a glimpse into the real story behind the legend.
stays up all night
trying to calculate
exactly when spring will arrive
and is exhausted
when they wake him up
to bring him out
early in the morning
for his official prediction
each february 2nd
on groundhog day.
“i’m so tired…i was up all night trying to round off infinity.”
“spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
argo pond at argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2017
our first snowflakes fall
and from the looks on their faces
i’d say the fall pumpkins
are having a hard time
accepting the arrival of the winter weather
and wish it would all just go away.
“ignoring facts does not make them go away. “
and once again
daylight savings time comes to an end.
for the time being.
“do not think that time simply flies away. do not understand “flying” as the only function of time. if time simply flew away, a separation would exist between you and time. so if you understand time as only passing, then you do not understand the time being. to grasp this truly, every being that exists in the entire world is linked together as moments in time, and at the same time they exist as individual moments of time. because all moments are the time being, they are your time being.”
― 13th-century Zen master Dogen Zenji, as quoted by ruth ozeki – A Tale for the Time Being
image credit: david pearson- antique time spiral
with temps in the 90s late in september
this kinder has it right
or perhaps it never left?
“i haven’t had the time to plan returning to the scene because I haven’t left it.”
fall is only ‘fall’ to americans, even though the term was coined in britain.
what do you call the picking of ripe sweet potatoes, apples, squash and pumpkins?
that was the word used until the 1300s to describe the next few months of weather.
because “harvest” also meant the gathering of ripe crops, when the word “autumn” showed up in english writing, its popularity soared.
some time after, poets coined the phrase “the fall of leaves” — shortened to “fall” in the 1600s.
the word “autumn” still remained popular throughout england’s period of colonizing the world.
the lack of consistent communication between the english and the people in the american colonies led to differences in the language.
by the mid-1800s, the word “fall” had firmly rooted itself in america.
and apparently something was again lost in translation
when communicating with mother nature
as yesterday was the official first day of
and our temps in michigan were in the 90s.
(photo: fuller park, ann arbor, mi, usa)
credit: cnn news
“september tries its best to have us forget summer. “
leslie woods park, ann arbor, michigan, usa
(now deep into the 90’s of the 160 parks adventure)