Category: The Psalms

Summer and Winter

Since high school, I have enjoyed the early mornings and times of contemplation.

At 4:45 AM, I heard the birds begin to sing.

Over the years, this blog has become a journal of the seasons – how much rain we had, when the peonies bloomed, the lake levels.

Summers are short here, as I often say.  Each month has its own character.  I want to pay attention, be grateful, and note everyday gifts.

Flowers that fade are as beautiful as when they begin.  The garden is mostly green now.  Daylilies and hosta are the stars in July here, and I am seeing a hint of their colors as they grow.


The day is thine, the night also is thine:
thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:
thou hast made summer and winter.

Psalm 74: 16-17  (KJV)


Creativity, continued

Poetry came to my life through the liturgy and hymns of my Lutheran church when I was young.  I’ve been praying the Psalms, then, for as long as I can remember.  Then I heard the music of my generation.

Joni Mitchell was one of the first artists I heard, who wrote and sang her own songs.  She grew and changed over the years. Joni is not well at this time, and her Official Website is providing updates about her recovery and health.

I also saw Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. There is a Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.  I’ve seen many of her paintings at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  I have not been to the Milwaukee museum for a few years, so do not know about their current collections.

Emily Dickinson surely had to believe in her art and trust the future.  Bill Waters and I wrote about her a little in the comments at his site this week.  I’m reading i told my soul to sing: finding God with Emily Dickinson by Kristin LeMay (2013, Paraclete Press, Brewster, Massachusetts).

From Sky To A Room

pale blue sky
and then
a cloud

a birch tree
and sun

on the golden


and a room
where I read the Psalms
and watch the day

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I saw today’s view like a painting, or a photo, and I think this must be inspired by the wide variety of blogs I enjoy, and everyone’s thoughts about creativity.

Thank you.