Category Archives: ‘Tis a Puzzlement

Waiting For The First Snowfall

Snow falls: years of anger following hours that float idly down — the blizzard drifts its weight deeper and deeper for three days or sixty years, eh?  Then the sun!  a clutter of yellow and blue flakes — Hairy looking … Continue reading

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The Freedom Not To Listen

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government … Continue reading

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Friends To The Last

Her name was Pudders.  Why, I don’t know.  It is a terrible name to inflict upon a self-respecting cat, but we got her as a rescue cat when she was about five and she’d already been named.  It wasn’t in our hearts to … Continue reading

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Pesky Crows

Every time I interact with crows, I come away with the same conclusion: they have an alert intelligence and try hard to communicate across species about things that are important to them.  Unfortunately, I don’t speak their language. I walked to our mailbox … Continue reading

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Man and His Obsessions

Mankind has an obsession with order, so much so that we insist upon trying to impose our notion of order upon nature even while we know that time dooms each attempt we make, and we will need to try again, and again.  In our zealous dedication to this cause, we seem no different from the ants … Continue reading

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Pastures As Art

There is something mesmerizing about open pastures, perhaps their malleability as an artistic medium. At any time of year, unmown pastures are rough, green canvases painted with oils variously applied; thickened knots of lush grass growing in hollows or well fertilized areas appear to have been rendered by palette … Continue reading

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The Uncertain Rhythms of February, 2016

1             To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2             a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that … Continue reading

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Death In The Family

“All alone, I came into the world All alone, I will someday die Solid stone is just sand and water, baby Sand and water, and a million years gone by “ Beth Nielsen Chapman, Sand and Water Helen recently lost her … Continue reading

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The Blessings Of The Rural Mailbox

“Derek watched her car vanish into the mist, then set off to finish his trek.  He listened to the rain gush, listened as it turned into a steady patter, into muttered tinklings, into occasional drops, and, finally, into the quiet … Continue reading

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The Nature Of Friendship

“And in that moment, he was finally able to accept it all.  In the deepest recesses of his soul, Tsukuru Tazaki understood.  One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone.  They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds.  … Continue reading

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