Sunday, November 19, 2017

First World Day Of The Poor

       Did you know?

                   (I didn't.)

If you follow the above link, you will find words of wisdom, compassion
and love for the poor from Pope Francis.

Sample  # 8

8. "At the heart of all the many concrete initiatives carried out on this day should always be prayer.  Let us not forget that the Our Father is the prayer of the poor.  Our asking for bread expresses our entrustment to God for our basic needs in life.  Everything that Jesus taught us in this prayer expresses and brings together the cry of all who suffer from life’s uncertainties and the lack of what they need.  When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he answered in the words with which the poor speak to our one Father, in whom all acknowledge themselves as brothers and sisters.  The Our Father is a prayer said in the plural: the bread for which we ask is “ours”, and that entails sharing, participation and joint responsibility.  In this prayer, all of us recognize our need to overcome every form of selfishness, in order to enter into the joy of mutual acceptance."


Friday, November 17, 2017


This evening along the creek bed
the lingering autumn light shed gold
on nameless trees and shrubs. 

And sometimes that unexpected light shines
on a writer and it's a beautiful experience.

First Things 

Here Is What I’d Like to Say to You | Kathleen Gunton

Caveat Lector


      Gratitude is the word for the day.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Walker Evans

This photographer documented people

who lived during the Great Depression.

Born on this day in 1903. He died in 1975.

Walker Evans captured life in black & white.
Today (for many reasons) we have a choice: 
color or black & white.

                    You choose.

Enjoy your world and capture whatever moves you.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Variations for a Celebration

My good writer friend from Laurel, MD
has advised me to add something to this blog.
"It's been awhile and your fans will think the
site has gone dark or that you've died."
                         He is right.

This is the month (and we all have one), where
we look at our life through the lens of one more

And so to all the loving, caring and generous
friends and family who remembered
my day with cards and texts and emails and flowers
and gifts of every sort, allow me to thank you here.

      Fall-fill of color
      One butterfly perched
      See the curly willow branch


         In a white bouquet
         Rose and Lily link
         Such purity of purpose             


     Peach-pink cheeks nestle
     Above Baby's Breath
     Only Love can love this way

   Sunflowers gather
   Mums in this autumn
   Poetic conversation

Love and thank you hugs especially to: 

Kathy L, Sandee & Fred, Teresa & Joel, Joe & Rosa
Rob & Brooke & Brandi, Gloria & Bob, Mo- & Gary, 
Bob & Carey, Anita & Steve, Phil & Judy & Ashley, 
Orman & Laurel, Dave F, Maurice O, Amanda & Abraham,
Nick, Alberta, Lynne & Eric, Jeanne & Don, 
and Mother Judith--who shares my birth day.

           You are each a blessing in my life!

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11th

There is grief enough today to fill the pages
              of every September 11th!

             (May our generosity help the victims of recent
               natural disasters . . . and, please God, we will
                 all contribute in whatever way we are able.)


                        September 11th 2001

Monday, September 4, 2017

George Eastman

Many photographers fell in love with
the camera and all its magic thanks to
a Kodak camera. Today we honor the
man who gave us spools of film to feed
our imagination.


    And though we are now in a digital age

where creativity in photography is boundless . . . 


      We thank you George Eastman!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Mother of God

Today we celebrate Mary's
Assumption--body and soul into Heaven.
In the Orthodox Church it is called
the Dormition of The Theotokos--
the "falling asleep" of the Mother of God.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee. . .
Pray for us now and
at the hour of our death.