and look at the trees.
What are they whispering to each other
and now they are laughing!
How many years have they stood
side by side
chattering in the wind
and silent in the calm air?
How many years?
How many stories in all that time?
Spanish Moss dancing in the wind on Hontoon Island, ©2007.
The thing about evacuating ahead of a powerful, deadly storm, that may or may not be a direct hit on your world, is that you say
"goodbye" to your life, your things and your home,
not knowing what you will find when you return.
Here in St. Augustine, most of us have been lucky -
loss of power means everything in the refrigerator and freezer must be thrown away.
Tons of debris from the trees and the mighty winds that must be cleaned up.
Days of work lost.
Lucky to be sure.
Some have lost all.
It puts things into perspective, though, saying goodbye to your physical world.
You know first hand what is really important in your world,
and it can be summed up in one word-
We are lucky, those of us who can feel the love,
Crescent Beach, not a Hurricane! July 11, 2017.
A Beautiful sunny holiday.
Lots of families out to enjoy the beach,
playing, fishing, reading in the sun.
An overheard conversation about Hurricane Harvey -
on people's minds -
and another Hurricane barrelling toward the islands.
But life must go on, if we are to make sense of any of it.
Compassion and worry are alive, but so are joy and happiness.
Enjoy the moments!
Labor Day, Porpoise Point, St. Augustine, Florida, 2017
In between the sky and the sea.
Rain clouds closing in from the south and the north.
Whenever a boat takes to the water,
there is a story to tell.
Storms, sea creatures,
and the one that got away.
There is always a story!
Crescent Beach, storms brushing by and a shrimp boat minding it's own business. 7.10.2017.
Last call, last chance
Last song, last dance
Sometimes you just don't know when that's gonna be
Hold me baby, give me a kiss
Like tonight is all there is
Cause there's a last time for everything
It's a Brad Paisley song that someone mentioned in a piece I found somewhere,
and it stuck with me.
Can we really cherish our days and nights like it's the last time?
This is our life, our time, our blessings,
why not cherish them always?
"Last Time For Everything", by Brad Paisley.
Sunrise at Vilano Beach, St. Augustine.
A Favorite Poem
You learn something everyday,
even at my advanced age!
lichen (li ken), n. an organism composed of a fungus
in union with an alga, commonly forming patches on rocks and trees.
What I didn't know was that "alga" is the singular of algae!
algae (al je), n.pl., sing. -ga (ge), any of numerous
one-celled or colonial organisms that contain chlorophyll
and usu. flourish in aquatic environments.
How about that?
Vail Point Park, St. Augustine.
Nestlings are so very vulnerable.
This little one endured severe thunderstorms, only to be stalked by a crowd of noisy crows
and survived that too.
Nature provides lots of drama for her creatures.
Perhaps we all have a nestling within us...our inner hatchling.
It's the part of us that has come through the storms
and evaded or slayed the scary monsters -
sometimes with grace and other times not -
but through it all have come to trust the deep instinct to grow stronger and to thrive.
Spring is upon us - a good time to acknowledge our strengths
and our connection to the fragile new arrivals.
After all, we were once just like them.
Baby Robin, reprinted from Laine's Blog, March 2012.
There are some who say that we are safer now
than at any other time in Human History.
And there are some who say that we are never ever safe.
There are some who work tirelessly for peace.
And there are some who work tirelessly for war.
There are those who worship power and money over and above
And there are some who would lay down their lives
for a stranger.
How will the earth's people move away from tribal ways?
The us and them ways?
The winner and loser ways?
The "new" barbarians,
the ones in expensive suits and gowns who go around in limousines and oversized yachts,
control the information.
But the truth that is hiding beneath the headlines is this:
LOVE IS MORE PERVASIVE ON THE PLANET THAN FEAR AND HATE AND GREED!
Love will survive the onslaught of the new barbarians
who would rape and pillage everything in sight.
Love is winning.
The lovers outnumber the haters on a grand scale!
In time we will regain balance,
and it will be women and men together leading the charge.
Are you safe?
I saw this on the beach the other day.
I once thought that they were deadly,
but the reality is they only have a terrible sting.
Kind of like the trouble the earth is in today,
but willing and able to survive!
The Portuguese Man of War. St. Augustine Beach.
Beauty in the world is experienced by the individual as feeling.
If we look more closely at beauty and try to describe more carefully the beauty of the world,
we do not arrive at aesthetics, but rather love.
Is not beauty the particular way in which the world expresses itself as love?
...love, the interior presence of beauty.
From the book by Robert Sardello, Love and the Soul, Creating a Future for Earth.
How many years did this tree stand taller and taller
before a mighty wind took her down?
My 4 year old friend is dwarfed in the cave of her roots,
with his bag of treasures -berries, leaves and feathers.
Aden and Oak, Guana Tolomato Matanzas Estuarine Research Reserve trail. That's a mouthful! Wonderful park with a full size Right Whale in the nature center.