The Ghost of Festive Lights Present

2016 Columbia, Maryland

My husband likes baseball, planting flowers in the spring, and putting up Festive Lights in the winter. If it stands still, he can light it up. He put five around the thermostat on the living room wall a few years ago. I particularly like this year’s lights because they are put up all mismatched and wonky -like the lights on the Christmas trees when I was a kid. Those lights went branchward without regard to size, type, color, or number of bulbs that actually lit. Yup, love me some wonky. Maybe you like a little, too. Merry Christmas.

It Had Pink Pompom Blossoms Every Spring

In three-and-a-half years, Josephine had never jumped up into this Kanzan Cherry tree before. I happened to be standing next to it a few weeks ago when she finally did, and I got three nice photos. The tree was cut down the next day so a sidewalk could be repaired. It’s felling was a shocking surprise to all of us who live here and admired its silky bark and profusion of cherry blossoms each spring. We delighted in the “pink rain” when the flowers finally floated free. It was a wonderful tree. I used to sit in it, myself.


Six Word Friday: LOVE


“Nothing worth doing is completed in
our lifetime; therefore, we must be
saved by  H O P E.  Nothing true or
beautiful or good makes complete sense
in any immediate context in history;
therefore, we must be saved by
F A I T H.  Nothing we do, however virtuous,
can be accomplished alone; therefore, we
are saved by  L O V E.”  ~Reinhold Niebuhr

This is the final Six Word Friday. It has been hosted for the past five years by Adrienne Scanlon at My Memory Art.

I sent her an email the other week thanking her for her time and effort at the helm. I said, that the challenge of using a prompt word in sentences of no more than six words opened up something inside me that had been closed since childhood. I also said the challenge of a really juicy word called me back to blogging when I may have quit after suffering a traumatic brain injury last February.

Viewed in the light of Niebuhr’s words, I guess you could say Six Word Friday has been an exercise in faith, hope, and love for me. It has been a good and fun thing.

And, in case you do not know, Reinhold Niebuhr is the author of what has come to be known as the Serenity Prayer, which was eventually boiled down to:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Amen, my friends, amen.

Six Word Friday: HOPE


“Most of the important things in
the world have been accomplished by
people who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no
H O P E  at all,” said Dale Carnegie

If the people at Small Miracles Cat Rescue hadn’t had  HOPE  that their work could make a difference, they would not have rescued a little, feral, tortoiseshell kitten from the Kill List of an overcrowded shelter back in March of 2013. She was deemed “un-adoptable” because of her injuries and feral, withdrawn ways. But, H O P E  wades right in, I guess. They had hope someone would want her. And, we did. Our darling Josephine.

Six Word Friday: FAITH

Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Luc-Oliver Merson, 1879. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

“Not much is known of  J O S E P H.
He was a husband, father, provider
everyday, and he had dreams. What
more can be said?” Author Unknown
j u s t    t h i s
Rest on the Flight into Egypt;
F A I T H  he was reading G_d correctly.

Explanatory Ramblings

The “portion in quotes” in the poem (above) is not original to me. The words are from a painting I saw August 21, 2002 hung in the library at Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine. I tried, but could not find out the name of the artist.

I first encountered the painting, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, in the Signals catalog. Signals was selling the part with Mary resting on the the Sphinx as a print. I didn’t buy the print, but I clipped out the advertisement from the catalog and kept it in my wallet for years. I guess that’s a sign that the painting moved me. Many years later, when I saw the entire painting, I was moved even more. Joseph has always been one of my favorite biblical peeps, being willing, as he was, to be dragged all over creation for the sake of his wife and son.

The Six Word Friday meme has been going on for five years hosted by Adrienne Scanlon at My Memory Art. Her time at the reins is coming to a close. (Thank you, Adrienne, for all your hard work and encouragement of the rest of us.) This is the second to last week.

I thought the poem, the painting, and this week’s word, FAITH, went together quite well in six sentences of six words each.

Hope you like it.