The Golden Spring

I read Robert Frost’s poem¬†Nothing Gold Can Stay way back in my first or second year of college – 53 years ago or so. I’m a bit amazed that I remember it, though vaguely, because I don’t have clear memories of many things that I learned way back then. Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold… The […]

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Thoughts on a Banana Blossom

I was walking into the Botanical Garden, focused mostly on getting where I wanted to be before the harsh Florida sun was high enough in the sky to sap all color out of my photographs. The entrance is lined with lush plants and this banana tree bud caught my attention. It was just below eye level and cocooned in leaves […]

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This is not Who We Are

I am appalled and deeply ashamed of the racist remarks of the U.S. president last week, remarks that are consistent with decades of racist behavior. His comments do not reflect what the United States stands for, what we believe and what we work towards. We do have a dark side from our slavery past, and our treatment of Native Americans, […]

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Christmas Reflections

I am half way between our celebration of Christmas and the celebration of the beginning of a new year. We had a fun and joyful Christmas Eve celebration and I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on whether we provided an appropriate celebration of a religious holy day of such magnitude. I have struggled as long as I can remember […]

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Sometimes Life is Messy

Sometimes life feels really messy and I become overwhelmed, over-stressed. I want to fight for human rights, equality of opportunity, a healthier planet, kindness and generosity. I see problems that need solutions and solutions proposed that are purposely designed to take from those with the least to give to those who already have more than they need. I see hatred, […]

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