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The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a person’s  heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

Albert Camus

Sunday Romance: Conversations with Athena

In the conversation that followed, we recalled the June day, over ten years ago, when we had first sat next to each other in a public speaking class. She teasingly reminded me how shy I had been.

I pictured her back then, sharing scenes from her social life: her stories a playful medley, drawing me in, subverting my best defenses. High school I had spent seeking refuge in a social cubbyhole. Finding myself seated next to this blonde, lissome girl proved a culture shock. I might as well have shared a desk with the goddess Athena; our early conversations had been that one-sided. Linda had been patient with her shy neighbor, and gradually our conversations became a partnership. Through getting to know her, I had stepped into the sunlight. Seeing her again, I wanted to share this, but it came out this way: “I still think of our conversations before class. You were quite the raconteur.”

Summer’s Farewell

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

Yep, it’s that time of year–Labor Day traditionally marks the last appearance of summer in MIchigan.  We now await  autumn’s cavalcade of colors.

Pigeon River forest, Michigan

Huron Nat’l Forest, Michigan

Light Shines in the Darkness

Along the banks of the Au Sable River, there are places where the trees escaped the logger’s saw, and so as the decades passed they grew to full height. Now, even on the sunniest of summer afternoons, their high branches shelter the forest floor, so the light is always muted and high noon seems like dusk. Except in those few spaces where the canopy has a gap and the sunlight pours down.

au sable river, michigan

Huron National Forest, Michigan