Fall Song

Gold and black

Fall Song Another year gone, leaving everywhere its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves, the uneaten fruits crumbling damply in the shadows, unmattering back from the particular island of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere except underfoot, moldering in that black subterranean castle of unobservable mysteries – – -roots and sealed seeds and the wanderings of water. This I try to remember when time’s measure painfully chafes, for instance when autumn flares out at …

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When Sparks Fly

Glowing Sumac Leaves

 What is it that lights you up and brings you joy? Do you know? Or have you forgotten? When Sparks Fly Everyone has sparks that light them up, whether they know it or not. The sad thing is that many were never encouraged to notice those sparks. “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner …

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Autumn’s Fading Beauty

Backlit leaf and fern at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

The vagaries of fall color mystify me. On many streets and avenues in the Twin Cities, the fall colors are magnificent! Yet on a drive to through south-eastern Minnesota (Hastings, Red Wing, Frontenac State Park, Nerstrand Big Woods State Park) yesterday, the trees were past peak with most of the leaves on the ground. There were small pockets of color but nothing like what remains here in the Twin Cities. I had expected that the …

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The Joy Journey

Recently I started taking a watercolor painting class through community education.  I was so excited to take my first painting class. “Yay!” my inner kid was exclaiming. What joy I felt picking up the brush and playing with color at home before the class started. Then I went to the first class. Not only was it not the beginner class I expected, most of the students in the class had been taking the class with …

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