To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
November 16, 2015
THANKFUL FOR A QUIET SUNDAY AND BAKING BROWNIES
It all becomes so disturbing....
even filling your thoughts at 3 AM....
how very frightening the world has become.
It was good to have a quiet Sunday
just to stay home and spruce
up the garden for Thanksgiving.
This will most likely be the last day to mow the lawn.
The leaves are quickly falling now.
It was a perfect November day....
a temperature around 60 degrees, cloudy and cool.
I love to hear the sound of crows during fall.
The entire neighborhood seems to be nesting.
I keep my eye on this one tree in the backyard.
I can see it from our bathroom and have
watched it change into her vibrant autumn color.
In a few weeks, this will be bare.
As I was skimming the leaves out of the pool,
you sensed a change in the wind...
a storm is coming.
Somehow I felt perhaps this thought actually
referred to our country....our world.....