Mary Beth Writes

Today is Len’s birthday and to celebrate being born on the last day of November in the upper Midwest, he is out on his bike right now. It’s spitting snow, there are 20-30mph winds, and the real-feel temp is 20. He has on both pairs of his bicycling pants. He also has a slice of pumpkin raisin Bundt cake (hmmm, I wonder who baked that) in his bike’s little trunk. 

Happy Birthday to the kind of guy who, when a girl invites him to attend the Sunday school class she teaches - comes to that Sunday school class. A rare man, indeed. 

I asked you to send to me photos of light. It was really fun to open your emails with your beautiful pictures.

Karen P live in Indiana. This was a view from her porch at dawn last week.

“At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.”
― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through it and Other Stories

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Lorna G lives in Arizona.

This is from Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop. “Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky. The landscape one longed for when one was far away, the thing all about one, the world one actually lived in, was the sky, the sky!”

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Jennifer B’s grandkids, exploring the known world. I think that adorable little girl has her jacket on backwards. I bet she has a powerful reason for arming herself that way.

“In our world," said Eustace, "a star is a huge ball of flaming gas."
Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

“Adventures are never fun while you're having them.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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 Mary C was making wreaths in her backyard from boughs from this tree that they planted for their daughter’s wedding ten years ago.

It’s curious all the ways how we pass along ourselves. Traditions, remembered baked goods, stories, recipes, the way we surrounded our young ones with beauty and love, the ways and days we didn’t.

“Serotinous cones. In environments where hot, fast moving fires are frequent, some pine species have developed very thick, hard cones that are literally glued shut with a strong resin. These “serotinous” cones can hang on a pine tree for years, long after the enclosed seeds mature. Only when a fire sweeps through, melting the resin, do these heat-dependent cones open up, releasing seeds that are then distributed by wind and gravity.”

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Jennifer B took this at sunset.

"Sally Goes Round the Sun is a popular circle dance usually played in larger groups. The dance is a very simple one, kids go around in a circle singing. When they sing the song a second time, they go in the opposite direction. Sally Goes Round the Sun is also used to teach little kids the days of the week. In that instance, the day of the week in the third verse is changed each time.

“Sally Goes Round the Sun” Lyrics

Sally go round the sun,
Sally go round the moon,
Sally go round the chimney pots
On a Sunday afternoon."

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If you have photos you took today or older ones, I would love to post them. Looking for light in Advent. Funny that advent is how adventure begins.

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Len!!! Love all of these pictures !!

Happy Birthday Len!!!!

I sure hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Thanks for sharing. And happiest of birthday evenings to you.

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Quarantine Diary #308 1/15/2021

My life is pretty fine, and I bet yours is, too. Warm place to live. Food to eat. Friends to share and laugh with - even if we have to do it via Zoom.

At the same time, who isn’t feeling anxiety and dread? Will the white supremacist insurrectionist knobs attack the inaugural? Will they screw up state capitols and infrastructure? One lone guy blew up Nashville a mere three weeks ago. What the hell is going on?

Quarantine Diary #307 Brain Names

Remember when there was no autism? Sure, there were kids in our schools who were weirdly able to remember stuff, or were hard to control, or whose emotions triggered at the oddest time. We generally ignored those kids. Those of us who were kind did, anyways. Others bullied. 

Remember the mopey kids in high school who knew too much about depressing art and angsty music and sometimes killed themselves?

Quarantine Diary #306 Hunched Over & Paying Attention

I am going to write some Quarantine Diary entries again. There’s a lot going on and sometimes it helps to hear a small voice as well as the big voices of journalists, pundits, networks, the other public media we follow.

I have had a small headache off and on for days. I worried that I might have contracted Covid, except dang it, I haven’t gone anywhere! And then, thinking about it, I realized I am hunched over my phone much more than usual. These mild on-again, off-again headaches are from eyestrain and weird posture.

Rime and Treason

These photos were taken by Len on Monday in that other time and world that existed before the Trump gorgons mobbed the Capitol. (Gorgons existed in Greek literature. Gorgons are the poisonous siblings with hair of living snakes. Those who beheld them face-to-face turned to stone. Or were killed by being beaten by a fire extinguisher.)

I have been trying to write about that but it is too hard. There is so much that is clear and is informative. You are reading it as much as I am. Blessed be the journalists, right? 

Quarantine Diary #292 New Year's Eve

Many of us feel as if we are in limbo until Biden takes office. I don’t think you need me to say a lot about how long and hard this year has been; we’ve been in this dentist’s chair together.

But...

Did you see how many days quarantine has lasted? 292 days.

So far.

This week I read a remarkable essay. On Natural Landscapes, Metaphorical Living, and Warlpiri Identity, by Barry Lopez. https://lithub.com/. Life is weird. The day after I read it, Mr. Lopez died.

Advent Light Post 12/24/2020

Judy Saunders. Photo of a Rose.

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung,
Of Jesse's lineage coming,
As folks of old have sung.
It came a flower bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night.

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Len and I were delivering presents to Chicago yesterday. Social distancing, with masks, but we did it and we saw our kids’ faces and there’s your Christmas, Ma’am.

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