Archive for September 2013

Sweet Light All Day

This September light is golden, sweet light all day.  If this is weather in Paradise, this must be  the light of heaven. Ordinary things are transformed in the clarity of this light–even the dust on the hardwood floors. Everything seems more luminous, taking on an aspect of eternity. Pouring milk in coffee becomes an act... Read more »

How to write a blog post in one hour

Time–10:50 In one hour, this post will be written and published.That’s the deadline, and I respect it. Here’s my advice to anyone who’s attempting to do the same. 1. You CAN do it! 2. Learn to type. Go back in time to high school, and take that typing class. 3. Take that typing class again.... Read more »

Fall for Eggplant

Eggplant is THE  color now. It’s harvest season, and the eggplants are ripe and plentiful at groceries and farmers’ markets. Aren’t they beautiful? Yes, tasty, too.  Eggplants are used in many cuisines, familiar dishes such as eggplant parmesan, ratatouille, eggplant creole and baba ghanouj. Try this great recipe for steamed eggplant with turmeric from fellow blogger Yoga Mom for... Read more »
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Under the Harvest Moons

Under the Harvest Moons
Yes, I admit it, I love  the moon, its changing phases. Every moon is beautiful to me. This month’s full moon is called the Harvest Moon. This is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall in the Northern hemisphere.  The Harvest Moon can come anywhere from two weeks before to... Read more »

Looking at Cicadas

Looking at Cicadas
It’s the background noise of late summer, the continuous sound of  dog-day cicadas. These are the annual  cicadas that come out this time of year,  not the 17-year variety that emerged in the Northeast US this summer (the last time here was 2007), but  there are alot of them, and they seem to be everywhere!... Read more »

A flash drought and waterspouts

The cold front that came through yesterday brings a change in the weather.  The light  has a  sharpness and clarity.  The dog-day cicadas are  momentarily silent, so strange not to hear their continuous buzz of  late-summer heat.  It feels almost  autumnal,  today. In the Chicagoland Section, The Chicago Tribune reports on the  lack of rain–climatologists are... Read more »
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The colors of leaves

The colors of leaves
Fall  is a season of change, and changing weather –mild days, cooler nights, sharp blue skies, the  glorious colored leaves. Why do leaves change color in the fall?   The  green of  summer leaves is the result of an abundance of  chlorophyll. In an active leaf, the chlorophyll masks the other pigment colors. But as days... Read more »

What Trees Can Teach Us

Trees keep their own time. Days of sun, days of rain.  Trees are like the earth’s lungs, breathing in and out. All summer, the trees have been singing the song of leaves. It is a green song, a chlorophyll song.  Photosynthesis converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, their gift to us. We couldn’t live without them!... Read more »