Category Archives: nature

The Last Good-bye

The other day I watched a video about grief and the facilitator gave us a topic to think about.  “The last time I saw you.” Why can’t I remember our good-bye the last time I saw you? It was hot … Continue reading

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The Surf

First night by the shore, the pounding surf, raw and terrible so close to my bed invaded sleep, became a tidal wave in my dreams. Day three– no longer does the fury disturb me; the power unleashed outside my window … Continue reading

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The Secret Park

I threw on my hoodie – the morning was cold and shiny, just how I like it. I felt good, felt like walking somewhere different, somewhere outside my comfort zone. So I followed my nose for half an hour or … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #9

From Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard Excerpt #9 is by writer, poet and nature mystic, Annie Dillard.  In Teaching a Stone to Talk she describes first-hand what it was like to experience a total solar eclipse. “The … Continue reading

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For Mary Oliver, Poet

Mary Oliver, the poet, died last week at 83. Intensely private, she rarely granted interviews, but I heard one on the radio this morning. When gently probed by her interviewer, she hinted at a dark and menacing childhood, and said … Continue reading

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Afterglow

The sunset starts slowly, unpromising. A little softness, a sheared off cloud with a pinkish base and golden top. I look away~ and when I return there’s a crimson spot peeking beneath the cloud, just a wink of brilliant orange. … Continue reading

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Lucas, the Wonder Dog

He’s the first to greet me when I ring the doorbell. Twenty pounds of cuddlesome friendliness. A dust mop on four legs with a stumpy little metronome of a tail. Big brown eyes that say Hi, how are you? Wanna … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

Today is the winter solstice. I remember another one, many years ago, when we were both younger. I walked across campus to meet you for lunch, mother and son. As I crossed the little bridge over the pond I saw … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #8

The seventh excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose is taken from “Among the Isles of Shoals,” written in 1893 by Celia Thaxter, about her delight-filled childhood as a lighthouse keeper’s daughter on the Isles of Shoals, a group of … Continue reading

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The Couple at The Starfish Company

She was blonde and plump and pleasant, and asked if they could share our table on the wharf. Sure, said I, caught by surprise. We started jabbering and found much in common: college jobs, December birthdays, our men both Tonys. … Continue reading

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