Sep 15

Adventure Picking Blackberries

I never knew that picking blackberries could be such an adventure!  Of course there’s the blackberries themselves.  The bush has thorns everywhere.  Even the underside of the leaves have thorns.  In our area we also have stinging nettle plants.  Through bitter (itchy) expedience I’ve learned to avoid them.

There are also HUGE spiders that build their webs in front of the berries to as to better catch bugs and berry pickers.

spider

Today there was added excitement.  I discovered the skeleton of a snake in the berry bushes.  The skeleton of a snake . . . it doesn’t get any creepier than that!

snake skeleton

Or does it?  As I was examining my curly friend here, I happened to glance up into the trees.

Hive in Tree

What the heck?  It turned out to be a bee hive that looks straight out of a science fiction movie.  Shudder!

bee hive

 

 

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Apr 29

For Charles – It’s Been A Year

It’s hard to believe that he’s been gone a year.  I’ve thought of him every day.  I’ve missed him every day.  I imagine that I’ll go on thinking about him and missing him until I join him on the other side.

What is Death?
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without affect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.

All is well.
~ Henry Scott Holland

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Sep 11

9/11 Again

I don’t know why the anniversary of 9/11 is hitting me so hard this year.  Maybe it’s because I miss Charles.  Maybe it’s because of all the fires back home in Montana.  Maybe it’s even good to remember sometimes.  Anyway, here’s a post that I wrote back in 2008.

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9/11

The anniversary of 9/11 was a few weeks ago.  On that day I remembered how hard Peter Jennings worked.  He was on television the entire day.  He was calm.  He was patient.  He was a rock.

I worked for a cell phone company then.  There was so much confusion on that day.  We didn’t know if there would be more attacks.  If there were, wouldn’t it make sense to attack the headquarters of a communications company? My company sent everyone home just in case.

I thought about what I did.  I remembered what happened.  But I’d forgotten the feelings.

Earlier this week I watched Backdraft.  It’s a great Ron Howard flick about firemen.  At the beginning of the movie there were a few scenes that showed the firemen rushing into a burning building.  The scenes were well shot and very dramatic.

It brought back a memory of 9/11.  People were running from the Twin Towers.  People like you and me were running away from the flames and the explosions.  They were running for their very lives.

At the same time firemen and policemen we running toward the Twin Towers.  They were running toward the flames and explosions as fast as they could go.   Their only thought was to save people like you and me.  Many of them died in the attempt.

In an instant I remembered what 9/11 felt like.  I felt fear, confusion, grief, surprise and outrage.  I also felt gratitude and pride.

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Sep 09

Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival 2012

Yesterday we spent the afternoon at Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival.  It was a lovely day.

 

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Jun 10

Port Townsend’s North Beach Park

Yesterday we went to Port Townsend’s North Beach Park. Lovely!

North Beach Park

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