a piece of driftwood
among the vases and mirrors and tchotchkes and other home decor items
and while i’m a fan of natural found materials
i was not really motivated to spend $39.99 on this
but i do now have an idea for my summer job –
“i imagined your stick, washing in the waves for hundreds of years,
turning to driftwood
smooth and hard like stone.
i imagined a little girl finding it on a beach so many years later.
saving it on her shelf,
where she put the things that made her feel like the world was magical.”
– ava dellaira
when you’re little
walking around the museum
see a big old bumpy boring rock
walk around to the front of it
find an amazing, amazing surprise
that is inside of it
you just have to touch it
there are no words.
“sometimes the most shocking surprises are the most beautiful surprises.”
when walking by the river
“today is one of those excellent january partly cloudies
in which light chooses an unexpected part of the landscape to trick out in gilt,
and then the shadow sweeps it away.
you know you’re alive. you take huge steps,
trying to feel the planet’s roundness arc between your feet.”
huron river, argo park, ann arbor, mi, usa – january 2023
Aurora Borealis Observatory
Reindeer under the aurora
“i always believe that the sky is the beginning of the limit.”
Kummakivi Balancing Rock
This rock stands in the middle of the forest balancing on another much smaller rock. There is a legend that the rock was placed here by giants, but there is also a scientific explanation for this. Geologists say that the rock may have been moved by the power of glacier over 8,000 years ago. This captivating stone can be found in Valtola, Southern Savonia, Finland.
The rock is well-visited no matter what you believe to be its origin story, and the best time to visit the rock is summer and early autumn, as you can easily get to the forest. It can be difficult to get to the middle of deep forest during long winter nights when there will be snow and maybe even wolves.
i’m a fan of the giant theory and would love to see this up close.
“how one walks through the world,
the endless small adjustments of balance,
is affected by the shifting weights of beautiful things.”
Hunger Stone :
Recent droughts in Europe once again made visible the “Hunger Stones” in some Czech and German rivers.
These stones were used to mark desperately low river levels that would forecast famines.
This one, in the Elbe river, is from 1616 and says: “If you see me, cry.”
“when the well is dry, we will know the worth of water.”
credits: history review
tiny tiki hut
fairies sing whirl dance all night
gone by morning’s rise
“you wait here, I’m going to the tiki hut.”
– Special FBI Agent Seeley Booth, Bones
“when you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.”
sugarbush park, ann arbor, mi, usa – summer 2022
let gardens grow, where beelines end,
sighing in roses, saffron blooms, buddleia;
where bees pray on their knees, sing, praise
in pear trees, plum trees; bees
are the batteries of orchards, gardens, guard them.”