Every Leaf

 

“What is autumn? . . . A second spring, where every leaf is a flower.”

Albert Camus, Le Malentendu

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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What Spring Whispers

 

On the old plum tree,

One blossom by one blossom,

The spring thaw is born.

 – Ransetsu

 

Spring is born in whispers: “A gift! For you. Enjoy!”

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week: quince

Shadow of the Week:

 

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Dancing Toward Spring

 

“. . . O Wind,

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind.”

– Percy Bysshe Shelley, from “Ode to the West Wind” –

 

Winter and Spring are in their annual dance until Winter bows out and Spring takes center stage. Enjoy the dance of the seasons!

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – Lenten rose:

Shadow of the Week – missed the cat but caught the shadow of her tail:

 

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Before the Robins Sing

“We must live through the dreary winter

If we would value the spring;

And the woods must be cold and silent

Before the robins sing.

The flowers must be buried in darkness

Before they can bud and bloom,

And the sweetest, warmest sunshine

Comes after the storm and gloom.”

– unknown author, from Poems That Live Forever

 

The seasons of our lives seem to follow that same pattern – storm, gloom, and then sweet warmth. “I have been bent and broken,” said Charles Dickens, “but – I hope – into a better shape.”

May your heart bloom in the warm sunshine of hope.

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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Every Leaf a Flower

From Le Malentendu by Albert Camus –

Martha: What is autumn?

Jan: A second spring, where every leaf is a flower.

If autumn is beginning to display her colors in your part of the world, I hope you can pause for a moment to breathe deeply of her beauty as she quietly and steadily transforms into a second, and very rich, spring.

Pay deep attention. Nurture peace, cultivate loving-kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week – signs of autumn found on my back deck:

Shadow of the Week – on my garden shoes:

 

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Laughing in the Colors of Spring

“Earth laughs in flowers.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

Wishing you earth’s laughter this week!

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Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

 

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Colors of the Spirit

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

– Emerson, “Nature” –

The word nature comes from the Latin nasci, which means “to be born.” Leaves are peeking out and stretching, buds are opening – must be the earth’s birthday. Enjoy!

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Nature of the week – a redbud blossoming all along its branches:

This week, a double shadow:

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The Spring-Turning Sun

“And the sun felt warm upon his face like a hand with a lovely touch.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

 

May you feel the lovely touch of the Spring-turning sun this week.

 

Nourish peace,

cultivate loving kindness,

and carry the calm.

 

Nature photo of the week – sunrise through leaves that lasted the winter:

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Shadow of the Week – the sun paints a heart shadow on a silver-gray trunk:

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Text and photos © 2016 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.