November 21st, 2011

great blue heron flying

Thanks Giving!

The leaves this autumn are enchanting.  Just when I think they can't be any more russet red or shimmering gold, they are.  Today I saw a great blue heron flying across the grass.  What a treat!

I open to November in the book Living in Gratitude by Angeles Arrien.  

Garrison Keillor:  List your blessings and you will walk through those gates of thanksgiving and into the fields of joy.

I am grateful Steve is healing from his surgery, and he is awakened in the night from dreams/nightmares of being invaded.  I think we need to recognize more fully what it is to have surgery, and what is required in the healing.   It takes time to recover.  The leaves are falling, sheltering the soil.  

May we each shelter and come to equilibrium even when the outside knocks strongly within.

Peace!


simplicity - stones

Poets

jblindsight  posted her shock at this today, and it is shocking and sickening:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/opinion/sunday/at-occupy-berkeley-beat-poets-has-new-meaning.html?_r=1&ref=sanfranciscobayarea


Robert Hass served as poet laureate from 1995 to 1997.  I'm surprised it was that long ago.  It seems like yesterday.  He is seventy years old now, and he and his wife are both wonderful poets and people.   Are they really a threat?   Well, yes, maybe so when we consider that "the pen is mightier than the sword".  


Then, I wonder where that phrase originated.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/the-pen-is-mightier-than-the-sword.html

I am enchanted to learn that Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to Thomas Paine in 1796, in which he wrote: "Go on doing with your pen what in other times was done with the sword."

If only those words rang continually true.