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Sister Spring…

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Sister Spring
you’ve been gone so long
i didn’t think you’d arrive
but you did
you slipped in unannounced
when winter wasn’t watching
your rain falling like tears
blessing everything
cold winds
turning warmer
you bring life
rebirth
and make me remember

The Greatest Thing(s)…

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It was raining this morning so rather than riding a bike to church I used Lyft as I didn’t want to arrive soaking wet. As I left church it was still raining and I snapped this photo just outside the door. It always amazes me when I see buds bursting open after a long winter. How do they know just when to do it? Though it was raining I walked home and it felt good to be in the elements (I also had an umbrella). And as I walked in the rain I thought about a few things. One was how fragile life is; we are here for such an incredibly short time. And also in the end it doesn’t matter how much money we have or things that we’ve acquired. What matters is how we treat each other, right now in this life. If we are made in the image of the creator then how we treat each other reflects on how we treat the one who created us. And this is what I thought about while I walked home in the rain on a chilly Palm Sunday in April…

And then he was questioned by those in power. Taunting him, hoping he would slip up. They asked him: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ~Matthew 22:36-40

 

Life Flows…

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This is a short poem I wrote today. As hokey as it sounds it was inspired by this tulip leaf growing in my teeny front yard. I’ve lived in this house for nearly 20 years and have not planted tulips. Mostly I plant vegetables. But each year this single tulip re-emerges. And today when I came home from a coffee shop, on a particularly unseasonably cool and wet day, I noticed the tulip leaf which had pushed through the cold ground reaching for the cloud-shrouded sun. The flower will soon follow, as it does each year.

life flows
like a river
after a spring thaw
from one event
to the next
life flows
sometimes in bursts
sometimes in wanes
life flows
from one lifetime
to the next
we learn
from everything
each thing
life continues
it is continuous 

A few things I saw while riding my bike today…

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Urban Simplicity.

Plus de fleurs…

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Urban Simplicity.

It feels like spring (finally!)…

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Urban Simplicity.

After the Rain…

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Urban Simplicity.

A tomb, a hawk, some geese, a lot of statues, nested eggs, and a few other things I saw on a Good Friday’s ride (and a few words, too)…

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Okay, so a couple things. Firstly, I apologize because this is probably way more pictures than you care to look at on a blog. But I just couldn’t choose so I thought I’d load a bunch. Anyhow, today of course was Good Friday. And you probably gather by now that I am not a literalist when it comes to things biblical, but mostly view the message through the eyes and ears (and heart) as metaphor. Nonetheless, it is a somber day. I’ve also been struggling with some issues of my own so I thought I’d go for a ride on a beautiful spring day and take photos. A cemetery seemed appropriate. It may seem odd to some that I find cemeteries beautiful and peaceful but I do. And I’ve posted about Forest Lawn Cemetery before (click here). It really is a beautiful place (people actually have wedding photos taken here). There’s a view above to illustrate this…there are, in my opinion, worse places to have your body rest. One of the places that I was glad to discover today was the tomb of George Pierce, one of Buffalo’s original bicycle manufacturers. There’s a picture of my bike (below) laying at the tomb paying homage. I ended up riding around taking photos mostly of the graveside statues, which I find particularly beautiful. The cemetery is also somewhat of a goose sanctuary…they are everywhere, including nesting eggs in graveside urns (two are pictured below). Anyhow, sorry again for so many photos, but this ride and photo-shoot was something I needed today…very soothing. Click any for a slightly larger view.


Urban Simplicity.

A couple things that I saw while walking this evening…

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Despite the calm look of these photos it was quite wind this evening, and I shot these just before it started to rain. I had gone out for a walk as this was by far the warmest evening of the year thus far (66F).  I of course took a camera with me, and these are a couple of the things that I say; Allen Street and Days Park.

Urban Simplicity.

A few of the things I saw while riding my bike and walking yesterday….

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Yesterday was such a beautiful spring day, and it was one of those days where I had so much I wanted to accomplish that I became a bit overwhelmed and decided to go for a bike ride instead. Therapy. And you’ve probably figured out by now that I really love to explore my own city. All of these photos were taken at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor and Times Beach Nature Preserve. What is really interesting is that this “wilderness” is located within the city limits and is only a 30 minute ride from my house. It is separated from the city by the Buffalo River which makes it seem sort of distant. But if you look at the one photo (fourth from the bottom) you can see how close it is too downtown (for those not from the area, that is City Hall pictured beyond the trees). Click any photo for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

A sign of spring (finally!)

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I saw these snowdrops pushing up through the snow and dead leaves in the garden today as I entered my place of employment. Nice, I thought. Finally. Signs of life after this bitter cold and harsh winter.

Urban Simplicity.