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Our World Tuesday: Around and About...

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This weekend, both my daughter and my puppy dog were ill, so I went about my travels on my own.  I went up to March Farms for the week’s supply of apples, cider, and tomatoes.  We’ll be back on Friday for our pumpkin while the selection is good. The fall colors were vibrant, and the skies were clear. The graffiti down the road from the swamp was telling:  the Joker promising revolution… It was a clear and peaceful weekend, but a little lonely with my girls under the weather. Still, it was good to be home to as we all rested for Monday.

“...but I suddenly realized what small towns are. They are places where you grow up with the peculiar -- you live next to the strange and the unlikely for so long that everything and everyone become commonplace."  (John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany)
Our World Tuesday

Today's Flowers: Zinnias at White's Flower Farm

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White's Flower Farm in Litchfield, Connecticut has the most beautiful zinnias I have ever seen (which is why I posted one as part of last week's Today's Flowers).  I don't know what magic they do to keep the bugs from eating them up, but magic they do.  The flower farm welcomes people to walk around and enjoy its gardens, and that's pretty cool.  All over the place, people had their camera phones out to hold onto the beauty after they left.  Technology can be a blessing for reasons like this one
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Wordless Wednesday: How Do You Like My Hair?

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Our World Tuesday: White's Flower Farm

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Hydrangea looks great no matter what state of living or dying it's in.
And then there's the poppy, so delicate and strong and loaded with symbolism through no fault of its own.  Enough to be a poppy.  In fact, I'd like to try it some time: Geraniums are cool because they're common and everywhere and they have that great weekend gardener fragrance that makes you happy to be outside in the early spring and the cold mornings of late summer. Zinnias....are high-maintenance little lovelies.  This one is happy to be judged by the company she keeps. I took these photos with my phone camera while my daughter worked her magic with her DSLR.  My photographic challenge these days involves taking pictures with the phone while holding the dogs or the bags and sweaters with the other.  It's a good challenge because it reminds me I am in this world and walking among its marvels.  In fact, it's a privelege to be here.  That's why I take pictures.
Our World Tuesday

Today's Flowers: Get Your Paws Dirty

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Get your paws dirty if that's what it takes to smell the flowers.  And then smell the flowers.

Today's Flowers

Skywatch Friday: Last Light

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I took all my summer photos with my phone this year.  It was new to me and always in my pocket, so it was as challenging as it was easy in those regards.  Sometimes it seemed the light would smear--but in a good way.  Ironically, this is pretty much how things looked for me without my glasses.

I love a Carolina sunset That's one thing a man will never forget It brings heaven a little bit closer to Earth Makes you feel like what you got
Lord, ain't it been worth everything we been through together

Taking the good Taking the bad Taking whatever Under a Carolina sunset Carolina sunset
(The Marshall Tucker Band)
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Wordless Wednesday: Yum

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Our World Tuesday: In the Forest

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Adella and I took a walk White's Memorial in Litchfield, Connecticut, today.  We brought our best friends. Picasa made a little collage of our photographic efforts: They kept the bears away.  It was a beautiful, chilly day that justified our fleece jackets.  The walk felt great, and we took lots of pictures.  Della used her DSLR, and I used my handy-dandy HTC with one hand while holding the leashes with the other.   We found our groove and eventually I was able to manage a shot or two.  Della got to flex her camera muscle, and that was the point.  Her pedometer ap clocked her at two hours of walking over three hours of hiking.  She didn't think she spent all that much time taking photos.  She didn't realize just how dedicated to her art she is!
Everything about the day was perfect.
Clyde, who would barely walk on Thursday and Friday, was in rare form.  He loves to be the intrepid climber of rocks and trail blazer and protector of his girls--Della and Maeve--from chipmunks…

Skywatch Friday: Thin Places

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I've been listening to A Prayer for Owen Meany during my work commute and laughing and feeling the sting of the truth by turn.  I love that book.  Irving is a genius at telling the truth of and about New England.  That what I see really is true--rather than a strange dream--is also comforting.  Today reader Joe Barrett breathed life into the lines of  John Wheelwright as he reflects on losing his mother: “When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.”
Lines like these are as beautiful and essential as noticing the beginni…

Wordless Wednesday: Remembering 9/11

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Our World Tuesday: The Wonders of an Ordinary Day

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We had a short week last week to honor the Jewish holidays.  I am not Jewish, so I did other things.  Like emissions testing.  This is a process in which a person takes your car and your government paperwork, disappears for a little while, and comes back to say you're good for another two years.  (It's a government thing.)  Twenty dollars later, I left the garage and went back to my school work at home.

This nice lady with her Madonna-style underwear waved me off.

I came home to a package on my stoop. It was a present from the very talented and kind Theresa of the Run*A*Round Ranch blog fame.
I won a raffle!  What's better than a day off--except a day off with presents?  She included a nice note and some four-leaf-clovers from Texas.  Her kind words and her tokens of good luck made my day bright.  Talk about nice.  People are good and generous because they want to be and because they can.  That right there is worth thinking about for a long time. My day only get better be…

Today's Flowers: Asters

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Out for a walk late this afternoon, a profusion of asters caught my eye.  They were blooming alongside a dried stream, and they radiated light at a dull time of day.  They were keeping some bees very busy, too.
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Skywatch Friday: the Benefit of Rising Early

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A benefit or rising early is catching the sunrise.  Every now and again, I do that.  This was one of those "Which tide is it?" kind of mornings when I realized how simple and good life is when I show up without expectations.

Skywatch Friday

Wordless Wednesday: Life is Art

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Our World Tuesday: School and Supper

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Fall came this week, even if summer has another few weeks to its name.  We have the evidence:


School started for me and for Della.  She likes her teachers, including the chemistry teacher who set something on fire to get the kids thinking about the possibilities.  My students are among the coolest young people on this planet.  They are good little urbanites ready to work hard and to work with each other.  I had them decide our classroom norms.  They weren't sure what to do with the freedom to establish the terms of their learning, but I reminded them they earned the right by behaving so well and, besides, the people who established our freedom--from Ben Franklin to Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King--didn't go to the trouble so they could shrug off the opportunity to make their own world.  I asked them to tell me what they needed to feel safe and protected in our classroom.  

They came up with some good stuff.  Each class had its own ideas about what it liked and didn't…