When Skies are Silver

On this rainy weekend, I think of another cloudy-about-to-rain day when a friend saw his elderly neighbor at work in her garden. He called, “How are you on this gray day?” She looked up, smiled, and said, “Oh, it’s not a gray day; it’s silver.”

 

What is water

that pours silver

and can fold the sky?

 

– Hilda Conkling –

Poems by a Little Girl

 

Wishing you silver on a cloudy day.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Winter’s Best Secret

 

Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed

The speculating rooks at their nests cawed

And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flower of grass,

What we below could not see, Winter pass.

Edward Thomas, “Thaw”

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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Young Hearts, Open Eyes

 

“Let us keep our hearts young and our eyes open that nothing worth our while shall escape us.”

novelist Victor Cherbuliez

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – a bit lopsided, but a heart just the same:

Shadow of the Week:

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Winter Song

 

Wild music is abroad . . .

Chill airs and wintry winds! My ear

Has grown familiar with your song;

I hear it in the opening year,

I listen, and it cheers me long.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Woods in Winter”

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – winter jasmine:

Shadow of the Week:

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Deep Peace

 

Deep peace of the running wave to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

 

– based on writings of poet William Sharp

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – poinsettia reaching for the sunlight:

. . . and its shadow:

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Illuminating Life

 

“Hatred paralyzes life;

Love releases it.

Hatred confuses life.

Love harmonizes it.

Hatred darkens life;

Love illuminates it.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week – shamrocks and Dala horse:

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Adopting a Secret

 

“Adopt the pace of Nature. Her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – from the window at my desk, a winter sky:

Shadow of the Week – from picnic tables at the zoo on a chilly day:

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Courage, Gaiety, and the Quiet Mind

Happy New Year!

“Give us grace and strength to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends and soften to us our enemies. Give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath and in all changes of fortune, and down to the gates of death loyal and loving to one another.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week—a rope fence at the zoo:

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Old and New, False and True

 

“The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“In Memorium A.H.H.”

 

Wishing you a new year of peace and deep joy.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – Christmas cactus:

Shadow of the Week:

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The Dew of Little Things

 

“In the dew of little things,

the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

 

May the beauty of little things bring you joy this holiday season. May you find your heart’s morning. May you be refreshed.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week – paperwhites:

Shadow of the Week:

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