Day #141 – Marigolds

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Day #141 – Marigolds

Each year, at the small country church near my home, I watch as one of its members faithfully plants a small patch of marigolds outside the front door. These yellow and orange flowers create a beautiful backdrop for all the pictures taken after ceremonies. The weddings, baptisms and confirmations this garden has helped commemorate are countless. In times of antiquity, on certain holy days, Christians would adorn statues of the Virgin Mary with these beautiful flowers calling them “Mary’s gold”, hence its name, Marigold. But even before it got its current name, this flower was considered...

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Day #140 – Mountains

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Day #140 – Mountains

Mountains . . . their duty lies long — millions of years.  Nay, tens of millions of years.  They stand, watch and keep guard over the earth.  Civilizations have come and gone.  Nations rise and fall and still they watch.  If only they could speak.  What lessons would they teach?  What would they say to man? I hear them whisper, “Slow down.  Don’t move so fast.  There may not be a tomorrow.  Give your child a hug, make your life have meaning for in the blink of my eye, it will be gone.”  And when you and I are gone, my friend, they will stand, watch and keep guard over the earth. ~J.K....

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Day #139 – Corvettes

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Day #139 – Corvettes

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Day #138 – Avocados

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Day #138 – Avocados

There wasn’t much time . . . I stood in the store, in front of the bin of dark, green spheres which held the rich, smooth goodness I desired. The stack of fruit trailed upward and held the mark of many hands picking through the mass for the perfect specimen. I reached into the pile. I let my fingers linger gently, caressing the skin, barely touching the delicate texture as I tried to decide. Which would serve the ultimate purpose, sacrificing itself to the delights of the bowl, to be mashed and blended into the guacamole of gods? No, this was not going to be difficult. It had to be quick. I...

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Day #137 – Gourds

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Day #137 – Gourds

In my office, in a place of honor on the top of my bookshelf, sits what was once a simple gourd.  You’ve probably seen gourds in their traditional fall colors as decorations during the autumn season and in Thanksgiving displays.  These very thick-skinned fruits are found in the same family as the squash and cucumber. My very special gourd was once disguised as a non-descript fruit which people often mistakenly call a vegetable.  But now, it fulfills a more important role. When dried and hollowed out, gourds carry precious water or, in some societies, the special tea, called yerba matte....

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