Monday, October 5, 2015

Shamelessly promoting a benefit at my church

yes i will be doing a sauce (or gravy as my Italian friends would call it)
There may be meatballs as we get ourselves together
tickets will be sold
we ask for a non-perishable food item to be brought to support the local food pantry!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Friendly Greetings

A smile,
a wave,
a spoken hello,
seems to cheer those who pass by.
i do not know all of there names.
Some are neighbors,
simply passing by.
A street person,
a worker,
all on their way to some place else.
I did start it,
i know,
something inside,
prepares a greeting for each.
I do not analyze why,
I just do it.
Now those regulars turn,
facing me on my porch,
with expectant smiles.
They are not disappointed
and they go there way.
What does it mean for them?
I do not think,
i witness the smiles
and the waves
and the greetings shared.
I hope it does some good,
some how,
but who knows?

Friday, October 2, 2015

I've been absent a bit - again

you wonder,
or rather i wonder,
good news did not,
bring the relief i thought it should.
The intense wobbling stopped,
the one i worried so much about.
Not a big deal,
only crystals in the inner ear.
Simple clean,
but my heart is not clear from concern.
"In this life you will have trouble" is attributed to Jesus.
Many wise people have said similar,
for this is a truth that many attempt to find an answer for,
but the best is in the second line from Jesus;
"be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world."
The first tells me what i already know,
what we all experience,
sometimes daily.
The second gives me hope,
for the troubles do have an end
and i expect to see it.

Further words.
make me scratch my head...
"he who looses his life will gain it."
I think I get i.
I wanted to be comfortable,
find a way to escape the suffering,
I could not and lost my peace,
but to go back into the struggle,
to live the best i can.
to love without judgement
and help those who can not help themselves.
To lose my life in that way,
is a splendid thing
and again, peace returns.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

back and forth

The winds blow, strongly,
tossing clouds around
and leaves
and the dirt of an inner city.
It is cooler,
more than I want,
yet my garden still beckons me.
The bright sun,
coming after days of rain,
blinds me,
yet I group,
feeling the fruit.
I feel the colors of the ripen fruit,
this one not quite ready,
the other over ripe.
Most times i am correct,
but not always.
My fingers seem to "see",
better than my eyes,
as i struggle with my strange, flat vision.
That is a description most do not know,
the glasses bring things together,
at a price.
I am uncomfortable talking about it,
but here i am.
The world shifts at time,
for depth to flat,
in mere seconds
and i do not understand why.

Friday, September 11, 2015

a bit cooler and a shift in my harvest

 It was cool by my standards today,upper 50's F (15 C) and so my idea of what to collect changes, as does what to cook.
a red cabbage, Swiss Chard and then the normal assortment of my favorite summertime vegetables.
The rain was wonderful yesterday, but we need more.
A little Alsatian comfort food for tonight, pair what i picked with some Kielbasa.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Giving Credit and Applause, when it is due - The Mill River Park

I was ecstatic, yesterday walking by the park, so much so, I returned home to get my camera.

Yes, the fence causing pedestrians to walk into the street was moved a number of feet to allow pedestrian traffic to pass by.
The fence must be up due to impending construction, but it is now "West side friendly".

Why was it done?
Was it me...I doubt that...
were there others who complained?  Possibly...
Did some recognize an problem and correct it?  I would like to think so.

My honest statement?  I don't care, it was done and done by the people running the park from the
Mill River Collaborative and i am thankful

Friday, September 4, 2015


Wispy dreams,
of persons present
and not.
They glide through my sleep,
like clouds,
on a summers day.
I welcome all,
those still alive
and those who have passed on.
I do not understand,
everything they say,
but they mean no harm
and i let them in.
They follow me still,
throughout my day.
They are bringing me comfort,
and so I let them stay.