2. Without her phone working, Eileen still kept in touch
3. Spectacular late fall day
4. Undwelt corners, untravelled pathways
“As the ghosts and memories swirl around me, what I feel, more than anything, is gratitude. I feel privileged to have lived those moments, even the difficult ones, and to have known and loved (and been loved by) the people who are no longer here.” Lindsey Mead, “Thanksgiving and the fullness of life.”
2. Apple and fountain
3. Deborah’s asking why and making changes
4. Nancy’s smile and encouragement
2. Foggy fall morning
3. Persistent sunflowers
4. Interconnected (interchangeable?)
2. Bulbs, MaryEllen’s and everywhere, so many varieties
3. Warm enough for a candlelight dinner outside
4. A kind veterinarian took care of Pegasus, who snuck out last night
5. Trailing off
6. Letting things come and letting things go
7. Laura’s gratitude is something to marvel at, remember, and practice
2. Cassie makes breakfast. Lantana gets some too.
3. Symphony of pink zinnias
4. For the company of Pegasus
5. For the sunlight on the porch
6. For bravery. For kindness.
2. God box
3. Ingrid brought me rainbow chard and some herbs from her garden
4. Eileen making time for me and finding a place where we can talk. Where we originally planned to go, there was a lot of traffic because of the street fair.
5. Late blooming sunflowers
6. Iced tea with mint from the garden
2. Hearing from Oliver, who just moved to Florida, no damage to his new home, he said. From some others I know, heard damages were minimal, some still without power. Praying for all those affected.
3. Pink lantana and pink zinnias together in a pot. Virginia told me lantana do not like vases. We’ll see.
4. Pegasus for just being here, whether he’s just scratching or resting. Sometimes he walks across the keyboard and inevitably launches iTunes. Wonder what he wants to hear.
5. Jane and the things we share. May a doctor figure out what’s causing her son’s health problems.
6. Talking with Dottie again. We were close once. She was very kind and visited me and took me places when I broke my ankle. I’d forgotten she has a son who’s had trouble, two daughters I think who have managed well. It was good to reconnect if only for a moment.
7. Cats in the lit windows like bookends.
8. Perspectival lines fold the sky into the trees
“life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered” – Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
2. For Tammy, Pamela, Shirley, Lucy, and Sarah, in Florida.
3. Shadow of a helicopter seed
4. Sunbeams and support beams
5. Last burst of summer
2. MaryEllen’s kind and thoughtful emails move my heart
3. Learning that Karen is safe in Houston, and she recounts sadness at the destruction, and awe at the acts of heroism and people coming together.
4. Tom’s father may make a full recovery.
5. Jean asked for prayers for Jessica, her niece.
6. For those who’ve lost mothers, like Nancy, and for those who offer prayers and comfort.
7. Good phone call with Eileen
8. Lightly waving pines
9. When I was parking my car, a man pulled up next to me and yelled that there was still an hour left on his meter, he drove off before I could thank him, but there was room for me to reverse.
10. The view of Stockbridge bowl and Monument Mountain, south from Tanglewood.
11. Moved by mauve double doors.
12. Shade and cool breezes.
2. Praying for humility
3. Tom and his family awaiting news on his father’s open heart surgery
4. Diane and Madison among the sunflowers
5. Praying to let go of tension