on the cusp of summer
walking by the river
before the season’s return.
‘just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
-hans christian andersen
hunron river, ann arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2020
“springtime is the land awakening.
the march winds are the morning yawn.”
image credit: pinterest.com
“It is the first mild day of March:
Each minute sweeter than before…
There is a blessing in the air,
Which seems a sense of joy to yield
To the bare trees, and mountains bare,
And grass in the green field…
We from to-day, my Friend, will date
The opening of the year.
Love, now an universal birth,
From heart to heart is stealing,
From earth to man, from man to earth:
—It is the hour of feeling.’
~William Wordsworth (1770–1850), “To My Sister”
art credit: ‘sing me a song,’ by caitlin welz-stein
“groundhog day is like a rock concert
but the people are better behaved and a groundhog is invited.”
image credit: trip savvy.com
change is afoot
winter solstice has arrived.
“change in all things is sweet.”
‘Origin of the Spark’ – new painting by Stephanie Law,
as featured in her ‘Conjure’ exhibition
and it is time for the pumpkins to return to the garden…
‘the preciousness of life and the changes of weather and the beauty of seasons –
all those things have always sort of dazzled me.’
art credit: “The Pumpkin March” – Guinevere von Sneeden
my favorite season begins.
“for the fall of the year is more than 3 months
bounded by and equinox and a solstice.
it is a summing up without the finality of the year’s end.”
image credit: Yuma Hidaka – photographizemag
welcome to beautiful september
‘i love september, especially when we’re in it.’
image credit: willowday
today is the summer solstice which marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern hemisphere. cultures around the world have marked the solstice throughout history as a moment of importance both for the changing of the seasons and for our relationship with the sacred.
this solar moment marks what is known as liminal space, or space between. the concept of liminality is more than just a space between two distinct times; it’s also a space in which rules are temporarily lifted, and roles are reversed.
if the concept of liminality seems new to you, think about all of the liminal spaces in your own life, birthdays are a great example as they’re a space between ages and you’re granted temporary permission to do exactly as you please. part of liminity is that it shows up to transform you, and then it ends. in the example of your birthday, you’re now a new age.
“the question is not what you look at, but what you see.
it is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon,
from a point a hair’s breadth aside from our habitual path or routine,
to be overcome, enchanted by its beauty and significance.”
― henry david thoreau
art credit: cy twombly, le jour ni l’heure: quatre sagioini: estate (the four seasons – summer)
credits: emily ridout, elephant journal, merriam-webster dictionary
kinder’s hair shows signs of spring.
‘as full of spirit as the month of may, and as gorgeous as the sun in midsummer. ‘