LIKE GIANT DAISIES

Sunflowers By John Bratby

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These huge sunflowers pack a lot of history since 3000 BC where they originated in the Americas.  Now Russia and the European Union cultivate them for seed products…products like bird feed, lecithin supplement, oil, butter crunch spread and of course roasted sunflower seeds.

English painter John Bratby depicts these golden flowers as having distorted feelings and emotional moods.  They seem to sway radically conversing with each other, which is characteristic of the modern expressionist movement.

I find these giant like daisies exotic as they tilt they florets to the sun and when full grown face the east.  Myriads of sunflower types include bright red, strawberry blonde and Jerusalem artichoke (Images by Bing, Dwight Sipler and Christian Fischer.)

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jerusalem artichoke christian fischer My favorite is the sunflower perfume which blends fresh mandarin, orange blossoms, peach and bergamot notes…just like this delightful quote:

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MAKING A CLEAN SWEEP

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First day of Autumn – Perfect timing for making a clean sweep of home to prepare for the coming winter season.

Gee whiz, I just de-cluttered everything in March as we locked down for the pandemic.  The cluttered mess has returned.  I still find things to donate and so I begin the task.  What lies ahead is still unknown, but at least my tidy home will reverberate space, clarity and calm.

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Do I really need

this or that to keep me clear?

No.  Gift it away!

O THE MEMORIES

Australia’s Coastline by Graham Gercken

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During my father’s last military post in Germany, he encountered some Australian prospectors trying to recruit new immigrants to the untamed land of the Aborigines.  All of us sitting at the kitchen table sustained a flurry of excitement, but with one glitch, my mother saying “absolutely no!’  I sided with my Papa and tried to convince her as she retorted, “I wish to retire in Miami, Florida,” and so we did.  I still wonder that a life in Australia would have been wildly unusual.

Today marks my parents wedding anniversary.  What a adventurous life they lived traveling around the world and I got to be a part of that.  Call me sentimental – that’s a great feeling.  It helps me keep their eternal love alive.

 

 

WE AND TREES

Image by HD Wallpaper

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We and trees have much in common. We both are made of cells.  We need water to form, the environment affects our growth, we reproduce and die.

All the myriads of trees in the world are our good neighbors.  If we love all trees rightly, then we are loving God.  And so each morning I greet my giant oak trees with a loving prayer.

I hope you have a special tree that speaks love to you each day.

GESUNDHEIT!

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A bit of history…Gesundheit!  Why say “God Bless You” after a sneeze?

National Geographic explains this upon a Roman plague in AD 590.

During this pandemic Pope Gregory urged for divine intervention asking everyone to bless a person immediately after sneezing.  Saying “God Bless You” was a sign thought to ward off getting sick with the plague.  The rest is history.

So, may “God Bless You” each and every time you sneeze.