Friday, May 28, 2010

A Week: Heartbroken

Sometimes I am stunned by the lunacy of this world and its inhabitants: in one image we see the dying and dead wildlife produced by the gulf oil hemorrhage (spill is NOT the word most people are using) and in another, the mad frenzy created by the release of the ipad. More and more everything seems disjoint - illogical - and incoherent. Amid all of this there is no good news. Chesney is gone, and I am heartbroken. I have always said that not knowing is the worst - not knowing where he is now, how is is - if he he suffering...

But that is just a little gray cat in a world full of unending misery, pain and bigger tragedies. Just a little gray cat.

And as I can often do, I thoughtlessly blame those close to me for not caring as much, or not grieving as they should. But of course, what can they say? Life goes on. How timely, then, that the following quote appeared in today's local newspaper:

"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares."

~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chesney is Missing

Our Chesney has been missing since Saturday morning - anyone who has been through this knows how I feel. Please send prayers our way - a big storm is coming and I am out of my mind with worry he is hurt, hungry, thirsty....

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lilac-Time: Warble Me Now!

Warble me now, for joy of Lilac-time,
Sort me, O tongue and lips, for Nature’s sake, and sweet life’s sake—and
death’s the same as life’s,
Souvenirs of earliest summer—birds’ eggs, and the first berries;
Gather the welcome signs, (as children, with pebbles, or stringing shells;)
Put in April and May—the hylas croaking in the ponds—the elastic air,
Bees, butterflies, the sparrow with its simple notes,
Blue-bird, and darting swallow—nor forget the high-hole flashing his golden wings,
The tranquil sunny haze, the clinging smoke, the vapor,
Spiritual, airy insects, humming on gossamer wings,
Shimmer of waters, with fish in them—the cerulean above;
All that is jocund and sparkling—the brooks running,
The maple woods, the crisp February days, and the sugar-making;
The robin, where he hops, bright-eyed, brown-breasted,
With musical clear call at sunrise, and again at sunset,
Or flitting among the trees of the apple-orchard, building the nest of his mate;
The melted snow of March—the willow sending forth its yellow-green sprouts;
—For spring-time is here! the summer is here! and what is this in it and from it?
Thou, Soul, unloosen’d—the restlessness after I know not what;
Come! let us lag here no longer—let us be up and away!
O for another world! O if one could but fly like a bird!
O to escape—to sail forth, as in a ship!
To glide with thee, O Soul, o’er all, in all, as a ship o’er the waters!
—Gathering these hints, these preludes—the blue sky, the grass, the morning
drops of dew;
(With additional songs—every spring will I now strike up additional songs,
Nor ever again forget, these tender days, the chants of Death as well as Life;)
The lilac-scent, the bushes, and the dark green, heart-shaped leaves,
Wood violets, the little delicate pale blossoms called innocence,
Samples and sorts not for themselves alone, but for their atmosphere,
To tally, drench’d with them, tested by them,
Cities and artificial life, and all their sights and scenes,
My mind henceforth, and all its meditations—my recitatives,
My land, my age, my race, for once to serve in songs,
(Sprouts, tokens ever of death indeed the same as life,)
To grace the bush I love—to sing with the birds,
A warble for joy of Lilac-time.

- Walt Whitman's "Warble for Lilac-Time"

On my way to work, I came across a small bouquet of lilac at the bottom of a neighbor's lilac bush. Someone picked them, then carelessly tossed them aside. What a shame, to make it through winter and frost, just to be picked and thrown away. I pulled a plastic bag out of my briefcase and took them to work, gave them a drink and now they are sitting on my desk - the sweet scent of lilac filling my office.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Giant Plumes of Oil Found Under Gulf of Mexico -

Giant Plumes of Oil Found Under Gulf of Mexico -

As we recall Jim Morrison’s "prophecy":

“What have we done to the Earth?
What have we done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her,
stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn,
and tied her with fences and dragged her down.”

As much as I fear "the end", my end, I am glad I will not be around when it really gets bad....

Friday, May 07, 2010

Sleeping Cutie


Well, not too much to report other than to say Mr. Poole is still on poor little Tristan's case. And Tristan doesn't help matters by being extremely loud when accosted. I am glad it is not winter, as that would certainly make matters worse, everyone all cooped up inside. With the good weather, the culprits can simply be booted outside to calm down - gently of course :)



Pansies - I just love them, and hope to have lots more for next year.


Monsella tulips - one of my favorites, very sturdy and very colorful as you can see.