Tag Archives: Life

Toast to Spring

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
– Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind


Photo Challenge: A Landscape’s Most Expressive Feature

“Change is Nature’s delight,” wrote Marcus Aurelius, though I presume he never visited Michigan.  One nearby lake, as the landscape passes through the seasonal transformation.


Photo Challenge:  Transformation  


Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Autumn’s first colors…

“they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places . . .” —William Bradford

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.”

Photo Challenge: Experiments in this New Thing Called Life

These little guys are at the stage of life where everything is an experiment, though Mom is nearby to oversee the laboratory.

Photo Challenge:  Experimental

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Denizens of Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Fuzzy, not yet feathered friends.


Time for a rest…

Before testing the waters.