Watching Daffodils

  I long to give to you  the Daffodils That are standing unburdened In my new favorite vase They are dappled With the morning light Shimmering a blessing of promise For days to come after these days of horror And strife     There are so many That need my attention So many that need … Continue reading Watching Daffodils

Of Melancholy

Morning after morning Nature is trying Really trying To give me what I need As if the whole of Creation knows I am looking so hard For something to lift this feeling Of Melancholy   But this winter Even nature seems heavyhearted It mirrors my emotion My condition Of Melancholy It is my current Unexpected … Continue reading Of Melancholy

Speaking Tenderly

  In the early part of the 19th century, artist Edward Hicks, a Quaker preacher who lived in Bucks County, PA, painted many paintings that now grace the walls of art museums in many places including the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York City and the National Art Gallery in Washington, DC.  As a Quaker, … Continue reading Speaking Tenderly

What the Heavens Tell Us

  One of my favorite music memories has been singing The Creation, by Haydn.  In glorious music and inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the Judeo-Christian Creation story is told.  Just recently, the church where I am serving sang “The Heavens are Telling,” from that great work and I got to sing the Gabriel part … Continue reading What the Heavens Tell Us

Stormy Weather!

    Like many children, I was afraid of storms.  For several reasons, I was afraid of the storms at my grandfather’s farm.  There was not real cellar or basement under the house, so in cases of very bad storms, there was nowhere to retreat.  The windows in my grandfather’s house rattled easily.  The trains … Continue reading Stormy Weather!