Monday, August 27, 2012

orphaned by the storm





Yes folks, we are having another tropical storm. It's not a direct hit this time, so things are just the way I like them - enough rain and wind to make for a cozy day indoors (with occasional photo safaris outside to assess the damage.) So far, only the acorns have suffered, but I imagine the squirrels will consider this, literally, a windfall for their winter stores (like squirrels in Florida need to store food for the winter. Still, they do it anyway...)

On another note, I had a little visit to the ER this past weekend, to make sure I wasn't having a heart attack (I wasn't.) Just an upper back strain or a pinched nerve or something, which had the unfortunate result of wrapping itself around to squeeze my chest in a very uncomfortable manner. And since I am in that lovely heart attack age range, and women, as most of you know, often have atypical heart attack symptoms, I thought I'd better get it checked out. So all is well, I am typing this with heat packs against my back, and I am extremely grateful that this latest crisis had a simple resolution. (This has certainly been a weird couple of months, even by my standards.)

For all of you out there still wondering if the storm is coming your way, and battening down your hatches, know that we here in Florida are thinking of you...


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

seed faith.


To see things in the seed, that is genius. 
—Lao Tzu 


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

things i saw today


today i saw a rainbow, 

and i thought,

god loves me.

i saw three ravens too,

cacophonous silhouettes, flapping

in the slash pine 

as it reached silently for the morning.

and this is life —

color and god and pandemonium

and silence,

and reaching for the morning.




leslie young
© 2012


Friday, August 10, 2012

catnapping (with apologies to canines everywhere)





"I love a good nap. Sometimes it's the only thing getting me out of bed in the morning."
— George, from Seinfeld


Monday, August 6, 2012

tea and honey


“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today," said Pooh.


"There there," said Piglet. "I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.” 


 A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


Beth sent me a little tea and honey the other day, in the form of some good books, all wrapped up in pretty paper. It was a lovely surprise on a day when I was feeling a bit post-traumatic stress-y. To quote another Milne philosopher, “Friendship," said Christopher Robin, "is a very comforting thing to have.”