- we often ran for our lives.  Literally.  It wasn't until …

The Beauty of Transformation

Dazzling green and metallic blue dragonflies transformed my summer to autumn.  Taking in the colorful, changing fall landscape yesterday amid September temps, I was mesmerized when a silvery gold dragonfly as sparkly as Christmas ribbons landed on my garden chair.  We both sat perfectly still for the next few minutes, its lipstick red mirrored dots …

Who’s to Say?

Sometimes things don’t work out as we planned.  Sometimes, oftentimes, gifts appear in unexpected places or they don’t look like what we envisioned.  We think it should be something else and too quickly pass it by. When I was very young --- about five or six, I desperately wanted a kitten. What kid doesn’t at …