Thursday, November 26, 2009

For Thanksgiving Day 2009 - A Poem

Here and Beyond
By Lynne Oakes
Thanksgiving Day 2009

Living on this planet is not an easy matter and so the times that are
Extraordinarily wonderful
Extremely good
Especially precious
Exceptionally beautiful
Ever so succulent
Beyond any physical measure

Become all the more extraordinary for the ugly that is out there.

We try to never let any of it touch our children or ourselves, but
Living here in this place it is not yet possible.

It can be done much better than most think to be true, so
Give it all you’ve got to make it
Especially, extremely, extraordinarily, exceptionally fantastic
Ever so succulent
carrying it
Beyond any physical measure.

It is a sacred trust, a Sacred Trust to make all Life as sweet as you can~
Your own life and the lives of others that
You touch fully or partly or briefly.

If you had no other purpose than that, it would serve.
It is no small thing –creating the very best experiences in the face of
The daunting challenges of this world.

Basically we come down to the only force worth propelling us beautifully forward:

Monday, November 23, 2009


While reflections are quite wonderful and interesting in themselves,
what they do is expand that which they reflect, making even more of it.
In this Thanksgiving week, as we are among family and friends,
we will see reflections of each other.
It's not quite the same thing as a photographic reflection,
but if you look closely, I trust you will
see the best thing of all reflected in the faces that surround you:
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 13, 2009

What I can now see

I couldn't see this tree until earlier this year when my three 80 foot pines were
taken down.
Destruction can make way for new wonders.
This is certainly one of them in my world and I never could see it before those other trees
were gone.
I'm loving the light on the trunk and the changing leaf colors of fall.